Seattle named “‘most overlooked innovation market’

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Early stage startup investors looking for strategic advantages should pay attention to Seattle.

That’s one takeaway from an analysis of historical investment returns for markets across North America over the past decade.

Chris DeVore, managing partner at Seattle-based early-stage venture capital firm Founders’ Co-op, penned a blog post this week that combined two datasets: a stack-rank of startup cities based on actual dollars returned from companies based in respective metros, and geographic location of early-stage funds under $100 million.

The resulting data, which you can see below, “shine[s] a light on some startling imbalances in the relative allocation of early-stage LP dollars by market, particularly when compared to the markets that have actually driven the greatest cash returns over time,” DeVore wrote in his post.

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