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Tableau CEO Christian Chabot: “Seattle is the promised land in startup America!”

IMG_4548-copy-1024x682GeekWire reports on an interview with Tableau CEO Christian Chabot:

“Building a company here in Seattle over the last 10 years has made us realize that in many ways, I think Seattle is the promised land in startup America. It’s one of the best decisions we ever made.

“We did not make the decision for business reasons. We moved because we wanted to live here. There were a few of us that were best described as Bay Area Burnouts and we saw this promised land of Seattle with a nicer-sized city rather than the Bay Area Silicon Valley sprawl. Much of Silicon Valley is a series of strip malls and it’s sort of disgusting in a certain way. It’s a high cost of living and you spend a fortune on a postage stamp apartment.

“We looked at Seattle as a great place to live with a great outdoors culture and a really vibrant startup and engineering community. We went primarily for personal reasons, but looking back from a business perspective, what a home run.”

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February 14, 2013