THE recently appointed US ambassador to Ireland has said startups here should look to the US to develop their projects as it still offers "the best opportunities" for young businesses.
Kevin O'Malley said America was "open for business", adding that many cities were perfect for Ireland's young, educated workforce.
"The United States is still the place to be because of our laws, because of the openness of society, because of the capital that is available," Mr O'Malley told crowds at the Web Summit yesterday.
"The United States is critically open for business for young tech companies, for young entrepreneurs, for people who are willing to put in the work and willing to accept one thousand 'nos' before they get the first yes."
In what could be considered a competitive sales pitch, he later added: "We want people to know the United State is open for business. We have visa categories, and other measures to help investors."
However he said new companies moving to the US focused too much on the larger, better-known cities like New York and Boston, and Silicon Valley in California.
He added there were massive "opportunities in places otherwise going under people's radars" and encouraged startups to go off the beaten track in looking at business development opportunities in the US, citing Austin, Texas, and Denver, Colorado, as well as Kansas City and Washington DC, Idaho, Utah and Iowa as ideal locations for startups to base themselves.
He said the fact that one of the world's largest tech conferences was held in Dublin was "no accident".
"Dublin has figured it out. Workers in this new economy are smart, they're driven and they want a lifestyle that gives them satisfaction," he said, adding that all of these were available in cities in the US.