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Which European tech hubs are vying to become the next Silicon Valley

Excerpt from GigaOM

Oct 16, 2012 6:34 am

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These cities may not have as much easy access to capital that you’d find in Silicon Valley, but they are carving out specialties — like Amsterdam’s creative services and and the hard tech coming out of Cambridge — that give them distinctive identities.

— Samantha Shankman

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Spotify and MySQL came from entrepreneurs in Stockholm. Photo by Mispahn.

Europe may not have the go-for-it startup ethos that characterizes Silicon Valley but there are still a dozen or so pockets of  high-energy, high-tech expertise on the continent. From London’s expanding Tech City to the more bucolic Silicon Glen, and from Tallinn, Estonia, to Berlin, here’s our guide to European’s hottest tech hubs (listed in alphabetical order).

For years, Germany’s capital city has been an arty enclave with little or no industry. But now its startup scene is pushing hard, with a host of trendy startups and young entrepreneurs drawn in by low rents, an attractive lifestyle and easy access to Eastern European tech talent.

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