One thing I've already noticed -- and that we'll certainly explore -- is that you don't tend to find one kind of creative endeavor (i.e. tech startups) without a bunch of other cool stuff around. Where you find startups, you'll also find good music and good food, artists and designers. Our colleague Richard Florida does a thorough job quantifying what creative areas look like, but I swear you could create a startup index based on local dives and diners alone. The latter are even *leading* indicators you might say, as they tend to indicate the presence of the kind of creative people who tend to start technology businesses before they even do so.
Another thing we'll be on the lookout for is how startups outside the major venture capital regions solve the funding problem. We've heard some good stories already about how local economies do it, and we'll bring the solutions they've found to you.
OK, time to go finish packing. We'll see you tomorrow.