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Do tech start-ups belong in Vermont?

#BTV #VT - Sometimes we get this question from out-of-state folks who think all tech start-ups should be born in Silicon Valley.  Well, Burlington and Vermont have been great to Front Porch Forum.

And we’re not alone.  CNN today reported that the Kauffman Index ranks Vermont the 8th most entrepreneurial state, and the top state east of the Mississippi River.  And Richard Florida’s latest research puts Burlington 11th on a new Technology Index of U.S. metro areas.

I’ll take it one step finer… from state, to city, to neighborhood.  Our Five Sisters neighborhood in Burlington’s South End boasts several tech start-ups, including

Thanks to Fresh Tracks Capital and Vermont Business Magazine for some of this information.

Free Speech TV is coming to Burlington!

#BTV #VT - Front Porch Forum is pleased to sponsor this action.  Click here to donate to their Kickstarter campaign!

Thanks to the work of many in our community, Free Speech TV is bringing its 24/7 independent news, analysis and documentaries to Burlington Telecom. Starting March 1st, we’ll be able to tune in to FSTV on BT’s newest channel (122) on its “basic tier.”

But first, we need to rally to finish the task of making Burlington the first city in the country to offer a fulltime FSTV channel on cable. FSTV has until the end of February to raise a one-time $10,000 to cover its start-up costs.

Here’s some more good news: We raised half the money before we even launched this page.

A group of us founded the Friends of Free Speech TV in Burlington, and we’ve already pledged $5,000 as a Founding Friends Challenge Fund. That means that for every dollar you pledge here, we’ll kick in another dollar to match you. If we can raise just $5,000 by the end of February, FSTV will receive the full $10,000 it needs to launch its new channel in our community.