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The United States Startup Ecosystem is World’s Leading Innovation Hubs, ranked at number 1 globally, and shows a strong hold by 0 spots since 2020. United States also ranks at number 1 for startups in North America.

There are 267 cities ranked in the top 1,000 in United States and the top ranked city in United States is San Francisco Bay at 1 globally. San Francisco Bay is followed by New York at 2 and Los Angeles Area at 4.

United States is an ideal place to locate for Ecommerce & Retail, Education and Energy & Environment startups. As the most popular industries in the country, there is a sample of 10750 Ecommerce & Retail startups in United States, 3739 Education startups in United States and 3094 Energy & Environment startups in United States, on the StartupBlink Map.

On the StartupBlink Global Startup Ecosystem Map there is a sample of 29176 startups in United States, 147 accelerators in United States, 291 coworking spaces in United States, 320 organizations in United States and 113 leaders in United States.

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American entrepreneur, radio journalist, former producer for public radio and television, best known for his work with This American Life and Planet Money. He is the co-founder and CEO of the podcast network Gimlet Media. Read more
Michael J. Saylor is an American entrepreneur and business executive, who co-founded and leads MicroStrategy, a company which provides business intelligence, mobile software, and cloud-based services. Saylor authored the 2012 book The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything. Read more
Jerome Powell is the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Read more
Vladimir Tenev is a Bulgarian-American billionaire entrepreneur who was the co-founder and CEO of Robinhood, a US-based financial services company. Read more
Tim O'Reilly is an experienced Silicon Valley professional, CEO of O'Reilly Media. He's a technical writer in the spaces of technology, entrepreneurship and startups Read more
Simon Sinek is an author and podcaster Read more
Marissa Mayer is a former CEO of Yahoo and early employee of Google. She is currently the founder and CEO of Sunshine Read more
Lex Fridman is an research scientist at MIT focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning. He has published series of research papers in the areas of automous vehicles, human machine interaction and machine learning. He has a podcast where he discusses science and technology driven conversation with global technlogy leaders.  Read more
Jean-Francois "Jeff" Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most established seed VC firms in Silicon Valley, having closed 190+ investments since 2004. Read more
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky (pictured in the center, above) co-founded the online company in 2008 along with Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk. The innovative site allows users to rent unused space to guests such as holidaymakers.  Read more
Evan Williams is the CEO of Medium, and he was the CEO of Twitter for 2 years. Read more
Costolo joined the microblogging and social networking company as COO in 2009 – fresh from a post at Google – and he went on to become Twitter’s CEO in 2010. Moreover, he has certainly made an impression, and in 2013 he earned a spot on Time magazine’s rundown of technology’s 40 most influential minds.  Read more
Cathie Wood is an American investor specialized in technology, founder and CEO of Ark Investment Management, LLC Read more
Cameron Winklevoss is the founder and President of Gemini Read more
Bill Gross is an experienced Silicon Valley CEO and founder. He is currently the CEO of Heliogen and Idealab Read more
Anne E. Wojcicki is an American entrepreneur who co-founded and serves as CEO of the personal genomics company 23andMe. As of 2020, she is listed as #93 in Forbes list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women. Read more
Andrew Grove was Intel's third employee and eventually its third CEO. It scaled the company to be the largest semiconductor producer in the world. Read more
Brian Armstrong is the CEO of cryptocurrency trading company Coinbase. He received media coverage for his policy of keeping the workplace free of political activism. Read more
Sean Parker is a serial start-up founder and investor. He was a co-founder of Napster, president of Facebook, and investor/board member of Spotify. Read more
Steve Wozniak is the cofounder, with Steve Jobs, of Apple Computer, and designer of the first commercially successful personal computer. Read more
Daniel Ek is known for being the co-founder and CEO of music streaming service Spotify. Read more
Eric Emerson Schmidt is known for being the CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011, executive chairman of Google from 2011 to 2015, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc. from 2015 to 2017, and Technical Advisor at Alphabet from 2017 to 2020. Read more
Francis Xavier Suarez is an American attorney and politician serving as the 43rd mayor of Miami. He was elected on November 7, 2017 with 86 percent of the vote. He is a major proponent of Miami as a startup hub, actively promoting the city's ecosystem. Read more
Timothy Dean Sweeney is known as the founder and CEO of Epic Games and as the creator of the Unreal Engine, a game development platform. Read more
Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, mathematical statistician, and former option trader and risk analyst, whose work concerns problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty. Read more
Whitney Wolfe Herd is cofounder and CEO of Bumble Inc., which operates two online dating apps: Bumble and Badoo. Wolfe Herd first founded Bumble, the dating app on which women make the first move, with Russian billionaire Andrey Andreev in 2014. Read more
Alex Lieberman is the founder and CEO of Morning Brew, a daily newsletter for startup founders and entrepreneurs with more than a million subscribers. Read more
Anthony Pompliano is an American entrepreneur and investor. He has built and sold numerous companies, ran Product & Growth teams at Facebook and Snapchat, and invested over $100 million in early stage technology companies. Read more
Chamath Palihapitiya is a Canadian-American venture capitalist, engineer, SPAC sponsor and the founder and CEO of Social Capital. Palihapitiya was an early senior executive at Facebook, joining the company in 2007 and leaving in 2011. He is a minority stakeholder and board member of the Golden State Warriors. Read more
TropicalMBA (founded by Dan Andrews and Ian Schoen) helps people build profitable location independent businesses, and meet with others who are doing the same. Both Dan and Ian are are an inspiration to thousands of self funded entrepreneurs around the world. Read more
Guy Raz is the host, co-creator, and editorial director of three NPR programs, including two of its most popular ones: TED Radio Hour and How I Built This. Both shows are heard by more than 14 million people each month around the world. He is also the creator and co-host of NPR's first-ever podcast for kids, Wow In The World. Read more
Joe Rogan is an American comedian, podcast host, and mixed martial arts color commentator. He has also worked as a television host and an actor. The Joe Rogan Experience is the most subscribed to podcast in the world. Read more
Phil Knight is the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Nike, Inc., and was previously chairman and CEO of the company. Read more
Susan Diane Wojcicki is the CEO of YouTube. She has been in the tech industry for over 20 years. Wojcicki was involved in the founding of Google, and became Google's first marketing manager in 1999. Read more
Tyler Howard Winklevoss is an American investor, founder of Winklevoss Capital Management and Gemini cryptocurrency exchange, and Olympic rower. Read more
Andrew W. Houston is the CEO of Dropbox, the online backup and storage service. Houston and Arash Ferdowsi co-founded Dropbox in 2007. Before working on Dropbox, Houston worked on a number of other startups which include Bit9, Accolade and HubSpot. Read more
CEO and co-founder of Snapchat Evan Spiegel launched the photo-sharing app from his father’s living room in 2011. Come June 2013 and Snapchat still wasn’t generating any revenue, yet thanks to venture funding, the company was valued at an incredible $860 million. By then, 200 million photos were said to be being sent on the limited-time photo app every day – quadruple the number processed just six months earlier. Both Google and Facebook have apparently tried, unsuccessfully, to purchase Snapchat for billions of dollars. Read more
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has seen the global coffee company go from strength to strength in 2013, as it has achieved record sales and profits. And despite having worked for Starbucks for over three decades, Schultz is still looking forward and has some exciting plans for the coming years. Read more
Jeff Weiner is Executive Chairman of Linkedin, the largest social network for professionals in the world, aftern having served as CEO for over 12 years. On February 5, 2020, Weiner announced he will step down as CEO of LinkedIn and become executive chairman in order to focus on closing the network gap and realizing LinkedIn's vision of creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. He named Ryan Roslansky as his replacement. Read more
L. John Doerr Investor and Venture Capitalist at Kleiner Perkins. Doerr co-founded and serves on the board of the New Schools Venture Fund, an education reform and charter public schools fund, and TechNet, a policy network of high-tech CEOs advocating education and litigation reform, and policies for the innovation economy. He has directed venture capital funding to some of the most successful technology companies in the world including, Sun Microsystems, Macromedia, Compaq, Symantec,, Netscape, Intuit, and Google. Read more
Sir Jonathan Paul Ive is an industrial, product, and architectural designer. Ive was Chief Design Officer (CDO) of Apple. He joined Apple in September 1992, where he remained until his departure in July 2019. Following several years of designing the interface aspects of Apple products he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Industrial Design in the late 1990s after the return of co-founder Steve Jobs to the company, and CDO in 2015. Working closely with Jobs during their tenure together at Apple, he played a vital role in the designs of the iMac, Power Mac G4 Cube, iPod, iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and parts of the user interface of Apple's mobile operating system iOS. He also helped design Apple's major architectural projects, such as Apple Park and Apple Stores. Read more
Lawrence Joseph Ellison is Co-Founder, the Executive Chairman and CTO of Oracle Corporation. Read more
With CEO and co-founder Larry Page at the helm, Google has seen some truly visionary developments. And with Google’s revenue rising by 12 percent year over year, there is seemingly no stopping Page’s company. Read more
Patrick Paul Gelsinger is currently the CEO of Intel. He was the architect of the original Intel 80486 processor, introduced in 1989. As CTO of Intel, he also launched the conference Intel Developer Forum as a counterpart to Microsoft's WinHEC. In September 2009, he left Intel to join EMC. In February 2021, Gelsinger returned to Intel as to serve as CEO. Read more
Salman Khanis an educator and the founder of Khan Academy, a free online education platform and an organization with which he has produced over 6,500 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects, originally focusing on mathematics and sciences. Read more
Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur. Together with Larry Page, he co-founded Google. Brin was the president of Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., until stepping down from the role on December 3, 2019 Read more
Founder & CEO, of Zoom Video Communications. Inspired by Bill Gates, who spoke in Japan in 1995, Eric Yuan moved from Beijing to Silicon Valley in 1997, to join the tech boom. Upon arriving in the US, Yuan joined WebEx, a web conferencing startup. The company was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007, at which time he became vice president of engineering. In 2011, Yuan pitched a new smartphone-friendly video conferencing system to Cisco management. When the idea was rejected, Yuan left Cisco to establish his own company, Zoom Video Communications. In 2019, Zoom became a public company via an initial public offering at which time Yuan became a billionaire. Read more
CEO, Netflix. Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr. is the co-founder, chairman, and co-CEO of Netflix, and sits on a number of boards and non-profit organizations. A former member of the California State Board of Education. Read more
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