BY JEREMY SHERE
Bloomington is famous for many things: music, basketball, bicycle racing, and as the birthplace of Hoagy Carmichael, to name a few. But cutting-edge, high-tech startups? Not so much. Or, at least, not quite yet. But that’s changing because, for those in the know, Bloomington is an emerging technology hot spot.
“We’re absolutely headed in that direction,” says Chris Borland, founder and managing partner of local online gaming startup WhimMill. “In the next five years, we’re going to see some major changes—more young tech entrepreneurs staying here instead of heading for the coasts, and even entrepreneurs from around the country and the world coming to Bloomington to start businesses.”
Why, you may wonder, would any ambitious tech wunderkind choose to remain here or gravitate toward Bloomington instead of Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, or other larger, wealthier tech hubs? There are a number of compelling reasons.
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