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Co-founder at Tilde, maintainer of Ember.js. Make decisions so your users don't have to.

Tom Dale, who co-founded San Fran-based development startup and created JavaScript framework Ember.js, just penned a blog post titled, “San Francisco, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.”

Dale, who lived in the Bay Area for the past four years, details his reasons for packing up and moving to Portland. Among them are the high housing costs in San Francisco:

In Portland, my mortgage payment will be the same price as the rent I pay in San Francisco. The only difference is that, instead of sharing a small house with two other dudes, I can have a larger house to myself. Portland offers all of the great restaurants, coffee shops and bars that I love about SF, without having to overhear conversations about Series A rounds or monetization strategies.

It’s interesting to hear Dale talk about how he wants to get away from all those conversations. When asked about what Seattle was missing as a startup city, Tableau CEO Christian Chabot told us earlier this year that it’s the natural startup culture and those conversations at coffee shops about what you’re working on.

But Dale doesn’t appear to be a big fan of that. He’s also peeved by people in the Bay skewing the environment by alienating everyone who isn’t involved in tech:

It took a long time for me to realize I was part of the problem.Yeah, I might be in tech, but I’m not one of these social media douchebags, I thought. Doesn’t matter. The fact that I get embarrassed when a girl at a bar asks me what I do should have been my first clue.

It will be interesting to see if there are more San Francisco transplants that end up in Portland, or even Seattle. In the past, it’s been the other way around: Many fast-growing startuppers would flock to the VC-rich places like Bay Area from cities like Seattle (though as Moz CEO Rand Fishkin detailed in a recent post, that’s not always the case).

We’ve heard a lot of discussion about the differences between the technology hubs of Seattle and Silicon Valley, and this infographic showing poking fun at the geek stereotypes of Silicon Valley and Seattle is still one of our favorites.


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