The Growth of Tech Hubs

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Have you ever wondered how tech hubs grow and develop? After all, how did Silicon Valley go from the humble beginnings of start-ups in people’s garages to the mega-tech campuses of Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Google, and Facebook? What made it possible for Seattle to rise to prominence as a major tech hub of the computer age? The answer can be attributed to a little bit of geography, a varied population, and a culture that encourages taking risks.

Every generation has its own version of a “gold rush”. The San Francisco Bay Area is an excellent example of a hub throughout history. In 1849, the gold rush encouraged people from all over to walk, ride, or sail to a vast bay with multiple harbors and an incredibly strategic location perfect for trading across the Pacific Ocean. Because of San Francisco Bay’s position, it attracted all kinds of people looking for new opportunities to make a better life. The Bay Area eagerly recruited people from all over the world, including China, Japan, the Philippines, Mexico, South America, Europe. Because of their desire to strike it rich, the culture encouraged people to take risks, working hard, and making better lives for themselves. Thus, a hub was born. 

As both society and technology evolved, the San Francisco Bay Area continues to be a massive tech hub. Today, we have many high-tech companies based in the region and millions of people living and commuting through the area, still willing to work hard and take risks to make it big. But as people find they have to deal more and more with heavy traffic, long commutes, expensive housing prices, long hours, and diminishing returns, their desire to remain in the Bay Area decreases.

That’s what happened to many of us who work at Holon Studios: the tech hub of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area was taking its toll on our daily lives, commutes, families, and overall health. We wanted to leave the crowd behind and move back home to where we grew up, in Monterey Bay.

Monterey has all of the elements it needs to grow into a tech hub. We have an advantageous geography, a wonderfully varied population, and we foster a culture where the residents are encouraged to think outside of the box and try new things… even if they are a bit risky.

Holon Studios was forged in the structural advantages of Monterey: the right infrastructure, the right resources, and the desire to achieve great progress. We have the will to grow the Monterey Peninsula into a thriving tech hub, that can attract more than just “newlyweds and nearly deads”. Our dream and our purpose are to attract talent and grow the Monterey community into its very own tech hub so that locals do not feel obligated to commute back and forth for hours each day into the Bay Area. 

If you are interested in learning more about what we do at Holon Studios, would like to apply for a job role, or if you would like to become an investor, we would love to hear from you. Please contact with your inquiry, and we’ll get back to you shortly. After all, if you had the choice of working from Monterey versus working from San Francisco, which would you choose?