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Tech Startup Ecosystem Rankings for 2015 [Chart]

Canadian cities get decimated; NYC, Austin, Singapore, and Berlin shoot up startup ecosystem rankings

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The Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015 report ranks the top 20 technology startup ecosystems in the world based on Performance, Funding, Market Reach, Talent, and Startup Experience.

Performance is based on the funding and exit valuations of startups headquartered in the ecosystem, and Funding represents the amount of investments by venture capitalists and the time it takes to raise capital. Talent is based on the quality of technical talent, availability, and cost. Market Reach is the local system’s GDP and ease of reaching customers internationally, while Startup Experience is a qualitative measure based on surveying veteran startup mentors and local founders on the success of startups in that particular region.

The report had several significant findings since its last iteration in late 2012. Particular stories that stand out: Canadian cities are dropping drastically, cities outside of North America such as Berlin and Singapore are climbing the rankings, and the United States remains strong with four of the top five ecosystems.

Despite having many companies in the Narwhal Club, home to companies valued at more than $1 billion such as Slack, Hootsuite, and Avigilon, the Canadian market has struggled relative to the rest of the world. Waterloo, home of the once-mighty RIM, has fallen out of the Top 20 altogether. Toronto and Vancouver each dropped nine spots, more than any other ecosystem on the list, claiming the #17 and #18 spots respectively. Vancouver had the third slowest growth out of all cities in the index, and continues to struggle as far as funding goes. Toronto had the fifth slowest growth and also needs to expand growth to venture capital.

In good news for Canada, Montreal debuted on the list, but only at #20.

Slower growth in Canada has been met with exploding markets in Berlin and Singapore. Both of these international centers have had recent success stories that have moved them up the startup ecosystem rankings.

Berlin jumped an impressive six spots to #9 overall and had 20x the average growth of all startup markets. Zalando, Europe’s largest online-only fashion retailer raised $668 million in an IPO to value the company at $6.8 billion overall. Meanwhile, Rocket Internet had the biggest IPO since 2007 in Germany, raising $2 billion.

Singapore moved up seven places, more than any other ecosystem, to round out the Top 10. Growth was relatively average, but the government’s support of the ecosystem and Singapore’s strong financial community helped out its ranking in the Funding category. Garena, a social gaming platform, is valued at $2.5 billion and is one of Singapore’s bright stars.

Lastly, the United States remained on top of the leaderboard with four cities in the Top 5. Silicon Valley remains at the top of the list with the best rankings in all categories (except Market Reach). New York jumped up three spots to finish #2, having the best Market Reach of all cities in the index. Los Angeles and Boston are right behind with the #3 and #4 spots. Austin is also notable, as it debuted on the rankings this year at 14th place.

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What Would $5,000 Invested in Nvidia Be Worth Today?

Small fortunes have been made for those investing in Nvidia stock. But how much would have they earned if they bought before it skyrocketed?

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What Would $5,000 Invested in Nvidia Be Worth Today?

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Investing in Nvidia has been highly lucrative, especially for investors who got in early.

As America’s largest chipmaker, its stock price has soared given its critical role in powering AI. Last year alone, its share price jumped 272%, vaulting it into becoming one of the world’s most valuable companies.

This graphic shows how much a $5,000 investment in Nvidia would have grown over time, based on data from Yahoo Finance.

Investing in Nvidia Before the AI Boom

Below, we show how much an investment in Nvidia would have increased in value over the last several decades:

Year Invested (January 1st)Stock PriceStarting ValueValue Today (as of Feb 15, 2024)
2000$0.77$5,000$4,718,052
2010$3.85$5,000$943,610
2015$4.80$5,000$756,854
2020$59.11$5,000$61,460
2023$195.37$5,000$18,595

For those who bought in 2000, a $5,000 investment would be worth over $4.7 million today, with Nvidia’s stock price rising 94,261% over the time period.

At the time, Nvidia had just invented its graphics processing unit (GPU), which allowed computer graphics to render more seamlessly in video games and video editing. These high-performance units complete complex computing tasks, and Nvidia was creating leading technology at the time.

Over the last decade, Nvidia has increasingly focused on AI technology, with key developments launching as early as 2012. Yet it was not until 2020 when its share price really began to soar as the company’s end customer segments increasingly became data centers and cloud computing, alongside video games.

In fact, since 2020 alone, its share price has soared 1,129%—making a $5,000 investment worth twelve times as much today.

So far this year, its stock price shows no sign of stopping, driven by its outsized role in the AI chipmaking market. Roughly 70% of all chips are sold by Nvidia, outpacing key competitor AMD by a landslide.

The company’s Q4 revenues topped $22 billion, setting another historical record, amounting to a 265% year-over-year increase in revenues. In 2023, Nvidia sold 2.5 million chips with customers including OpenAI, Microsoft, Meta Platforms, and Alphabet. The price range for these chips can span anywhere from $16,000 to $100,000.

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