The refrain goes something like this: taxes are too high, Sacramento too dysfunctional, pollution too suffocating.
And there is definitely something to this.
But one tech CEO says that, for his industry, there remains no alternative to the Golden State.
Last month, Las Vegas-based robotics company Romotive announced it was picking up stakes to move somewhere in Silicon Valley (they haven’t narrowed down exactly where yet).
Keller Rinaudo, the company’s founder, spoke to us via Skype late last week to explain the decision to move from a low tax state to a back to California.
He said he actually agreed with the criticisms that folks like Perry have made, to a point.
“It was not a short-term economic decision,” he said. “California is one of the most friendly and unfriendly business environments in the world.”
The company anticipates more taxes and higher cost of living, he said.
But to achieve their goal of building the world’s first affordable personal robot, they had to be on the West Coast.
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