Last year I linked to Inc.'s article about Dublin's apparent growth in successful start-ups, investments, and the general tech scene. In contrast to that post is Patrick Collison's post from October of last year showing the challenges that start-ups face in Ireland.
The interesting question is probably “how hard is to start a successful start-up in Ireland compared to doing so in Silicon Valley?”
We at Plain ask ourselves the same question regarding the challenges start-ups face when building a business outside of New York City or Silicon Valley but rather in the rural United States. In fact, we have a piece coming out in .Net Magazine this year specifically addressing this issue. And as a company we are working with many individuals to make this process much better for entrepreneurs in our area.
I'll post more about our thoughts and plans on this when that article is published.