Friendly people, quality of life and the absence of labor unions are three of the reasons listed that make Research Triangle Park as good or better for entrepreneurs than Silicon Valley in an article published this week in Inc.

Brian Hamilton, chairman of Sageworks, uses his personal path – to Duke University for graduate school and then building a life in the Triangle – to describe how the understated Southern culture can mask the successes in our community.

He writes:

“While the area gets some attention for its technology companies, it doesn’t have the national reputation that it deserves. The truth is that, along with Silicon Valley, this is the best area in the country to start a technology or information business.”