By Jason Hidalgo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Does Reno hold the biggest little blueprint for emerging technology hubs?
That’s the question that more than 200 tech sector CEOs, executives and government leaders will tackle as they flock to the Biggest Little City for the inaugural VentureBeat Blueprint event from March 5 to 7.
The invitation-only gathering will focus on crafting a plan for heartland cities and other areas that feel left behind by the ongoing growth of the technology industry. It was an idea that arose after VentureBeat noticed an unusual trend with the tech site’s metrics after the 2016 presidential election.
“We saw a deep drop in our traffic by 20 percent … for about two weeks,” said Matt Marshall, who founded VentureBeat in 2006. “We went into this collective freeze with some of our tech readers where they were more interested in knowing what was going on politically all of a sudden.”
The trend was accompanied by criticism of Silicon Valley, which was seen by some as being aloof, insular and out of touch with what was going on in the rest of the nation, Marshall said.
Marshall sees the election President Donald Trump as a reflection of the economic frustration some Americans were feeling, particularly in the nation’s heartland.
“The heartland — middle America — has been left behind and this is a protest vote,” Marshall said. “The coasts have done well but the heartland has not and they don’t have the internet skills, the training or the venture capital that has been invested in these companies.”
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