Why Build Software Startups in Alaska?
Alaska is a place where vast, beautiful wilderness meets a strong sense of community and connection to nature, creating an environment ripe for tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems. In addition, Alaska offers benefits such as:
- No personal income tax
- Limited business taxes for startups
- Higher quality of life for employees due to a relatively low cost-of-living, limited commute times and more
- A growing, connected community of remote workers and entrepreneurs
- Increasingly strong Internet, even in remote locations
When Lee Brown, cofounder of the Alaska Startup Studio, first moved to Valdez, Alaska, in early 2016, he spent the next two years coding software from an Arctic Oven tent. He found the setting to offer space and solitude to focus and increased motivation knowing that adventure awaited just outside the door. Since those initial years, Lee has systematically improved the methods of living and working remotely from tents.
The strong sense of community and connection to nature he experienced was the inspiration to launch this startup studio. The Brown brothers welcome software engineering teams to stay and work at their Geeks in Valdez property any time of the year - snow or shine!
Remote and Connected in Alaska
Here in the Great White North there is a vibrant community of remote workers and telecommuters. Alaska has had high availability of gigabit internet in its three largest cities for a while now, and rural communities are quickly catching up. Increased internet speeds (both upload and download) enable remote workers to collaborate with teams outside of Alaska by providing seamless experiences with integral tools like video conferencing.
Working remotely can provide increased focus while minimizing (and in some cases eliminating) lengthy commutes to and from an office.
In the lower 48 states, workers are traveling ever longer to attain the job or home life they want, but the daily stress may outweigh the gains, as Scientific American explains.