7 Startup Hubs From Around the World to Watch in 2014

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam may be leagues away from Silicon Valley, but its close proximity to other European countries, liberal tax laws and the city's overall vibe of tolerance and adaptability make it a natural startup environment. Recently, the city opened its arms to data centers and cloud computing companies like Digital Ocean . Don Ritzen, co-founder and CEO of RockstartAccelerator , a business accelerator based in the city, credits Amsterdam's success to its storied past. “It starts with our history. Being a small country with a wacky language forces many Dutch entrepreneurs to be fluent in English and look beyond our borders to create business of meaningful size," he recently told Wired .