Welcome to the 202nd episode of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, hosted by Inc.'s editor in chief, James Ledbetter.

This week, executive editor Danielle Sacks discusses Inc.'s Surge Cities package, which explores the 50 most startup-friendly places in America. She dives into what makes these cities hotbeds for innovation and why founders in large metropolises like New York are relocating to places like Austin.  

I discuss how the government shutdown is affecting small businesses located near national parks, which have curtailed access or closed altogether since the shutdown began. Operators of hotels, restaurants, and shops in those areas are seeing fewer visitors and less spending, according to the Wall Street Journal

Lastly, assistant editor Cameron Albert-Deitch explores the violent protests happening in Chandler, Arizona. Residents are angry that Waymo, Google's self-driving car project, launched a pilot program for its autonomous vehicles in the area without asking them, prompting them to throw rocks at the cars, The New York Times reports. 

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Published on: Jan 4, 2019