7 Startup Hubs From Around the World to Watch in 2014

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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 .