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New Zealand fails to make tech grade
Fri, 30th Nov 2012
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Kiwi cities have failed to make the top 20 tech hubs around the world, with Sydney and Melbourne making the cut.

In a report produced by research group Startup Genome, the Global Startup Ecosystem Index had no place for Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, with experts not surprised by the findings.

Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, technology commentator Peter Griffin said:

"We just don't have the scale.

"But I think we're getting more on the radar of the people who are looking at investing in start-ups and that's evidenced by the likes [of Facebook investor] Peter Thiel coming down here."

Griffin also told the newspaper it would take a "Xero-sized" company to emerge and put New Zealand on the global technology map.

Unsurprisingly California's Silicon Valley topped the list, followed by Israel's Tel Aviv and a host of American cities including Los Angeles, Seattle and New York.

London was the 7th best technology city on the planet, with Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago and Paris beating Sydney, who came in at 12th.

Sao Paulo, Moscow, Berlin, Waterloo (Canada) and Singapore ensured Melbourne entered the list at 18th place, as Bangalore and Santiago finished the list.

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