Teleport Is A New App That Wants Governments To Compete For Citizens

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There are lots of reasons why moving isn’t any fun. One of the worst can be not knowing what the city or area you will be moving to is really like. But if you happen to be a person looking for a startup job, there’s an app that’s here to help. Teleport turns the whole notion of moving for a job on it’s head by helping talented startup job seekers pick a place where they will be happy living and working. It actually puts location above job description in an effort to tune the equation for work/life balance for maximum happiness. Here’s how Sten Tamkivi (CEO and co-founder) explains what Teleport is all about:

“Teleport builds software for people on the move. Our long term vision is to help free people move around and have all governments compete for every citizen. As a start we’re helping startup people whose jobs allow them to be mobile figure out where they should be, and then help them get there. We have released two products to date: Bay Area Teleport web based search that let’s you find an affordable and cost-optimal place to live around Silicon Valley. And now Teleport for Startup Cities mobile app that let’s you discover and budget your next move among 100 startup-friendly cities in the world.”

That’s a pretty mind-blowing statement—having governments competing for citizens—and one that’s almost hard to wrap your mind around. It’s a new, and for me, completely unexpected facet of the technology revolution. I mean, the thought of an American, for instance, considering skipping out to another country is pretty crazy in my mind; and yet the idea makes some (kind of bizarre) sense as the world continues to get flatter. If you think about a future like you would see in Star Trek where humans identify with Earth as their home, rather than a specific country, you start to wonder how that change would come about. Perhaps it would be something like Teleport, where boundaries seem irrelevant and opportunity is paramount.


How are people making use of Teleport so far? Bay Area Teleport has seen the number of searches per session (in other words how much people are exploring and tweaking the life quality criteria they are looking for) tick up consistently since the November release.

Sten says that with the Teleport for Startup Cities app, his team is trying to build ...

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