Every city with a startup scene has that one spot where entrepreneurs flock. Inc.’s guide will have you acting like an insider on your next business trip


Where the Sun Shines in Seattle

It doesn’t come as a surprise that Starbucks dominates on its home turf. The coffee behemoth’s Madison Park café borders on iconic, while its University Village location—amid an Apple store, a Microsoft store, and the first Amazon store—comes in a close second. But for techies in Pioneer Square—the city’s bustling startup “nerve center,” according to John Nelson, director of business development for tech recruiter BroadPoint Group—Zeitgeist Coffee is the place to gather. Along with the bustling crowd, Nelson says, its rotating gallery of art by Seattle artists gives you “that feeling of creativity along with strong coffee, which is a potent mix.” Dan Shapiro, founder of 3-D laser printing company Glowforge, takes meetings at Zeitgeist because of its noisy intimacy. “It’s the kind of place

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