A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.
I am writing this article while sitting on a rooftop deck, overlooking the ocean in Baja, Mexico. The warm sea breeze and chilled beers are no doubt influencing my thinking, but sometimes it takes a change in latitude to gain a change in attitude (sorry Mr. Buffet, I couldn't resist).
My uber-relaxed state of mind aside, I have always believed that the key to personal and professional success is to select a locale that will facilitate your lifestyle and hobbies. Thus, the "best" place for you to start your company is the community you want to live in. Period.
The days of entrepreneurs having to move to New York, LA or Silicon Valley to ensure their startup's success are long over. Don't believe the hype.
Sound like crazy advice? Maybe, but it's exactly what my wife and I did over twenty years ago.