Port Townsend versus Silicon Valley

Normally, a high-tech startup such as Mobilisa would gravitate toward places like Silicon Valley. Instead, the Ludlows picked Port Townsend, Wash., a modest mill town and tourist destination known more for its laid-back lifestyle and Victorian architecture than any noteworthy digital deeds.

“I can’t tell you how much flack I got from people,” says Nelson, chief executive. “They said you’ll never find talented people out there, but there are plenty of talented people here.”


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