In contrast to coastal states, Oklahoma is not typically associated with innovation. Known for its dominant oil and gas industry, turbulent tornado season and football, Oklahoma has traditionally been perceived as a flyover state – a place where you pass through but never visit, a place where change comes slow and tradition is valued. As a result, Oklahoma´s startup scene is a far cry from Silicon Valley.
However, Oklahoma´s long-standing flyover reputation is currently being disrupted. In the last year, Oklahoma has received billions in outside investment from companies such as Google and Amazon. If a plethora of incoming investments wasn’t enough, Kiplinger names Oklahoma City one of America’s most affordable cities, estimated at 9.7% below the U.S. average cost of living.
The combination of incoming investments, affordability and rising education levels, is putting Oklahoma back on the map while laying the foundation for a rising startup community. For our team, staying in Oklahoma City gives us unprecedented access to unique talent and manageable startup costs, enabling us to pass on a unique product at an affordable price to our customers and making us the most affordable and scalable text-marketing solution in the market.
So maybe Oklahoma is still a far cry from Silicon Valley – but maybe that isn’t such a bad thing.