With the highest urban population in the United States and the densest system of highways and railroads, New Jersey is pretty much the promised land for any startup that requires an urban focus. It’s got a strong healthcare and manufacturing sector, and its transportation and technology industries are both booming.
Of course, it’s not all sunshine and flowers in the garden state. In spite of this rapid growth – and in spite of the fact that New Jersey is a promising candidate for entrepreneurs – there’s on major problem. Namely, it’s notoriously difficult to receive funding as a New Jersey-based startup.
“We don’t have an especially founder-friendly ecosystem compared to other places in the country,” explains entrepreneur Jennifer Crews, speaking to Bell Labs. “I have witnessed this for a while and now, as a founder, I am experiencing it first hand…We can create a ton of activity and invest a lot of effort, but the key to building a robust startup ecosystem is to make New Jersey a place where founders want to do business.”
And currently, that’s where the problem lies. See, New Jersey has something known as a capital gains tax, which applies to all exchange of property, shares, and stock. What that means is that whenever a startup has an exit event, founders have to pay out a huge chunk of their gain in taxes.
Factor in that the region also has some of the highest sales, property, and income tax in the country, and it starts to look like a pretty expensive place to do business.
Currently, investors and entrepreneurs alike are lobbying the New Jersey government to change that fact. It’s not clear how long it’ll take before they succeed. In the meantime, however, if you’re dead-set on founding a business there, here’s a bit of advice:
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