Goodbye San Fransisco, hello St. Louis: Moving business to Midwest

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(KTVI) – It reads like a pamphlet from the city, but British entrepreneur Jon Wheatley posted a blog Friday telling the world “Why I’m Moving My Business From San Francisco To St. Louis”.

Extolling the virtues of St. Louis, he points out how expensive San Francisco is and how much farther a startup company can go here.

It’s full of beautiful picturesand taglines like, “St. Louis isn’t just ridiculously affordable, there’s also a lot to keep you entertained.”

Wheatley joins other businesses who have started or moved to St. Louis. Programs like Arch Grants and office spaces like T-Rex hope to draw more companies, tech or not, to St. Louis.

Wheatley moved to SanFrancisco from England in 2009 to launch DailyBooth, a website where people could load up a photo of themselves each day. That site has since closed, but he is working on several other projects now, including



  • Bob

    I moved from the Bay Area to St. Louis 10 years ago and I can’t agree with everything he says. While some things are less expensive, especially housing, I wouldn’t say living here is “ridiculously affordable”. As far as the statement that there is “a lot to keep you entertained”, I’d give California more credit on that. I will say that the move here was like moving back to America.

  • Benhardt_Constr

    Being in the remodeling industry as a contractor I have noticed a lot of chatter of how desirable St. Louis is becoming for the tech industry. Which fits with the rest of the indicators.

    St. Louis has a strong future ahead.

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