The top start-up mecca in America is far from Silicon Valley – CNBC

Jason Ballard has found Austin, Texas, to be very hospitable to his retail store TreeHouse, a sustainable home-improvement store. The 25,000-square-foot facility stocks eco-friendly items such as bamboo flooring, and thermostats that allow users to turn down the heat when they are away. Since opening in south Austin in 2011, TreeHouse has grown to 50 employees and a reported $10 million in revenue.