Our criteria for the Technology& Innovation category may not reflect the meteoric rise of Apple stock, the stunning decline ofResearch in Motion's, the proliferation of cloud computing or the botched IPOof Facebook. But the measurements are a very accurate portrayal of where techis driving the economyin America.
The Empire (State) Strikes Back
This year's rankings, in a word, are stunning — with an unprecedented shakeup.
After five years at the top, California has been dethroned by New York, where Silicon Alley is attracting a new generation of Internet startups and generating jobs.
What's more, Californiafell to No. 3, between Texas(2 in 2012/4 in 2011) and another mover,Illinois(4/6).
This year has also brought two new entrants to the top 10: Colorado(8/14) and North Carolina (9/12) improved on last year. Bumped from the top 10 were New Jersey(13/8) andMichigan(12/8), respectively, which both placed eighth last year.
Two states maintained the status quo: Maryland(5/5) and Washington(10/10).
Rounding out the top 10,Pennsylvania (5/7) moved up and Massachusetts faltered (7/3).