Curious as to the main opinion of Google as a company in terms of buying up smaller startups. Of course allowing a company you've put tireless hours and so much heart is always a huge decision but are there any companies that you'd never sell to no matter what the offer? Would Google, or Facebook even as much as they've been swooping up properties lately, fall on that list? Why or why not? If you're wondering why I'm asking, I read an article about the worst Google Acquisitions this afternoon (http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-google-acquisitions-ever/ready-to-startup if you want to read) and could only guess as to how the creators of those companies feel now that Google took over their "baby," and not well. Imagine going from thinking you have something really special so much that Google is willing to shell out big bucks to get in on it to thinking all your hard work was for nothing after Google drove the brand into the ground.
I'm curious how much a location should go into the thought process when starting a business. Go beyond variables like local competitors and such, what else should be considered as far as the location (city and state, etc) before settling down somewhere. I ask as I keep hearing these things about cities that are great for starting a business for one reason or another, http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-us-cities-for-starting-a-company/ready-to-startup is an example of that, but rarely hear details about how people make these decisions.
Personally, I'm considering starting a local service-based business that would require very little overhead and could be done pretty much everywhere. I already know that my current metro area, which is about 700K people, does not have this service, though there is a demand. There's another city about an hour away that's much bigger and could potentially have a similar if not higher demand. Going beyond those factors, what do I need to consider before picking one or another?