Cincinnati native Michael Markesbery’s performance apparel startup is a case study in why Ohio might be the next Silicon Valley.
Markesbery relied on the emerging local startup ecosystem to fill in sizable gaps in his understanding of commercial business strategy. He credits Cincinnati’s hands-on culture, as well as seed capital from Columbus-based NCT Ventures, with helping make his business model scalable.
When asked if Markesbery would ever consider packing up and moving their Oros Apparel to Los Angeles or New York, he replies, “Not a chance. I might be biased, but Ohio is the best place to launch a startup in America.”
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