Fighting Brain Drain in the Rust Belt

Having advanced research confined to a few coastal cities may be convenient, but it also poses problems because it leaves a huge population high and dry, away from education and financial opportunity. Fortunately, cheap real estate in the nation’s midsection, combined with a bit of luck, is driving a surge of high tech growth in forgotten areas from Oklahoma to Akron (Business Week talks about nanotech specifically).

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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