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Sean Ammirati Archive
At the turn of the twentieth century, Pittsburgh really was held in the same regard that Silicon Valley is today. Entrepreneurs like Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Mellon, George Westinghouse, and John Baptiste Ford & John Pitcairn, Jr were creating companies around entirely new industries. While the companies they started remain today, those industries are certainly not as high-growth as they were more than a hundred years ago. However, the entrepreneurs have left a number of great assets behind in Pittsburgh that the city continues to capitalize on to this day. This includes amazing architecture, captivating museums and a number of venues for great plays and musical performances.
However, the most relevant legacy of these entrepreneurs turned philanthropists is an amazing set of colleges and universities that are creating technology and talent, which is helping develop another generation of entrepreneurs again inventing new industries and markets. The largest of these are obviously Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh. However, the region also has a number of smaller colleges and universities.
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