There are two things I don't like about this infographic syndicated by
Entrepreneur magazine: a cleverly worded, but misleading, title, and the lack of "show your work".
The first problem is that it looks like this was written to generate clicks and controversy. Austin is the "Top Startup City", and San Francisco is the worst? Well, that's not what the title says, but that's what 99% of readers will fixate on. I love living in Austin, and I am starting a company here, but if you believe this is anything more than a very well executed marketing ploy, you may want to reconsider.
The second problem is that the results aren't honest. Well, the numbers and rankings might be accurate, but I don't know by what formula the rankings were devised. What's more important, the cost of office space/square foot or the cost of an employee. Better yet, where is the money located that will fund these expenses? SF has 4x more deals done than Austin and about 6x the money invested (both statistics per capita).(http://www.feld.com/wp/archives/2013/07/entrepreneurial-density-and-venture-capital.html
I'll close by saying that Austin is a great city, and it's where I want to build my company. There are ways to justify it's the right city for your business, but I feel that this one size fits all approach is a bit ridiculous.