I am a professional startup developer in the heart of what I begrudgingly call Silicon Prairie. Honestly, it's a cut-throat world here in KC. No VCs banging down the door to float us Series As. No Y-Combinator to train visionaries to be good CEOs. Just a bunch of hard-working midwesterners, busting our ass to make a dollar from a penny. And I wouldn't trade it for the world.
Professionally, I gravitate toward GCE (booo aws), dev-ops, nodejs, golang ... but most of all -- I love the passion and drive that fuels the startup culture.