Can Europe Create Its Own Silicon Valley?

The short answer is ‘no way‘ …

Petra Moser, assistant professor of economics at Stanford and its Europe Center, who was born in Germany… “They’re trying to recreate Silicon Valley … so far with little success … The institutional and cultural differences are still too great.”

It looks like Larry Downes, who published an article in Harvard Business Review “How Europe Can Create Its Own Silicon Valley” supposed that Silicon Valley can be duplicated and it’ll be as easy as 1-2-3. As he wrote about it, “Having lived and worked in Northern California since the beginning of the Internet revolution, I’ve been asked that same question regularly, both at home and abroad. My answer may surprise you: pass the right laws“. Read more: https://hbr.org/2015/06/how-europe-can-create-its-own-silicon-valley

Happened we too “having lived and worked in Northern California since the beginning of the Internet revolution, I’ve been asked that same question regularly, both at home and abroad. My answer may surprise you:” (1) create a country with US like economical & political climate; (2) create the social and legal conditions that were set up in 19th century California since the beginning of Gold Rush, and then (3) create something like Stanford University with someone like Professor Frederick Terman who organized special kind of innovative spirit based Department of Electrical Engineering. (4) When / if all of the above will attract to the Valley people like Nobel laureate and co-inventor of the transistor William Shockley to invest their energy in the further developing of the University industrial park, it’ll be a good time – not earlier – to read the above quoted Harvard Business Review’s article. Read more: From the Gold Mines of El Dorado to the “Golden” Startups of Silicon Valley

See also:

  • “How do we create our own Silicon Valley?”
  • Tolerance for “Bad Behavior” is a Key Social Ingredient of the Silicon Valley.
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