Stop Emulating Silicon Valley – How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution (HBR)

The Big Idea: How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution

To ignite venture creation and growth, governments need to create an ecosystem that sustains entrepreneurs. Here’s what really works.

1: Stop Emulating Silicon Valley.

The nearly universal ambition of becoming another Silicon Valley sets governments up for frustration and failure. There is little argument that Silicon Valley is the “gold standard” entrepreneurship ecosystem, home to game-changing giants such as Intel, Oracle, Google, eBay, and Apple. The Valley has it all: technology, money, talent, a critical mass of ventures, and a culture that encourages collaborative innovation and tolerates failure. So it is understandable when public leaders throughout the world point to California and say, “I want that.”

This is a must read article for anyone outside of the Bay Area.

Building a Startup Ecosystems and Government role | Grow VC > Blog

Building a Startup Ecosystems and Government role

by: Valto Loikkanen

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I came across this great article in Bloomberg Business week with a topic “Why Boulder is America’s Best Town for Startups“, the article talks about Boulder and how they have build their startup ecosystem and also what is a good role for government. I think this is a very timely topic to many cities around the world, so I wanted to also cover this topic here as well.

There’s no denying the power of the Silicon Valley as the global leader when it comes to startups. That said, it really does not help so much the people outside the Valley and even less the cities around the world that are trying to build their own vibrant startup ecosystem and that’s why I personally see the case for Boulder Colorado, much more appealing for cities around the globe to take a note.

The history of Silicon Valley goes all the way back to great gold rush, so it’s easy to understand, that the model to build a such ecosystem can not really be learned from the Valley alone.

Here are some thoughts from Growvc on how startup communities globally do not need to take so long to develop. As long as there are active local participants, a lot can happen quickly.

Startup Exhibition echelon 2010: Asia’s Leading Web Technology Event Singapore

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The list of companies demoing at echelon 2010 has just been posted. See the page for the full list. Shown are the ones from HK that are going.