What has Silicon Valley got that we haven’t got?

What Americans do have however, is one place with a different culture. A place with a history of innovation and success in technology. A place that attracts not just technologists but the capital that they need. A place where someone like Steve Jobs could grow up and meet Steve Wozniak.

I don’t think producing more Science and Technology graduates is going to be enough by itself for Ireland to emulate Silicon Valley. Sure there are plenty of R&D and other high-skilled opportunities in the Irish operations of US companies.  But how many Irish engineers take their bonus (or severance payment) and sink it into a garage startup?  Who are the angel investors who encourage and support them?  How do we develop a culture of try, fail, and try again?  Do we need more technology graduates, or more imagination?

What has Silicon Valley got that we haven’t got?

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