Innovation Notes from All Over

Picking through innovation items this morning:

"The Search for Ingredients to Replicate Silicon Valley"  Short answer:  Even if another region wanted to become a kind of Silicon Valley, there is no secret sauce.  One thing not considered in this short piece:  As a Silicon Valley native -- one of the few -- I think that it is likely that a place like the Silicon Valley (and its predecessors -- the SV has been innovative long before it became the SV) works because of the people that it attracts, not only because of something in the technical or investment water.  The SV has been able to cultivate and breed a selection effect.  That keys into something that's quite important for wannabe regions like Pittsburgh:  How do we get the right people into the pool?

"Eight Fallacies of Entrepreneurship"  There are no secrets here:  Entrepreneurship comes in many flavors.  It's not limited to high tech startups.  And it is hard.

"Amartya Sen on Growth and Well-Being"  What does a region want?  Jobs?  Money?  Happiness?  Health?  All of the above.  But the relationships among them are not straightforward.


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