28 Apr '14, 2pm

Why Cloning Silicon Valley Is So Hard

Why Cloning Silicon Valley Is So Hard

The speaker was talking about how New Jersey could become the next Silicon Valley. I was skeptical, but the audience was enthusiastic. “We could be Silicon Valley !” they were thinking. Through the years I’ve been a number of places that people thought could become Silicon Valley. Some have done well enough—Boston ; Research Triangle Park , in North Carolina; Austin , Texas; and Cambridge , England, to name a few. Many more places have had their hopes and aspirations bear little fruit. But Silicon Valley is still the only Silicon Valley. While the speaker was lauding the potential of New Jersey, I was remembering a time in the 1960s when I had just started my career at Bell Labs. Back then some executives started the original effort to make New Jersey into a Silicon Valley. They had put together a consortium of New Jersey research organizations and hired Fred Terman , the ...

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