Stealing the Silicon Valley Economic Playbook

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Playbook Composition

For any region to become an entrepreneurial powerhouse it must adopt the 10 economic strengths that enabled the Silicon Valley to dominate the high-tech world.

The 10 Economic Strengths:

  1. Favorable Mindset – Social innovation and entrepreneurship are highly valued. Community committed to economic development and inclusion.
  2. Knowledge Density – A cauldron of in-depth target industry knowledge and ideas for new products, services, markets, and business models.
  3. A High-Quality and Mobile Workforce – Become a magnet for targeted industry entrepreneurial professionals. These talented individuals easily move between opportunities that match their expertise.
  4. You Can Play If You Have Game – Age, ethnicity, seniority, and experience are not what dictate opportunity or responsibility. This inclusion enables ideas to succeed based on merit and diverse experiences.
  5. Lean Start-ups — Risk-taking rewarded and failures tolerated. Go to market with Minimum Viable Product (MVP). Business models are continuously adapted from lessons learned and developed intellectual property.
  6. Open Social Business Environment – Although there is competition, there’s a larger attitude towards social interchange and sharing knowledge. Strong community identification and commitment to its betterment.
  7. Highly Efficient Technology Transfer Structures/ Open Systems – Rapid assimilation of advanced research from institutions and universities in which to build proprietary extensions.
  8. Effective Alignment of Business, Government, and Nonprofit Organizations – Well defined urban planning and development. Pro-business. High quality education system. Appropriate level of social services provided by nonprofit organizations.
  9. High Quality of Life – Affordable living conditions with access to major cultural, entertainment, and intellectual attractions and institutions.
  10. A Specialized Business Infrastructure – A large array of support services for emerging businesses, including venture capitalists and investors, lawyers, head-hunters, finance and accounting professionals, consultants, and a host of other specialists.

The single characteristic that allowed the Silicon Valley to stand head and shoulders above the rest: High Quality of Life. Now with extensive overcrowding and the high cost of living, Silicon Valley has lost this distinction and people are leaving the valley, all bets are off.

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