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Saturday, December 13, 2008
Michael Arrington, joins issue with Loic about American vs. European entrepreneurs, the controversy picked up at the Le Web conference. Loic responds back . As someone who has gone around the world many times and has met with hundreds of entrepreneurs, here are my thoughts.
In my view, Mike is spot on. Entrepreneurship is going to be more global and demanding and the fact remains that in the internet age, the valley has consistently provided/sustained large scale enterprises. I can’t even recall a single european startup name that looks significant enough to challenge the valley players in the internet age. The valley is the poster child for tech entrepreneurs around the world and that is clearly not going to change!
"There is a huge difference between being lazy and taking time to know each other. It is one of the main cultural differences I feel everyday as I moved to Silicon Valley: every minute, every coffee, every phone call must have a point. When you call someone in Silicon Valley for anything you will likely get "why are you calling me?" ...One will have to differ with you Loic! Mike is mostly right if not spot on!
Update : Zoho's Sridhar Vembu writes on worklife in Japan - a very neat description indeed. I have seen identical things happening in Japan for several years. |
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