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Sam Michel

Interesting post, Nico. I agree that it's easy to get swept up in chasing the illusion of easy-street in Silicon Valley.

From the research (http://www.chinwag.com/ukti/survey) we worked on for UKTI, the US is still the main market that companies are eyeing up, but both India and China are also very high on the list.

Nico Macdonald

Yes, the model of making connections or exporting to other markets is different from trying to emulate those markets/environments at home. Though one does then come back to the question of why there isn't a British Google, etc, that UK companies could be dealing with here. (Not that this is necessarily the right question to ask.)

Sam Michel

Would we better looking at other countries outside the US for models instead?

Are there lessons to be learnt from China, India or Israel on how they've developed their tech sectors and innovations? Perhaps they're better models than looking at the US?

Nico Macdonald

Good point. My instinct is that a key factor in India is a general cultural enthusiasm for invention and progress. This is probably a key factor in China too – and the Chinese authorities need to ensure continued economic development in order to retain the fealty of the (urban) population. On the scientific end of the tech sector, the Demos Atlas of Ideas project on the 'new geography of science' might provide some insights.

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