Thursday, June 01, 2006

How to create a Silicon Valley: Part 2

After the irst part (linked here), Paul Graham has penned the second part as well, in which he discusses why the US has the right sort of 'humid environment' in which start-ups 'condense more easily'. He cites several factors: immigration (which would rule out Japan), wealth (which would rule out India), democracy, good universities, labour laws, and so on.

While one does not need to agree with everything in it, the article -- like so many of his pieces -- is certainly clear, thought provoking, and full of interesting ideas.


  1. Anonymous said...


    You left out some of the most interesting things about one other country and this one It's natural for US universities to compete with one another because so many are private. To reproduce the quality of American universities you probably also have to reproduce this. If universities are controlled by the central government, log-rolling will pull them all toward the mean: the new Institute of X will end up at the university in the district of a powerful politician, instead of where it should be. He says poverty comes in the way of startups in India. Nothing else? How many startups are we seeing these days coming out of our engg schools? I was heartened to hear of a dista....nt relation who is graduating from E-school in Pune this year, who started working for IBM last year; and has just turned down a final offer from them and is instead joining a startup in Bombay!

  2. Anonymous said...

    Your posting has prompted me to write my own blog now :)
    It is titled 'Bangalore and Silicon Valley' and can be seen at

  3. Anonymous said...

    Silicon valley, Bangalore. Are we there yet. I think not. There is a lot that can be done to create a SV out of Bangalore. IISc is a catalyst, tech companies perhaps another, defence establishments are here too as are some foreign firms. What we need is perhaps is for these entities to come together. How?