"I left Europe because - to put it plainly - Silicon Valley kicks its butt..."

Article published on Jan. 18, 2011
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Article published on Jan. 18, 2011
The following article "awakes my Daimon" and plays tricks with my own insecurities, fears and doubts. Do I live in the appropriate environment for creation, innovation and all the tolerance and state of mind that goes with?

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Who can argue that environment FACTOR is as important as talent, drive, willingness , determination, ambition and vision.

From several talks, I know many youngsters in Greece, dream the "Valley" as the place to be and to create. The ultimate destination...

I am no tech-geek-computer specialist but I still dream of that place, I long for a place where you breath innovation and everything is designed and destined to let you create.

Am I-dream-right?

Put away my questionings, I believe it s time for all young developers, scientists, students, everyone in its own craft, to start asking and wondering for an adequate valley somewhere in Europe. What are we waiting for?

Enjoy this guest column by Loic Le Meur, in the Telegraph's Tech Start-Up 100 debate series.

California__USA.jpg "I left Europe because - to put it plainly - Silicon Valley kicks its butt. That sounds like a negative statement, but it doesn't have to be. The point is that a strong European tech ecosystem will be one that tries to be more like Silicon Valley; one that attempts to reproduce its successes.

Even though I plan to stay in the US - my green card request is pending! - I love Europe. I miss it hugely. But let's get real: let's be honest about Europe's shortcomings and let's work together to find ways to fix them.

To do that, we have to work out what makes Silicon Valley tick. First and foremost, it's about concentration. In the Valley, the best companies, entrepreneurs and investors are all in one place. It feels like a campus. Everything you do, from the morning run to the coffee run, is a networking opportunity.

Compare this to the fragmentation in Europe, where the next meeting is always a flight away, and you can see why things simply happen more slowly over there. Thirty languages and insufficiently fluent English slow things down even further.

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