Why Silicon Valley is a temporary phenomenon

Detroit Motor City

If Silicon Valley wasn’t a temporary phenomenon, then Britain would still be the centre of manufacturing.

If Silicon Valley wasn’t a temporary phenomenon, then the Spinning Jenny would still be the most important tool of production.

If Silicon Valley wasn’t a temporary phenomenon, then steam would still be the primary from propulsion of our machines.

If Silicon Valley wasn’t a temporary phenomenon, then Detroit would still be the dominant economy of the USA.

Everything has to start somewhere. It so happens that this thing started in a former orange grove in California. Sometimes we confuse the start with the long term reality. And this is the start, we are merely 20 years into this revolution. It’s worth remembering the combustion engine motor car didn’t arrive until 150 years after the start of the Industrial Revolution. The most important things and locations for our current revolution are yet to emerge. What this means is what you make and where you make it can change the trajectory of the future. But more than that it means we need to have a bigger mindset than thinking one place is the centre of everything.

You should totally read my book – The Great Fragmentation.

 

Revolutions and pleasure

In the October 1994 Issue of Wired, Gary Wolfe said in an article,  article about Mosiac (the worlds first GUI web browser) and the coming internet revolution.

“When it comes to smashing a paradigm, pleasure is not the most important thing…

it is the only thing.”

Startup blog asks this:

What kind of pleasure is your startup bringing to its people?

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