The Next Silicon Valley

Every conversation about technology and innovation eventually turns to the "Next Silicon Valley" question and prospects for some seemingly promising second-tier hub. This conversation belongs in the Not-Even-Wrong category. The idea of the "Next Silicon Valley" is simply the spatial version of the "Next Big Thing": a kind of wishful thinking that romantically yearns for a new, pristine frontier. But the real prospects for non-Silicon-Valley software technology regions are actually brighter if you drop Silicon-Valley-envy as a frame. Why?

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