When it Comes to Innovation, Geography is Destiny

How important is “geography” to innovation and adoption? New innovations have a much higher rate of success in Silicon Valley than elsewhere in the US. Perhaps this is because one quarter of all venture capital in America goes into Silicon Valley, but other triple helix factors play a role too. The photo to the left shows some of the many parrots now making a home and thriving in Amsterdam. Something about Amsterdam is attracting them, just as tech start-ups are drawn to Silicon Valley. The photographer, “Richard_b”, suggests it could be global warming that is attracting parrots to Amsterdam. What makes Silicon Valley so special to tech companies?

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