The American Dream has moved to Mexico. If you work hard in Mexico you can buy a house, have a family, and live a good life. That’s not something I can see happening in San Francisco right now.
Why I’m Moving to Mexico
Matt Pasienski

Far be it from me to diss my hometown, much less speak ill of my fellow countrymen. I must admit you’re words had me briefly swollen up with pride, and I can relate to them as I’ve been a part of this paradigm shift, but for me it wasn’t IT, but aerospace engineering where I spent my best years building the reputation that now precedes us with the likes of Boeing and Airbus.

Then I got worried for you, because more often than not, the higher the expectations, the harder and more painful the fall.

For all its redeeming qualities, Mexico’s developing software industry is deeply coopted by the largest customer of them all: The government on all its levels, from federal to local.

If you’re not selling to the government and don’t have a foreign user base and clientele, you better be selling mouse pads or peddling PC repair and maintenance, or you’ll see your company burn through their capital faster than you can swipe right on tinder each time a stock picture comes up.

Having said that, the big players and the government are all buddy -buddies, and routinely exchange ribes and gifts in refurn for the really juicy Contracts. This is how Oracle Mexico and Microsoft get by with only a handful of customers and offices stafffed with only a minimal crew, since one of the largest licensors of their proprietary products is naturally the Government.

I really became disillusioned with the the whole IT scene this side of the border when I learned that software license compliance is audited by SAT, the Mexican equivalent of the IRS, the tax authority, for Jebus’ sake, will audit your windows licenses, and not an an NGO like the BSA. How did they got the tax authority to do the job that an industry organization should be doing is anyone’s guess.

All in all, I wish you well, and success on your endeavors over at the “Pearl of the West” (la perla de occidente), Guadalajara’s City nickname.

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