Arek, I really enjoyed your post.
I remember when I was still living in Poland (I moved back to the U.S. 18 months ago) a friend who by that time has at least 10 years in London under his belt told me that he could have stayed in Poland and looked at everything being built and improved and changed but he just wanted to go somewhere where everything was done and built the way he wanted it done. He didn’t want to spend 20 years waiting for the school system he wanted and the roads he wanted. He just wanted to use them now.
So my question is do you think it’s really worth it to build a funding scene for Polish startups in Poland? If you want to play basketball in Poland you don’t have to build a new NBA, you can try and play for the NBA. If you want startup funding and awesome angels and VCs you can build a great funding community in Poland but you can also go to Berlin, London or the U.S. and focus your efforts there.
I’m just wondering whether or not it’s worth it to replicate communities that are already available to Polish startups. If you’re the best at what you do the money is there. Build the company in Poland if you want to but you don’t have to have Polish investor nor Polish customers to be able to do that.
What do you think?