I enjoyed the article as it was a thought provoking piece.
Douglas Tonto
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Great points, Doug. I think there is an understanding (implicit or explicit) that talent is only in a few places. “Oh, there aren’t that many good programmers in Buffalo, or Richmond, or Dar es Salaam.” But people (including, by the way, with grant capital from places like Stanford and government money) have invested over 30–40 years in making sure Silicon Valley has great talent — so people are beneficiaries of long-term investment that seems to be taken as status quo. Your points about investing in a future workforce is something that Silicon Valley did — to great effect. But just because things are great now doesn’t mean they are going to be great in the future, for Silicon Valley, just because things are “not as good” in other placed doesn’t mean investment can’t pay off.

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