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It’s the end of summer in the northern hemisphere. And in Silicon Valley, it’s the end of an era. The garage days are over.
Former SUN CEO, Scott McNealy, is the latest to add his voice to the chorus of tech and business leaders (such as Andy Grove, Tom Siebel, Jim Clark) on the decline of Silicon Valley .
On the surface, Malcolm Gladwell’s latest article for The New Yorker, “ Creation Myth: Xerox PARC, Apple, and the truth about innovation “, is a story about the mouse and how inventions travel – and evolve – across time and place. But examined more deeply, the article is really about the factors that determine whether you end up with an invention or an innovation .
Drive up and down the 101 Freeway in Silicon Valley, or cast your gaze north toward Seattle, and media companies, which expect to book over $20 billion in advertising in 2011, appear to be everywhere.
As a Brit who gave up cheerleading the European tech scene to make the pilgrimage to Silicon Valley to live, eat and breath the world’s leading hub for technology startup innovation, I’ve been largely unimpressed and disappointed by the quality of startups here.
Michael Falco for The New York Times
Posted on Thursday, Jun 2nd 2011