“How can we be the next … ?”
Many of the questions and suggestions I’m hearing on this topic of “creating a startup hub” contain what appears to be a flawed premise. Rather than trying to create a hacker culture, most cities (that aren’t startup hubs) sound like they’re trying to culture hackers. Rather than inviting the kind of hackery that breeds startups, the temptation (status quo trap) to which cities succumb is trying to lure young, potential founders into believing that this city is great for them, facts aside. And if it isn’t great in any detail, this, too, can (and will!) be fixed.