For years it's been common for various places to claim that they're the next Silicon Valley -- often with their own variation on the name (Silicon Prairie, Silicon Mountain, Silicon Alley, etc.). However, recently, with the focus on Thomas Friedman's book The World is Flat, the idea that anywhere can be its own Silicon Valley has gotten an awful lot of attention -- and plenty of that attention is focused on places like Bangalore, India. Apparently, though, not everyone in Bangalore agrees. A fascinating opinion piece from an Indian news site notes some of the growing clashes between the tech industry and others in Bangalore and gives plenty of reasons why Bangalore is no Silicon Valley -- noting that Silicon Valley companies were actively involved in helping to build up the local community beyond just building businesses. It's that entire local infrastructure that helped make Silicon Valley what it is (though, some may argue recent developments are hurting that infrastructure). Yet, we still see companies recognizing that they need to move to Silicon Valley in order to compete. So, yes, it's true that the barriers to innovation and development are dropping, but it still takes more than a few tech businesses to become an innovation hub. This isn't to say that Silicon Valley is perfect or won't eventually be topped by some other place (or no place at all), but there's this notion that recreating Silicon Valley is easy -- and that hasn't actually been shown to be true yet.
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