Is Silicon Valley Complacent?

from the depends-on-who-you-talk-to dept

John Hagel and John Seely Brown who recently wrote a book on this subject (so, keep in mind that part of this article is really just publicity for their book) have written a column suggesting that Silicon Valley has become “complacent,” believing that “innovation is our birthright,” and that no other place can out innovate the Valley. The two authors contend, of course, that entrepreneurs in places like India and China are feverishly working to out innovate us — and therefore this complacency is a very dangerous trend. Of course, the whole “complacency” theory seems to be based on the anonymous quote from a single executive from a “large tech concern.” While it’s likely true that some are complacent, it hardly seems fair to assume that the complacency is widespread throughout the Valley. There are stupid executives everywhere… but there are also smart ones who recognize the value of innovating. That isn’t to say that many of the suggestions made don’t make sense. Recognizing that there’s competition out there and that it’s serious, hungry competition is important. But, it’s a bit early to write off Silicon Valley as complacent just yet.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Is Silicon Valley Complacent?”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
dorpus says:

Asia seems complacent to me

When I talk to Asians in Asia, they refuse to believe that some day, their wages may be too high and their own jobs may get outsourced. Or that when they have caught up to America, they will run out of things to do and stagnate, as has happened to Japan. Their education systems still don’t value critical thinking, challenging the accepted way of doing things.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...