Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Feb 2012 12:02 UTC
Internet & Networking "The federal government has been paying lip service to the idea that it wants to encourage new businesses and startups in the US. And this is truly important to the economy, as studies have shown that almost all of the net job growth in this country is coming from internet startups. Thankfully some politicians recognize this, but the federal government seems to be going in the other direction. With the JotForm situation unfolding, where the US government shut down an entire website with no notice or explanation, people are beginning to recognize that the US is not safe for internet startups." Not an issue today per se, but if the US government keeps this up, they do run a risk of lobotomising their technology sector.
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RE[2]: can't compete
by kaiwai on Mon 20th Feb 2012 00:51 UTC in reply to "RE: can't compete"
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Poor assumption. Sure its true now but people aren't trees, they can move. Silicon valley will be around a very long time but you'll see its distinctiveness start to fall.

The quickest way for Silicon Valley to fall would be for another country(ies) to create a Silicon Valley like zone, streamline immigration for high skilled workers associated with said companies and then offer certainty that the US government isn't. The chances of that happening is almost next to zero hence the US pretty much know they can keep pushing the envelop.

Silicon Valley not only need the right business environment but also talent as well - the only way I can see things changing is if, like I said, a country not only provides a great business environment but also an immigration policy that allows those existing employees to immigrate to the new said country where the business migrates to.

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