Me outside Fry’s Electronics in Silicon Valley, circa 2000.
Time is short today, so I’m going to be brief with this “Silicon Valley” post…
Nearly a hundred comments so far: Paul Graham’s using the site reddit.com as the comments section for his How to Be Silicon Valley essay, and he’s getting comments aplenty.
Ethan considers Canadian cities with a notable tech presence in the comments of this blog.
Memer suggests that “the one major missing piece (besides, potentially, cost of living) is the [lack of] perception of Toronto as a hip, liberal place to be.” I think this can and will happen — consider that in the 1950’s, you’d get arrested for playing a pick-up game of football on a Sunday. Nobody said a having a WASP heritage didn’t have a down-side.
An anonymous commenter says “I might be out of the loop, but I’m not really currently aware of any contending or ramping up Toronto start-ups that are generating buzz.” Of course, if this were the case, we probably wouldn’t be having this discussion. What we do have are most, if not all, of the elements in place. In terms of the evolution of life on earth, we’ve got the “chemical soup” and there are thunderclaps nearby.
And finally, ideas we can steal from other Canadian cities with a strong tech presence in order to make Toronto a better tech hub:
- Vancouver: London Drugs (late-night drug stores that are practically grocery stores and computer stores) and late-night coffee places.
- Montreal: Night life, cafe culture and perhaps a little architecture.
- Edmonton: Never been there, so I have no idea. I do know that they can put away a lot of beer.