I moderated a panel on the topic of cities branding their entrepreneurship ecosystems.
In case you haven’t heard my ranting before: I think it’s silly for cities to talk about being the Silicon Valley of anything. Find my rants here and here and here. Funny enough, I was leading that panel at SXSW, another important vibrant national tradition I don’t want cities to try to copy.
Below are some questions I asked and a wrap video from the Amplify Philly house, where I did the panel.
Continue reading Don’t try to be Silicon Valley: a SXSW panel
[I originally published this on Medium here.]
For years I’ve joined in the pushback against the empty and cliche pledge that some city wants to become the next Silicon Valley. Over the last few years, I’ve watched a similar boast begin to pop up into unnervingly unexpected places:
We’re going to launch the next SXSW.
No. No you are not. Let me tell you why.
Continue reading This is why you’re not going to create the next SXSW