Comments on: 2 More Questions to Bjarne Stroustrup: Locations, People and Innovation Trends and Information on Big Data, New Data Management Technologies, Data Science and Innovation. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:47:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Anat Mon, 07 Jan 2008 11:36:49 +0000 I agree with Bjarne comletely about the need for an exceptional, sustainable nucleus of inspiration – as you will find in some universities and reserach centers. I also think of commercial innvoation, which seems to be coorelated with something else. That correlation points to additional conditions (besides the above), but still have to do a lot with people. People who immigrate tend to already be “carriers” of innovation seeds. They take a risk (not afraid or often have nothing to lose), they initiate change if they think there is something better, they see opportunities and take them on (execute even if it involved hardship) – all pre-conditions for innovation. There is a strong correlation between locations with high concentrations of educated immigrants and innovation phenomena (silicon valley, Israel, Boston area).
Open societies and good infrastructure that increase the “return” on this kind of undertaking are, thus, essential.

By: Roberto V. Zicari Thu, 13 Dec 2007 22:42:13 +0000 I have received some comments indicating that the Internet has “flattened” the world of professionals and therefore “good” locations are not that relevant anymore for creating a setting for innovation.

I only partially agree with that.

I believe that “good” locations have an equal influence on creating a setting for innovation, as having the “right” people.

I can only agree with Bjarne when he made the point of how the process of choosing a location is greatly influenced by family members, which in turns have a great influence on personal choices….I know this by personal experience.