The Silicon Valley that is. Renowned for it’s incubator like state for tech-companies, not only from sunny Cali-forn-i-a but from across the globe also. The remoteness described for Silicon Valley was once a haven for start-ups and an effective way to form disturbances within markets. But, has it come to it’s saturation?
The Guardian writes about how Silicon Valley came to what it is today. The conclusion is in the isolation from corporates such as banks and larger businesses. We have seen immense businesses come from The Valley; Apple, Google, Facebook, the list can go on. Since starting those companies though, the area itself has turned into a tech-giant city. So now, there’s no view over the city landscape to see the little guy. With this being said, Tech companies are seemingly flocking more towards the big cities to gain their influence and traction, once again transitioning in and amongst the bigger, badder companies looking for that ultimate market disruption.
By no stretch of the imagination you could probably name the cities that Tech start-ups are moving into without even thinking about it. The first to come to mind might be New York. The Big Apple, the City that never sleeps. Of course this is a major hotbed for Tech companies, the place is constantly lit up. Geeks are like a moth to a flame, straying off every now and then trying not to get burnt. The second city on the minds of tech-savvy entrepreneurs is, yep you guessed it, Lisbon…nope, LONDON! That’s the one. How could we forget grey, foggy London? The City is a gold mine of new talent with incubators, office shares and hipster Shoreditch cafés everywhere. Literally. It’s not only the traits and locations that are a huge factor in the move but also the diversification a city can offer.
We’re all human beings, a basic human need is that of comfort and amalgamation of ideas and emotions. Being in a room with the same people day in, day out can have it’s disadvantages. Even as this was written the Goats are out of the office and slap bang in the center of the hustle and bustle that is Google’s Campus, London. Yeah it’s loud and full of distractions, but the incremental human interaction is key to get the creative juices flowing once in a while. That’s what makes London so great. Not the grey skies, the hideous buildings (not all) or the distinct lack of conversation on the Tube, but the creativity you can gain by just sitting in a place such as Campus is extraordinary.
What do you think? Has Silicon Valley seen it’s day and moved on, or is it a basic need for survival kicking that inevitably pushes us to take the plunge?