Before the holidays, Donna Harris, Managing Director, Startup Regions for Startup America Partnership, and a HUGE supporter of Startup Hawaii (obviously) and our local startup movement, wrote a great article about the challenges of, and opportunities available to, regions outside of Silicon Valley. I’ll let you hit the link to read the full text, but one section jumped out at me and is particularly relevant to Hawaii today, especially considering the three or more soon-to-be-live accelerators.
I’ve written before about the need for Hawaii to carve its own niche, not follow the Silicon Valley model, and not be 100% focused on tech, but the bottom line is that bright entrepreneurs are everywhere, including Hawaii. And they deserve our support.
Here’s what Donna had to say:
It is a self-fulfilling prophecy to start with the premise that vibrant, cool, high-growth companies can only be built in Silicon Valley. It causes young people to trek to California to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, investors to put their money in out-of-state companies, governments to view their own states and cities as second-class places, and entire populations to feel insecure about the future of their home state economy.
It’s time to stop this cycle and recognize that, with the right support, great companies can be created anywhere. Until we really begin to believe this (and begin acting like it!), state economies and our country’s economy as a whole will continue to falter.
Read the full article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-harris/not-the-end-beginning_b_2244996.html.