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Old 06-05-2010, 02:08 AM
 
Location: Piedmont, CA
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Santa Ana: 'Clean-tech Silicon Valley'? | city, pulido, speech - News - The Orange County Register

This is cool...good for Santa Ana.
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:43 AM
 
Location: RSM
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Good, but Santa Ana won't accomplish it without cleaning up their neighborhood and schools. Currently, if a company wants to move in to this area, they're drawn to places like Irvine. Fisker Automotive is an example of this, among other companies. The city draws high tech business because it has a high tech university and schools/safety that draw highly educated people.
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:49 AM
 
Location: Piedmont, CA
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Good, but Santa Ana won't accomplish it without cleaning up their neighborhood and schools. Currently, if a company wants to move in to this area, they're drawn to places like Irvine. Fisker Automotive is an example of this, among other companies. The city draws high tech business because it has a high tech university and schools/safety that draw highly educated people.
Interesting.
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:05 AM
 
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San Diego wants it too. Everyone wants to be Cleantech Silicon Valley. But unfortunately for them, Silicon Valley will end up being Cleantech Silicon Valley. Because without educational institutions, industrial infstructure and highly educated workforce, you can't become a "silicon valley". San Diego has UCSD and educated population but no industry, and hasn't been able to make a major tech cluster happen in 20+ years. Santa Ana has none of those attributes.
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Old 06-06-2010, 09:05 AM
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Regions have wanted to be Silicon Valley for past 30yrs...and most have died trying...consider how little tech Bos (rem Rt 128?) has anymore, aside from puny EMC...and what of size has Seattle (rather Redmond) created post-MSFT of ~20yrs ago?

Problem is most of SV's smartest VCs have failed to-date to make any real money off their clean/green tech investments (rather, bets)

My suspicion is that, for past 25+ yrs, smartest engineers educated at Stanford or Berkeley have been CompSci and EE, not chemical or petroleum, etc and areas relevant to clean/green tech....not surprising, as most want to compete vs smartest peers and have potential to earn wealth for self at a young age at some software start-up quickly sold to Google or Apple, not pie-in-sky green tech nonprofits (or taxpayer scams)

Engineering goes through generational changes: in '60s-'70s, many of smartest were mechanical or aero/astro PhDs when defense and aerospace industries and research dominated

Real questions for any industry built around innovation are where are smartest engineers and entrepreneurs...and where are smartest investors/financiers...where do they prefer to live/work...and on what industries do they choose to bet their own money and careers, esp considering one's max career productivity is prob age 20-35?
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