Nor should it.
Before you reach for the hatchet, let’s get into that.
Portuguese people have to ask themselves WHY first and foremost.
Why do you want to become the next so-called Silicon Valley?
Is it about fame and fortune?
Is it for technological advances?
Is it about progress through innovation and entrepreneurship?
What everyone falls for is the glitter. And the myth.
Therefore, no one has been able to emulate his mojo. They miss the picture while staring directly at the picture.
What hardly ever gets noticed are all the backstories.
What led to the origins of Silicon Valley was none of the over-the-top buzz painted in 50 shades of Wall Street green.
I emphasize what not like.
The secret not-so-secret formula was none other than that attitude. I’ll come back to that.
An alchemical blend of progressive and fearless culture.
Let’s not forget the simple fact that the technology became the gold rush around the world around the same time.
But what made Silicon Valley so excellent?
When we peel the onion, a deeper layer becomes visible.
The mother shift.
The mother shift feeds the infamous mojo.
Over 40 years later, what still keeps Silicon Valley at the forefront of this increasingly violent game?
When you say technology, think again.
This thinking has fallen behind for decades.
Technology, in case you missed the obvious, is a commodity.
If Portugal is aiming to make its mark in the technological race, think again. You would only play catch-up.
Let the true definition of commodity penetrate deeper into your vision and mission for the future.
That fact alone should shake the strategic planner’s cage from its foundations.
It’s not futuristic sci-fi anymore. Every child in the Pan-Pacific is so tech-savvy that Western societies will never be able to reach their level of abundance while preoccupied with their selfies on social media.
Therein lies the holy grail of innovation. Exactly there.
It is (what you do) with the highly commodified technology.
And that’s what kept Silicon Valley in the game. More importantly, on the leading edge.
So dear Portugal, what would you like?
If you said fame and fortune, time to cut back on the psychedelics.
If you said technology, think again. Or prepare to move permanently to the Far East.
If you had the foresight to say innovation and entrepreneurship, you’re in for another rude awakening.
But there is a bright spot with a faint glimmer of hope.
From now on, before you relax too much, you need to pay close attention…
wait for it
We’re just getting started.
Here I reveal the secret ingredient in the whole elusive recipe.
The mystical layer beneath Silicon Valley, the mother layer, the soil that nourishes progress is none other than majestic CALIFORNIA.
Motherland provides three essential nutrients for Silicon Valley’s continued progress: climate, lifestyle, and attitude.
If you want to emulate Silicon Valley, pay attention to the three essential ingredients.
Portugal has two of the three compatibles in my opinion. climate and lifestyle.
But you’re far from having it attitude.
I’m sorry to tell you, but attitude happens to be the master synthesis.
Portugal can never become the Silicon Valley of Europe.
Nor should it.
Portugal has an exceptionally rare chance to meet or surpass current Silicon Valley!
Embrace your California esqueness, climate and lifestyle. Fix yours attitude. Learn from Silicon Valley’s mistakes. So shortly.
Portugal’s climate is a no-brainer.
Portugal’s lifestyle resembles California’s age of innocence in the ’70s. The lifestyle of work-life balance. Not today’s cutthroat, light your candle on both ends of tech culture.
Finally, how do you go about fixing the problem? attitude?
This will require some work on your part. Nobody can help you get there. You have to dig deep here…
You have to decapitate the dragon for fear of failure. This is one of the true secret ingredients of attitude.
Failure comes from action. Action leads to progress.
Last come arrival.
What do they all have in common?
They are all extremely successful, innovative and technology-based organizations. But none of these are “technology” companies. They all started by providing an innovative service (designed on off-the-shelf technology) for the underserved needs of a progressive society.
And the rest is history.
Do you see what I’m getting at?
Don’t emulate the Silicon Valley tech race. Embrace the California attitude.
By the way, help has arrived on Portugal’s shores. You are here to help. Just grab it. The clock is ticking.
You are halfway.
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