SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] European IAs lazier?
Re: [Sigia-l] European IAs lazier?
>>(Has continental - and I'll include British as well here - startup
>>activity ever been high?
> Interesting question. I'm not sure. Perhaps there was a time when the
> continent led the world. The period referenced in my sig below, at the time
> of the Royal Society in the 17th century?
Perhaps. Parts of Asia and the Arabic world were doing pretty well then,
though. Some historians I know reckon the 18th century was the zenith of
European (and particularly British) influence, power and so forth.
Being naturally polite, we don't talk about the 18th century any more :-)
> More reading if anyone is interested in the notion of differences in
> business approach:
> Where are all the UK start-ups?
Yes, I was thinking of that. It's interesting, actually - I work for a
company that was a mid-nineties startup. We generally aren't trying to
invent radical technologies to take over the world, but we've found a
niche where we can be successful. By US standards I suspect we'd be
considered a failure - we haven't floated on the stock exchange, and not
one of us owns a speedboat :-)
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