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Why S’pore cannot be as creative as Silicon Valley

In Economy on 12/10/2014 at 4:36 am

S’pore isn’t California.

In 1989,Jonathan Ives, now Apple’s designer and Sir Jonathan,  left England and made his first trip to Silicon Valley.

“I was just blown away by the optimism and enthusiasm [in California] that provided such a fantastic environment to try and develop new ideas,” …. “It’s very difficult to develop new ideas in the context of cynicism and sarcasm. It makes for good comedy but it’s a horrible way of trying to develop products.” (FT report)

In S’pore we can’t even make good comedy because we don’t do sarcasm, but the place is terribly cynical, so how to develop new ideas?

 

  1. How to develop anything indeed. The ‘state of our union’ is best exemplified in today’s Sunday Times’ headline” Fighting Ebola: This is our job’ Two from NUS….” For a moment I was proud of this little red dot. But my pride dissipated when I read that the two volunteers were foreigners. Are our locals too scared to go?

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