In today’s global economy, technical innovation usually is a good indicator of which regions will thrive and which will stay stagnant or decline. So, where in the world are our future Zuckermans and Gateses working? According to the Globe and Mail, it is … San Francisco.
Their chart, which uses info from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, shows that the Bay Area clocks in at 177.7 examples of “new product development or product improvement” per 100,000 people. Considering that just about every major tech company from Google to Apple has a home-base in the Silicon Valley, that’s not really much of a surprise. Number two on the list? That would be Boston, whose thriving tech industry is often overshadowed by its booming trade in Afflecks.
Globally, Tokyo, Stockholm and Sydney all make the top 10. What can we learn from this list? Well, most of the cities are fun, livable cities that young people flock to. Few people are going to complain about their job moving to Barcelona or Seattle. The the best way for cities not on this list to attract the young, creative minds that will drive local innovation is pretty simple; make your city a fun, interesting place to live.
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