on February 26, 2008
This is NOT a book about why Silicon Valley is better than everyone else, and how to recreate it in Europe.
This is an in-depth analysis of Silicon Valley's success from historic, cultural, and financial viewpoints that until now has not been clearly and succinctly articulated.
Dr. Lebret is not a high-nosed scholar writing about innovation from a comfy desk in academia. He is in the trenches with the entrepreneurs, helping them get their business ideas clear, helping them get funding, and, most importantly, he supports students and scientists with seed funding to put them on the entrepreneurial path. The knowledge and understanding of the issues that face young entrepreneurs is clearly, and sympathetically, expressed in his writing.
This book is required reading for would-be entrepreneurs, people leading innovation, and policy makers. It is meant for Europeans, Americans, and those in emerging counties too. It will change the way you see entrepreneurs and the ecosystem around them.
on July 6, 2008
Herve has seen and experienced the valley up close. He has a keen sense of observation and analysis, so that this book makes you feel how the heart of a region such as SV really beats. Behind the facts and figures, I appreciated the stories and learning more about the people that are always the key components of any success! Recommended reading for any person like me that has to interact with entrepreneurs and innovators.
on July 22, 2008
The question why Europe has not been able to produce as successful companies as Silicon Valley has during the last 20 years, has multiple answers. Herve Lebret describes the critical factor of european startups un-success on a large scale. Now, the question becomes: will the conditions for successful stories come to reality in Europe? At least we have a roadmap now, thanks to Mr Lebret