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ما وراء وادي السيليكون

بيركلي ــ مرة أخرى يؤكد وادي السيليكون في كاليفورنيا على مكانته ككعبة للمشاريع العالية التقنية وتكوين الثروة. ولكنه ليس نموذجاً لخلق الوظائف والنمو الشامل الذي يستطيع صناع السياسات ورجال الأعمال في أماكن أخرى محاكاته ــ على الأقل ليس من دون إدخال بعض التعديلات الجوهرية عليه.

لا شك أن ما يحدث في وادي السيليكون اليوم مبهر بكل المقاييس. فقد بلغ الاستثمار في رأس المال المخاطر مستويات شبه قياسية من الارتفاع. وتتزايد أعداد من يتحولون إلى أصحاب ملايين ــ بل ومليارات ــ بين عشية وضحاها. وهناك ما يزيد على العشرين من مبرمجي البرمجيات يتقاضون رواتب تتألف من ستة أرقام.

لقد دفعت هذه الطفرة عجلة التعافي الاقتصادي في كاليفورنيا. وجنباً إلى جنب مع القيادة السياسية الشجاعة، مكنت الولاية من الإفلات من أزمة مالية بدت وكأنها حالة ميؤوس من علاجها.

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