We have never lost talent, but the government and business owners should give Taiwanese people more support and development possibilities!
After Pebble finished intern this summer, I started my second year at Wharton's San Francisco campus. Wharton three years ago to take advantage of the San Francisco campus, which was originally used as an EMBA, to give the full-time MBA, which has a passion for technology and start-ups, a six-year class in San Francisco. This is the best way for me to learn more about the Silicon Valley environment. The school also actively encourages students to participate in the Bay Area of a variety of new activities and conferences, so I have the courage to spend 300 of dollars, bought this TechCrunch disrupt SF student ticket, want to feel the vitality of the new enterprise here.
TechCrunch disrupt is hosted by Tech Crunch, one of the largest technology media in the United States, and is currently held every year in San Francisco, New York, Europe and Beijing. Starting from the whole meeting, this year's TechCrunch disrupt SF office in San Francisco's Pier 48, according to the organizers said there are more than 3,500 people involved, my observation on the scene is probably the most enthusiastic on the first day, there may be nearly 1,500 people, 2nd/ The 3-day attendance was about 500-700. Perhaps because all the speeches are live online and the price is relatively expensive (2,000 dollars), such participation is far from my original expectations.
But back to the event itself, Pier 48 is simply a large warehouse, equipment is not the top, the process also has a lot of room for improvement. But I was amazed by the reputation of the speaker, the support of the sponsors, and the diversity of the new team. It also makes me want to make some comparisons with the Taiwan I'm currently observing:
1. Do not mention China, Korea, Japan, Ireland and Dubainon, Taiwan why not?
When I walked into startup Alley, I was greeted by Chinese Alley, Korean Alley, Japanese Alley, Brazilian Alley, Arabia Alley, all of which were government Government sponsored to participate in the new venture TC disrupt. Japan's JETRO and South Korea's NIPA are behind the team's move to the international scene.
I do not think that these countries may be more rich than we have the resources to be the backing of the new team, but I also see Ireland, Dubai, and Hong Kong have stalls to promote their own entrepreneurial resources or teams. Can not help but remind me, do we really have no money to help a few new team to fight for international visibility?
In my conversation with a South Korean team, I found that the requirements for these resources are not very high, that is, two round-trip air tickets and three days of accommodation, I think a team of 150,000 is more than sufficient. Between In fact has already entered the international, main lovers of the network interaction space, there are currently 9 million users, half of them from Korea, to TC disrupt goal is to let more people know Between. Interestingly, two Between members from South Korea are ABK, but are willing to return to Korea to open their own one day. I can only ask myself first, do you have the courage? Also want to put this problem to more Taiwanese people, we have such courage? (Recommended reading: Why Taiwan cannot retain talent?) is a freak in Taiwan and is being robbed by NASA in America .
2. Taiwan's team level does not lose the other people, the government and the big business owner's strength is inferior to other countries
Speaking of this, I would like to mention the Taiwan team. I think the Taiwanese team's creativity and executive power are not lost at all to these teams in San Francisco. In Between's case, Taiwan's once-online sweetshot could be a competitor. But all sorts of factors have caused the difference between 9 million users and the temporary closure.
In this case, it is inevitable to mention the only two teams to see this time, Airsig and Sentri. This May, when the student activity platform Blink invited to participate in Appworks's Demo day, it was easy to see two teams. A few months past, Airsig has received 200 U.S. dollars from Hon Hai Financing, Sentri also in the United States Kickstarter raised more than 400,000 U.S. dollars, ready to enter the mass production.
If I were to compare the two teams with the other teams I had at this meeting, I really felt that the Taiwanese team's briefing skills and products were not lost to other countries at all. When chatting with Airsig heard their vision of the future, let me more believe that as long as the team out of Taiwan, on the world stage, the new venture is a lot of possibilities. Because of this, money, markets, talent need to be backed by these teams, and the government and the big business owners can do too much. (same field Gayon: Top talent outflow first, what should Taiwan do?) )
3. Courage to change the status quo at all costs
Finally, I'd like to mention two of the speakers that moved me, Dan Gilbert and Mark Cuban.
The two bosses are now the owners of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks, as well as highly successful entrepreneurs and investors. Dan Gilbert, in 2000, sold his own rock Financial for $500 million to Intuit,mark Cuban as a serial entrepreneur, most notably in 1999, with a broadcast.com of 5.7 billion Dollars sold to Yahoo. Entrepreneurial success and investment in sports do not say, their contribution to the "home" is my admiration.
Dan Gilbert (Photo source: Source )
Dan Gilbert from Detroit, after the 08 crisis, the Detroit government into bankruptcy, the entire city by the U.S. media described as a ghost town. LinkedIn's boss, Reid Hoffman, has Detroit in the book, losing the ability to innovate and start a business. To my surprise, Dan Gilbert this man Dengau, assembled a group of people who had relationships with Detroit, dug up a lot of money from their pockets and tried to change Detroit. In order to deal with Detroit crime, education, drugs, unemployment and other issues, a large inventory of urban empty houses, their own strange hand to remove the house (because many drug trafficking and crime in these places), the reconstruction of the Detroit Center. in the last year, he paid an ad to try to attract talent. Some may ask whether these actions have a private interest in Dan Gilbert. I think it is inevitable, if successful, his real estate investment can be almost doubled, but as long as someone willing to do such a high-risk investment, I am in favor of.
Mark Cuban, too, asked why he had invested in Texas, "I don't believe that people in Silicon Valley are much smarter than Texas," he says, "and he has a personal interest in Texas, and is willing to invest in Texas companies at a relatively cheap price and sell them to Silicon Valley companies at a premium." But the same problem, at the moment, I still can't see anyone willing to stand up to Mark Cuban, shouting and investing in Taiwanese start-ups, and bravely saying that I want to make money!
I think Taiwan is facing similar problems, but it is not so far apart. Of course, there are many differences between Taiwan and Detroit, but it is hard for me to imagine a big boss like Gou and TSMC willing to stand up for such a risk? And how will the media criticize the "speculators" and the institutions that co-operate with them?
Finally, for those of us who are bound to bear the consequences of the decisions we have made, we will be braver and smarter than we are now, creating our own TechCrunch disrupt, and becoming the next one to start a change in Dan gilbert!