London must ignore the mystic of Silicon Valley and instead focus on its own skills and qualities in order to create innovative and successful start-ups, according to the former chief technology officer of the Obama re-election team.
Speaking in London earlier this week Harper Reed (pictured left) explained that he feels there is too much hype given to Silicon Valley, claiming regions like London, or his hometown Chicago, are better off focusing on what their communities need and building products to meet those markets.
“Focusing on Silicon Valley is detrimental to innovation. There are different types of success for different types of places. Chicago makes very different things to Silicon Valley. They make social networks for cats, and we make business that make money,” he joked.
“Communities need to talk less about what’s happening in California and focus on themselves, in Chicago, in London […] and build great products and companies that fit in because we’re not coming from that [Silicon Valley] world."
The calls come as London's start-up scene continues to expand, with numerous innovation hubs such as Wayra and Level 39 offering space for firms to develop their ideas, with politicans queuing up to laud such efforts.
Last week Silicon Valley entrepreneurs told London mayor Boris Johnson the best way for the city to grow its tech scene is to ensure successful firms that are snapped up are sold to UK buyers, not US rivals.
Reed was speaking at a Direct Marketing Association event in London attended by V3. He also used the session to slam Twitter over its lack of two-factor authentication, calling the site "ridiculous" for not offering the capability, especially in the wake of several high-profile attacks.
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