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Silicon Valley problem: Outsiders

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Literature Review: Outsiders problem for Silicon Valley

This “Ten Problems for Silicon Valley in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students’ theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. solutionism,
  2. monopolies,
  3. diversity,
  4. outsiders,
  5. gig economy,
  6. misuse,
  7. narrowness,
  8. obsolescence,
  9. manipulation,
  10. public mood.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.


4 Outsiders

THE PROBLEM — There are some kinds of work that you can’t do well without thinking differently from your peers. The personalities and preferences of small firm entrepreneurs differ systematically from those of large firm research employees. Public and private institutions collaborate to build innovation ecosystems to supply entrepreneurs with ideal conditions for business creation.

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CONCLUSIONS — If you’re surrounded by conventional-minded people, it will constrain which ideas you can express, and that in turn will constrain which ideas you have. Second-generation immigrant minority tech entrepreneurs are found to be strikingly similar to their white counterparts. A robust innovation ecosystem does not directly culminate into a successful venture due to resource bias. If outsiders are so important for radical innovations, the importance of preserving smaller companies within a given industry is harder to judge. Greenfield investments contribute to overcoming liabilities of origin and outsidership in the global telecommunications industry. Making visible and defending critical public infrastructure could be one of the many tasks of stacktivism. There is a nascent understanding of how the neighborhoods in which one grows up impact how low-income urban residents perceive their own sense of social mobility and the opportunities available to them. Sustainable development requires entrepreneurship and innovation as a way out from policies, which rely on social benefits and see the foreigner as an outsider from the social fabric. Popular discourse poses inclusivity within maker/hacker groups by proposing ways to get different or “diverse” participants to join events aimed at empowering their communities. The practice of ‘making’ unfolds as a site for positioning the self and any nation within a global imaginary of techno futures.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …


Silicon Valley Problems
“Ten Problems for Silicon Valley in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

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