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Howard Yeh

One of the elements that Silicon Valley has which is extremely difficult for any other region to replicate is a high degree of professional mobility. In other words, start-up entrepreneurs have the ability to jump in and out of large companies. For example, it is not uncommon for a chip developer to come out of National Semi, join a start-up, and then go back if it doesn't succeed. (The same could be true on the internet/digital side as well, although I'd suspect to a lesser degree.) In fact, there is probably the notion that product management experience and start-up experience are seen as highly complementary. I think this is one of the things that has propelled and sustained Silicon Valley since the 1980's. Of course, I would like to see a vibrant venture and start-up community in NYC. I'm trying on my end!

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