My Response to Milt’s Tweet

Milt Capps ‏@miltcapps Venture validation? #Nashville #startups & Tech talent so good they get bought and move elsewhere – natural, but not what we’re hoping for.

My response:

My major fear for a gigified Nashville (ATT, Google, Comcast, NES, whomever) is that managers|C-suites will not learn that geography doesn’t always have to matter. I feel|think that the telephonification of rural America could provide an apt parable. If we bring communication to the farm, that does not equate with the adoption of the technology. If farmer Brown insists on continuing to drive into the General Store to get his real time information then much of the value of the telephone is lost.

The European Enlightenment is another good case study. Tho @jhagel and @sgblank have caused me to more greatly appreciate the value of technology clusters (Silicon Valley) and while Michael Faraday needed the facilities of the Royal Society, today’s cloud|software products|services and tech talent often do not need a similar laboratory* (they, of course, often share a similar need for patrons). The Enlightenment spread, in part, by use of the printing press. While the coffee house effect was very important, publication allowed for non-face-to-face communication on a mass scale, for those willing to avail themselves of the opportunity. Here lies my point: just because one European city did not adapt to new technologies quickly, that didn’t mean that others (their “competition”) did not.

Now that we have the entréstructure, and the hope of gigification, it is time for us to put a laser light upon the education|modification of the Nashville legacy management culture’s reticence to adopt tech to its fullest or we are lost; lost, I say! (OK, it will continue to produce sub-optimal results).

*I find the trend of Library|MakerSpaces very intriguing