What I found most notable about the article was the writer's bias about how it was (paraphrasing), "bad business sense," to pursue slow and difficult projects, rather then just trying to make the baddest app on the market. The example given in the article was Uber. That really made me shake my head, because so much of what made Silicon Valley has been lost to that sort of get-rich-quick scheme and I think it's killing real technological innovation in the greater San Fran area. When your best-and-brightest kids are just playing whack-a-mole-app-building it's hard to see how that's significantly bettering society.
The Swiss, on the other hand, are trying to develop technology that's hard to copy. That's a much better long-term strategy. Real research is often mind-bogglingly hard and drudgerous. The low-hanging fruit is gone, so it's this Swiss path or the path of do-work projects to impress the FIRE industry (Finance-Insurance-Real-Estate).