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Is switzerland the newest tech hub?

Just read this: Is Switzerland the Newest Tech Hub?:
Every so often we hear about another new technology hub; currently, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Tallinn and Bangalore are among the places vying to be the next Silicon Valley. Add to that list Switzerland — in particular, Zurich.


And Naef said that number is on the rise, especially around Zurich. What’s behind the growth? The emergence of a healthy technology ecosystem: There are half a dozen venture funds in Switzerland; the government helps technology startups through various programs; and Switzerland has broadband aplenty –- it ranks fourth among OECD countries. As of June 2008, nearly 33 of its every 100 inhabitants had a broadband connection.

Even more important is the fact that a lot of big technology companies have set up shop there. Google has set up its European engineering headquarters in Zurich, and Yahoo moved its European headquarters there from London last year. There is peripherals maker, Logitech, and even a few large, non-IT tech companies, like Tyco. They find there a plentiful supply of engineering minds, many of whom graduated from Switzerland’s equivalent of MIT, the ETH.
Any comments on that ecosystem?
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Re: Is switzerland the newest tech hub?

Well, I think it is also because I work here, I am an electronics genius

But on a more serious note, I read the article and it seems to be about software related companies, not electronic related (which
is where the name SILICON valley comes from).
I wonder whether the writer of the article correctly distinguishes between a company having its headquarters here (for tax reasons)
or whether any work is actually done here.
Another thing, engineers like me who are in relatively short supply and who are mobile tend to look for a job in a place where
both quality of life and net salary are high. In Europe you then pretty quickly end up in Switzerland (or on the cote d'azur which
is also kind of like the european silicon valley).
But, to be honoust, in my line of work (integrated electronics) I have the feeling Switzerland is not the hotbed of activity the article
makes us believe. Looking at where the openings are I would say that England (or great britain, whatever the name is) is the main
hotbed in europe....

My vote for where I want the silicon valley of Europe to be: Ticino...

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