Ireland as the Silicon Valley of Europe perspectives

27 May 201096 Views

Two successful global technology investors share their insights on where Ireland can go next.

Last week, one of the most feared men – not only in Silicon Valley but also across industries like automotives and pharmaceuticals – strode through passport control at Dublin Airport.

Asked by the guard what he did for a living, Erich Spangenberg replied: "I am an investor."

"Good," quipped the guard, "We need more people like you."

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By John Kennedy

Photo: Perspectives on the smart economy: patents investor Erich Spangenberg believes Ireland can profit from astute investment in education and R&D while entrepreneur Bill Liao believes we need to eliminate red tape and tell our story better internationally

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years

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