Hi-Tech in the Canary Islands
I was invited to give a series of talks in the Canary Islands about the benefits of the knowledge economy and why and how to invest in hi-tech. So I spent the last three days jumping from plane to conference room to plane again, to preach the new word to those who would hear. The audience: resarchers in the morning, businessmen and investors in the afternoon. I was really impressed by what I saw and heard from researchers and universities: the world-quality of the resarch and the interest and motivation of the people I met showed a clear potential. Businessmen in the Islands, on the other hand, come from more traditional industries -mostly tourism and agriculture- and I guessed prior to disembarking there that it might be somewhat hard to convince those guys that there were opportunities in this science-fiction, intangible world of knowledge, bits et al. The experience of meeting them and talking to them proved me wrong: keen interest, curiosity and the ambition to play the global game the way it should be played (generating and distributing value to the world!) are some of the drivers that, I foresee, will help to give the Islands in the next few years their first role models and successes in the global hi-tech markets. The other driver?: Gerardo Morales Hierro, and the Canary-Tech initiative. I hope they succeed in becoming the catalyzer for the process of change!
I'll keep an eye out for the Canaries, as I think that a lot of the challenges that we face from Argentina are shared with them, and I think there are many ways in which we can learn together to overcome those challenges and realize our potential.
Posting from Madrid,