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Monday, December 25, 2006

Next Bill Gates A Non American?

Zogby International survey finds that only one in five Americans believe that the “next Bill Gates” will come from the United States.The Zogby/463 Internet Attitudes poll found that:
- Practically half of all Americans (49 percent) believe that the next great technology leader will come from either China or Japan.
- Twenty-one percent believe that “next Bill Gates” will come from the United States
- 13 percent believe he or she will come from India.
I am a little surprised. I don’t think Americans need to be so pessimistic. Innovation & Entrepreneurship dominates in America. This can never be matched in the next decade by anyone else. Asia is quite promising but it may not be the terrain where ideas are scaled full blown to create a legend like Bill Gates in the process. The US leadership in Web 2.0 is a case in point. No doubt that in the services field India has really created leaders but there is no credible basis to think that future Asian tech leaders would eclipse future American tech leaders. America needs some change in their approach towards business as brought out here. But still the land of opportunities will continue to generate new leaders while China & India also present better leaders. It may not be a complete reversal –its co-existence but nothing to suggest that the US may lose out in the process.

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