The Skills Gap Meets the Startup Gap
Early adopters of new technologies are drivers of economic development. By using their knowledge to build technology-based businesses, these early adopters change their communities. During the Enlightenment, cities with more subscribers to Denis Diderot’s Encyclopedie grew more quickly, presumably because readers learned about what were then called the “mechanical arts”. Today, there’s a relationship between patent applications and household income – and the results’ aren’t promising for future growth.