The Silicon Forest

February 8, 2008

http://www.pdx.edu/ims/siliconforest.html

From research for a PhD dissertation in urban studies, the visualization shows the growth of tech startups in Portland by using a “universe” metaphor. Intel and Tektronics were incubators (according to the research “surrogate universities” that took the place of say a Stanford or MIT) from which the startups grew.

Portland’s lack of a major research university is a handicap of the region. I guess Reed College doesn’t qualify as a major university.

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