Start-up cul­ture is now the linch­pin of Wes­tern Civi­li­za­tion

Two things got me thinking today:

1. A recent story in the Wall Street Journal about JUST HOW HARD it is to do a start-up in Spain.

2. Yet another sad story in today’s edition of The Guardian about Spain’s very grave economic woes.

Are the two connected? Of course they are.

Start-up culture is now the linchpin of Western Civilization, and any society that doesn’t “get it” will fail long-term.

That is what I truly believe, anyway.

When I say “Start-up culture”, I’m not just talking about the little techie goldfish bowl that is Silicon Valley; I’m talking about something far more global and universal; I’m talking about the ability of normal folk to start businesses successfully with as little interference as possible from the usual suspects..

“gapingvoid is a startup. gapingvoid makes art for startups. A no-brainer, really”

Ergo, when the team talks about gapingvoid doing “Art For Start-ups”, we’re not just talking about Silicon Valley, or Internet and technology businesses.

We’re talking about something bigger. Bigger and global. Something that yes, we believe our civilization’s very long-term survival depends on.

I think it’s something worth being part of, something worth fighting for. You?

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