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The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation by Fred Bakker, Antoine van Agtmael

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Introduction

WELCOME TO THE BRAINBELT

The People, Places, and Practices That Are Turning Globalization on Its Head

The central idea of this book—that the revitalization of former rustbelt areas is bringing new competitiveness to the United States and Europe—developed for each of the authors from two very different starting points.

For Antoine, the thinking was sparked by comments like those he heard in conversation with David Ku, the chief financial officer of Mediatek, a leading designer of chipsets for smartphones and other products, based in Taiwan. It was the spring of 2012, and Antoine, newly free from the responsibilities of managing the ...

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