Musings on Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Rich Karlgaard Plugs Bozeman and Pioneer Entrepreneurs
If I've been a shill for Rich Karlgaard and his new book, Life 2.0, it's not only because Bozeman, Montana and two of its leading entrepreneurs, Greg Gianforte at RightNow Technologies and Andrew Field at PrintingForLess.com, are featured. My enthusiasm also stems from Karlgaard's insights into the trends, motivations, and opportunities that underly what he calls "geoarbitrage." The perspectives of those of us who have drunk the Kool-Aid and moved away from the urban center are understandably suspect. After all, there is an incentive for us to rationalize our aberrant behavior. However, Rich is still very much a part of coastal urban America. Midlife crises or no, there's no particular reason for him to pitch the virtues of the boonyack.
Nevertheless, he does. Earlier this week, Rich was the guest of Alan Rothman on his nationally syndicated radio talk show, Business of Success. Click here to listen to the audio archive of the show (MP3; 2:38 - 23:15). At the 18:37 mark, Rothman asked Karlgaard which college towns he finds the most attractive. Karlgaard's response: Madison, Wisconsin; Bozeman, Montana; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Columbus, Ohio. In Rich's view, these towns benefit from attractive lifestyles and affordable talent with the skills necessary for infotech, biotech, and nanotech businesses.
At the 20:14 mark, Rothman (a networking maven) asked whether it was possible for people to get too remote. Thank you, Rich, for the Pioneer Entrepreneurs plug.