[This post was written by Paul Orlando, an entrepreneur with experience in the US and China who currently runs a tough three-month program called “Startup Bootcamp” in Hong Kong. He co-founded and ran a startup in New York called Chatfe, providing communications services for online communities. ]

There’s an ongoing discussion on what characteristics of the Silicon Valley startup model can be globalized or even should be. Hong Kong is one example of a wealthy city where minimal tech entrepreneurship is currently found. This is detrimental to the city’s long-term competitiveness. But that is changing.

It’s also easy to judge a place by big trends and generalizations without being aware of what’s happening among niche players and leading indicators that can make a difference.

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