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Thanks to Paul Dowling and Monica of Dreamstake for organising a positive event this week, and to Ved Sen for his excellent management of the discussion. The atmosphere was relaxed, collaborative and supportive.

I think the idea of continuing this particular discussion is great, as we just got started!

For instance, we did not discuss what sort of Government incentives would be desirable/reasonable, and the time is right NOW to put forward idas before The Budget in March. Politicians listen to other forums like Mumsnet, so it's in our interest to make forums like Dreamscape work.

We are all very lucky in London and the South East, as was mentioned on Tues night, it is a great communications centre. In fact, it has one up on Silcon Valley with both the financial and commercial businesses in one workable location, whereas Tech/Creative is largely on the West Coast with Finance/Commercial on the East Coast USA, with two separate silos. We could do some great things in the UK with our connected community, and this is an area of focus for me.

However, there is a danger of further polarisation if other areas of the UK, which desperately need new industries to replace declining public expenditure, are left out, providing an even greater lack of balance in the overall economy.

I did not catch the name of the first Welsh speaker, who has demonstrated he has the "midas touch" with regard to his repeated success with start ups both in the UK and USA. But I would love to hear more from him, he had so much expertise to offer. Peter from Holland's personal experience of his acceleration programme in Silicon Valley was also very interesting. Although I am quite well informed on the start up/entrepreneurial sector, I was unaware of the programme that he took part in beforehand, and would like to know more.

Jeannine Athas, who comes from California, offered practical advice on how things work in The Valley, which was put to good use in the session itself, through everyone introducing themselves and explaining their interest in the evening.

Plenty of food for thought and action to take forward.

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