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TEDxKrakow – Ramon Tancinco – Krakow: Europe’s Silicon Valley? Why not!

Former US Army Captain and now Head of Strategy Business Development for Central and Eastern Europe for Cisco Systems®, Ramon is deeply convinced of Kraków’s potential to be a European Silicon Valley. Passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and Kraków (as well as farming, but that’s another story), his energy and enthusiasm have helped bring public institutions, businesses and individuals together to work towards creating a more entrepreneur-friendly environment. There’s a lot happening in Małopolska at the moment, yet there is still a lot to be done. What can we learn from successful start-up ecosystems such as Silicon Valley or Bangalore? And what attitudes and behaviours are we going to have to nurture (and overcome)? Ramon spoke at TEDxKraków, an independently organised TED event which took place on 20 October 2011 at the Manggha Centre for Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków, Poland. Our theme was “The New Normal” and we asked our speakers to tell us about what we might just have to get used to once the dust settles from the various ongoing geopolitical, financial and environmental crises. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED

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