“I don’t think the world should be trying to mimic Silicon Valley,” Nagashima opined in response to a question about the global start-up revolution.
“One of the great things about Ireland that I’ve learned is that it has its own sense of culture, own sense of the land. And yet, the best entrepreneurs from Dublin and the rest of Ireland come to Astia and they are no different than any of entrepreneurs that we’ve seen. They make sure that geography becomes irrelevant, so while they have these strong roots in Ireland and they know they are Irish, they see the global community as their market, their playing field and they don’t let geography hold them back.”
-- Yuka Nagashima, former President of Astia and current Global Advisory Board member