Becoming the next Nordics
As an ecosystem, we tend to forget that we are unique. Scandinavia’s social model has been a hot topic in American politics for the past few years. Rather than adopting the “move fast and break things” approach that made Facebook a behemoth, we should celebrate our own core values.
Scandinavian countries are already some of the best at doing business. It’s easy to get started, the talent pool is highly-skilled, and if you fall through the cracks there is a safety net to catch you.
The society is open, people trust each other, and – at the same time – it’s highly digitized. This allows for a unique mix of data collaborations between startups, government, and corporations all the while respecting data privacy.
On top of our unique business opportunities, we have a tradition of maintaining a work-life balance, where parental leave and vacations are a mainstay of our culture. We know that new, meaningful businesses wouldn’t blossom without a healthy workforce and the opportunity to recharge the innovative batteries.
We shouldn’t strive to make the Nordic ecosystem the “New Silicon Valley.” Instead, we should be proud of the Scandinavian values we call #TheNordicWay, convert them into opportunities, and inspire other ecosystems to become the next Nordics.