My friend Marc Theermann, a veteran of the mobile space, has a tongue-in-cheek post about GM funding 10,000+ mobile startups as perhaps a better approach than shipping blah cars. There would be no talent or exits to make this work out (even if GM agreed) but the core idea of funding innovation as opposed to more of the same rings very true these days.
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Don’t you think the politicians may have considered this option when deciding the automotive bailout? But the way they reason is more: ‘Will 10k wireless startups employ the XXX,XXX,XXX redundant workers from failed car-makers?’ They (the politicians) are in the business of securing jobs for voters (!) , and driving technological (or even socio-economic) progress is a lwer priority for them 🙁