Catch up versus start up
That’s not typical of startups but it is a characteristic of all “intellectuals” who are doing any kind of “research.” Being ahead of other people makes you an oddity and when you try to have a conversation, small talk is out and your big talk bores everyone to death. And you are lonely in a crowd, you are welcome but you have to stay in your corner. Even in groups that are like you doing research if you are too “advanced” they will exclude you nicely.
That’s what startups enable these creative people anxious to change the landscape they are perambulating in to do: they can live for their dreams. They can realize their dreams. You can of course move to Sri Lanka or to South East Asia or to Africa or probably to China, still, and find yourself in a society that has everything to do to catch up on Silicon Valley. So they try hard to think ahead of the not so developed surrounding environment and yet they have kept the intense living rhythm that is theirs. It sounds relaxed to us, for sure, but in twenty years they will have caught up like China has done in many areas, and then they will become like us because startups will be the only possibility for those who want to imprint their mark on the world to do it.
In other words these countries have not yet INSTITUTIONALIZED their development because they have to catch up, so they do not have to start up yet. They will have to start up when they have caught up.