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UK vs US Tech: Can the Tortoise Ever Catch the Hare?

UK vs US Tech: Can the Tortoise Ever Catch the Hare?

Digital tech in the UK is only a decade or so old as a full-blown industry. In contrast, the US tech industry is over seventy years old, dating from the first commercial activities of IBM, Burroughs, Univac and Intel in the 1950s and 60s, and the birth of the “independent” software sector in the U.S. over sixty years ago. Faced with this and other disadvantages, can today’s emerging digital tech companies in the UK ever beat or even equal the major US tech companies?

To torture a well-known metaphor, can the tortoise catch the hare in any meaningful dimension?