I don't know Robert Grow.... he is probably a wonderful man. But the
reality is the picture used pretty mush says all one needs to know about the
nature of Utah's technology sector. Not that there is anything wrong with
it, but he appears to be more of a High Priest Group Leader than the personna
you would have creating a new vision of high paying tech jobs. He image
represents banking, business of 30 years ago. It could be a wrong
impression.... I wouldn't want to judge the man. But if Utah wants to
create a brand that attracts leading edge technology jobs.... your local HP
leader isn't it. Robert..... lose the tie, or at least get a
colored shirt. I'll be honest.... being one of the more senior aged
industry people, I too have a hard time adapting to the Google/Facebook style of
work environments. But it is where talent is heading.... and is looking for.
It's either adapt, or get out of the way. You can't sell Tech on
relocating when you make it look like a church meeting.... it just reinforces
stereotypes about doing business in Utah.
Our biggest strength in Utah is our strong families. That is why we continue to
produce top quality prospects for jobs. That is why even with low funding our
schools continue to produce top quality scholars. That is why companies that
start here continue to grow and expand. Saying we need to change something
about that is a step in the wrong direction. We don't need to
become like other places. That is why we are leading the way in the first place.
Instead of saying we need to become like other places, I would argue just the
opposite. Other places need to look at Utah and try to mimic what is happening
here. We are doing it right. Let's keep it going.