It’s an enduring mystery why Britain, with a fabulous roll-call of scientific Nobel Prize winners, can’t create world-class hi-tech industries. A glance at Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice might give us a clue. Both extol the tough barrow-boy, rags to riches approach. This is business as philistine ruthlessness. The result is that university technologists and businessmen do not speak the same language. We have no Steve Jobs, or anyone remotely like him. Instead we have Lord Sugar, who boasted in a recent interview that he never read a book or listened to music. Like Steve Jobs he used to make computers. They were calledIt was called Amstrad and flickered briefly.
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