OPINION: Can Singapore be a Seattle? — Richard Hartung

The Malaysian Insider, 4 Apr 2013
Around the time of Singapore’s independence, Seattle was viewed more as a backwater than a leading city in the United States. The two biggest corporate titans were perhaps Weyerhaeuser, in the very low-tech lumber industry, and Boeing, which had highly-skilled engineers yet was hardly considered high-tech, except in areas like airplane wings.
Today, Seattle is a high-tech hub that is home to companies and global brands ranging from Microsoft and Amazon to Starbucks, as well as more than 700 technology spin-offs. And in the latest Technology Index from renowned University of Toronto’s Professor Richard Florida, Seattle surged into first place in the US, ahead of previously top-ranked Silicon Valley. Full story