Is it still possible to build a company that is capable of creating long-term value?
The startup culture seems to be focused on quick money, faster profits, and selling out when the time is right. And then you move on to the next project.
Maybe this works because this is what people value.
This way of operating has turned our economy into an idea generation engine and it feels like we are living in a perpetual state of conceptual design. Other parts of the world may focus on manufacturing, but in the United States it seems to be strictly research and development focused.
It's an exciting place to be, but limiting if you aren't working in, or remotely connected to, that realm. The challenge for government, academia, and companies is to work to build bridges over the cultural divide that is being created between the people on opposites sides of this economy.