Interesting thread, well worth a read ... however something is missing

The problem is this is all about tech growth and investors but ...
... one thing we talked about back in 2011-2014 was the symbiosis between the tech scene in the City of London and UK Gov IT.

GDS wasn't just about changing Gov, it was about growing the tech scene as well ...
... so, it doesn't surprise me that GTA (Georgia Tech Authority) rated A in its digital efforts -…

People continuously underestimate the effect of Gov IT in spurring the local tech economy when there is often a symbiotic relationship ...
... that is reinforced through local community efforts and conferences.

I'd be careful about going ... it's tech investors or startup schools etc. I would pay careful attention to the role of Gov and community efforts in making this sort of change happen ...
... otherwise, you get some daft sod in who thinks it's ok to diminish your Gov effort.
These sorts of tweets should be an alarm bell that something more complex than portrayed is happening - - don't underestimate the effect of the community and good Gov IT.
Alternatively, get a bunch of McMuppets to give some strategic blah on outsourcing all of Gov IT and then sit back and watch whether your valued tech community implodes over the next decade.

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