Bob Dorf, (CNN)From Bogota to Moscow to Milan, cities around the world aspire to be the next Silicon Valley. This is both a noble aspiration and a near-impossible dream.

The catalyst that turned the valley into what it is today is one that nobody should want: World War II. In the 1940s, the best and brightest engineers were tasked with inventing technologies that can help the United States win the war. Stanford was a hub for tech talents and over the decades transformed the valley into an ecosystem for countless electronic and software companies.

So what keeps the rest of the world from catching up to Silicon Valley? From the entrepreneur perspective: Not enough mentors, talents and far too few risk-taking investors in early-stage startups. See More  

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