When Capitalism Hurts: Amazon and Detroit

When Amazon released its top 20 contenders this morning, I quickly scanned the list — not for my city, Philadelphia — but for Detroit.

I was sad Detroit didn’t make the cut.  It was a bad day for them and a bad day for the country, I thought.

It made me think about all the statements we’ve heard from iconic tech entrepreneurs about the transformative power of technology.  Well, Detroit is a place that needs to be transformed.  Where are these icons now?

To be sure, there’s a business case to exclude Detroit from the final cut.  Amazon said it was looking for a stable and business friendly environment and access to technical talent, probably not Detroit’s strongest suits. read more