To argue that any place will replace the Silicon Valley as the center of technology universe is just a futile exercise. But I believe that more and more success stories will come out of anywhere in the world, and will disrupt the existing winners, the ones in the Silicon Valley.
One common mistake that companies outside of the Silicon Valley do is letting competition define their products.
This tendency has many reasons naturally. There isn't enough support (financial, business connections, etc.) to back up novel ideas and companies. Companies tend to do what everyone else is doing, or better, the bigger guys in the Silicon Valley are doing, just to guarantee to survive.
For example, after YouTube's success, every country got its share of local YouTubes, the copiers. The same was true for eBay as well. YouTube and eBay are known models. It is easy to create applications and websites that imitate them on the surface. And everybody knows that they hit it big. So local versions of them should too, right? I don't think so! It rarely happens that imitators understand the underlying ingredients for a success behind YouTube or eBay. I don't want to get into the details of why eBay or YouTube was successful in this post. However, as an entrepreneur who targets even a local success of a YouTube imitation, he/she needs to bet more than just an imitation of YouTube. He needs to have an original idea that serves the local needs. He needs to create a product regardless of imitation, regardless of competition! He needs to know how to create an original product and an original company at the end.
Let's take another example, a company that is offering enteprise applications such as CRM. Let's say that this fictitous company is competing with the big guys, the usual suspects; Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, etc. etc. Their proposal to their customers is a check list that combines both Oracle's and Microsoft's offerings all united together. The killer part is not only their long list of checklists Oracle, Mircosoft and SAP combined, but also their price tag, which is 1/10 th of the competitors' offerings!
This is just wrong! It is a waste of resources thrown just to stay one step behind of the current winners. There are so many things to do in the enterprise space. It is a land of opportunity. The difficulty of usage of the enterprise applications, the long and difficult processes to get the systems up and running, the price tags, the long trainings needed for users, the neglections of users and user habits, etc. of the competitor offerings don't ring any bells?
The problem is they don't have the courage or the means or the vision (or a combination of all) to not let the competition rule their product and company. This is just a fatal mistake for a startup.
The winners set their own game. They have their own vision. They want to change the world.
What I want to say is, forget the traditional way of doing things. Get out of your obsessions with the features lists of the big guys. Stop letting competition define your products. You have a chance to change the world. It is your turn now. Don't let the competition define you. You try to define the competition, you create one yourself!