My country is an outsourcing country by all meanings. We exported/exporting coal(war on that territory), we selling seeds, we selling tomatoes, we selling steel preparation components.
Same with coding sector - traditionally - our country “freelancing” for the last 20-15 years. We have a good STEM education, but rather than create products - we sell man-hours. CEO of Microsoft Ukraine naming outsourcing similar to slavery.
But we also have “poor gene”. It was also part of our history. A lot of people that were richer - 100 years ago was killed/repressed/moved out at Siberia/go to jail/run away. And it’s part of our folklore as well. we have a lot of sayings like - “Slower but steady”.
Want to provoke a discussion, so more notes later