A recruitment tour — led by the city's vice president, Igor Bogachev — arrived in San Francisco this week. Launched in 2010 with $3 billion in private and public investment, Skolkovo has about 1,060 resident technologists, and aims to have 20,000 living in the city by 2020. Russian technocrats are recruiting engineers from all over the country and around the world, promising funding, support and streamlined access to the difficult-to-penetrate Soviet region.
Between meetings with investors, Bogachev sat down with me for a chat over lemon biscotti at the Mandarin Hotel in downtown San Francisco.
"The idea is to pollinate and create an ecosystem, so we are creating a league of the best, filtering for expertise," he said. "An army of scientists and programmers."
The city is focusing on five areas: Information technology, biotech, space, nuclear and energy efficiency. For the infotech program alone, the recruiters received 2,500 applications for 340 spots.
"All our startups are building core technology, not the e-commerce, social, that kind of thing," Bogachev said.
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