It's about ecosystem
came over from the Netherlands three years ago and worked as a
marketing executive for NXP in the Valley. The Dutchman recently
shifted over to a similar role at Atmel. Where NXP, even in the Valley, had a decidedly Dutch flavor and influence, Atmel is
somewhat more diverse.
For Arts, the decision to move was a a big one, involving not only
his wife but his son.
"I took him to Vegas, then San Jose. I gave him a vote," he said.
"My wife understood my drive, and it was going to be another great
chapter in our lives. She's extremely happy for all the similar
reasons you've heard so far," Arts said.
The cost of living does not seem to deter the immigrants. "If you
look at cost of living, places like Singapore and Shanghai are
expensive--like Europe. Maybe not as expensive as here, but there
are costly areas to be in."
The couple just bought a new home in the Valley, amid the move from
NXP to Atmel.
"Everything is right here, including academics. The ecosystems is is
Three recent immigrants. Different perspectives. They still keep coming. The Valley's not dead yet.