Some of the most important inventions of the last hundred years:
Air conditioning--which made it possible to do productive work in any climate
Credit cards--which enabled transactions to take place at a distance
Television--which homogenized 150 world cultures into just a few
Federal Express and container ships--which made the transport of physical goods both dependable and insanely cheap
The internet--which moved information from one end of the world to the other as easily as across the room
Cell phones--which cut the wires
If you're still betting on geography, on winning merely because you're local, I hope you have a special case in mind.