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From its almost unknown military past, to the apricot orchards, to the dot com bust to the here and now, the story here in Silicon Valley is an amazing one. The DNA of this area makes it what it is. Others may try and replicate but the DNA – the infrastructure that includes Stanford, the government, and many innovators in one place, interacts with the ever changing and fluid environment. It is epigenetics of a culture in action.
Silicon Valley is special but what really makes up “special” is you – the user, the reader, the opinion maker, the entrepreneur, the engineer, the observer and the participant. We want to bring the excitement of Silicon Valley to everyone and showcase the Valley and what makes it special: entrepreneurs, deals, venture capital, hackers, rockets, failures, cost of living, Hacker Dojo, weather, work/live houses, Stanford University, Homebrew Computer, and more.
The Story is embedded in every day living from the newly arrived to the always been here – it is fluid as well as historical. Put your spin on the story and join the conversation. Spicy mocha at Coupa and Cafe Venetia denizens are just as much a part of the story as anything else.
I first heard an excited founder describing his company to someone while sitting outside at Coupa. Later, I rented a room to his co-founder and then CEO of the company. Today you know it as Pinterest. Back then, Paul was worried he wouldn’t have enough traffic to interest the venture capitalists. I offered to tell my list about Pinterest to increase traffic. Back in the day….things were different.
It is fast paced here. Acceleration, as Alvin Toffler said in Future Shock, is the least understood aspect of technology. 4 years ago there were only 10 or 15 people at a Bitcoin meetup. Now, 50 attending is small, sometimes 200. Self driving cars were far, far away. Now, they are here, soon to be everywhere.
We will teleport information and use biometrics and my neurons and yours will be an interconnected search engine. I get ahead of myself. .but isn’t that what the future is – today merging into tomorrow…making the present the past and moving, moving, moving.
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