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 with The Silicon Valley Story which will showcase this area and what makes it special: entrepreneurs, deals, venture capital, hackers, rocket ship company growth, 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.
We are a work in progress, only just begun. 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 on, 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. Label that: the good old days. (2 and a half years ago!) I even offered to tell my list about Pinterest to increase traffic. Back in the day….things were different.
It is fast paced here. Today I read that the internet may implode because Zuckerberg wants billions more wired. Ok. But the day after that I think we will just teleport information and use biometrics and my neurons and yours will be an interconnected search engine.
I get ahead of myself. I live within 3 blocks of many start ups = Palantir, Euclid, Flipboard, AT&T Foundry, Noatta, etc. I’ll go around and count them soon and report back. And one more in stealth mode. When I get the word, I will tell you about it.
This website is done by Jamie and Ann (me) Bradley. Jamie is my son, born and raised here, and now living in L.A. We want to make this interactive, tell us your ideas.