Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Silicon Valley Origin Story

Every company, especially the ones that go public, or are active within the public consciousness, have their origin story. While sometime apocryphal, they capture the essence of both the founders and their mission.

So it is with Silicon Valley itself. It’s only fair that the ground zero of the 21st century economy, should have it’s own origin story. One made up of the both the individual and collective energies of many smart, sometime eccentric, often driven, and always forward facing individuals.

What was it in the Silicon Valley water in the 70’s and 80’s, that gave birth to the world we take for granted today? Perhaps equally important, is that water still there, or was it just the product of that perfect time and place?

Silicon Valley historian Leslie Berlin has spent years looking at all of this, and she details it in Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age.

My conversation with Leslie Berlin: