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The Religion of Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

There has been a lull in the chanting that “Silicon Valley is the center of the tech universe.” Silicon Valley is a religion, just like Crossfit is a religion. This has stuck with me for a long time and I’ve read many posts about Silicon Valley through this lens. That seems like it works.

Hacking For Defense In Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

BMNT , a new Silicon Valley company, is combining the Lean Methods it learned in combat with the technology expertise and speed of startups.

The One Video Every Silicon Valley Investor Should Watch

Both Sides of the Table

Magic spoke about how when he left basketball he wanted to bring businesses to African American communities that were lacking in basic services.

A Visitors Guide to Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

The “official dignitary” tour of Silicon Valley is like taking the jungle cruise at Disneyland and saying you’ve been to Africa.

Weekend Reading on Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

So this weekend was about startup communities with a bonus book on the startup visa tossed in for good measure. The first was The Making of Silicon Valley: A One Hundred Year Renaissance. ” Anyone interested in Silicon Valley, what it means, and how it came together should read this book carefully from cover to cover.

Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

How to build regional entrepreneurial communities has just gotten it’s first “here’s how to do it” book. Community Culture. Quibbles.

Why Silicon Valley Loves Failures

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These are Silicon Valley's clich darlings. Failure, it seems, is the buzzword of the moment in Silicon Valley.

Applying Lean Startup Beyond Silicon Valley

Startup Lessons Learned

Entrepreneurs beyond Silicon Valley, including those working abroad, often have to retool Lean Startup methods to apply them in places with very different business cultures. Those conversations can often circle around the difficulties of entrepreneurship outside Silicon Valley. On September 24 in the U.S. We should pivot.

An international CEO’s guide to Silicon Valley

The Next Web

To the international community, Silicon Valley is the heart of the startup world. This story continues at The Next Web.

Minimum Wage Boost in Silicon Valley Ups the Cinderella Factor

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

The issue is continuing the incredible innovation that happens in Silicon Valley. Sometimes Cinderella Boys Hit Innovation Holes-in-One.

Mapping the Success of Silicon Valley Startups

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

MIT researchers hope to use data to discover how to shape a thriving startup community

How Silicon Valley Influences The UK’s University Spin-out Company Culture


Silicon Valley is undoubtedly the world’s technology epicentre. Chattanooga has been transformed from a railway hub to a 3D printing hub.

The Leanest Start-up in Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

This has been a disappointing day in Silicon Valley for Kurt Varner. Kurt Varner is like a lot of young men trying to launch a business.

Silicon Valley Is Hacking Your Food

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Plenty of them are Silicon Valley types. Is your primary market right now Silicon Valley? It just didn''t get very far.

Is This the End of Silicon Valley?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

But there's no shortage of skeptics in the idea a "Silicon Prairie" will emerge. This is a platform for us to come together as a community.”

The Face of Success, Part I: How the Indians Conquered Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The Indians are Silicon Valley's most successful immigrants. Why have Indians outperformed so many other groups in Silicon Valley?

There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley

Angel Investing News

Silicon Valley is a very special place – the nucleus of high-growth, high technology entrepreneurship in the US, indeed, in the world.  The Valley is world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing companies and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula. 

[Infographic] 10 Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs You May Not Have Heard Of


Silicon Valley is the home for dreamers, but more importantly, it is the home for dreamers who do. Take Priya Haji, for example.

Rotten Ethics in Silicon Valley

FairSoftware's Blog

have yet to hear community leaders such as Fred Wilson or Paul Graham denounce such tactics. I have been planning to write a comprehensive post on ethics for startups. This is not it. Today I am going after a specific target: silent investors in startups who use unethical tactics. Latest case in point: AirBnB. Founders won’t talk.

Ayn Rand and Silicon Valley

Jason Crawford

The reason is that Objectivism and the Silicon Valley ethos have a lot in common. The Valley’s ideal is a productive  maker  who is driven by a creative vision, something he passionately believes in and wants to make real. This think it’s what resonates with others in the startup community, too

3 Secrets For Hiring On Wall Street Versus Silicon Valley


This is why many of the best West Coast sales reps focus on establishing a presence in the community and becoming trusted advisors to their clients.

VC Victor Hwang: How To Create The Next Silicon Valley


In fact, it’s the subject of his new book - The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley , with co-author Greg Horowitt.

One VC's Take on How Startup Innovation Happens Outside Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Midwest and a VC community's push for diversity in tech

There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley


Silicon Valley is a very special place – the nucleus of high-growth, high technology entrepreneurship in the US, indeed, in the world.  The Valley produces world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula. 

The Little Side Project That Won Silicon Valley's Heart (and Eyes)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The discovery engine Product Hunt is a darling of the tech community. Here's how it got off the ground

Startup Communities Are Up To The Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

As I continue to talk about Startup Communities , I say over and over and over again that the leaders have to be entrepreneurs. For example, when he asked,   “What’s the most important step an entrepreneur can take to create a startup community?” You talk about entrepreneurial communities. It’s kind of that simple.

Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

Both Sides of the Table

Last year I was on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley meeting with one of the most prominent venture capital firms in the country.

Blue Bottle Coffee's Unlikely Rise to SIlicon Valley Stardom

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Whatever the reason, one thing''s for sure: Blue Bottle Coffee has become a most unlikely darling of Silicon Valley. It was easy."

What are the differences between startups/tech companies founded in Silicon Valley and those founded in New York?


While there are differences in the startup communities on the two coasts, and while there are definite differences in the  investment  communities, I’ve found much less of a difference in the types of  companies  being started. Uncategorized investments new york silicon valley startups tech

Silicon Valley Is Not A Community

Nick O'Neill

I’ve seen tons of communities around the world try to replicate Silicon Valley. Whether it’s attempting to have more seed investing, more successful startups, or an increased density of educated talent, they want to be like Silicon Valley. They feel its a duty to, because the community needs it.

Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City

Feld Thoughts

For now, the title is “ Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City.” If you are a leader in your entrepreneurial community and have something you want to add , email me 500 – 1000 words. I’m looking for feedback on this table of contents. The Boulder Entrepreneurial Community.

The Backward Silicon Valley Thinking You Need to Ignore

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Or they don''t want to think about companies that come out from areas other than the Silicon Valley. It''s time for a reality check.

A Tale of Two Cities: Why Silicon Alley Isn't the Next Silicon Valley (Yet)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

That compares to $2 billion invested in 409 deals for New York and $11 billion in 1,236 deals in Silicon Valley in 2012.

Los Angeles Startup Community


I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. Who are the people you should meet in the Los Angeles Startup Community to get wired in

Why Hinterlands Startups Can’t Get Silicon Valley Funding


Silicon Forest, Silicon Prairie, Silicon Beach, Silicon Hills, Silicon Sandbar. Nice ideas, all of them.

Why The Next Silicon Valley is Twitter and Skype – NOT Beijing

Kevin Dewalt

About every two weeks I get asked by someone – sometimes journalists who never been to China – about whether “Beijing is the Next Silicon Valley”. 1.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

Both Sides of the Table

believe the next 20 years will be an excited time of regeneration for Cincinnati and many more progressive communities across the country.

What are the advantages of stationing your startup in New York City opposed to Silicon Valley / SF?


much more tightly knit startup community, compared to the larger but more diffuse West Coast community. city that from the Mayor on down is devoted to helping the tech startup community expand exponentially. The world’s fastest growing tech startup ecosystem. Many more world-class universities. Seasons. Invested Interest

A16Z Podcast on Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

Her book, Regional Advantage , had a huge impact from on my thinking around Startup Communities. It’s awesome – anyone that cares about how entrepreneurial communities work must read this. If you are interested in startup communities, I hope you will listen to this podcast.

Where's the next Silicon Valley? Anywhere and everywhere:

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These communities are embracing online resources--including collaboration tools like Skype, cloud-computing platforms like Amazon Web Services, and project hosting services like GitHub--and taking advantage of improved access to talent via online workplaces. Israel The entrepreneurial community is now thinking globally from the start.

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