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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.

Why Middle America Can Be Better for Entrepreneurs Than Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Why my VC firm, Illuminate Ventures, invests in enterprise software and SaaS startups beyond Silicon Valley--at CMU, Pitt, and throughout Pittsburgh

The One Video Every Silicon Valley Investor Should Watch

Both Sides of the Table

The video is simply amazing and is a must watch for any investor but I think will be enjoyed by all entrepreneurs, too. He sold for a huge gain.

Silicon Valley's Honesty Problem: Learning From Theranos

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Silicon Valley has an honesty problem, and entrepreneurs should take note Theranos isn't the only startup guilty of exaggeration.

The Importance of Partnership Agreements, NDAs, and Security: Lessons from HBO’s “Silicon Valley”

Up and Running

Of all the television shows that center around businesses, none feel closer to reality than HBO’s “Silicon Valley.”

Silicon Valley's Female Trouble

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The success of Indians had me convinced that Silicon Valley was a model meritocracy. More than 100 entrepreneurs were on stage.

Top Silicon Valley VC Explains What Entrepreneurs Are Doing Wrong

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The Nigerian Prince(s) of Silicon Valley

The Next Web

Entrepreneur Insider funding fundraisingRemember the Nigerian Prince email scam? This scam is funny now, right? Even Siri is in on the joke.

Silicon Valley Is Filled With Liars

Nick O'Neill

Despite failure, entrepreneurs will boast to technology publications about their company acquisition. Entrepreneurship Lying Silicon ValleyIf you read all the comments on this salacious Techcrunch post about a girl who supposedly conned the industry, you’d have two takeaways. ” Seriously? Vanity Metrics.

Being An Openly Gay Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It's impossible to talk authentically about my startup journey without talking about my queer journey

A Few Funny Characters You'll Find In Silicon Valley


Here’s a quick review of a few of the entrepreneurial archetypes you’ll meet in Silicon Valley. 1. The Happy Hipster Worker Bee. Single.

Building Startup Ecosystems Outside of Silicon Valley

Instigator Blog

The startups–actually, the founders/entrepreneurs–are the core of everything. Entrepreneurs need a lot of support. At one of the presentations, I spoke about what it takes to build a startup ecosystem outside of Silicon Valley. Focus on the entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs need to participate too.

4 successful entrepreneurs who went against Silicon Valley beliefs

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

There isn't just one way to build a successful startup and certainly not the only way Silicon Valley professes

Startup Lessons From One of Silicon Valley's Top Young Entrepreneurs

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

This entrepreneur got started at 16. Now his company is No. 84 on the Inc 5000

Silicon Valley's Inconvenient History

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

And you will tend to have a lot of company among entrepreneurs. Some people who echo that sentiment are from Silicon Valley.

The Top 4 Law Firms in Silicon Valley, According to Tech Entrepreneurs

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here is what 10 founders had to say about the top firms in the Silicon Valley

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.

Why Even Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Need a Business Plan

Up and Running

The cast of “Silicon Valley” Image credit: HBO. But should most Silicon Valley companies skip the planning process?

An international CEO’s guide to Silicon Valley

The Next Web

To the international community, Silicon Valley is the heart of the startup world. Entrepreneur Analysis and Opinion

Why Silicon Valley and Hollywood Don’t Get Each Other and Who Will Win the Future

Both Sides of the Table

But here’s what Silicon Valley doesn’t get about Hollywood. And what Hollywood does’t get about Silicon Valley?

Why the Next $1 Billion Company Won't Come From Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

I sat down with serial entrepreneur Doug Feirstein to ask him his perspective on starting companies in the Silicon Valley.

Andreessen Horowitz and the disruption of Silicon Valley

The Equity Kicker

Picking the bones out of Peter’s piece I think A16Zs success comes down to three strategies and their positioning as entrepreneur friendly.

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. Kevin Dewalt—a speaker at this year''s Lean Startup Conference —is an entrepreneur, investor and adviser who has served as an investor for a strategic U.S.

Older Entrepreneurs Have the Advantage (Sorry, Silicon Valley)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

According to a recent report ageism is rampant in Silicon Valley. But that doesn''t mean experience is meaningless to entrepreneurs.

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.

Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?

Both Sides of the Table

Entrepreneurs can still build big businesses on the outskirts.” And a Final Note on Whether Silicon Valley Opportunities Remain.

Why european startups shouldn’t fundraise in the Silicon Valley

The Next Web

Looking at the numbers, the decision to fundraise in Silicon Valley for European startups seems pretty logical… at first glance.

Silicon Valley's Best-Kept Productivity Secret: Psychedelic Drugs

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Tech entrepreneurs are finding LSD and other mind-altering substances to be surprisingly effective tools for improving their work

Is NYC the Next Silicon Valley?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Four entrepreneurs say the Big Apple is becoming America''s next start-up hub. Are they right or is this just wishful thinking? Are they right?

Why Waterloo, Ontario Is the Silicon Valley of Canada

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here's a look at how this tiny hub is becoming a scene for entrepreneurs Located in the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, Waterloo has the second-highest density of startups in the world.

Disgraced Silicon Valley Founder Gets Probation for 'Gross and Negligent' Use of a Firearm

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Eren Niazi, an entrepreneur who has been sued for millions by retired NFL star Patrick Willis, was sentenced to three years felony probation

The Leanest Start-up in Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

This has been a disappointing day in Silicon Valley for Kurt Varner. Varner comes off very much the archetypal entrepreneur.

Expertise in scaling up is the visible secret of Silicon Valley

Reid Hoffman

Silicon Valley and the surrounding Bay Area has become a global leader in innovation, technology and new industry creation.

Zhongguancun in Beijing – China’s Silicon Valley (Part 4 of 5)

Steve Blank

We had a fireside chat with a room full of eager entrepreneurs. The previous post described the evolution of the Chinese Venture Capital system.

The World Doesn't Need Another Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

managing director Jon Bradford in which he explained how entrepreneurs should think more like athletes , envisioning success and their every move.

Thoughts from the road: building startups and collective ambition outside Silicon Valley

Version One Ventures

Just a few years ago, if you wanted to do something big, you needed to go to Silicon Valley. If we try to dissect the magic of Silicon Valley, I think there are five key factors at play: Great schools. It meant frequent flights or moving your company to San Francisco to raise money from Bay Area VCs. Great senior talent.

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. Many of these companies are global from Day One. Ads by Pheed

A Silicon Valley Take on ABC’s Shark Tank

Lightspeed Venture Partners

With this level of interest, the entrepreneurs should have known that they had room to negotiate. COAT CHEX. simpler and more secure. Horrible!

Dave Goldberg, Silicon Valley Entrepreneur and Husband of Sheryl Sandberg, Dies

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

David Goldberg, a popular Silicon Valley executive and husband of Facebook second-in-command and "Lean In" author Sheryl Sandberg, has died suddenly at age 47, his company and family members said Saturday

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