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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 Silicon Valley Investors You Need to Know in 2016

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Investment is key to startup growth, here are some of the top Silicon Valley investors to help your startup grow

The Surprising Startup Hub That's Second Only to Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The Nordic region is home to the strongest startup ecosystem outside of Silicon Valley. Here's why

The One Video Every Silicon Valley Investor Should Watch

Both Sides of the Table

Startup Lessonsyou’re not following him?). The message of the panel was very clear – “We don’t need your help.

Silicon Valley: A Place Or A State Of Mind?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Marc Andreessen , as is his wont, posted a tweetstorm this morning that was a spirited defense of Silicon Valley. One thing I always think about in reading things like this is the use of the phrase “Silicon Valley” or SV as Marc uses in his tweetstorm. Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) July 7, 2014.

This City's Startups are More Profitable Than Silicon Valley's

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

This city's startups generate huge returns on investment. And venture capital firms are loving it

What HBO's Silicon Valley Can Teach You About Startups

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Silicon Valley mixes business with comedy while providing startups with valuable lessons

Building Startup Ecosystems Outside of Silicon Valley

Instigator Blog

I’ve been involved in building startup communities for awhile. In Montreal I started an entrepreneurship breakfast event, launched NextMontreal, spent time advising startups/founders, spoke at events, and more. The startups–actually, the founders/entrepreneurs–are the core of everything. circumstance. So be it.

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 Hottest Matchmaker

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What began as a social gathering for like-minded entrepreneurs and VCs has evolved into one of the Valley''s most dynamic accelerators.

Why Facebook is Killing Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

The irony is that as good as some of these nascent startups are in material science, sensors, robotics, medical devices, life sciences, etc., For the first time, startups can today think about a Total Available Market in the billions of users (smart phones, tablets, PC’s, etc.) Kennedy, September 1962. Innovation. and put U.S.

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.

Lessons for startup ecosystems from the history of Silicon Valley

The Equity Kicker

The bit I liked the most described the role of Stanford in getting Silicon Valley going in the late 1950s. Inspire entrepreneurialism – highlight the positive effects of startups and make ‘founder’ a popular career choice. The UK government’s support has been important for our startup ecosystem.

The Top 13 Seed Stage Investors in Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Raising seed funding for startups is hard. Who are some of the top investors to meet when raising your first round of capital

Why Silicon Valley is a temporary phenomenon

Start Up Blog

If Silicon Valley wasn’t a temporary phenomenon, then Britain would still be the centre of manufacturing.

The Mistake That's Killing So Many Silicon Valley Startups

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Could this fatal mistake kill your business when you try to scale your sales and marketing efforts

This Is the Car Silicon Valley Billionaires Lust After

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McLaren Automotive is targeting Silicon Valley, the land of startups and upstarts, in its efforts to break into the luxury sports car market

Silicon Valley's Female Trouble

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The success of Indians had me convinced that Silicon Valley was a model meritocracy. But if that's true, where are all the women?

Silicon Valley Is Filled With Liars

Nick O'Neill

The entire startup ecosystem seems to cater to those who lie in one form or another. Walk around any conference that startup founders are attending and you are bound to hear countless stories of how well things are going. Startups will claim they have a run rate (projected annual revenue) of X million dollars. ” Seriously?

Silicon Valley vs. New York: How Does Startup Culture Differ?

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Veterans of both hubs reflect on what makes each unique

Top Silicon Valley VC Explains What Entrepreneurs Are Doing Wrong

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Don't Look to Silicon Valley to Fix Diversity

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A new report shows blackwomen founders raise less money than even failed Silicon Valley startups.

Applying Lean Startup Beyond Silicon Valley

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference. 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. The Lean Startup community is very tight and well-organized. is amazing.

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

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.

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 Other Startup Hubs Are Beginning to Look More Appealing Than Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

For the first time since 2011, Silicon Valley lost more U.S. residents than it gained, due to rising costs and quality-of-living issues.

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. Yet, having a vibrant ecosystem to seed early stage startups is one thing. If we try to dissect the magic of Silicon Valley, I think there are five key factors at play: Great schools. Waterloo has another unicorn with Kik.

[Infographic] Basing Your Startup In Silicon Valley


So you’re looking to start up or relocating your company to the wonderful startup haven of Silicon Valley, eh?

Mapping the Success of Silicon Valley Startups

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

Why You Don't Need to be in Silicon Valley to Have a Great Tech Startup

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Tobias Ltke, founder of Shopify, explains why working outside of the tech startup capital is better for his team

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?

Silicon Valley Tops, Singapore 18th On Startup Genome Ecosystem Ranking


Many startup ecosystems in the world want to be like Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley in Singapore. Tel Aviv. Seattle.

Why european startups shouldn’t fundraise in the Silicon Valley

The Next Web

European startups are able to raise just a fraction of the capital at home compared to their U.S. For most European startups.

Can you build “Silicon Valley” companies outside of the Valley?

Version One Ventures

The big debate among tech circles has always been if it’s possible to build a “Silicon Valley” company outside of the Valley. Is Silicon Valley a physical place or a state of mind ? Smaller start-ups in Silicon Valley, particularly those in un-sexy markets, have a tough time drawing in top engineers and designers.

How Activists Are Helping to Fuel Silicon Valley Startups

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A number of political activists have moved over to the private sector, bringing valuable expertise for growing new companies

53 Startups That Will Take Off in 2016, According to Silicon Valley's Top Venture Capitalists

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Every corner of the tech sector should expect disruption next year from these newcomers

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.

Andreessen Horowitz and the disruption of Silicon Valley

The Equity Kicker

The Andreessen-Horowitz  (A16Z) story is little short of amazing. will shortly get to the reasons Peter gives for their success. Venture Capital