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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. For a quick frame of reference test, try these three: Silicon Valley: A Place or A State of Mind. Let’s change this to “The Religion of Silicon Valley.”

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 offset strategy was smart weapons, smart sensors, and stealth using silicon chips, electronics and computers that only the U.S.

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

If you’re a visiting dignitary whose country has a Gross National Product equal to or greater than the State of California, your visit to Silicon Valley consists of a lunch/dinner with some combination of the founders of Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter and several brand name venture capitalists.

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. This book was written in 1995 and published by the Santa Clara Valley Historical Association so the updated subtitle should be “A One Hundred Year Renaissance – 20 Years Later.” The post Weekend Reading on Startup Communities appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Building Startup Ecosystems Outside of Silicon Valley

Instigator Blog

I’ve been involved in building startup communities for awhile. That’s where the community plays a huge role. No one has proclaimed Halifax as the “Silicon Valley of the North” … at least not in front of me.). At one of the presentations, I spoke about what it takes to build a startup ecosystem outside of Silicon Valley. There’s lots you can do to build and support your startup communities outside of Silicon Valley.

Why Silicon Valley Loves Failures

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These are Silicon Valley's clich darlings. In the mid-'90s, Kamran Elahian, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, famously engraved his Ferrari F355's license plate with Momenta, the name of a company he founded in 1989. "Embrace failure." It's best to "fail fast."

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. I think one challenge in trying to take Lean Startup ideas outside Silicon Valley, and especially to places that are highly culturally different from the U.S.,

Minimum Wage Boost in Silicon Valley Ups the Cinderella Factor

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Raising the minimum wage in Silicon Valley (beyond San Jose which has already done so) is a very important and rational thing to do for the economic health of the valley, California, and the USA economy as a whole. 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. Of the 131 startups valued at $1B and above Silicon Valley is home to 53 of them. The UK has been largely influenced by Silicon Valley, making university spin-out company culture very common place.

The Leanest Start-up in Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

This has been a disappointing day in Silicon Valley for Kurt Varner. Silicon Valley is full of dreamers, among whom living cheaply until fortune smiles is the norm. Varner's fondest wish in coming to the Valley was to find a technical co-founder.

Silicon Valley Is Hacking Your Food

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Plenty of them are Silicon Valley types. Soylent contains no bacteria, is shelf-stable, and could be useful for stockpiling for disaster relief, or for supplying to malnourished communities in developing areas of the world. Is your primary market right now Silicon Valley?

An international CEO’s guide to Silicon Valley

The Next Web

To the international community, Silicon Valley is the heart of the startup world. While it’s not a requirement, relocating a startup to Silicon Valley makes sense in many ways as access to venture capital, mentors, talent and business infrastructure can help a company grow.

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. It was created to "inspire and celebrate entrepreneurs," while helping aspiring business owners make contacts within the venture community. 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? Back when Silicon Valley was still developing semiconductors, it was largely white in complexion.

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. Many other communities are entrepreneur-friendly and, by any measure, have the tools in place to spawn new high growth companies.

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


Silicon Valley is the pinnacle of a startup community that embodies the very essence of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, so much so that many startup ecosystems around the world aspires to be like it.

Rotten Ethics in Silicon Valley

FairSoftware's Blog

I 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. They may have spammed Craigslist users using fake gmail accounts.

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. In the Valley, you get more respect if you try an original idea and fail than if you copy an idea and succeed. Creating more value than you capture is part of a larger theme in the Valley: playing the long game.

3 Secrets For Hiring On Wall Street Versus Silicon Valley


With only eight states and less than 3,000 miles between Wall Street and Silicon Valley, there is a remarkable contrast in business cultures between these two global business hubs. by Eliot Burdett, co-founder and CEO of Peak Sales Recruiting.

VC Victor Hwang: How To Create The Next Silicon Valley


As Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital , a Silicon Valley venture firm that helps build “innovation ecosystems” around the globe, Victor Hwang knows quite a lot about what it takes to create an environment where high-tech startups can grow and thrive.

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 Investor, entrepreneur, and Kauffman Fellow Scott Ford explores startup culture in the U.S.

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 Valley has been a unique place for over half a century. Still, the competition in the Valley is fierce.

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. Now – members of feeder organizations can play a leadership role, but in the absence of a critical mass of entrepreneurs, the startup community won’t ever develop into anything meaningful. It’s part of a series they are doing titled The Next Silicon Valley. You talk about entrepreneurial communities.

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. And this Silicon Valley bias isn’t limited to any single meeting – it has been a recurring theme in my time as a VC.

Blue Bottle Coffee's Unlikely Rise to SIlicon Valley Stardom

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It could be because, with the flurry of mobile app startups crowding Silicon Valley, a company like Blue Bottle that pulls in roughly $27 million a year selling tangible products is a modern marvel. The tech community flocked to Blue Bottle from the start. "I

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. On the other hand, since New York is the undisputed capital of the financial, fashion and advertising worlds, we have many, many more FinTech, AdTech and Fashion-based startups here than one is likely to find in the Valley.

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. Yet after living in Silicon Valley for three years, I’ve recognized something that provides a stark contrast to other places around the world: there’s no “startup community” here.

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. The Boulder Entrepreneurial Community. Principals of a Sustainable Entrepreneurial Community. Welcome Everyone Into The Entrepreneurial Community. Silicon Flatirons. Why The Community Matters Most.

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. They collectively employ millions of people and make a difference in their communities.

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

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Job creation in New York City''s tech industry has nearly returned to levels seen during the Dotcom bubble, but its tech startup scene still doesn''t hold a candle to Silicon Valley.

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. I told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. Los Angeles Startup Community Posts/Articles Here are some interesting articles and posts on the ecosystem around startups in Los Angeles. 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. But startups located anywhere other than a high-tech center may as well be pitching for investment in the Silicon Taiga. Louis than it does in Silicon Valley.

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

Kevin Dewalt

Summary : There will NEVER be a “Next Silicon Valley” Geography is becoming irrelevant for startups because best practices are available online, capital flows freely to talent, and Silicon Valley will come to you. Why the Era of Silicon Valley is Ending.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

Both Sides of the Table

I have never been more optimistic about the impact that the tech startup community is having on cities in America or about the role that cities outside of San Francisco / Silicon Valley can play in our future. The Foundations of the Seattle startup community.

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


A much more tightly knit startup community, compared to the larger but more diffuse West Coast community. A 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. Access to many, many more world market centers (advertising, finance, fashion, media, food, etc.). The world’s largest Tech Meetup (not to mention itself).

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. Silicon Planet Through my work at oDesk, I have witnessed regional "Silicon Valleys" across the globe gaining prominence and catalyzing their own networks of entrepreneurs, investors and advisors.

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A16Z Podcast on Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

Her book, Regional Advantage , had a huge impact from on my thinking around Startup Communities. Regional Advantage: A+: I’ve read bits of Annalee Saxenian’s seminal book about the differences between the evolution of Silicon Valley and Route 128, spent a tiny bit of time with Annalee at a Silicon Flatiron event, and have thought hard about this, but I had actually never read her book. The post A16Z Podcast on Startup Communities appeared first on Feld Thoughts.