Hyperbolic Headlines About Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

The hyperbolic headlines are once again accompanying the articles about Silicon Valley. A Sunday NY Times article titled Silicon Valley Is Over, Says Silicon Valley kicks off what I expect is another wave of this. It references a recent Wired article titled Everyone Hates Silicon Valley, Except Its Imitators , Go read them all and then tune back in here. Now, go read Ian Hathaway’s post titled Silicon Valley is Not Over.

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.”

Global EIR and Silicon Valley Bank Funding Match

Feld Thoughts

Today Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) announced their support for Global EIR , a cause for which I care deeply. What makes this even more impressive is how quickly and consistently the startup community reinvents itself, yet SVB is always there to make a good first impression on new founders.

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.

Entrepreneurial ecosystems: Reflections on Toronto and Silicon Valley

Version One Ventures

Harley asked about my experiences growing up in Toronto and moving to Silicon Valley, specifically what my thoughts are on the differences between the two communities. The post Entrepreneurial ecosystems: Reflections on Toronto and Silicon Valley appeared first on Version One.

Is VC Funding the Real Unicorn in Silicon Valley?

Up and Running

Historically, while unicorn startups rightfully garner a lot of media attention and interest throughout the venture capital (VC) community, smart investors have spread their money around among a large number of startups, both large and small.

Venture Summit: Connecting with Silicon Valley Venture Capital

The Startup Magazine

In its effort to advocate and be a resource for the startup community, The Startup Magazine is sponsoring this leading venture capital gathering in the heart of tech hub Silicon Valley. Curtis Feeny | Silicon Valley Data Capital.

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.

Blitzscaling: Silicon Valley’s Harmful Idea of Success

Austin Startup

Blitzscaling: Silicon Valley’s Harmful Idea of Success I sometimes struggle to figure out the best way to convey something that is important to me to others. Those were teachers, accountants, consultants, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.

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.

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

YoungUpstarts

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.

There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley

Gust

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.

3 Secrets For Hiring On Wall Street Versus Silicon Valley

YoungUpstarts

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.

We Don’t Talk Enough About Money In Silicon Valley. No, Really.

Hunter Walker

We don’t really talk about money in Silicon Valley. Don’t values and community come from sharing experiences and being vulnerable together? I know I’ve got some reach for what I write, at least within a narrow community.

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.

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.

Creating the Next Silicon Valley – The Chilean Experiment

Steve Blank

I got smarter about the world outside of Silicon Valley, met some wonderful people who made me feel part of their family and shared some thoughts about entrepreneurship. Creating the Next Silicon Valley – The Chilean Experiment. Lessons From the 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. 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.,

The Secret History of Silicon Valley Part V: Happy 100th Birthday.

Steve Blank

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance I always had been curious about how Silicon Valley, a place I had lived and worked in, came to be. How did Silicon Valley start? This October is the 100th anniversary of Silicon Valley, unnoticed and unmentioned by anyone.)

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

Gust

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.

Why Hinterlands Startups Can’t Get Silicon Valley Funding

ReadWriteStart

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.

VC Victor Hwang: How To Create The Next Silicon Valley

ReadWriteStart

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.

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. Feld’s thesis is that unlike the common wisdom, it is entrepreneurs that lead a startup community while everyone else feeds the community. Community Culture.

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.

The Secret History of Silicon Valley Part 14: Weapons System 117L and Corona

Steve Blank

intelligence community was determined to find out what was going on inside the Soviet Union. One company in what is today Silicon Valley would build most of them. intelligence community. intelligence community were just getting started in Silicon Valley.

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.

[Review] Startup Communities

YoungUpstarts

“We need to be like Silicon Valley,” we hear many a startup community organizer around the world intone. Feld suggests four key factors that determine how successful a startup community will be in what he calls the Boulder Thesis: 1.

Bravo's Silicon Valley: The Painful Truth Behind A Caricature Of Excess

ReadWriteStart

But in early November, cable channel Bravo will debut a new reality program titled “ Silicon Valley ” that will chronicle the lives and struggles of startup entrepreneurs in San Francisco. They don’t represent the true Silicon Valley.in

Amsterdam-based Rockstart Accelerator’s first graduates head to Silicon Valley

The Next Web

These kinds of trips usually yield good returns for participating startups, although it may have been wiser of Rockstart to have started reaching out to the Bay Area tech community and press a little earlier.

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.

Snowflakes in the Valley: What Happens When 40 Nordic Entrepreneurs Visit Silicon Valley

ReadWriteStart

The Internet might be truly global then, but the world of startups still revolves much around Silicon Valley. The old continent often looks up to the Valley as a sort of Eldorado of IT. Silicon Valley is a hub. Silicon Valley is an unfair advantage for startups.

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

Gust

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 Meetup.com itself).

Why Hinterlands Startups Can’t Get Silicon Valley Funding

ReadWriteStart

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.

From Haitian Roots to a Silicon Valley Address: How Bianca St.Louis Is Building Her Rep & a Career in Tech

Hunter Walker

” Did you always know you wanted to move to Silicon Valley and work in tech? I’d be surprised at how much I’ve fostered relationships and community with folks I looked up to and would read about. I learn a lot from Bianca St. Louis.

Bravo's Silicon Valley: The Painful Truth Behind A Caricature Of Excess

ReadWriteStart

But in early November, cable channel Bravo will debut a new reality program titled “ Silicon Valley ” that will chronicle the lives and struggles of startup entrepreneurs in San Francisco. They don’t represent the true Silicon Valley.in

In Silicon Valley, Founders Fight for Control

online.wsj.com

Create a profile for me in the Journal Community. Journal Community. Theres a power struggle underway in Silicon Valley. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: A Fight in Silicon Valley: Founders Push for Control. Journal Community.

Are We Reaching the Limits of Silicon Valley’s Venture Model?

Bryce Dot VC

With the recent talk of dry bubbles, dirty terms sheets and Unicorpses, perhaps a more timely conversation would be to question whether we’ve reached the limits of the returns that the SIlicon Valley’s blitzscaling venture model can produce. Despite seeing tweaks to the model of added service layers, digital platforms or intra-portfolio community building, the underlying funding mechanism, timelines and return model have remained unchanged for the last 40 years.

Scaling Up the Next Silicon Valley

Reid Hoffman

Silicon Valley has a remarkable track record of producing valuable technology companies. Of the 13 high-tech companies in the world that are worth over $100 billion, six of them hail from Silicon Valley. So the question on many minds is, “Where is the next Silicon Valley?”. And we’ll also learn from Andrew Ng why China is already the Next Silicon Valley.

Startup Camp Graduates Ten New Ventures Today in Silicon Valley

ReadWriteStart

Both ReadWriteWeb COO Sean Ammirati and I are active in our respective communities' entrepreneur mentoring programs, and we always enjoy seeing how other localities help nurture their budding startups. Probably nowhere else in the world is the idea of a startup happy place more entrenched than in Silicon Valley, where one electrical engineering professor, Frederick Terman, spawned an entire culture of new ventures back in the 1950s.

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.

Rare event in Palo Alto today: fireside chat with Lifograph and Microsoft

The Startup Magazine

Mendlen flew into Silicon Valley from Seattle specifically for this event to chat with the “Wiki of People” CEO. Lifograph CEO Dea Wilson is a serial entrepreneur and Managing Director at the Silicon Valley Incubator.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Menlo Park and The Silicon Valley Renaissance

ReadWriteStart

One theme seems to come up over and again, especially from geographies outside Silicon Valley: lack of a reliable pipeline of deals. I am pretty sure that the pipeline in your community will be of a significantly higher quality within six months.

Building Entrepreneurial Communities Is A 20 Year Journey

Feld Thoughts

The key points are: Don’t try to be Silicon Valley (it’s a special place – learn from it – but don’t try to emulate it). You have to do things that engage the entire entrepreneurial community (e.g.