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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.

Why Facebook is Killing Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

I teach entrepreneurship for ~50 student teams a year from engineering schools at Stanford , Berkeley, and Columbia. Entrepreneurial clusters like Silicon Valley (or NY, Boston, Austin, Beijing, etc.) And for Silicon Valley the investor flight to social media marks the beginning of the end of the era of venture capital-backed big ideas in science and technology.

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.

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. If Silicon Valley wasn’t a temporary phenomenon, then the Spinning Jenny would still be the most important tool of production.

Silicon Valley's Female Trouble

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The success of Indians had me convinced that Silicon Valley was a model meritocracy. I used to think Silicon Valley was a model meritocracy. From 1995 to 2005, 52 percent of the Valley’s startups were founded by people born abroad.

[Infographic] 2012 Q3: Software Engineering Salaries in Silicon Valley


Software engineers are extremely high in demand, and over the past few years the growth in their salaries has shown exactly how much in demand they are. Here’s an infographic that shows you more: Others Bay Area developers infographic salary data Silicon Valley software engineer

How Stripe built one of Silicon Valley’s best engineering teams

Redeye VC

Stripe, the payments company that makes it simple to accept payments on the web has quietly been amassing one of the strongest engineering teams in Silicon Valley. In this First Round Capital CTO Summit talk, Greg Brockman, Founding Engineer at Stripe, pries open the black box and shares how Stripe recruits. Below is an interpretation, not a transcript, of Greg’s talk.

[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? Well, finding a place in Silicon Valley to call home is not the easiest thing to do, but this infographic from Riviera Partners may help.

Exploiting Silicon Valley For Profit (and Maybe Fun)

Diego Basch

I believe that Silicon Valley is like Las Vegas, except they make you pass a number of tests before they let you gamble. The purpose of this post is to analyze the folowing problem: Joe Founder comes to Silicon Valley with a laptop full of dreams, but no money.

Is NYC the Next Silicon Valley?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Four entrepreneurs think New York is on the way to becoming the next Silicon Valley. The elephant in the room is obviously, ''Why didn''t we go to the Silicon Valley and San Francisco,'' right? Four entrepreneurs say the Big Apple is becoming America''s next start-up 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. 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. It''s just not always an efficient use of time or energy, which irked his engineering-school sensibilities. "I You''re a software engineer by training. Is your primary market right now Silicon Valley?

This Is the Future of Retail, According to One Silicon Valley Engineer

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If retailers are going to survive, they're going to need a new business model, says the co-founder and CEO of b8ta. And he's testing it right now

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. A few years ago, Boris wrote that something special was happening in the Toronto-KW corridor (for those of you non-Canadians, that would be like SF and the Valley). If we try to dissect the magic of Silicon Valley, I think there are five key factors at play: Great schools. You’ve got a great number of senior level talent in engineering, sales, marketing, etc.

There Are Plenty Of Failures In Silicon Valley, Thanks

Nick O'Neill

Amazon had limousines and contracts for software engineers waiting outside the office as they walked out with their boxes. Sarah Lacy calls acquihires a payday lending scheme. I have to disagree. There are a number off issues at play here but some counter-points to her whole thesis: Not all failed startups are acquihired – I’ve spoken with countless entrepreneurs who have shut down their apps.

The Most Sought-After Silicon Valley Startups for Engineers


On LinkedIn's blog today is a post about the top 10 most sought-after engineering startups in Silicon Valley. To compile the list, the company looked at nearly a quarter million engineer profiles on its service and tracked where they were searching for jobs.

What It Takes to Hire a Silicon Valley Software Engineer (Infographic)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Getting familiar with the most competitive corner of the market will help you land your next great hire

If You Get All Your Information On The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem From HBO, You’re Screwed

Feld Thoughts

It’s from Greg Sands post on TechCrunch titled The Real Silicon Valley. . twice recently, including when I was on a panel at Stanford School of Engineering on Entrepreneurship from Diverse Perspective. Entrepreneurship purpose silicon valley unicornThis is the best quote I’ve seen all week. Greg is a long time friend and co-investor. I’m on the board with him at Return Path and he’s on the board with my partner Ryan at VictorOps.

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.

[Infographic] Silicon Valley Engineering Salaries In 2012


The continuing tech boom has resulted in strong competition for top engineering talent, resulting in a subsequent upward surge in salary scales as well. Check out the infographic for more: Others Bay Area developers infographic salary data Silicon Valley software engineer

The Face of Success, Part 4: Blacks in Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If you think the dearth of women polarizes Silicon Valley, just read what happened when I spoke out about the lack of black tech CEOs. In the previous three pieces in this series, I discussed the dearth of women in technology and the way it polarizes Silicon Valley.

Inside the Mind of a Silicon Valley Investor

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

He moved to Canada before enrolling in Case Western Reserve, where he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Computer Engineering in 1988. In 1991, he joined SynOptics, a Silicon Valley-based networking company.

Will Silicon Valley Save the World? No--But Here's What Will

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Foreign Policy''s latest cover argues that Silicon Valley start-ups can''t fix global problems with apps. Reading the indictment of Silicon Valley’s quixotic assault on poverty in the latest issue of Foreign Policy, I flashed back to an experience I had 18 months ago.

5 Lessons from Silicon Valley's Biggest Names

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If Mark Zuckerberg hadn’t built Facebook, he probably would’ve taken an engineering job at Microsoft. Pinterest co-founder Ben Silbermann said the website's early growth was not driven by better engineering, but by better outreach.

Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

Brad Feld’s new book Startup Communities joins the two other “must reads,” ( Regional Advantage and Startup Nation ) and one “must view” ( The Secret History of Silicon Valley ) for anyone trying to understand the components of a regional cluster.

LinkedIn Names Silicon Valley's Most In-Demand Start-Ups

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A LinkedIn survey reveals the Valley''s top 10 start-ups, based on their interactions with developers and engineers. In Silicon Valley, start-ups and tech giants are as ubiquituous as the software engineers who come to work for them. Looking to hire?

The Pay-It-Forward Culture

Steve Blank

Foreign visitors to Silicon Valley continually mention how willing we are to help, network and connect strangers. Engineers in the very small world of silicon and semiconductors would meet at the Wagon Wheel and swap technical problems and solutions with co-workers and competitors.

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

Fixing Silicon Valley's Bias Problem

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It is possible for Silicon Valley to become the meritocracy it claims to be. Earlier in this series, I’ve discussed the myth of Silicon Valley’s meritocracy and the ignorance and arrogance of its gatekeepers. of the Valley's startups in 1995–2005.

Engine. Where Startups Come Together

Feld Thoughts

That’s where Engine Advocacy comes in. A few months ago, I joined the Advisory Board of Engine to lend my support to an organization that is doing amazing work for the startup ecosystem. Here’s an example of great work that Engine has done: During the fight against SOPA/PIPA last year it seemed to a lot of outsiders that the internet community’s reaction happened overnight. Engine connected 15,000 calls from individuals to their Senators that day.

Bob Dorf – How Silicon Valley Innovates

Business of Software Blog

” Jason Cohen, Smart Bear Software and WP Engine. This is a summary of Bob Dorf’s Business of Software 2012 presentation. Why most startups fail. Most startups fail to scale. More startups fail from a lack of passionate customers than anything else. Code is only half the job.

What Makes Silicon Valley's Hottest Companies Want to Hire You

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A new study explains exactly what Dropbox and other Y Combinator companies are looking for in their engineers

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.

A Field Trip for UT Tech Companies to Silicon Valley: UTinSV


Next week, the Silicon Hills will meet the Silicon Valley. A group from the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering will showcase some of its best and brightest startups to Silicon Valley investors, entrepreneurs and press at an event dubbed UTinSV.

The Pay-It-Forward Culture: Silicon Valley's Practical Generosity


Foreign visitors to Silicon Valley continually mention how willing we are to help, network and connect strangers. Engineers in the very small world of silicon and semiconductors would meet at the Wagon Wheel and swap technical problems and solutions with co-workers and competitors.

How a Class Action Settlement Helps Silicon Valley Billionaires

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Billionaire executives won''t have to testify in a trial that would have exposed their collusion over engineer hiring. The agreement announced Thursday averts a Silicon Valley trial that threatened to expose the tactics that billionaire executives such as late Apple Inc.

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.

How Silicon Valley Is Transforming the Immigration Debate

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

million in funding from the Mayfield Fund, and created high-paying jobs for 17 engineers and other workers. The New Reality of Silicon Valley: Immigrant Uncertainty Stories like Sankhla''s are the primary reason Silicon Valley has risen up in the past two years to lobby for immigration reform.

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.

“Experiencing the spectrum of “outsider” status relative to Silicon Valley has been life changing.” Five Questions With Spotify’s Product Leader Shiva Rajaraman.

Hunter Walker

Living in Europe with easy access to different countries, divergent points of view, and experiencing the spectrum of “outsider” status relative to Silicon Valley has been life changing and a career choice I would recommend to everyone even if only for a couple of years.