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. government reengineered its approach to building weapons. In 1950, government support of basic science research in U.S.

[Infographic] Silicon Valley Vs Silicon Alley


We all know that Silicon Valley as the hotbed of innovation that many countries and cities around the world have tried to replicate (and mostly failed). Others innovation New York Silicon Alley Silicon Valley startup scene startups United States

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.

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. government fund and as Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the National Science Foundation. Those conversations can often circle around the difficulties of entrepreneurship outside Silicon Valley. Therefore, ‘Step Zero of the Four Steps,’ or buy-in, is more important in Japan than in the Valley.

Innovation Outposts in Silicon Valley – Going to Where the Action Is

Steve Blank

They enabled companies to comply with local government laws – for example to allow foreign subsidiaries to transfer manufacturing technology from the U.S. In the last five years, hundreds of large companies have established Innovation Outposts (and here ) in Silicon Valley.

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. We can generalise this into a blueprint for ecosystems generally: Find a vertical market where there is a comparative advantage – Silicon Valley started with military technology, in London fintech and ecommerce are good candidates. The UK government’s support has been important for our startup ecosystem.

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.

The Secret History of Silicon Valley Part VII: We Fought a War You.

Steve Blank

These posts cover two distinct periods – the first, the rise of “ Microwave Valley ” chronicles the decade of 1946-1956 as Stanford University became the hub of military/industry contracting in the Bay Area. Microwave Valley was about to take off.

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

Steve Blank

But what made the overwhelming impression for me was finding an entrepreneurial software cluster on par with the Internet software portion of Silicon Valley. I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual.

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

Steve Blank

But what made the overwhelming impression for me was finding an entrepreneurial software cluster on par with the Internet software portion of Silicon Valley. I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual.

How Can Israeli Startups Raise Funding in Silicon Valley?

VC Cafe

VC investors rely heavily on referrals, but what should a non US startup do when looking to raise funding in Silicon Valley? How best can European startups land VC funding in the US / Sillicon Valley? In answer to the question Do Silicon Valley Angels invest in startups overseas?



As the price of bitcoin rose to over $11,000 this morning (from lows near $6000 two weeks ago), governance was a key theme over the past week. The Ethereum community is grappling with its own governance roadmap, with an active debate currently underway on how to resolve issues of lost funds due to hacks or vulnerabilities in smart contracts. The post Governance appeared first on The Barefoot VC.

The Secret History of Silicon Valley 11: The Rise of “Risk Capital.

Steve Blank

Yet one of the most remarkable things about the boom in microwave and silicon startups occurring in the 1950’s and 60’s was that it was done without venture capital. These technology startups had no risk capital – just customers/purchase orders from government/military/intelligence agencies.

The Secret History of Silicon Valley 12: The Rise of “Risk Capital.

Steve Blank

The McMicking’s bought 50% of Ampex for $365,000 (some liken this to the first VC investment in the valley.) to spur innovation was a new government agency to fund new companies. government would invest three (up to $300,000.)

The Secret History of Silicon Valley Part X: Stanford Crosses the.

Steve Blank

The university found government contracts profitable as the government reimbursed their overhead charges (their indirect costs.) Over a hundred government contractors reviewed Stanford’s work on tubes and systems. The future of the valley was clear – microwaves.

In Silicon Valley, Founders Fight for Control


Theres a power struggle underway in Silicon Valley. But Andreessens approach is also exposing a rift in Silicon Valley, where a group of young and relatively untested entrepreneurs have maintained control over their rapidly growing companies. Facebook. Twitter.

How to build a Silicon Valley caliber product engineering team in Asia

The Next Web

Thomas Clayton has started and run numerous high-tech startups in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley has long been the barometer for engineering and product talent, but that same caliber of skill that startups need is also available across Asia.

Weekend Reading on Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

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.” ” Anyone interested in Silicon Valley, what it means, and how it came together should read this book carefully from cover to cover.

The pioneers of Silicon Valley’s fast culture on how to grow quickly, not recklessly

Reid Hoffman

Here in Silicon Valley, some might fantasize about floating cities in international waters, but the fact is that our successes rely on the rule of law, robust financial markets, and an education system that produces talented employees and a healthy market of consumers.”.

Silicon Valley Doesn’t Want DC’s System

Venture Chronicles

With the well covered healthcare.gov fiasco in it’s second full month and no relief in sight, certainly not before the self-imposed end of November deadline that the Obama Administration set for itself, I can’t help but think back to the President’s proclamation that he would bring the “best and brightest of Silicon Valley” to bear to fix it. Silicon Valley doesn’t want your stinkin system.

Google Employee Manifesto Continues Diversity Debate in Silicon Valley

Campus Entrepreneurship

As the debate over diversity in Silicon Valley continues and grows — questions and definitions of diversity have been raised. Update: It looks like Motherboard has an internal response from Danielle Brown , Google’s new VP of Diversity, Integrity & Governance.

Startup Outlook from Silicon Valley Bank

Growthink Blog

On Friday Silicon Valley Bank released a survey of 375 executives at startup technology companies in the 4 core venture capital investment sectors – Software/Internet, Hardware, Life Science, and Cleantech. And Government Just Gets in the Way. Here is what they found: Tech. Execs. Are Bullish. Two of three of them say that business conditions are better than they were last year, and three out of four expect things to get even better in the next 12 months.

Why Governments Don’t Get Startups

Steve Blank

In Silicon Valley the equivalent is the journeyman coder or web designer who loves the technology, and takes coding and U/I jobs because it’s a passion. They work as hard as any Silicon Valley entrepreneur. but then the government got out of the way.

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. Role of Government.

Build Your Own Silicon Valley? | Vivek Wadwha

Campus Entrepreneurship

Vivek Wadhwa, a leading entrepreneurship researcher at Duke University, offers a piece explaining why so many well intentioned attempts to copy Silicon Valley fail. They commonly tout Silicon Valley and North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park as examples of the success of government-supported clusters. And the success of Silicon Valley was achieved without government involvement.

Silicon Valley Uber Alles? I think so… Some of their Secret Weapons.

Scalable Startup

[contact-form] Can any other region “catch up” to Silicon Valley, or be the next Silicon Valley? These towns are setting their expectations way too high while the real Silicon Valley giggles at the sight. Silicon – Uh, yeah, that word?

Lessons Learned: Where did Silicon Valley come from?

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Where did Silicon Valley come from? I think the absolute best reading on this subject is a book called Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 by AnnaLee Saxenian. To an early observer, it would have seemed obvious that Route 128 had all the advantages: a head start, more government and military funding, and far more established companies.

Domain Knowledge Matters Donald Trump

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Donald can’t combine what he knows now with what he doesn’t know about government. Don’t get me wrong, I think an outsider with no direct experience in government could possibly do something great in Washington.

How Latin American governments are assisting their local startup ecosystems

The Next Web

Launching a successful startup in an environment which lacks a supportive local business ecosystem and startup friendly government, can become nigh on impossible. Launching a successful startup is hard work.

Is North America Still a Startup Heaven?

The Startup Magazine

North America is not just about Silicon Valley. For years, Silicon Valley has been synonymous with the North American startup scene. Silicon Valley all about innovation and thinking big and yet, it’s cultivating this homogenous culture.

[Review] Startup Communities


“We need to be like Silicon Valley,” we hear many a startup community organizer around the world intone. Entrepreneurs are hard wired to take action; government leaders focus on creating policy. You may just build the next Silicon Valley yet.

U.S. Government Embraces Crowdsourcing

crowdSPRING Blog

Within the next 120 days, the administration will release a web-based platform to manage the government’s crowdsourcing efforts. Here’s the opening paragraph of the government’s memorandum: At the outset of his Administration, President Barack Obama signed the Memorandum on.

The Endless Frontier: U.S. Science and National Industrial Policy (part 1)

Steve Blank

Government funding of research started in World War II driven by the needs of the military for weapon systems to defeat Germany and Japan. government has had a robust national science and technology policy, it lacks a national industrial policy; leaving that to private capital. The U.S.

Innovate Innovation Policy

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

In his book, Microcosm, The Quantum Revolution in Economics and Technology , he describes in rich and interesting detail just how Silicon Valley exploded with innovation in the 80’s and beyond. Why a Hostile Immigration Policy is Stupid. Who remembers George Gilder?

The Best Places Worldwide to Start Your High-Growth Startup

Up and Running

Silicon Valley, California, USA. Coming in at number one (which should surprise absolutely no one) is Silicon Valley, California’s resident hub for startup and entrepreneurial innovation. Top 10 Hot Incubators to Join in Silicon Valley.

Ecosystem for success: the key ingredients to attract an early-stage investor

The Startup Magazine

Environment: When you think of an optimized environment for a startup, Silicon Valley comes to mind. Among other things, Silicon Valley delivers a trifecta of governmental and regulatory support, a rich field of academia and an engaged private sector.

Adeo Ressi: Singapore Has The Highest Funding Rate, But That May Not Be A Good Thing


Although Adeo expressed in earlier interviews that the quality of ideas, whether in Silicon Valley, or Europe, or Asia are the same, he thought that it is more “fine tuned” now as The Founder Institute is operating in 25 cities. On What Makes Silicon Valley More Successful.

The Government Starts an Incubator: The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps

Steve Blank

government has been running one of the most audacious experiments in entrepreneurship since World War II. government agency that supports research in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. “We’ve Over the last two months the U.S.

The Internet Might Kill Us All

Steve Blank

And it appears that at least in Silicon Valley, a larger percentage of money made in the last tech bubble is recirculated back into investments into the next generation of tech startups. In the 21 st century, authoritarian governments still fear their own people talking to each other and asking questions. When governments shut down Google, Twitter, Facebook, et al, they are building the 21 st century equivalent of the Berlin Wall.

Alibaba S-1: How Alibaba Is Governed Like China’s Politburo

Agile VC

Some context… like many startups, the founders of Alibaba still own substantial stakes in the company and believe it’s in the company’s best interests for them to retain an outsized influence in the company’s governance longer term.

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In Victory: Magnanimity

Steve Blank

——– In March I was the keynote at the In-Q-Tel Venture Capital Conference, giving a talk on the Secret History of Silicon Valley. (In-Q-Tel In-Q-Tel is the Central Intelligence Agency’s Venture Capital firm in Silicon Valley.). The gist of the talk was that the needs of electronic intelligence in the midst of the Cold War and a single Stanford Professor was a key catalyst for entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley.