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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.

Halt and Catch Fire Decimates Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

The one everyone knows about is Silicon Valley. And, after three years and some reflection on my part, HCF decimates Silicon Valley ( which is mostly a challenge to my friends who have writing credits.). We all know what Silicon Valley is ( or at least we think we do).

Silicon Valley – Religion, Operating System, or Something Else?

Feld Thoughts

Earlier this week I wrote a post titled The Religion of Silicon Valley. A few folks tied together the concepts of Religion and Operating System as an operative metaphor for Silicon Valley. The post Silicon Valley – Religion, Operating System, or Something Else? Entrepreneurship culture frame of mind operating system religion silicon valleyIt was intended to be provocative and exploratory.

3 Examples Of Creative Branding (From Silicon Valley Giants)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

When it comes to branding, you learn from some of the best tech startups in Silicon Valley and follow in their footsteps. You don’t need to be a Silicon Valley giant to apply these concepts at your company.

Why Facebook is Killing Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

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. The common wisdom is that Silicon Valley has always gone through waves of innovation and each time it bounces back by reinventing itself.

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 These Nonresident Startups Ultimately Needed a Silicon Valley Presence

Inc Startups

Despite the high costs, relocating to Silicon Valley still has its perks

What It Will Take to Create the Next Great Silicon Valleys (Plural)

Marc Andreessen

Yet policymakers are always searching for the next Silicon Valley because of the critical link between tech innovation, economic growth, and social opportunity. Andreessen Horowitz innovation Silicon Valley Photo: Patrick Nouhailler/ Flickr.

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.” What makes “Silicon Valley” work is the truth behind the exaggerated situations. Image via HBO.

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 Is Filled With Liars

Nick O'Neill

Entrepreneurship Lying Silicon ValleyIf you read all the comments on this salacious Techcrunch post about a girl who supposedly conned the industry, you’d have two takeaways. The first is that it was out of character for Techcrunch (some even called Techcrunch a bully ), something I would agree with. However more important were the comments from people saying “oh my gosh, how dare this girl!” ” Seriously?

This Unsuspecting European City Could Become Silicon Valley's Biggest Rival

Inc Startups

Here are six reasons why Barcelona is becoming a hot bed for startups, entrepreneurship and innovation. Startup

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

Inc Startups

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

A Few Funny Characters You'll Find In Silicon Valley

OnStartups

Here’s a quick review of a few of the entrepreneurial archetypes you’ll meet in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley was literally built by this cohort; without them, it wouldn’t exist. The following is a guest post by Nathan Beckord.

The Silicon Valley Investors You Need to Know in 2016

Inc Startups

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

Building Startup Ecosystems Outside of Silicon Valley

Instigator Blog

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. Most entrepreneurs are not located where they are (other than Silicon Valley, New York and perhaps a few others) because it’s actually the best place to run their startup.

3 Reasons to Avoid Silicon Valley for Your Startup

Inc Startups

If you're a hot tech startup, you set up in Silicon Valley, right? Maybe not. The prevailing wisdom might be changing along with the area codes

Silicon Valley's Moral Delusion

Inc Startups

Is Uber's CEO a truer representation of Silicon Valley values than, say, Apple's?

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. I just read Nicolas Colin’s Brief History of the World (of Venture Capital).

Silicon Valley's Honesty Problem: Learning From Theranos

Inc Startups

Silicon Valley has an honesty problem, and entrepreneurs should take note Theranos isn't the only startup guilty of exaggeration.

Risk and Culture in Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

This talk on Risk and Culture in Silicon Valley is a small 1 minute snippet of a longer interview on his blog. Om Malik runs Gigaom , probably the most interesting and accurate site on the blogosphere. Om was kind enough to have me in for an interview.

Silicon Valley's Hottest Matchmaker

Inc Startups

What began as a social gathering for like-minded entrepreneurs and VCs has evolved into one of the Valley''s most dynamic accelerators. When international entrepreneurs want a shot at Silicon Valley stardom, they call on Saeed Amidi. You have to be connected to Silicon Valley.

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 ? Considering a large proportion of Version One’s portfolio is located outside Silicon Valley, I absolutely believe that major tech companies can emerge outside of the Silicon Valley bubble. Silicon Valley needs to step outside Silicon Valley.

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. Ironically in Silicon Valley consumer Internet business have become hits driven businesses. And what Hollywood does’t get about Silicon Valley?

Austin Isn't Going to Be the Next Silicon Valley. And It's Perfectly Fine With That

Inc Startups

Don't try to be the next Silicon Valley. The new narrative in Austin? Be the next Austin

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.,

Andreessen Horowitz and the disruption of Silicon Valley

The Equity Kicker

Their high value add model is one of the inspirations for Forward Partners so when I saw that former Summit Partners VC Peter Sims had written an analysis of how they are disrupting Silicon Valley I clicked straight through.

[Infographic] Basing Your Startup In Silicon Valley

YoungUpstarts

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.

Why Even Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Need a Business Plan

Up and Running

The cast of “Silicon Valley” Image credit: HBO. Silicon Valley is a crazy place. I’ve opted not to return to the Valley for various reasons, but still have plenty of friends who work there and return regularly for business meetings.

Bubbles, Unicorns, Outliers and Innovation in Silicon Valley and Austin

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News When the Facebooks and Twitters of the world are soaring everyone thinks of Silicon Valley as a glorious place, said Bill Gurley, general partner of Benchmark Capital. They scatter like the lights coming on in […] The post Bubbles, Unicorns, Outliers and Innovation in Silicon Valley and Austin appeared first on SiliconHills. Silicon Valley T2 Venture Capital University of Texas UTinSV

Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?

Both Sides of the Table

By now you probably know that David Sacks , co-founder of PayPal and founder of both Geni & Yammer made some observations on Facebook that Silicon Valley “as we know it” was coming to an end. And a Final Note on Whether Silicon Valley Opportunities Remain.

The Nigerian Prince(s) of Silicon Valley

The Next Web

Remember the Nigerian Prince email scam? It goes something like this: “I’m a very rich Nigerian Prince with a cash flow dilemma, and if you give me money today, I’ll give you more money tomorrow.” I’m paraphrasing, but you get the idea. This scam is funny now, right?

Silicon Valley's Female Trouble

Inc Startups

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.

What HBO's Silicon Valley Can Teach You About Startups

Inc Startups

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

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.

5 Cities That Make Great Alternatives To Silicon Valley

Inc Startups

Do you have to be in Silicon Valley to be successful? There are benefits to starting a new company in the San Francisco area, but there are also some incredible downsides

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.

Protected: How Austin (and not Silicon Valley) is Changing VC/Tech Law

SiliconHills

The post Protected: How Austin (and not Silicon Valley) is Changing VC/Tech Law appeared first on SiliconHills. There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. Austin

What Randi Zuckerberg Says About Silicon Valley vs. New York

Inc Startups

"I had kind of tried to smoosh down [my creativity] for too many years in order to be taken seriously in Silicon Valley," saysZuckerberg