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.

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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. The post Global EIR and Silicon Valley Bank Funding Match appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Philanthropy Global EIR silicon valley bank Startup Visa svb

[Interview] Jonmichael Moy, Silicon Valley Veteran On Leading Digital Products To Market

YoungUpstarts

Jonmichael Moy (Jon Michael Moy) may be a seasoned veteran of Silicon Valley, but this accomplished, dedicated technology executive with more than seventeen years of experience in management and operations, product and business development and marketing has now brought his talents to Toronto.

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.

The One Video Every Silicon Valley Investor Should Watch

Both Sides of the Table

But Troy’s message for Silicon Valley was clear, “You need to stop looking beyond the typical Mark Zuckerberg stereotype if you want to fund the big companies of tomorrow.”

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

Steve Blank

They are putting Innovation Outposts into Innovation Clusters -in particular Silicon Valley – to tap into the clusters’ innovation ecosystems. (An In the last five years, hundreds of large companies have established Innovation Outposts (and here ) in Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley: A Place Or A State Of Mind?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Marc Andreessen , as is his wont, posted a tweetstorm this morning that was a spirited defense of Silicon Valley. It starts with this tweet: 1/One persistent canard from would-be SV critics is “Silicon Valley isn’t building/funding the right things, aka solutions to big problems” — Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) July 7, 2014. Does Marc mean “move to Silicon Valley” or does he mean “do a startup or join one and work on this stuff”?

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.

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.

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.

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 These Nonresident Startups Ultimately Needed a Silicon Valley Presence

Inc Startups

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

How Silicon Valley Is Turning Itself Into Detroit

Inc Startups

Huge campuses like Apple's new headquarters will be abandoned wastelands in the not-too-distant future. Innovate

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 City 2,000 Miles from Silicon Valley is Proving to be Phenomenal for Startup Profitability

Inc Startups

It costs founders 42% less to operate startups here than in Silicon Valley. Innovate

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

What HBO's 'Silicon Valley' Gets Hilariously Wrong

Inc Startups

HBO's "Silicon Valley" hilariously mimics tech land. But companies don't really work this way. Startup

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Why Chicago Will Be the Next Silicon Valley Tech Hub

Inc Startups

A look at why the Valley is losing its mojo and how Chicago might take it over as the center for innovation. Innovate

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?

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.,

Silicon Valley's Moral Delusion

Inc Startups

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

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

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.

Sex for Funding? Silicon Valley Reeling After 24 Female Entrepreneurs Speak Out

Inc Startups

Binary Capital's Justin Caldbeck is out. Legendary VCs Chris Sacca and Dave McClure face accusations.

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.