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

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.

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).

[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.

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.

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.”

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”?

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.

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

Hunter Walker

We don’t really talk about money in Silicon Valley. “Look, I’m incredibly thankful for this industry. It made me a millionaire.”

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.

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.

Why These Nonresident Startups Ultimately Needed a Silicon Valley Presence

Inc Startups

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

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?

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

Is VC Funding the Real Unicorn in Silicon Valley?

Up and Running

So, no: VC funding isn’t such a rare thing in Silicon Valley or anywhere else. Funding a Business funding Silicon Valley startups VC VC funding venture capital

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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

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?

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).

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.,

[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.

How Robotics, Self-Driving Cars, and the 1870's Are Making Pittsburgh The Next Silicon Valley

Inc Startups

Learn why it's poised to become the next Silicon Valley. Uber, Google, and others are flooding in to Pittsburgh.

How Silicon Valley Mentors Turn Engineers Into CEOs

Inc Startups

Silicon Valley says 'yes.' If you're a great engineer is there hope for becoming CEO? And one way it does that is pairing up engineers with mentors who can teach them the job of CEO.

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.

Expertise in scaling up is the visible secret of Silicon Valley

Reid Hoffman

Silicon Valley and the surrounding Bay Area has become a global leader in innovation, technology and new industry creation. Most observers instinctively conclude that Silicon Valley is great because it has a unique ability to create start-ups.

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.

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.

How Israeli Expats In Silicon Valley Produce Winning Startups

Inc Startups

The ones that leave for Silicon Valley have built a network that has yielded winning startups -- combining great American and Israeli traits. Israel creates more entrepreneurs than its small local market can support.

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

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