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 entire team at SVB is unique among banks in their willingness to make bets on behalf of founders and startups and are often the first stop when a startup needs banking services.

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


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

The theme was: “Entrepreneurial ecosystem: it takes a village to build a startup”. 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.

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

The irony is that as good as some of these nascent startups are in material science, sensors, robotics, medical devices, life sciences, etc., For the first time, startups can today think about a Total Available Market in the billions of users (smart phones, tablets, PC’s, etc.) Today, social media startups can return 100’s of millions or even billions in less than 3 years. startups out of business, do you think they’re going to continue to fund solar?

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

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.” See Also: The Best Places Worldwide to Start Your High-Growth Startup. Image via HBO.

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.

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

It’s understandable, then, that the term “unicorn” has come to be used routinely in the world of business funding to refer to those rare and beautiful privately funded startups—especially in the tech space—that have reached the upper echelon of valuation, being valued at over $1 billion.

Building Startup Ecosystems Outside of Silicon Valley

Instigator Blog

I’ve been involved in building startup communities for awhile. In Montreal I started an entrepreneurship breakfast event, launched NextMontreal, spent time advising startups/founders, spoke at events, and more. It’s a more individual-centric approach based on the belief that a startup ecosystem succeeds first and foremost as a result of successful startups. The startups–actually, the founders/entrepreneurs–are the core of everything.

Silicon Valley Is Filled With Liars

Nick O'Neill

The entire startup ecosystem seems to cater to those who lie in one form or another. Walk around any conference that startup founders are attending and you are bound to hear countless stories of how well things are going. Startups will claim they have a run rate (projected annual revenue) of X million dollars. Entrepreneurship Lying Silicon Valley

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

A Few Funny Characters You'll Find In Silicon Valley


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 Charity Case is a startup founder, but they really shouldn’t be.

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.

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

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.

Applying Lean Startup Beyond Silicon Valley

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference. 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. September 25 in Asia), international Lean Startup experts Kevin Dewalt , Takashi Tsutsumi and Justin Wilcox will meet for a webcast to compare notes and hash out solutions. They decided to pursue their startup idea.

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

[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.

Silicon Valley's Honesty Problem: Learning From Theranos

Inc Startups

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

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.

What HBO's Silicon Valley Can Teach You About Startups

Inc Startups

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

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?

Berlin’s Silicon ‘Allee’ vs. Silicon Valley: Which is better for your startup?

The Next Web

As the general manager of Europe for a global marketplace serving startups, entrepreneurs and freelance designers from around the world, I often find myself in debate over which city will be seen as the new business hub of the EU.

What HBO's 'Silicon Valley' Gets Hilariously Wrong

Inc Startups

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

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.

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.

This City's Startups are More Profitable Than Silicon Valley's

Inc Startups

This city's startups generate huge returns on investment. And venture capital firms are loving it

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.

The Mistake That's Killing So Many Silicon Valley Startups

Inc Startups

Could this fatal mistake kill your business when you try to scale your sales and marketing efforts

[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

Forget Silicon Valley: Meet L.A.'s Hottest Startups

Inc Startups

La La Land is home to some of the fastest-growing companies on our list.

Silicon Valley's Romance With FinTech Startups Is Dwindling

Inc Startups

StartupDon't worry, there's already a new suitor on the horizon.

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.