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.

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.

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[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.

Halt and Catch Fire Decimates Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

There are two great fictional TV series about technology and the computer industry that each have now had three seasons. The one everyone knows about is Silicon Valley. While contemporary satires can be awesome (like Silicon Valley is), there is no sense of perspective.

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. source: Market versus technology drive in R&D internationalization : M von Zedtwitz, Oliver Gassmann.

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.

Silicon Valley Is Filled With Liars

Nick O'Neill

Despite failure, entrepreneurs will boast to technology publications about their company acquisition. 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.

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. Filed under: Family/Career , Teaching , Technology , Venture Capital. Family/Career Teaching Technology Venture Capital

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).

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. This requires more than technology. 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.,

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.

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.

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.

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.

How Silicon Valley Influences The UK’s University Spin-out Company Culture

YoungUpstarts

Silicon Valley is undoubtedly the world’s technology epicentre. The success of this technology hub has continued to influence global innovators around the world. Of the 131 startups valued at $1B and above Silicon Valley is home to 53 of them.

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. Startups here are primarily in what they call the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) segment.

Silicon Valley's Inconvenient History

Inc Startups

The only problem is, that point of view is hard to reconcile with the history of Silicon Valley. The entity that built the Valley and gave birth to its culture of collaboration and experimentation was none other than Uncle Sam.

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. This small region, with only 7m residents, boasts more than 150 technology companies valued at more than $1bn.

A Silicon Valley Take on ABC’s Shark Tank

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Looking past the cheesy theatre of the guys pitch, this company was the one most likely to actually pitch a real Silicon Valley VC, given its technology angle.

Thoughts from the road: building startups and collective ambition outside Silicon Valley

Version One Ventures

Just a few years ago, if you wanted to do something big, you needed to go to Silicon Valley. A few years ago, Boris wrote that something special was happening in the Toronto-KW corridor (for those of you non-Canadians, that would be like SF and the Valley). If we try to dissect the magic of Silicon Valley, I think there are five key factors at play: Great schools. It’s in fields like […] technology that the larger environment matters.

The Key Tech Trends of 2017, According to Silicon Valley's Favorite Forecaster

Inc Startups

TechnologyKeep an eye on advertising consolidation and e-sports, says Mary Meeker.

Silicon Valley Tops, Singapore 18th On Startup Genome Ecosystem Ranking

YoungUpstarts

Many startup ecosystems in the world want to be like Silicon Valley. But so far, none has surpassed Silicon Valley as the most successful entrepreneurship ecosystem. According to the report, the top 20 start-up ecosystems in the world are: Silicon Valley.

There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley

Angel Investing News

Silicon Valley is a very special place – the nucleus of high-growth, high technology entrepreneurship in the US, indeed, in the world. The Valley is world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing companies and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula. My view is that there are only two places for entrepreneurs to thrive in the world: (1) the Valley and (2) everyplace else.

Why Waterloo, Ontario Is the Silicon Valley of Canada

Inc Startups

Located in the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, Waterloo has the second-highest density of startups in the world. Here's a look at how this tiny hub is becoming a scene for entrepreneurs

Silicon Valley VC Bill Gurley Says Enjoy the Upside While it Lasts

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A few unicorns will die this year, said Bill Gurley, a prominent venture capitalist with Benchmark in Silicon Valley. Unicorns are giant technology startups, backed by venture capital, that hope to turn into multi-billion dollar companies.

Older Entrepreneurs Have the Advantage (Sorry, Silicon Valley)

Inc Startups

According to a recent report ageism is rampant in Silicon Valley. They''ve put in the ten thousand hours," says Marc Andreessen, who cofounded Netscape in his early twenties and is one of Silicon Valley''s most respected venture capitalists.

Silicon Valley != The Internet (The CEO of Yammer says the darndest things)

Diego Basch

To put it in a few words: Silicon Valley and the internet industry are not one and the same. It seems that Google and Facebook have made people forget that Silicon Valley has always been about solving problems with technology, and the technology has always been in flux.

Silicon Valley Is Hacking Your Food

Inc Startups

Plenty of them are Silicon Valley types. But for now, Soylent is a burgeoning meta-start-up--that is, it caters largely to other start-up community folks in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Is your primary market right now Silicon Valley?

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. I see futile attempts on our company’s part to obtain Chinese monetary support, while we give away our technology.”

The Most Sought-After Silicon Valley Startups for Engineers

ReadWriteStart

On LinkedIn's blog today is a post about the top 10 most sought-after engineering startups in Silicon Valley. Four of the top 10 spots go to companies that are heavily involved in Big Data: Cloudera , Palantir Technologies , Hortonworks and Splunk.

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.

Silicon Valley Bets on the Farm

Inc Startups

Startups are cashing in on the increasing connection between agriculture and technology

There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley

Gust

Silicon Valley is a very special place – the nucleus of high-growth, high technology entrepreneurship in the US, indeed, in the world. The Valley produces world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula. The Valley has been a unique place for over half a century. Still, the competition in the Valley is fierce.

The Pay-It-Forward Culture

Steve Blank

Foreign visitors to Silicon Valley continually mention how willing we are to help, network and connect strangers. Engineers in the very small world of silicon and semiconductors would meet at the Wagon Wheel and swap technical problems and solutions with co-workers and competitors.

Bob Dorf – How Silicon Valley Innovates

Business of Software Blog

Technology isn’t the problem, figuring out who your customers will be and finding passionate customers is the hard part. This is a summary of Bob Dorf’s Business of Software 2012 presentation. Why most startups fail. Most startups fail to scale.

The Face of Success, Part I: How the Indians Conquered Silicon Valley

Inc Startups

The Indians are Silicon Valley's most successful immigrants. Why have Indians outperformed so many other groups in Silicon Valley? Back when Silicon Valley was still developing semiconductors, it was largely white in complexion.

Start-Ups: Silicon Valley, As Real As It Gets

Nick O'Neill

If you read the large number of technology and startup bloggers who covered Bravo’s latest “startup-focused” T.V. Frankly, the people running the show probably could care less what people in Silicon Valley think about the show. Silicon Valley Pundits. This group loves associating Silicon Valley with entrepreneurship and has theories on the way this Northern California geographic region should be represented in the media.

'The Circle' Makes Silicon Valley Look Frightening, and Entrepreneurs Should Pay Attention

Inc Startups

TechnologyEmployees of the fictional tech behemoth mistake disruption for coercion in this new movie.

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. I’m just not sure you can build a great technology firm outside of Bay Area.&#. Funding is different outside of Silicon Valley.