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Geek Silicon Valley

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  98 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews

The Real Silicon Valley

 

Some people say that Silicon Valley is a state of mind, but the cultural trends that drive us today were actually born in a very real place—the garages and back rooms of the cities between San Francisco and San Jose, California. Geek Silicon Valley delivers Silicon Valley history, taking us from success story to failed start-up and back again as we

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Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published (first published November 1st 2007)
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Mary Anne
Jan 10, 2014 Mary Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A good survey of Silicon Valley history that specifically looks at the tech history of the area. I really like that the book points out specific addresses, marker locations, telephone numbers, and web links. Granted, the book was published in 2007 and is already a bit out-of-date, but of course the history is pretty spot on. A good enjoyable read. The printing itself is not fantastic, and the organization is a bit off. I agree with other reviewers who recommend pictures, but I know the purchasin ...more
Heather Pagano
May 22, 2011 Heather Pagano rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A fun approach to the history of technology by organizing information geographically instead of chronologically. This form of organization allowed the author to visit and revisit key players in Silicon Valley's history, which helped the reader review important people and corporations, and gave a feel for how interactions, combinations and recombinations of technical talent made history.

The mesh of history and tourist tips was a little odd, but gave a friendly tone to the book. Some tourist tips
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Simone Gambirasio
Oct 09, 2014 Simone Gambirasio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sembra una semplice guida turistica alla Silicon Valley. In realtà è un modo originale e divertente di conoscere la storia di tante aziende che hanno cambiato la storia. Tante curiosità sui CEO e sulle sfide, sulle location e sulla vita che effettivamente si vive negli uffici di start-up e multinazionali. Ottima sia per chi visiterà davvero la Silicon Valley sia per chi si accontenta di un tour "virtuale" nel tempo e nello spazio.
Marti
Jul 01, 2014 Marti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the voice and conversational style of this book. It contains a lot of interesting information about the history of the Silicon Valley and a bunch of cool tidbits about people and places that were new to me. It's organized according to city first so it doesn't necessarily read as a linear narrative, so there was a little overlap but nothing too troublesome. I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for a quick and dirty history of the Silicon Valley as its various hamlets.
Xian
Jan 02, 2014 Xian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fluid and informative. Wish it had some pictures though, of the buildings or maybe of logos so I might recognize companies I don't know by name. Also it has a couple really basic spelling mistakes (reeking a bit of havoc on page 216 and you're next stop will be on page 232 of the 2007 edition).
Raymond
Nov 01, 2015 Raymond rated it liked it
At this point, the book is almost a decade old. I ready about 1/3rd of the book before deciding I wouldn't finish it. Although it was interesting to ready all the stories about different areas of Silicon Valley, it was very hard to make any connection to them without having visited the area.
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Ashlee Vance is an award winning feature writer for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Vance is also the host of the "Hello World" TV show. Previously, he worked for The New York Times and The Register.

Vance was born in South Africa, grew up in Texas and attended Pomona College. He has spent more than a decade covering the technology industry from San Francisco and is a noted Silicon Valley historia
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