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Silicon Valley Fever: The Growth of High-Technology Culture Hardcover – March, 1984


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  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 1ST edition (March 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465078214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465078219
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suckwoo Lee on March 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book could be dubbed as the ethnography of Silicon Valley in the eye of anthropologist. This book seems outdated at first glance. It¡¯s two-decades-old, published in 1984. Since that time, so much has happened in the computer industry, the bread and butter of the Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley saw in the 1980s the era of microcomputer (PC) and in the 1990s the advent of the age of Internet. This book couldn¡¯t deal with those kind of events naturally. But the underlying characteristics of the area hasn¡¯t changed. Venture capitals and job-hoppings, hyper-competitive and individualistic lifestyle are there as usual. And those are vividly illustrated in this book with the texture of real business rendered with data garnered from interviews and anecdotes of not only eminent figures in the area but also ranks and files of the businesses. This book is inundated with lively details. Though there are flood of materials on Silicon Valley these days, this book doesn¡¯t lose its relevancy for the weight of time. I strongly recommend this book if you want to figure out the way of doing in Silicon Valley.
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I was cleaning and filing old papers in my office, when I found "old" books about Silicon Valley and noticed how this amazing region has not really changed in the last 30 years. Let me just elaborate. The first book I looked at is Silicon Valley Fever. The next one is The New Venturers. Both were written in the mid-eighties. The New Venturers does not seem to be printed anymore and I wrote on Amazon in 2009, when I bought it, "In the mid 80s John Wilson published this book about venture capital. At the time, it was about business and how venture capital works. It has now become a history book and it shows how Silicon Valley developed in part thanks to venture capital. It is full of anecdotes, facts and figures. A great book... "

Silicon Valley Fever is also out of print and there is no review for that one on Amazon! It is also a book I enjoyed reading. As a funny coincidence, the authors began their book with their history of Apple whereas my first chapter was the history of Google. Each decade has its role models. There is a section about Women and Entrepreneurship that Pemo Theodore would certainly appreciate: "The Silicon Valley has been called "one of the last great bastions of male dominance" by the local Peninsula Times Tribune. [...] They are under-represented in management and administration. Few women have technical or engineering backgrounds. [...] Why there are few women in positioning of responsability in Silicon Valley is complex and puzzling. Until recently, the overwhelming majority of engineering garduates were men. [...] Scientific and engineering professionals in the finance community and in start-ups are likely to be men: these power-brokers rely exclusively on tehir personal networks. [...
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