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The Silicon Valley Edge: A Habitat for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Stanford Business Books) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0804740631
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The editors (all connected with Stanford Universiy) use contributions from 25 authors, business professionals, and academics to trace the unique evolution of Silicon Valley from 1949 to the present. Focusing on the seminal importance of Stanford University, Hewlett-Packard, Fairchild Semiconductor, Xerox PARC, and Apple Computer, they provide an insider's view of what makes Silicon Valley such a dynamic center of innovation. The essays consider key players and ten crucial features that have molded the region's explosive growth, revealing the unique circumstances that help Valley organizations, communities, and workers respond to internal and external opportunities and threats. Against this backdrop, we learn of the many challenges Valley residents face today, including a structural shift from hardware to software, a slowdown in employment growth and profits, a declining quality of life, a shortage of skilled workers, and a rapidly expanding digital divide. This solid work is recommended for both academic and larger public libraries.DNorman B. Hutcherson, California State Univ., Bakersfield
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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“Must reading for anyone who wants to understand the driving point for the New Economy. It’s especially gratifying to learn the story directly from some of the Valley’s key figures.”—John Young, retired CEO, Hewlett-Packard


“To emulate, one must first understand. This book is an essential guide for communities and individuals worldwide trying to understand and emulate this startling phenomenon known as Silicon Valley. It shows that by harnessing the power of abundant ideas, ‘Silicon Valley’ has become not just a place but a culture and a state of mind.”—Vinod Khosla, General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers


“While a number of books have been written on Silicon Valley, this one is unequaled in combining observation and analysis by both scholars and key practitioners. Fine reading for scholars and sophisticated laypersons alike.”—Richard R. Nelson, Columbia University
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Product Details

  • Series: Stanford Business Books
  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford Business Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804740631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804740630
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent book to describe all thinkable crosssections of Silicon Valley through interviews in the social science methods and through writing by prominent figures in Silicon Valley. The only drawback I found is that the book has too rich contents for a reader to read through casually. I strongly recommend this book to those serious readers who are engaged in Silicon Valley, associated with venture businesses, interested in mechanisms and histories of Silicon Valley, or interested in business models.
The book has a big reference table to illustrate how different Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are from small business owners and traditional entrepreneurs, and describes four distinct types of entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. The book also enumerates ten reasons why Silicon Valley has been prosperous.
This is really a good book for a reader to learn what Silicon Valley is like.
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I've read it many times and, every time I read it, it inspires me. It is amazing to know all the stories of successful entrepreneurs and how to manage to pivot their product until they started to grow.
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Practically useful for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and professionals.
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