From Library Journal
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.
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