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A History of Silicon Valley: The Greatest Creation of Wealth in the History of the Planet Perfect Paperback – April 1, 2011

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Piero Scaruffi has lived and worked in Silicon Valley since 1983, designing internet and artificial intelligence applications, originally at Olivetti's research labs. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a lecturer at UC Berkeley. In the 1990s he pioneered Internet journalism on his website Scaruffi.com. In 2006 the New York Times ran an interview with him titled "The Greatest Website of All Time". He is the author of 17 books on subjects ranging from music to cognitive science. Arun Rao is an investor and entrepreneur in the San Francisco/Bay Area. He has previously contributed articles to the Economist magazine and Seeking Alpha on business and the financial markets. Arun Rao has worked at two investment firms in Silicon Valley, one in Menlo Park and the other in San Francisco. Arun is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and is a licensed attorney.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 537 pages
  • Publisher: Omniware (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097655318X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976553182
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,640,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A History of Silicon Valley" might be the most comprehensive overview of the tech valley culture yet published. Rao and Scaruffi set out to write a very ambitious book; rather than pick a few colorful characters as most silicon valley historians do, these authors attack the topic from many angles. They explore the investment bankers and lawyers that played supporting roles, the entrepreneurs and venture capitalists at the core, and the regulatory and cultural environment that sets the story. They dance between diligent chronology and engaging narrative. I particularly enjoyed the business lessons that Rao drew from the many successes and failures he analyzed.
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I enjoyed reading this book. Even though it is a "history" book the authors succeeded in recreating the drama and excitement of the story and of bringing out the human side. If you are interested in technology at all this is an exciting read, and as it surveys over a 100 years, is a good book to read if you don't have time to read many on the same subject. What I didn't like was the two-author switching between chapters as it was just a compilation of articles by the two authors. Sometimes the 2nd article on the same subject by the 2nd author repeated a lot of what was written in the previous chapter. It would have been better if it was all combined into one smooth narrative. Also, the articles by Rao were poorly editted and contained a lot of language mistakes. Overall though it is a book I would recommend for reading.
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I believe the author has covered many of the events creating enormous wealth for venture capital investors in Silicon Valley deals. There is much more to tell and others are chronicling the progress as well.
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