Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World

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St. Martin's Press, Apr 2, 2013 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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While the global economy languishes, one place just keeps growing despite failing banks, uncertain markets, and high unemployment: Silicon Valley. In the last two years, more than 100 incubators have popped up there, and the number of angel investors has skyrocketed. Today, 40 percent of all venture capital investments in the United States come from Silicon Valley firms, compared to 10 percent from New York. In Secrets of Silicon Valley, entrepreneur and media commentator Deborah Perry Piscione takes us inside this vibrant ecosystem where meritocracy rules the day. She explores Silicon Valley's exceptionally risk-tolerant culture, and why it thrives despite the many laws that make California one of the worst states in the union for business. Drawing on interviews with investors, entrepreneurs, and community leaders, as well as a host of case studies from Google to Paypal, Piscione argues that Silicon Valley's unique culture is the best hope for the future of American prosperity and the global business community and offers lessons from the Valley to inspire reform in other communities and industries, from Washington, DC to Wall Street.
 

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User Review  - Darwa - LibraryThing

A better title for this book would have been "A New Insider's view of Silicon Valley." Interesting book, but if you read a lot, there is not much new Silicon Valley info here. The one line that I did ... Read full review

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In the search for entrepreneurial secret sauce, many will turn to Northern California's Silicon Valley. How did this particular area become such a hub of technological innovation? What is start-up ... Read full review

Contents

part
1
Why You Should Care about Silicon Valley
15
Why Silicon Valley Exists
29
part ii
45
Stanford
51
A Population of Highly Motivated People
67
The Cycle of Innovation
77
The Unique Profile of the Silicon
99
The Investors of Sand Hill Road
127
The Services
141
The Meeting Places
153
12
167
Being Raised in Silicon Valley
179
Acknowledgments
213
Notes
219
179
246

What Makes Silicon Valley Business
113

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Deborah Perry Piscione is CEO of Alley to the Valley, an organization that networks the world's most influential women for dealmaking, and Betty onfidential. She is also a commentator on CNN and NPR, and has appeared as a guest on the Today show, Wolf Blitzer Reports, The O'Reilly Factor, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Politically Incorrect, and has been a featured guest on PBS, BET, and NPR programs including The Tavis Smiley Show. Piscione has won numerous awards, including the 2009 Silicon Valley Women Business Owner of the Year, a Gracie Allen Award for her participation in a debate for NPR's Justice Talking, and a distinguished award from The White House Project. She has been featured in leading women's magazines such as Ladies' Home Journal, and in newspapers including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Dallas Morning News. She lives in Silicon Valley, California.

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