A General History of Silicon Valley

2023 Edition

by Piero Scaruffi | Correspondence

(Copyright © 2023 Piero Scaruffi)

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A History of Silicon Valley

by piero scaruffi (2023 edition in two volumes)

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Vol 1 - The 20th Century


Vol 2 - The 21st Century

Appendix: Biographies

Appendix: Timeline of the Bay Area

Appendix: A Historical Tour of Silicon Valley

Appendix: A bibliography of Silicon Valley

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Inspirational quotes: "This so called telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication - the device is inherently of no value to us" (Western Union internal memo, 1876)
"As an older friend, I must advise you against it, for in the first place you will not succeed; and even if you succeed, no one will believe you" (Max Planck to Albert Einstein)
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" (Harry Warner, co-founder of Warner Brothers, 1927)
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible" (Lord Kelvin, British scientist, 1899)
"With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big slice of the US market" (Business Week, August 2, 1968)
"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value" (Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre, 1904)
"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction" (Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872)
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home" (Ken Olson, president of Digital Equipment Corp, 1977)