The secret history of Silicon Valley: How Stanford and the CIA built the Valley

DN Staff

November 7, 2008

2 Min Read
The secret history of Silicon Valley: How Stanford and the CIA built the Valley

Test your knowledge of the beginning of Silicon Valley. Even veterans of the area will find this story interesting. In this Google Tech Talk, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Blank talks about how World War II set the stage for the creation and explosive growth of Silicon Valley, and the role of Frederick Terman and Stanford in working with government agencies (including the CIA and the National Security Agency) to set up companies in this area that sparked the creation of hundreds of other enterprises.

 

Speaker: Steve Blank spent nearly 30 years as founder and executive of high tech companies in Silicon Valley, most recently the enterprise software firm E.piphany. He has been involved in or co-founded eight Silicon Valley startups, ranging from semiconductors to video games, and personal computers to supercomputers. He teaches entrepreneurship at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Columbia University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Engineering.

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