Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley

Subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area in the United States

Silicon Valley is a region in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California that serves as a global center for high technology, innovation and social media. It corresponds roughly to the geographical Santa Clara Valley. San Jose is the Valley's largest city, the third largest in California, and the tenth largest in the United States. Other major Silicon Valley cities include Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Mountain View, and Sunnyvale. The San Jose Metropolitan Area has the third highest GDP per capita in the world (after Zurich, Switzerland and Oslo, Norway), according to the Brookings Institution.The word "silicon" in the name originally referred to the large number of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers in the region, but the area is now home to many of the world's largest high-tech corporations, including the headquarters of 39 businesses in the Fortune 1000, and thousands of startup companies. Silicon Valley also accounts for one-third of all of the venture capital investment in the United States, which has helped it to become a leading hub and startup ecosystem for high-tech innovation and scientific development. It was in the Valley that the silicon-based integrated circuit, the microprocessor, and the microcomputer, among other technologies, were developed. As of 2013, the region employed about a quarter of a million information technology workers.As more high-tech companies were established across San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley, and then north towards the Bay Area's two other major cities, San Francisco and Oakland, the "Silicon Valley" has come to have two definitions: a geographic one, referring to Santa Clara County, and a metonymical one, referring to all high-tech businesses in the Bay Area. The term is now generally used as a synecdoche for the American high-technology economic sector. The name also became a global synonym for leading high-tech research and enterprises, and thus inspired similar named locations, as well as research parks and technology centers with a comparable structure all around the world.

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Tom Simonite
May 28, 2020
Wired
Companies like Facebook and Twitter expect many employees to work far from headquarters after the pandemic. That calls for a change in corporate cultures.
Megan Corsano
May 26, 2020
AmericanInno
Simplicity, velocity, transparency. These are the values that automation industry veterans A.K. Schultz and Michael Howes sought to bring to the world of robotics when they launched SVT Robotics in Norfolk. After spending a career deploying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of robotics and automation technology to the nation's largest companies, the pair recognized the need for a platform that made the adoption of robots easier and more accessible to keep companies competitive. "We saw that there wasn't a problem of selling automation, but rather a lack of software engineers in the market for writing difficult and time-consuming code to connect automation to these different interfaces," Schultz said. "So we set out to build a platform that makes that process much simpler and way faster." Schultz likened this technology to USB: a standardized way for platforms to communicate information to one another, allowing for the quicker adoption of new technology and automation. SVT's
Anthony Ha
May 26, 2020
TechCrunch
SpaceX is giving astronauts a lift to the International Space Station, a new jailbreak can unlock any iPhone and a startup raises $250 million to reduce food waste. Here's your Daily Crunch for May 26, 2020. 1. NASA and SpaceX confirm SpaceX's first ever astronaut launch is a 'go' SpaceX's Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon [...]
Kate Conger
May 21, 2020
www.nytimes.com
The move is a stark change from an office-centric culture. But there's a catch: Salaries are likely to change to match local costs of living.
Katie Paul
May 21, 2020
IN
Facebook Inc will permanently embrace remote work even after coronavirus lockdowns ease, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday, accelerating the tech sector's geographic diversification away from its home in Silicon Valley.
Matt Burns
May 21, 2020
TechCrunch
This afternoon, we're chatting with Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution as part of our new interview series, Extra Crunch Live. Topping our agenda, we will talk about jobs -- in Silicon Valley, on the coasts and in the heartland. The technology sector is suffering through a contraction caused by the COVID-19 global health [...]
Erin Griffith and Taylor Lorenz
May 19, 2020
www.nytimes.com
For all the high-minded talk among techies, their new favorite app is an invite-only (so far) social network for mingling with one another.
Walter Thompson
May 19, 2020
TechCrunch
Keep in mind that terminating an employee that your company sponsored for a visa or green card can have ramifications for future hiring.
Arielle Pardes
May 15, 2020
Wired
Some tech companies are adjusting to the pandemic with new WFH perks and even letting employees ditch their commutes forever.
AlleyWatch
May 7, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Kari Paul in San Francisco
May 8, 2020
the Guardian
Uber plans to lay off 3,700 workers as Lyft lays off 982 and furloughs 288. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images
Walter Thompson
May 5, 2020
TechCrunch
"I was recently laid off but found another position at a growing biotech company. How long do I have to apply for a green card?"
William Davidow
May 4, 2020
Scientific American Blog Network
The potential dangers of this technology are great enough that we need to be very careful about how powerful we allow it to be
Adam Rogers
May 1, 2020
Wired
There's been a lot of heat but not much light on whether the antimalarial drug helps coronavirus patients. That's because we still need a big clinical trial.
Meagan Simpson
April 30, 2020
BetaKit
Wattpad co-founder and CEO Allen Lau shares his experiences building a company through a number of crises and offers lessons for other entrepreneurs.
Reuters
April 30, 2020
@bsindia
Zuckerberg expresses concerns about easing lockdown measures. Musk calls the move anti-democratic
Stephen Nellis
April 25, 2020
U.S.
U.S. states promoting apps that could prove essential to ending the coronavirus lockdown may be headed for a showdown with the two Silicon Valley companies that control key software on 99% of smartphones over the collection of sensitive GPS location data.
Joe Ucuzoglu
April 24, 2020
Harvard Business Review
What if consumers were eager to share their information?
Alex Wilhelm
April 22, 2020
TechCrunch
January was great. February was good. March was a mess.
Walter Thompson
April 21, 2020
TechCrunch
When you lay off employees on an H-1B or TN visa, they will have 60 days or the visa end date plus 10 days -- whichever is shorter -- to find a comparable job or another visa to remain in the U.S.
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