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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Monica Chin
March 5, 2021
The Verge
The Harker School in San Jose, California, worked with a company called Paruzal Games to develop a virtual escape room, which it's now using as part of its admissions process for new sixth grade students.
Bobby Allyn
March 5, 2021
NPR.org
The market for a "non-fungible token" is the talk of Silicon Valley. Collectors spent from $3 to millions for what amounts to digital art: a clip of Lebron dunking; a cat meme; and cartoon CytoPunks.
Annabelle Williams
March 4, 2021
Business Insider
Even of those that left San Francisco, more startups moved to Colorado than Texas. That's despite months of reports of a mass exodus.
Katie Warren
March 4, 2021
Business Insider
Billionaire Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman dismisses Big Tech's coddling ways, embracing a militant mentality.
Callum Burroughs
March 4, 2021
Business Insider
Events startup Hopin is one of the fastest growing startups in history and has raised at a $5 billion valuation despite being less than two years old.
Rob Genieser
March 4, 2021
Sifted
The next great wave of technological change is taking place in Europe -- and it's being driven by our need for sustainability.
Danny Crichton
March 2, 2021
TechCrunch
Existential risk has been on many of our minds the past year. Sales of survival goods from food kits to nuclear-proof bunkers are way up, we doomscroll on Twitter all day, and it seems like there isn't a week that goes by where civilizational collapse isn't at least a possibility on the agenda. Yet, if [...]
Belle Lin
March 2, 2021
Business Insider
Andy Jassy and other tech execs warned Biden and Congress to invest in AI because China is catching up, and their companies benefit from the urgency.
Mary Ann Azevedo
March 1, 2021
TechCrunch
Buzzy mega-rounds and high-profile IPOs often dominate headlines. But many of those companies were once early-stage and scrapping to raise a seed round. Today, Chicago Ventures, a VC firm that often leads seed-stage rounds, announced the close of its third fund -- a $63 million vehicle that it's already put to work. Chicago Ventures (which [...]
Joanna Partridge and Kalyeena Makortoff
February 27, 2021
the Guardian
Employees' reluctance to return to full-time commuting after a year of Covid means change is afoot for companies
Michael Haley
February 27, 2021
Business Insider
Silicon Valley VCs have grown increasingly powerful, but they are funding more young companies based elsewhere, says new data from PitchBook.
Matt Drange
February 27, 2021
Business Insider
CFIUS created a telephone "tip line" in the summer of 2020 amid the escalating US-China tech war. But VCs and startup founders aren't calling.
Callum Burroughs
February 25, 2021
Business Insider
Scooter startups have suffered, as international travel and commuting ground to a halt during the pandemic.
Sean Czarnecki
February 25, 2021
Business Insider
As tech touches every facet of society, it's become one of the most dynamic beats in journalism today.
Walter Thompson
February 24, 2021
TechCrunch
I'm getting this question quite frequently now as more and more startups with recent funding rounds are looking to quickly expand.
Falck
February 24, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Emergency response and healthcare company Falck today announced a collaboration with Silicon Valley's Kitty Hawk, a company pioneering...
Paayal Zaveri
February 24, 2021
Business Insider
Ryan Smith, cofounder of newly public Qualtrics, said that building the firm in Provo, Utah has been key to its success.
Rowland Manthorpe
February 24, 2021
Sky News
Palantir secured its first ever deal to handle NHS data in March last year for the nominal sum of £1.
Sean Hollister
February 24, 2021
The Verge
Fry's Electronics, one of the last big brick-and-mortar electronics store chains in the United States -- and a Silicon Valley institution in particular -- is permanently closing nationwide, local broadcaster KRON4 has confirmed.
Chris Metinko
February 23, 2021
Crunchbase News
The departure from California of large public companies such as HPE, Palantir and -- maybe most notably -- Oracle, has raised questions about the future of Silicon Valley.
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