Read an article [sfgate.com] about a recent TechCrunch Disrupt conference where they wrote:
...simply put, many people do not take "Silicon Valley" seriously. At all. It reinforces the stereotype that "tech" is nothing but a bunch of affluent jokers solving their fancy and frivolous problems.
I was thinking, hmm... Aside from Google and some advertising related startups, is Silicon Valley relevant to you?
To me, Silicon Valley (nowadays) represents a circumstantial cluster of tech companies due to proximity to tech focused schools. Silicon Valley used to be THE place for hip startups determined to rule the world. It's still hip and considered catering to the "younger generation", but it is far from the only place anymore.
Silicon Valley has, unfortunately, also come to stand for Big Corporate Internet, with little to no integrity or regard for personal privacy. There is nothing these companies won't do to score the next rung on that ladder toward world dominance.
When internet was still young, and global startup companies were not yet a thing, Silicon Valley was a source of innovation that would inspire and bring hope of all the "good" sci-fi. Unfortunately, all the "bad" sci-fi is being realized as well.
In my very humble opinion -- Silicon Valley is CRAP.