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Silicon Valley - Mean Anything to You?
Does California's Silicon Valley Have Relevance?
martinibuster

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Msg#: 4608678 posted 12:37 pm on Sep 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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?

What does Silicon Valley represent to you?

 

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Msg#: 4608678 posted 4:09 pm on Sep 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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.

Relevant? Not even Google is relevant these days.

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Msg#: 4608678 posted 4:21 pm on Sep 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

A question I'd ask myself (and anyone else), have companies been more successful by being part of that collective area? I would hazard a guess that the answer is yes.

There are plenty geeks who are socially awkward or lack business nous... and perhaps their interactions have led some to believe that they aren't a viable business proposition.

I always thought it'd be considered a jewel in the crown of the US's economy. Seems it's more dispensable than that.

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Msg#: 4608678 posted 10:21 pm on Sep 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

Isn't there some computer company based in a town nobody's heard of in a middle-of-nowhere place in, uh, I think it's the far end of Washington state?

:: tweet tweet, chirp chirp ::

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Msg#: 4608678 posted 10:36 pm on Sep 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

lucy24- you mean Nintendo? :)

What does Silicon Valley represent to you?

For those of us old enough to remember when companies up there actually made things out of silicon...

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