Most people might not know a lot about Silicon Valley except that it is where many technology companies are at and that it is the location that HBO’s show, Silicon Valley is based on. Since Silicon Valley plays such a large role in Northern California, here are some interesting facts about this infamous location.
The term “Silicon Valley” is a general name that refers to the Santa Clara Valley in California. While the specific communities that make up the area are continuously contested, it is generally accepted that it is centered around San Jose. Interestingly, the area got its start due to the fact that it was in the general area around San Francisco. During the 30s and 40s, the U.S. Navy had a large presence in San Francisco. Therefore, the surrounding area became a center for aerospace and radio technology. Later, a Stanford professor was responsible for encouraging the school to lease out land to high-tech corporations where they could perform research. Some of the companies that took up space there included General Electric and Eastman Kodak. Since these companies had offices nearby, it was an excellent opportunity for students interested in technology to gain experience. With the increase in like-minded people in one area, new research and discoveries quickly took off.
If you are wondering where the term “Silicon Valley” came from, it is due to William Shockley. Shockley was a huge innovator in the creation of the silicon semiconductor and the geographical location of the area he worked in was the Santa Clara Valley. Combining these two things, “Silicon Valley” was created. Shockley’s employees also went on to create more tech companies, most notably the Intel Corporation, which started in the 1960s. With the start up these technology companies, it gave rise to others as natural competition began to occur. With the increase in popularity of the internet in the 1990s, the area found itself to be in the center of the “dot-com” boom. Since then, it has cemented itself as the area of technology. Major companies in Silicon Valley include Google, Intel Corporation, Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, eBay Inc., Facebook Inc., Adobe Systems, Netflix Inc., TiVo Inc. and more.
While staying in Silicon Valley, make sure to check out some of the interesting places mentioned above.