Welcome to Silicon Valley

“Silicon Valley” has become a worldwide known tech hub in the last decade or so, but it has been growing as a tech hub for much longer than that. The term “Silicon Valley” was first used in January 1971 in a weekly trade newspaper Electronic News, but wasn’t widely used until IBM set up shop in the early 1980s. Silicon refers to the original high concentration of companies working on semiconductors, and Valley to the location of Santa Clara Valley of the Southern Bay Area Peninsula. Much has changed since the 1980s, expanding the meaning of Silicon Valley to all the high-tech businesses in the area, as well as an unparalleled startup ecosystem coupled with the highest concentration of Venture Capital investment in America (one third of America’s VC investments take place here).

That is Silicon Valley in a nutshell, but there is much more to it then that. Use this page as a guide for understanding Silicon Valley, its history, and what it has to offer to you as an entrepreneur and beyond.

Introduction to Silicon Valley

Startup Digest – a collection of the best articles describing Silicon Valley
Steve Blank – the most influential serial entrepreneur shares his experiences in Silicon Valley
Paul Graham – Silicon Valley veteran entrepreneur, investor and incubator director
Eric Reis – developer and Lean Startup Method advocate

Silicon Valley Sightseeing

Steve Blank, Hackers Guide to Silicon Valley
Paul Graham, Where to See Silicon Valley
Robert Scole, What Technophiles Should See in SV and SF

Dutch Resources in Silicon Valley

SF Dutch – sharing news, events, and information for the Dutch expat community
2e Vrijdag Van De Maand Borrel – monthly gathering in San Francisco
Koninklijke Nederlandse Borrel Club – bi-weekly gatherings in Menlo Park
Consulate General of the Netherlands San Francisco

Life and Living in Silicon Valley

www.craigslist.org – apartment listings, job postings, and many other resources
www.sffunandcheap.com – what to do in San Francisco
www.sfweekly.com – regional news, event listings, and classified ads
The San Francisco Rent Explosion

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Establishing a Business in Silicon Valley
– Doing Business in Silicon Valley

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