Silicon Valley; we’ve all heard of it, we all know if it, and we all know it’s there but its border is something that still eludes us. It might be restricted Geographically but how far the spirit goes buys no limits. Synonymous for Innovation, Invention, Creation & Success, it is unquantifiable what Silicon Valley brings to America & the World - Jobs, Hope, Dreams, Success, VCs, Cutting Edge Technology, & the American Dream.
On this great day that celebrates the history of America, we take a look at how through the years, what the Valley has given Uncle Sam since it’s birth.
America’s Indomitable Spirit
The great Martin Luther King once famously said “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Silicon Valley has given America a spirit that is indomitable. While the Valley boasts of the highest success rate, it also shares the low of the highest failure late, naturally of course. But, nothing seems to put the entrepreneurs down. Its just a matter of time before they pull a rabbit out of the bag.
America’s answer to the World
Decades ago, in 1957 before Steve Jobs dreamed up Apple or Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook the Americans were distraught when the Russians launched Sputnik 1 and had their heads ahead in the Space race. America’s answer to Sputnik was NASA, however, NASA needed supplies of high powered components to put the first person on the moon; and, Silicon Valley delivered. It was FairChild Semi-Conductor that was born in the Bay Area that ended up as NASA’s supplier.
And hey hey, we have Elon Musk’s SpaceX today!
“Things do not happen; Things are made to happen” - JF Kennedy
Nothing speaks the Valley’s belief truer than these words. Mark Zuckerberg speaks of moving fast and disrupting things, Elon Musk of jumping into new arenas & many others.
There is a huge power-shift; the beating heart of the American System, Wall Street bows down to the unicorns of the Valley. If you live in Silicon Valley, chances are you probably found this article on your favourite News App in your iPhone, while you drive towards work in an Uber.
All of the above and so much more make Silicon Valley what it is, a region that is often imitated but rarely duplicated.