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It started 40 years ago with the Traitorous Eight, a handful of disgruntled engineers. Here's what happened...
HOW IT REALLY WORKS
"What matters is how smart you are." The fuel behind Silicon Valley's growth is brainpower
Plus: Other legendary American places; The role of Stanford and Berkeley; Fred Terman's legacy ; Bill Gates, the outsider
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
We all know the kings, but who are the kingmakers?
Plus: Serial entrepreneurs; Love among the digerati; A day in the life of a Valley venture capitalist; The immigrant factor
The IPO has wrought miracles for many startups, and its appeal is as strong as ever.
Plus: Wretched excess; Millionaire receptionists; The dark side; Invisible women
BEYOND THE VALLEY
Many regions have tried to recreate the magic, but none has succeeded.
Plus: Close-ups of silicon wannabes
; and New York City
Applying the lessons of Silicon Valley to companies of all stripes
THE NEXT GENERATION
Who'll replace Steve, Larry, and Andy?
Here's a look at 16 potential leaders of Silicon Valley's Next Generation.
Travel through the Valley's past and present with this special presentation. Using Macromedia's Flash technology, we'll take you on an interactive tour. Click on a decade, then a city, and see the points of interest. You'll need Macromedia's Flash plug-in. Note: Please make sure to wait for the Flash file to download completely before trying to use the map.
INTERVIEWS & AUDIO
To find out how Silicon Valley really works, BW reporters talked to scores of sources. Here are revealing, in-depth interviews with some the Valley's most knowledgeable and successful people.
Plus: Audio excerpts that let you listen to them in their own voices. You'll need a RealAudio Player
When BW reporters roamed throughout territory for months researching their stories, they brought their cameras along. Here are some postcards from the Valley
THE SILICON VALLEY 100
FROM BW'S ARCHIVES...
The top 100 public technology companies in the Valley, with a wealth of accompanying financial information from Standard & Poor's. For information about how the rankings were determined, click the link above. To return to this page from an S&P Stock Report, use your browser's Back button.
Start with a commentary on David Packard's passing in 1996, then travel back to the dawn of virtual reality, client/server computing, and Intel's mighty new 80486. What were Steve Jobs's hopes for Next Inc. in 1988? Why was Silicon Valley's very existence in doubt in 1985? Just a little more historical perspective for this historic package on Silicon Valley. Enjoy!
SILICON VALLEY MAILBAG
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