The Largest Creation of Wealth in the History of the Planet
A Moral Tale
This book is the first history of Silicon Valley from 1900 to 2010. It is a comprehensive study of the greatest creation of wealth in the history of the world. The book has two parts. A series of chapters provides a chronological narrative that covers one century, from the establishment of Stanford University to the age of Facebook. A parallel series of chapters follows significant stories within the story, covering radio, HP, microchips, Fairchild, venture capital, Xerox PARC, software, Apple Computer, and the internet. Silicon Valley did not happen in a vacuum: the book also explores the surrounding social and cultural environment of the Bay Area.
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Arun Rao is an investor and entrepreneur in the San Francisco/Bay Area. He has previously contributed articles to the Economist magazine and Seeking Alpha on business and the financial markets. Arun has worked at two investment firms in Silicon Valley, one in Menlo Park and the other in San Francisco. Arun is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and is a licensed attorney.
Piero Scaruffi has lived and worked in Silicon Valley since 1983, designing internet and artificial intelligence applications, originally at Olivetti's research labs. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a lecturer at UC Berkeley. In the 1990s he pioneered Internet journalism on his website www.scaruffi.com. In 2006 the New York Times ran an interview with him titled "The Greatest Website of All Time." He is the author of 17 books on subjects ranging from music to cognitive science. See his biography and his bibliography.