A History of Silicon Valley

The Largest Creation of Wealth in the History of the Planet

A Moral Tale

NOTE: The first edition (the "Red Book") is sold out on Amazon as of April 2013
My co-author Arun Rao has re-edited and incorporated the 2013 updates for a vastly revised second edition, the "Blue Book" (only available as an ebook)
and in 2014, 2015 and 2016 piero scaruffi has vastly updated his chapters only for the 500-page "Green Book", which is almost a third edition ("almost" because it does not include Arun's chapters).

Finally, in September 2019 piero scaruffi has updated the book to 2019 and added a lot of information about the past decades for a total of 650 pages. This required splitting the book into two volumes, the "Yellow Book":

Kindle versions: vol 1 and vol 2

Click here for excerpts from the chapters

If you prefer the old editions, click on the picture:


The first edition (the "Red Book") was a book of 537 pages. Below the original data.

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.

Check out excerpts from the chapters (2012-13 edition)


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.

Chinese Edition (2014)

In 2014 the "blue book" was translated in Chinese.
The Chinese edition is only available in China.
"A History of Silicon Valley" was ranked #6 most influential book of the year in China
(Xinhua News Agency's readers poll:
main page of the article for those of you who read Chinese:
http://www.xinhuanet.com/book/zhuanti/2014yxlbook/index.htm )

Second Chinese Edition (2016)

ISBN: 978-7-115-42996-4

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