A Rare Mix Created Silicon Valley’s Startup Culture

A Rare Mix Created Silicon Valley’s Startup Culture

When Facebook goes public later this spring, its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, will be following in the footsteps of a long line of Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs that includes Steve Jobs and Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin. But there was a time when the idea of an engineer or scientist starting his or her own company was rare.

In 1956, what is now called Silicon Valley was called the Valley of the Heart’s Delight. Its rolling hills were covered with farms and orchards. To become Silicon Valley it needed four ingredients: the first, brilliant scientists.

Collecting Scientific Talent

William Shockley was certainly brilliant, says Leslie Berlin, a historian and archivist at Stanford University.

“People tend to collectively agree,” she says, that “[Shockley] was one of the smartest people to walk about this valley for quite a long time.”

In 1956, Shockley won the Nobel Prize for co-inventing the transistor. His next dream was to make transistors out of silicon; he decided to set up his lab in Mountain View — near Palo Alto — largely for personal reasons.

“He’d grown up in Palo Alto,” Berlin says. Most importantly, she says, “his mother was still living in Palo Alto.”

Of course, it helped that nearby Stanford University was also doing federally funded electronics research. Shockley was a magnet who drew more brilliant scientists to the valley. Among them was Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel and the man who would come up with Moore’s Law — the observation that the number of transistors on a chip doubles about every two years.

Please click here to continue reading the original article by Laura Sydell at NPR.

Happy 6th Birthday, Twitter!

On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey tweeted the first ever tweet on Twitter.

The sheer fact that you can understand that sentence shows you how far Twitter has gone since then. It has become the de facto short message system of the internet and the favorite social networking service of celebrities all around the world.

And, with over 500 million users, it is the largest one-to-many open communication platform on the web.

However, the service’s beginnings were modest. The service started out as an off-hand project from the creators of podcasting company Odeo, and though it immediately showed potential, it was plagued by frequent downtime in its first couple of years.

Stability problems seem to be a thing of the past now, and Twitter handles and hashtags have become a part of popular culture – they are regularly seen on TV and movie trailers. Ask a celebrity how you can reach them, and the most likely answer will be their Twitter nickname.

When it comes to business plans, in the last 12 months Twitter has been somewhat eclipsed with Facebook’s IPO. The questions about Twitter still remain the same as on its last birthday: Will it go public, will it be acquired by a giant such as Google, Apple or Microsoft, or will it simply keep growing?

We’ll see. In the meantime, happy birthday, Twitter!

Source: Stan Schroeder at Mashable

Happy 6th Birthday, Twitter

On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey tweeted the first ever tweet on Twitter.

The sheer fact that you can understand that sentence shows you how far Twitter has gone since then. It has become the de facto short message system of the internet and the favorite social networking service of celebrities all around the world.

And, with over 500 million users, it is the largest one-to-many open communication platform on the web.

However, the service’s beginnings were modest. The service started out as an off-hand project from the creators of podcasting company Odeo, and though it immediately showed potential, it was plagued by frequent downtime in its first couple of years.

Stability problems seem to be a thing of the past now, and Twitter handles and hashtags have become a part of popular culture – they are regularly seen on TV and movie trailers. Ask a celebrity how you can reach them, and the most likely answer will be their Twitter nickname.

When it comes to business plans, in the last 12 months Twitter has been somewhat eclipsed with Facebook’s IPO. The questions about Twitter still remain the same as on its last birthday: Will it go public, will it be acquired by a giant such as Google, Apple or Microsoft, or will it simply keep growing?

We’ll see. In the meantime, happy birthday, Twitter!

Source: Stan Schroeder at Mashable

Why I Deleted The Creepiest App In The World, And Then Decided I Needed It Back

If SXSW has produced any breakout startups this year, it’s Highlight.

Highlight is a subtle way to stalk people you’ve never met but share common interests with.  It shows who has been nearby throughout the day and pulls in Facebook data on them, including where the person works and their pictures.  It shows the person’s location in relation to yours on a Google map. In-app messages can be sent to nearby people too.

Highlight has received mixed reviews. What’s most controversial is that it only pulls information on strangers. You’re not swapping personal information with trusted friends. There’s no option to check-in, although you can pause Highlight for any length of time.

Please click here to continue reading the original article by Alyson Shontell at SF Gate.

Why I Deleted The Creepiest App In The World, And Then Decided I Needed It Back

If SXSW has produced any breakout startups this year, it’s Highlight.

Highlight is a subtle way to stalk people you’ve never met but share common interests with.  It shows who has been nearby throughout the day and pulls in Facebook data on them, including where the person works and their pictures.  It shows the person’s location in relation to yours on a Google map. In-app messages can be sent to nearby people too.

Highlight has received mixed reviews. What’s most controversial is that it only pulls information on strangers. You’re not swapping personal information with trusted friends. There’s no option to check-in, although you can pause Highlight for any length of time.

Please click here to continue reading the original article by Alyson Shontell at SF Gate.

The iPad of 1935

There’s no denying that devices like the iPad, Kindle and Nook have dramatically changed the way that many people consume media. Last year, online retailer Amazon announced that electronic book sales had surpassed print book sales for the first time in history.

The future of the book has quite a few failed predictions in its wake. From Thomas Edison’s belief that books of the future would be printed on leaves of nickel, to a 1959 prediction that the text of a book would be projected on the ceiling of your home, no one knew for sure what was in store for the printed word.

The April, 1935 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics included this nifty invention which was to be the next logical step in the world of publishing. Basically a microfilm reader mounted on a large pole, the media device was supposed to let you sit back in your favorite chair while reading your latest tome of choice.

Please click here to continue reading the original article by Matt Novak at Smithsonian. 

CHART OF THE DAY: The iPad Is Outselling Every Single PC

Apple CEO Tim Cook just showed an amazing slide at the launch event for the new iPad.

Apple sold 15.4 million iPads last quarter. That’s more than any PC maker’s TOTAL PC sales during the same quarter.

Other interesting stats: the iPad, iPhone, and iPod made up 76% of Apple’s revenue during that quarter, and Apple sold more than 172 million of these devices in total last year. By way of comparison, all PC makers combined shipped about 350 million PCs last year.

Please click here to continue reading the original article by Matt Rosoff at Business Insider.

The iPad of 1935

There’s no denying that devices like the iPadKindle and Nook have dramatically changed the way that many people consume media. Last year, online retailer Amazon announced that electronic book sales had surpassed print book sales for the first time in history.

The future of the book has quite a few failed predictions in its wake. From Thomas Edison’s belief that books of the future would be printed on leaves of nickel, to a 1959 prediction that the text of a book would be projected on the ceiling of your home, no one knew for sure what was in store for the printed word.

The April, 1935 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics included this nifty invention which was to be the next logical step in the world of publishing. Basically a microfilm reader mounted on a large pole, the media device was supposed to let you sit back in your favorite chair while reading your latest tome of choice.

Please click here to continue reading the original article by Matt Novak at Smithsonian. 

CHART OF THE DAY: The iPad Is Outselling Every Single PC

Apple CEO Tim Cook just showed an amazing slide at the launch event for the new iPad.

Apple sold 15.4 million iPads last quarter. That’s more than any PC maker’s TOTAL PC sales during the same quarter.

Other interesting stats: the iPad, iPhone, and iPod made up 76% of Apple’s revenue during that quarter, and Apple sold more than 172 million of these devices in total last year. By way of comparison, all PC makers combined shipped about 350 million PCs last year. 

Please click here to continue reading the original article by Matt Rosoff at Business Insider.

Everything that happens in one day on the internet

Our daily life increasingly revolves around blog posts, emails, and status updates. The folks at mbaonline provide a snapshot of what happens in one day on the Internet.

Source: Dina Spector at Business Insider

A Day in the Internet
Created by: MBAOnline.com

Our daily life increasingly revolves around blog posts, emails, and status updates. The folks at mbaonline provide a snapshot of what happens in one day on the Internet.

Source: Dina Spector at Business Insider

A Day in the Internet
Created by: MBAOnline.com

Our daily life increasingly revolves around blog posts, emails, and status updates. The folks at mbaonline provide a snapshot of what happens in one day on the Internet.

Source: Dina Spector at Business Insider

Social Good Stars: Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark Discusses Intersection of Causes and Tech

The internet has opened many doors, and Craig Newmark was one of the first entrepreneurs to help open them and start making a difference, back in 1995. Craig is the founder of Craigslist, the web-based platform where people can help each other with everyday needs. It is now one of the 10 most-visited English language web platforms, serving every continent on earth (except Antarctica).

Craig has devoted much of his life to the philosophy that we all need to help one another, and has taken it to new levels via his philanthropy. He is devoted not only to making a difference, but to helping others make a difference, too.

In March 2011 Craig launched Craigconnects, his initiative to link up everyone on the planet using the Internet to bear witness to good efforts and encourage the same behavior in others. Craigconnects seeks to support technology and platforms that enhance connectivity, help more people and organizations do good in the world, and improve and ensure media integrity.

Craigconnects evolved from Craig’s many years of personal involvement with nonprofit organizations and issues he considers vital. He serves on the board of directors for 3 nonprofit organizations, advisory boards of 11 others, and provides personal or financial support to dozens more who use the internet to help solve social issues, provide for America’s returning veterans, drive funding for school projects directly to the classroom, or help government agencies and groups with innovation initiatives.

Please click here to continue reading the original article by Amy Neumann at Huffington Post.

Social Good Stars: Craiglist Founder Craig Newmark Discusses Intersection of Cause and Tech

The internet has opened many doors, and Craig Newmark was one of the first entrepreneurs to help open them and start making a difference, back in 1995. Craig is the founder of Craigslist, the web-based platform where people can help each other with everyday needs. It is now one of the 10 most-visited English language web platforms, serving every continent on earth (except Antarctica).

Craig has devoted much of his life to the philosophy that we all need to help one another, and has taken it to new levels via his philanthropy. He is devoted not only to making a difference, but to helping others make a difference, too.

In March 2011 Craig launched Craigconnects, his initiative to link up everyone on the planet using the Internet to bear witness to good efforts and encourage the same behavior in others. Craigconnects seeks to support technology and platforms that enhance connectivity, help more people and organizations do good in the world, and improve and ensure media integrity.

Craigconnects evolved from Craig’s many years of personal involvement with nonprofit organizations and issues he considers vital. He serves on the board of directors for 3 nonprofit organizations, advisory boards of 11 others, and provides personal or financial support to dozens more who use the internet to help solve social issues, provide for America’s returning veterans, drive funding for school projects directly to the classroom, or help government agencies and groups with innovation initiatives.

Please click here to continue reading the original article by Amy Neumann at Huffington Post.

Social Media Trends at Fortune 100 Companies

PR firm Burson-Marsteller studied the 100 largest companies in the Fortune 500 list and found that 79% of them use TwitterFacebookYouTube or corporate blogs to communicate with customers and other stakeholders. The firm broke its findings down by region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America) and network.

Please click here to continue reading this article at Mashable.

Original article by Samuel Axon