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Silicon Valley is a name that is synonymous with the technology industry, but when and how did this small area of California become the center of the tech world? The area's transformation happened gradually, over a period of more than 100 years. Here's how.

Silicon Valley is an almost $3 trillion neighborhood thanks to companies like Apple, Google, and Tesla. But it wasn't always this way.

In the late 1800s, San Francisco's port helped make it a hub of the early telegraph and radio industries. In 1909, San José became home to one of the US's first radio stations. In 1933, the Navy purchased Moffett Field to dock and maintain the USS Macon. This made Moffett Field a major hub for the early days of the aerospace industry. Many scientists and researchers all found work in the area. In 1939, the Ames Research Center was founded in the area, and it became home to the world's largest wind tunnel in 1949.

Also in 1939, William Hewlett and Dave Packard founded Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, which originally made oscilloscopes. Then, during World War II, HP made radar and artillery technology. At this point, computers were about the size of a room.

In the 1940s, William Shockley coinvented the transistor while at Bell Labs. The transistor is now known as the computer processor. In 1956, Shockley left Bell and founded his own company — Shockley Semiconductor Labs. It was the first company to make transistors out of silicon and not germanium. The company was founded in Mountain View, California — so Shockley could be closer to his sick mother. Shockley's company employed many recent grads of Stanford.

In 1957, eight Shockley employees grew tired of his demeanor and left the company. Shockley called the group the "Traitorous Eight." They partnered with Sherman Fairchild to create Fairchild Semiconductor. In the early 1960s, Fairchild helped make computer components for the Apollo program. Later in the decade, many of the "Traitorous Eight" left Fairchild and founded their own companies. Including Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce, who in 1968 founded their own company in Santa Clara called Intel. Soon after, other ex-Fairchild employees and "Traitorous Eight" members helped found AMD, Nvidia, and venture fund Kleiner Perkins.

In 1969, the Stanford Research Institute became one of the four nodes of ARPANET. A government research project that would go on to become the internet. In 1970, Xerox opened its PARC lab in Palo Alto. PARC invented early computing tech, including ethernet computing and the graphical user interface. In 1971, journalist Don Hoefler titled a 3-part report on the semiconductor industry "SILICON VALLEY USA." The name stuck.

In the 1970s, companies like Atari, Apple, and Oracle were all founded in the area In the 1980s, Silicon Valley became the widely accepted center of the computer industry. eBay, Yahoo, PayPal, and Google are just some of the companies founded in the area in the 1990s With Facebook, Twitter, Uber, and Tesla joining them the following decade. The growth of the tech industry in the area continues to this day.

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Santiago Garcia
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Lets be human
The next video in youtube suggestion list is "Why are startups leaving Silicon Valley?", "How a woman lives in a Van in Silicon Valley for 5 years?"
john duran
Where all the reptilians live
Roberto Parada
Growing up when this is all going down, it made it eventually impossible for a college student to live in the bay area just because there was an influx of engineers and high skilled workers taking up the mantle; therefore causing a huge spike in living costs in the area
Sniper Trading
So AL Gore didn't invent internet..LOL
TeC Uptight
3:15
Luke D
I thought Microsoft was in Seattle
patrisio3
People keep questioning why Microsoft is on here (given that it is HQ'd in Washington). I think because one of it's major campuses is in Silicon Valley (Mountain View). The other major campus (outside of Washington) is Charlotte, NC.
faiz abbas
I’ve always wondered why major companies would be in Cali. That would be the last place I’d pick
Dave Gardiner
Why is there a Windows logo in Silicon Valley? They're up in Washington.
Maulik Sakhida
Where is Microsoft?
Meirbek Kairov
Guys, what is the music just when credits starts?
Patryk
Seems like goverment and military projects founded the companies from the begining. No wonder why companies are so rich. Located on the edge of western civilization was good spot for communication, aero and space reasearch for a military. Computer Science is about gathering and processing information, well, that's what the intelligence agencies and spies does, right? Besides all the current technology, touch screens, tablets, smartphones, integrated circuts, transistors, LEDs etc. comes from Roswell UFO crash. All this technology was found on the extraterestrial ship and was reversed-engineered. People would never invented something like this.
terminal2004
This is a Video of BS
1:27 "The transistor is now known as the computer processor."
Even a elementary school student can tell this BS.
terminal2004
Tesla??? It's a low paying company.
Even Apple isn't very high paid.
Nandan Joshi
But why should all the tech companies want to set shop there? I'm guessing the lease rates would be sky high. And if they are just going to write a code, they can do it from anywhere they want. Why congregate in one place?
Crzy Wisfy 04
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Is it just me but every time i hear Silicon Valley I think of Richard and Erlich and Big Head... lol
ChefWill Beats
I miss my hometown I wish my kids could experience where I grew up
ChefWill Beats
Forgot uber, Adobe, avid, Twitter, Disney (Lucas arts and Pixar) Pandora, yahoo? Ibm, scandisk, turtle Beach...
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