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Silicon Valley
 
to
Internet Valley

A few points
from recent IT history...
  

 by Gregory Gromov




From the beginning of IT-history, a great deal of the IT key-solutions have been reaching worldwide market from California's Silicon Valley. There are several different approaches to describe this general IT-tendency.

  The Silicon Valley and IT History

First level: Community

Second level:
Tech-TimeLine

Third level:
Financial Concern

The first level usually focuses on Silicon Valley's professional community. The second level focuses on the main points of IT history. From this point the Silicon Valley is a high-tech region where the following key IT-solutions were launched: The third level of Silicon Valley history focuses on financial concerns
About half century ago Stanford University (Palo-Alto, California) had some financial problems. 

Fred Terman tried to solve the problems by leasing part of the university's land to high-tech companies for 99 years. 

A quarter of century later this decision was called Silicon Valley's starting point.

1906 the first signal amplifier, a vacuum tube triode,was invented by Lee de Forest, 

1971 the first microprocessor - 4004-chip, Intel, 

1976 the first Personal Computer - Apple-1, Apple Computer,

PC revolution . December 1980, Apple goes public. Morgan Stanley and Co. and Hambrecht & Quist underwrite an initial public offering of 4.6 million shares of Apple common stock at a price of $22 per share. Everyshare is bought within minutes of the offering, making this the largest public offering since Ford went public in 1956

WWW revolution. August 1995, Netscape Communications Corp., a 16-month-old Mountain View company was going public. Netscape issued 5 million shares to the public and kept another 33 million for executives, venture capitalists and other early backers. August,10 closing price left the company with market valuation of $1.96 billion " It was the biggest IPO in history ...
The phrase Silicon Valley first appeared in 1971 in a series of articles that journalist Don C Hoefler wrote for Electronic News, a weekly industry tabloid. It looks like the story is not completed yet... Gross Revenue: Now about 4,000 IT-related companies located along Highway 101 from San Francisco to San Jose generate approximately $200 billions in IT-related revenue annually

     Copyright 1995-2002 Gregory Gromov

 

 William Hewlett used the supernova concept to clarify his viewpoint to Silicon Valley history and named Lee de Forest the father of Silicon Valley.

 

From our viewpoint the supernova is not merely a literature metaphor... 
"For a few decades after invention of the first radio-amplifier the total level of radio-emission from earth increased millions of times in comparison with the normal level of emission of a 300 Kelvin-degree planet. For the shortest time the Earth became #1 source of the radio-emission in the solar system "(Joseph Shklovski, 1981). 

So, if somebody is looking through a radio-telescope to the Solar system from another part of the galaxy, he can see the radio explosion like the birth of a new star on the Earth planet.

 

...after all, do you have any idea what kind of astro-physical measurement can detect the other dimensions of the explosion triggered by computer as an intellectual amplifier. Then please share it with us at least.

 

It was not too difficult to predict, where the next IT-wave would come from. 

To take a look at some of the new areas of business development of Silicon Valley Companies was enough. 

However, to predict  where the next IT- revolution will come from is no easy task now:

 The WWW project was launched in Europe (March1989), 

 The original version of user friendly Web brouser - Mosaic was developed in USA IL (Jan1993). 



 Silicon Valley is explosively expanding its geographical borders: 

It was only a small part of Palo-Alto 's Stanford University Park just half century ago. 
It has become one of the fastest growing regions of California now.... 
And there will not be any geographical borders for Silicon Valley's future, because... it's transforming itself to Internet Valley, which is destroying any geographical limits for the new kind of human being.


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