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by Deborah Perry Piscione

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A better title for this book would have been "A New Insider's view of Silicon Valley." Interesting book, but if you read a lot, there is not much new Silicon Valley info here. The one line that I did love though is that if they valley was to be named now it would be "Innovation Alley" rather than Silicon Valley. So true! The book was a good reminder of how lucky I am to have grown up and had my whole career in the Innovation capital of the world. ( )
  Darwa | Mar 18, 2016 |
A great book that talks about the history of the Silicon Valley: from its creation to our days. It describes the uniqueness of the entrepreneurial culture in Silicon Valley and friendly environment that helps anyone to pursue his passion. ( )
  Droider | Jan 12, 2016 |
In the search for entrepreneurial secret sauce, many will turn to Northern California's Silicon Valley. How did this particular area become such a hub of technological innovation? What is start-up life like there and who are the key influencers? Deborah Perry Piscione's book: Secrets of Silicon Valley is realistic, informative and insider-gossipy. It's certainly a good book to bring and consult if you're pitching or moving to the Valley.
  newtonco | Jun 21, 2014 |
Great book. Great inside information. ( )
  ague | Dec 15, 2013 |
An interesting book by a D.C. political staffer who ends up moving to the Silicon Valley and compiles a series of experiences and observations on how it became what it is and how it gets things done on a far different plane from traditional business.

The book covers the history and growth in the area, how the right combination of education, innovation, and even lifestyle convened at the right time to make it the showplace of the world in creativity on a scale that affects our lives daily.

Well worth the time exploring what makes the area different and super successful. How even failure is seen as potential success. ( )
  knightlight777 | Jun 1, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0230342116, Hardcover)

While the global economy languishes, one place just keeps growing despite failing banks, uncertain markets, and high unemployment: Silicon Valley. In the last two years, more than 100 incubators have popped up there, and the number of angel investors has skyrocketed. Today, 40 percent of all venture capital investments in the United States come from Silicon Valley firms, compared to 10 percent from New York. In Secrets of Silicon Valley, entrepreneur and media commentator Deborah Perry Piscione takes us inside this vibrant ecosystem where meritocracy rules the day. She explores Silicon Valley's exceptionally risk-tolerant culture, and why it thrives despite the many laws that make California one of the worst states in the union for business.  Drawing on interviews with investors, entrepreneurs, and community leaders, as well as a host of case studies from Google to Paypal, Piscione argues that Silicon Valley’s unique culture is the best hope for the future of American prosperity and the global business community and offers lessons from the Valley to inspire reform in other communities and industries, from Washington, DC to Wall Street.

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Offers Silicon Valley as a productive example of entrepreneurship and innovation, noting how the region has demonstrated continued growth and investor interest in spite of economic setbacks elsewhere in the world.

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