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Silicon Valley in American History: Complete Video

December 20, 2017

Why did Silicon Valley take off in the postwar era? Who was responsible for its explosive development? And where is the Valley headed? A conversation about Leslie Berlin's latest book, Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age. With Leslie Berlin, Project Historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford, and David M. Kennedy, the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University and founding co-director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West.

The event was sponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University.

Information on the book “Troublemakers” is available at Leslie Berlin’s website.

Held November 13, 2017 at Stanford University

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  •   Introduction: Michael Keller, Stanford University Librarian (00:00) cue video    
  •   Critic’s Reviews of ”Troublemakers” (04:10) cue video    
  •   Conversation: Leslie Berlin and David M. Kennedy (07:03) cue video    
  •   Why Did Silicon Valley Take Root Here? (13:11) cue video    
  •   Why This Book? (13:37) cue video    
  •   Wanted to Explore Rise of Personal Computing, Software (17:35) cue video    
  •   Wanted to Tell Stories of Lesser-Known Figures (24:25) cue video    
  •   How Did You Choose Principal Figures in Book? (24:59) cue video    
  •   The Role of Stanford – How Ideas Make it Out of University Labs (26:45) cue video    
  •   How the Book Shows Innovation is a Team Sport (27:17) cue video    
  •   What Was the Government’s Role in Silicon Valley’s Growth? (28:00) cue video    
  •   Department of Defense Started ARPANET and Bought Early Chips (29:12) cue video    
  •   ERISA Laws Bring Pension Fund Investment (29:44) cue video    
  •   Consent Decrees Open Up Bell, IBM to Competitors (30:43) cue video    
  •   Rule of Law, Reliable Electricity, Clean Water (31:40) cue video    
  •   Believe in Both Role of Government and Independent Entrepreneurship (32:16) cue video    
  •   Stanford Spawned Silicon Valley: Myth or Reality? (32:52) cue video    
  •   Stanford Licensing Office Brings $2 Billion in Revenue (34:18) cue video    
  •   Decisions That Look Easy Now Were Hard at the Time (37:34) cue video    
  •   Innovators Companies Like Apple Sprang Up from Existing Foundation (39:06) cue video    
  •   Old White Guys? “These Were the Rebels!” (39:44) cue video    
  •   Role of Immigration in Silicon Valley, Then and Now? (41:25) cue video    
  •   Constant Inflow of People Since the 1970s (42:27) cue video    
  •   Majority of “Unicorn” Companies Founded by Immigrants (43:20) cue video    
  •   No Immigrants? No Silicon Valley (43:38) cue video    
  •   Role of West in Cultivating Silicon Valley? (44:43) cue video    
  •   Counterfactual: What if Transistor Inventor Shockley Had Moved Elsewhere? (46:54) cue video    
  •   Some Validity: Transistor is Grain of Sand in the Technology Pearl (48:09) cue video    
  •   Very Rural Economy That Industrialized at the Right Time (49:03) cue video    
  •   Custom Built Ecosystem Around It – Manufacturing, Law, Engineers (49:46) cue video    
  •   “Like Shooting an Arrow and Painting Target Around It” (50:03) cue video    
  •   How Xerox Almost Bought the Internet in Mid 1970s (50:39) cue video    
  •   Value of Original Documents from Silicon Valley Companies (51:17) cue video    
  •   Serendipity and Ongoing Success of Silicon Valley (52:37) cue video    
  •   Campuses and Community Create Opportunities (53:18) cue video    
  •   Fateful Phone Call to Advise Apple (53:43) cue video    
  •   Audience Questions (54:47) cue video    
  •   Failure of Unions in Silicon Valley? (56:44) cue video    
  •   Role of Women in Technology (1:01:46) cue video    
  •   Birth of Networking (1:04:54) cue video    
  •   What About Companies that Failed? (1:06:51) cue video