When people think about Silicon Valley, they immediately think about innovation, startups and technology. I am sure that if you ask them what the origins of Silicon Valley are, 95% of them will answer with some hi-tech company, semiconductors or computer history, maybe someone will even say Apple computers are behind Silicon Valley.
However, the truth is a little bit different. Stanford professor Steve Blank explains it has more of a military background that what we may believe. He says before Silicon Valley it was Microwave Valley, specializing in electronic intelligence and radar detection systems for the World War II and Cold War. The seed capital for creating this Microwave Valley came from no other than the U.S. Government.
It was basically a research lab for the Department of Defense. Some traces of this military oriented Valley remains. For example, one of the biggest employers in the valley is Lockheed Martin, an American aerospace, defense, security and advanced technology company.
Nowadays it is much more than a military research lab, but this part of history is known by almost everybody. It is the most active technological area in the world and the place to be for technology companies.
If you want to hear an expert about this story you can watch the previous video where professor Steve Blank explains the history of Silicon Valley and its ties to the military. I found it to be very interesting and not only for technology addicts.