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In the mid-1970s, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, founders of a Silicon Valley startup named Apple, asked Intel retiree Mike Markkula to invest in their firm. Sensing that it could become a winner, he gave them $92,000 and, in 1977, went to work for the company. Three years later, Apple went public and Markkula made millions. Time and again over the decades, this amazing story has repeated itself on the San Francisco Peninsula now known as Silicon Valley. getAbstract finds that historian Christophe Lécuyer does a capable, intriguing, intricately researched job of taking readers behind the scenes to learn how Silicon Valley first developed, what makes it tick and what its high-tech mastery has accomplished. While some of the technical terms may require a learning curve, this is the place to learn about the center of technology in the U.S. before it came to create and dominate the high-tech industry.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What happened in Silicon Valley before it became a premier locale for high-tech development;
  • Who were the pioneers who built this remarkable district; and
  • Which firms have dominated the development of its high-tech industry.

About the Author

Christophe Lécuyer studied history and history of technology at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, and earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University in Palo Alto.



Way Out West
Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were not Silicon Valley’s first technological wizards. Far from it. Going back to the 1920s and before, brilliant engineers, inventors and “innovator-entrepreneurs” were hard at work in the area, pushing the borders of science and...

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