#EngKnowledge: Silicon Valley

I am sure that you have heard of our topic for the night, Silicon Valley!

It is the nickname for the Southern part of the San Francisco Bay area.

This place is located in the state of California.

The area is home to the world’s biggest tech companies such as Apple and Google.

Where did the name come from?

The valley itself refers to the Santa Clara Valley nearby.

But the name itself came from local entrepreneur Ralph Vaerst.

His friend Don Hoefler used the term when he published a series of article in Electronic News.

“The Silicon Valley of the USA” was published in 11 January 1971.

The name became popular in 1980s especially after companies like IBM moved to the area.

Why silicon? Because companies that produce semiconductors in the area used silicon to produce it.

Stanford University plays a great role in developing Silicon Valley to be how it is today.

IT revolution, ham radio, and military tech are all produced there.

Silicon Valley is also home to Homebrew Computer Club, a computer enthusiasts society.

Steve Jobs introduced Apple I in this society’s meeting.

In 1995, first wave of Internet startups – Amazon, eBay, and Craiglist – began in the area.

Interestingly a third (1/3) of Silicon Vallet citizen is immigrant. Mostly from China and India.

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 13 September 2015.

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