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Making Silicon Valley: Innovation and the Growth of High Tech, 1930-1970
Making Silicon Valley: Innovation and the Growth of High Tech, 1930-1970

 
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By Christophe Lécuyer
Year: 2005
Pages: 424
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 0-262122-81-2

Product Code: 0262122812

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Lécuyer shows that the explosive growth of the personal computer industry in Silicon Valley was the culmination of decades of growth and innovation in the San Francisco-area electronics industry. He explores the formation of Silicon Valley as an industrial district, from its beginnings as the home of a few radio enterprises that operated in the shadow of RCA and other East Coast firms through its establishment as a center of the electronics industry and a leading producer of power grid tubes, microwave tubes, and semiconductors. He traces the emergence of the innovative practices that made this growth possible by following key groups of engineers and entrepreneurs, and argues that Silicon Valley's emergence and its growth were made possible by the development of unique competencies in manufacturing, in product engineering, and in management. Entrepreneurs learned to integrate invention, design, manufacturing, and sales logistics, and they developed incentives to attract and retain a skilled and motivated workforce.

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