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The Secret History of Silicon Valley

This is a very long GoogleTechTalks video.  But, if you are interested in “black projects” related to  radio, electronics, radar, electronic counter-measures, signal intelligence, and electronic intelligence in the context of World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War and lots of information about Stanford’s participation in classified military projects – this may be worth the watch.

If you are in to it, this is a fascinating history of military/university collaboration on black projects and the symbiotic relationship among University Engineering schools, the defense industry, and how all this gave rise to entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and the founding of well-known companies.

Get a cup of coffee, and take a watch…  (don’t foget to check out the list of references in the Resource section below)


See below for the list sources for the above GoogleTechTalk

Sources I used for The Secret History of Silicon Valley.  Thanks to the authors of this wonderful material.  Special note; read everything Alfred Price has written for WWII and Electronic Warfare.  Steuart Leslie, Charles Lecuyer and Rebecca S. Lowen for Stanford and the Cold War.

World War II Sources – Books

Cold War Sources — Books

Silicon Valley Sources – Books


Silicon Valley History

Venture Capital

Written by frrl

July 4, 2010 at 5:49 am

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