Silicon Valley


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Peter Thiel
I have been investing in the technology space – entrepreneur and investor over the past 20 years in Silicon Valley – and within the area of IT, it has for the last 10, 15 years in the US and the world been extremely centered on Silicon Valley. I think there are a lot of reasons for that, but the question is, Where is the growth going to happen the next 10 years?' And what I would tend to think is that it will be more diversified from just Silicon
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Oct 26 2017
Silicon Valley has been commented on by 191 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Silicon Valley are: Peter Thiel, Roger McNamee and Reid Hoffman. For instance, the most recent quote from Peter Thiel is: “I have been investing in the technology space – entrepreneur and investor over the past 20 years in Silicon Valley – and within the area of IT, it has for the last 10, 15 years in the US and the world been extremely centered on Silicon Valley. I think there are a lot of reasons for that, but the question is, Where is the growth going to happen the next 10 years?' And what I would tend to think is that it will be more diversified from just Silicon Valley.”.
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Niketa Kumar

Everyone is welcome to do what they want to do and what works for them. But I also think there is something about CEOs in Silicon Valley who have this power and these kinds of followings. I worry about people who think that's the route of becoming successful and

James Altizer - Nvidia

Feminists in Silicon Valley had formed a cabal whose goal was to subjugate

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

I've lived out in Silicon Valley for the three years that I was retired. I've seen what American industry is capable of, from Silicon Valley to Michigan, from Boston to Texas. And we've got to open the communication with them much more

Elaine Chao

My challenge to Silicon Valley is in fact supportive of Detroit. We don't want to have rules that may impede future

Deepak Sekar

You're seeing the momentum of Silicon Valley behind it. We're going to go after other types of food. It's hard to tell what will happen in the future and how this all might impact

John Cassels

Silicon Valley has been exceptionally successful at growing very profitable and very successful technology companies, and that's something the Europeans have not managed to do. Part of the commentary about the European Union using competition and state-aid rules to attack comes from a perception that the U.S. has been much more successful than the European

Bob Lutz - General Motors

General Motors is an extremely competent company, as is Ford. General Motors has demonstrated they can master any technology they set their mind to. And as we know from the Cadillac announcement, and the cross-country drives of the Cadillac CT6, General Motors leads in vehicle autonomy as well. I have been saying this repeatedly for years, but it always fell on deaf ears, because it was 'dumb old Detroit' versus 'smart modern Silicon Valley.' And in the real world, that just isn't

Jason Calacanis

Facebook has a track record of being the least trustworthy company in Silicon Valley. They can ban ads for affiliates of Amazon but they can't figure out how to ban racist ads? .... It's complete nonsense.They should not have been allowed to buy WhatsApp or Instagram if they're not going to take their power

Veronica Wu - Motorola

You're starting to see serial entrepreneurs move out of the Valley and go to other cities and try to hire people and start up something elsewhere. I definitely think it's a threat, but right now [Silicon Valley] is still hard to replicate anywhere

Nicholas Colas - ConvergeX

It's obviously going to be a lot of capital markets discussion. We're also going to be touching very heavily on the data revolution and innovation disruption generally. Retail talks about Amazon, auto talks but Tesla. But everybody views innovation in their very narrow vertical. There's a lot of work to be done to understand how this broad-based technological disruption coming out of Silicon Valley really affects the entire economy, the capitalist ecosystem. I don't think there's anybody putting those dots together in a creative

Steve Bannon

You're going to see in state after state after state, people that follow the model of Judge Moore, that do not need to raise money from the elites, from the crony capitalists, from the fat cats in Washington, D.C., New York City, Silicon

Ivanka Trump

It's easy to classify computer science as tech to enable getting a job in Silicon Valley or New York, but the reality is that computer skills and coding is relevant and foundational for every sector and every industry across the economy and tech is increasingly the way we

Vivek Wadhwa

Silicon Valley is going from being heroes to villains. It's been brewing for quite a while, but there's a big shift

Joe Biden

The theory is that automation will result in so many lost jobs that the only plausible answer is some type of guaranteed government check with no strings attached. While I appreciate concerns from Silicon Valley executives about what their innovations may do to American incomes, I believe they're selling American workers short. Our children and grandchildren deserve the promise we've had: the skills to get ahead, the chance to earn a paycheck, and a steady job that rewards hard

Astro Teller

While Silicon Valley has a bro culture – I'm not saying it does not – Silicon Valley did not invent the machismo work culture. It's everywhere. I think what's interesting is that Silicon Valley and some companies like Alphabet are held to a higher standard. We're working incredibly hard to live up on a whole bunch of fronts. I think Alphabet is doing pretty well. I hope that Silicon Valley can end up being a good example of how to fix this

Melinda Gates

I'm not working on that problem. There are other Silicon Valley billionaires who want to live

Rob Portman

Silicon Valley holds itself as being more than just another industry – but rather a movement to make the world a better place. Selling children for sex over the internet can't be the cost of doing business, and it doesn't make the world a better

Chamath Palihapitiya

I can't pay for my house on 'mission and values.' I actually need current compensation. Silicon Valley is now one of the most expensive places to

Reid Hoffman - LinkedIn

My approach to political investing is the Silicon Valley approach. Find and back powerful

James Thomson

All of the other major Silicon Valley companies have also set up shops in Seattle. They're all competing for the same employees. If Amazon puts a facility in another location that doesn't have that same kind of demand on high-tech employees, you're going to see potentially a two- to three-year advantage that Amazon can enjoy as they start to ramp

Ash Munshi - Pepperdata

Silicon Valley is practical. No matter what happens in Washington, we have to move the ball forward and go around the blocks put up by this

Reid Hoffman - LinkedIn

How can we take scale-up expertise from Silicon Valley, to create platforms that make American democracy more robust, so that after 2020, we are resilient against fake news, we are voting at high levels [and] we are voting in an enlightened way?feedback

Joe Jimenez

After 10 wonderful years in Switzerland, my family is ready to return to Silicon Valley and the United

Geoffrey Woo

In Silicon Valley and other competitive global markets more people are looking at any technique to gain

Robert McChesney

They are overwhelming Washington with money and lobbyists on both sides of the aisle. The Silicon Valley billionaires and CEOs are libertarian, low-tax deregulation buddies of the Koch brothers when it comes to talking to Republicans, and dope-smoking, gay rights activist hipsters when they mix with the

Jen Carlile - Google

They were the first to really do it. It became the model for a lot of other companies in the Valley. Apple, Amazon, companies like that, first and foremost, they're businesses in the eyes of the public. It doesn't seem to have had that much of an impact on how people see Google or, if there is such a thing, the general culture of Silicon

Dan Lyons

A century ago, factory workers were forming unions and going on strike to demand better conditions and a limit on hours. Today, Silicon Valley employees celebrate their own

Erik Oberholtzer

Silicon Valley looks at inefficiencies in the world, and they aim to disrupt the food space. I mean that in a good way. The goal, is to leverage the technology to do what we would do if we had one little restaurant and we were there all the time and knew every customer by name. It gives us ways to recognize people who've been in regularly, or haven't been in for a while or have specific preferences. We want to accommodate everyone's needs, sometimes before they even mention

Salimah Hankins

People all over the world are watching what will happen in Silicon Valley. I do give Facebook some credit. They do in general terms accept the impact tech is having. But it's been a long

Jean-Baptiste Rudelle

In France, even today, when you build a company, people tell you: it's great, but you're taking a huge risk. Silicon Valley has been around for 50 years. We'll need at least 10 to 15 years before the French (startup) ecosystem can compete with

Blake Irving - GoDaddy

In the Valley, there's definitely an overall problem. It's starting to surface in really big ways today. It's a discussion. This has been going on in Silicon Valley for decades. Yet, it's actually being discussed a lot now and people are talking about it, and it's because people feel they can step up, discuss it, bring it to light. I know at Google it ended up in a termination, but honestly, at least folks are raising

Arun Sundararajan

In many ways they are better suited choosing an executive that is not drafted from the Silicon Valley, social media software world, but someone who has experience dealing with a global business that is

Flavio Volpe

Anytime you say this list or a part of this list has to come from one specific country you're going to hurt all three countries. A car today probably has 25 to 30 percent advanced electronics, software content in it. In 1994, it had zero or 1 percent. Could you address the tracing to help you get to NAFTA compliance level by capturing some of the work that's being done in Silicon Valley or Waterloo, Canada?

Cindy Gallop

Silicon Valley welcomes innovation and disruption in literally every other area except this

James Damore

For many, including myself, working at Google is a major part of their identity, almost like a cult with its own leaders and saints, all believed to righteously uphold the sacred motto of 'Don't be evil,' . Google is a particularly intense echo chamber because it is in the middle of Silicon Valley and is so life-encompassing as a place to work. With free food, internal meme boards and weekly company-wide meetings, Google becomes a huge part of its employees' lives. Some even live on

Carla Engelbrecht Fisher - Netflix

How do we encode a title like this, and assign a storymap in our system? How do we let the audience move around the timeline? Fast-forward doesn't work when you don't know where you're going. This really was Hollywood and Silicon Valley coming together to solve a very real

Josh Tetrick - Hampton Creek

Folks in Silicon Valley think about [lab-made] meat and they think it's some new thing dreamed up by some teenager in a garage somewhere. It wasn't until recently that the greatness of [Willem van Eelen's] idea was met by a society and set of enabling technologies that could make it

Bryan Hansel

You need the technology and the innovation and the vision that comes out of Silicon Valley. But at the same time, you need scale and the commitment that China has made to the

James Finberg

Google is not alone in Silicon Valley. The goal of the case is to not only get Google to change its practices, but to encourage other Silicon Valley companies to change their pay practices as

Kara Swisher

It's interesting because I think one of the issues around Silicon Valley is it's supposed to be this tolerant and open-minded place and - just like the rest of the world - there's problems with sexism. There's problems with racism. There's all kinds of problems that had been not paid attention

Juan Gilbert

Amongst the African American students that I engage with, I don't hear many of them aspiring to work at Google. They hear Silicon Valley and they think, I'm not going to see people like

Angela Saini

Support for the anonymous Google ‘manifesto’ on gender difference is reminiscent of the thinking behind the eugenics era• Angela Saini is the author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong. Sexism has long been recognised as a problem in Silicon Valley. But a lengthy memo written by a Google software engineer, and leaked online, has laid bare the ugly underbelly of how some in this male-dominated world think about women. The “manifesto” (which at the time of writing remains anonymous) uses scientific evidence in an attempt to explain that women are, on average, biologically different from men, in ways that make them less likely to work in the same jobs. “Women generally have a stronger interest in people rather than things,” the software engineer

Ryan Washatka - Ebates

The advantage here in Beloit is that the same type of engineer that you hire in Silicon Valley can have a large

Pat Grady - Menlo

If you want to build the next Apple or Airbnb, you come to Silicon Valley. The unmatched talent, risk-taking culture and relentless optimism mean that you have a better chance of outsized success here than anywhere else in the

Aileen Gemma Smith

Ageism is very real, especially in start-ups where being older is seen as a liability. It assumes you won't work hard, long hours, and have out-of-date skills. I have certainly experienced investors in New York and Silicon Valley who looked down on myself and co-founder (chief technology officer Chris Smith is 55) for not being 'young' enough to

Pete Denes

It's not just Silicon Valley. It is everywhere. It is very frustrating after a

Sam Altman

I think I have the greatest job in Silicon Valley. And I think there are people who will be much better than me at being politicians. I think we need, and this sounds so obvious to say that it's almost ridiculous, we just need Silicon Valley to treat female founders with respect. That shouldn't be a controversial statement that should be absolute minimum table-stakes. But, you've got to enforce that so you do need channels for people to report problems they face and you do need organizations to take actions for their own

Robin Li - Baidu

Many entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley have expressed their concern that this will hurt America's field of innovation. I really hope that talent from all over the world comes to

Duncan Davidson

The public market window is not really opened up. We've been testing the window. Snapchat should have done better. You have to have enough quantity to play a portfolio. The retail investor can't spread their risk around. ... Now the whole market is passive investing. No one can use their wit, you don't have access to the insider stuff in Silicon

Ellen Chang

We want to build a 'Silicon Valley' of aerospace in Southern California. But more than that, we want to make sure that the U.S. remains the leader in aerospace. We're seeing that challenged as more countries invest in their space

Christopher Balding

I think it's the dream of every mayor, governor, and every political leader not just in the United States, but all around the world, that we're going to turn ourselves into the next Silicon Valley. If you look back on places where there is an industrial cluster, a lot of times there is a seed in getting the ball rolling. It's totally possible that the Foxconn factory is the seed that gets the ball rolling on an industrial cluster. However history also tells us that there are more of these events that don't result in an industrial

Eli Friedman

Silicon Valley became what it is today precisely at the moment that production was leaving, much of it headed to Asia. The intellectual property associated with manufacturing that takes place in Wisconsin will be owned by Foxconn or whichever brand Foxconn is supplying, and there is little reason for the company to relocate R&D or other high skilled, highly paid

TJ Miller

People need a villain, and I'm occupying that space. If I'd just said it was an honor to work on Silicon Valley and was thankful to Alec Berg, I would have disappeared. Instead, by being just a little authentic, I infected the news

Greg Sands - Netscape

In Silicon Valley, people always say that an extroverted engineer is one who stares at your shoes rather than his own. Ben was an engineer, which meant he had a bit of an awkward user interface, but perhaps his life as an outsider generated empathy. He could get people to work

Michael Hartnett

The inability of yields, the US dollar & volatility to break out reflects the inability of the economic cycle to generate strong growth & inflation. The profound implications of technological disruption may ultimately require profound policy changes such as: making robots living entities so they can be taxed, governments introducing living wages, significantly higher taxation of Silicon Valley profits, and so

Parker Thompson - AngelList

From a policy perspective, Trump is not having a drastic effect on Silicon Valley. Meaningful companies tend to be making bets on longer-term trends in technology. That's why you don't see startups in Washington lobbying for regulation. It just doesn't make as much sense as making bets that are going to work in a big way independent of these

Mike Maples - Floodgate

The lifeblood of this country, the middle class and upper middle class, is getting hosed. That bothers me a lot more than what will Trump's policies do to Silicon Valley. We in Silicon Valley underestimate how freaking lucky we

Parker Thompson - AngelList

Over the long term, the administration's posture and policies are going to have a negative effect on the broad economy. That's going to affect Silicon Valley maybe more than most places, but that's going to affect all high-skilled industries in a meaningful way over the long

Mike Maples - Floodgate

Silicon Valley is going to do fine. I sit here and I think oh, my gosh, there could be some things that, like, put a pebble in front of us while we're running up the

Rolf Schrömgens

When people think about where they want to work, where they want to stay for the next years, that is way more important [than the possible decline in hotel prices] and I think that's what we see. They might think, I can go to U.S. and Silicon Valley, but I can also go to Europe, and maybe it's more secure for me to go to Europe than to go to the

Reid Hoffman - LinkedIn

Part of the innovation that has been developed over decades in Silicon Valley is ... [saying] 'Let's assemble a bunch of resources'. Everything from capital to talent to knowledge to help them get to global market very fast. That's part of the reason why ... there's 4-4.5 million people in Silicon Valley and yet the majority of the $100-billion-plus tech companies within the English world are made

Reid Hoffman - LinkedIn

When you listen to people talk about what the 'secret of Silicon Valley' is, they always give you the startup story. Technologists, inventors, tech companies, tech universities, put 'em in a soup, lightning strikes, network emerges.' Actually, that exists in many places in the world

Nate Cardozo - Electronic Frontier Foundation

The tech industry as a whole has moved toward providing its users with more transparency, but telecommunications companies -- which serve as the pipeline for communications and internet service for millions of Americans -- are failing to publicly push back against government overreach. Both legacy telcos and the giants of Silicon Valley can and must do better. We expect companies to protect, not exploit, the data we have entrusted them

Zander Lurie

Williams "obviously has totally different skills sets ... we are well represented with Silicon Valley experience, but to know Serena is to know what greatness looks

Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook

Brad Smith is one of the most respected CEOs in Silicon Valley. Serena is an activist, marketer, brand builder and one of the greatest athletes of all time. SurveyMonkey is near and dear to my heart. Dave loved the company, its mission of helping people make better decisions, and his colleagues that he worked with every

Sam Khater - CoreLogic

The problem with Silicon Valley is you don't have enough supply to keep up with the

Lizzie O'Shea

We act as if technology were neutral but it’s not. The challenge now is to highlight and remove the gender bias• Lizzie O’Shea is a human rights lawyer, broadcaster and writer. ‘Most women in the Bay Area are soft and weak, cosseted and naive, despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of shit,” wrote former Facebook product manager Antonio García Martínez in 2016. “They have their self-regarding entitlement feminism, and ceaselessly vaunt their independence. But the reality is, come the epidemic plague or foreign invasion, they’d become precisely the sort of useless baggage you’d trade for a box of shotgun shells or a jerry can of diesel.” This is from his insider account of Silicon Valley, Chaos Monkeys. The book was a bestseller. The New York Times called it “an irresistible and indispensable 360-degree guide to the new technology establishment”. Anyone who is surprised by the recent revelations of sexism spreading like wildfire through the technology industry has not been paying

Serena Williams

Silicon Valley is really, really, really not open yet to having a lot of women or anyone of color, male or female. Those two barriers alone are really things we have to break down in the fastest-growing part of the world in general in technology. It's really important to me to not just be a seat warmer but to really be a

Vivek Pathak

Traditionally, all this was happening in California, in Silicon Valley. Today, there's as much happening in Silicon Valley as in Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Bangalore or Myanmar, as long as you have the

Roger McNamee

Silicon Valley has a cultural problem right now that is so severe that it almost needs a reset. I think it's worse today than it was 10 years ago. There are a lot more women in the workforce. And the men are behaving horribly. I just think there has not been good governance inside the companies. There is this, you know, unwritten rule that people don't talk about stuff like this and women have been victimized by

Michele Landis Dauber

Today we take the first step. Judge Persky has a long history of leniency in cases involving sexual assault. Here in Silicon Valley, women have had

Katrina Lake - Stitch

Female entrepreneurs are a critical part of the fabric of Silicon Valley. It's important to expose the type of behavior that's been reported in the last few weeks, so the community can recognize and address these problems. I'm encouraged by the discussions that have been taking place and I intend to play a part in making positive changes in our

Victoria Fram - Village Capital

The Silicon Valley business model is narrow because most VCs only invest in entrepreneurs who fit the bro

Barbara Martin Coppola - GrubHub

It is definitely growing. A lot of people I meet here were in Silicon Valley and decided to move back to the Midwest for family reasons, or because they were from here, or they wanted to try something new outside of Silicon

Platt Boyd

In Silicon Valley, you have to be a Google or Apple to have a say in how the tech start-up ecosystem

Roger McNamee

They do stifle innovation. They stifle entrepreneurship... You can see this even in silicon valley it's very hard for any of the unicorn generation of companies to actually reach successful critical mass because, you know, one of their competitors gets acquired by Google and Facebook and then the category is over. I think it's a big policy question the world is going to have to deal with over the next few

Erica Wood

We have people living in Third World conditions in the heart of the First World, affluent prosperity that comes with Silicon

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

For the enlisted ranks, we probably have a better benefits package than most places. Not all of them. There are some out in Silicon Valley that can probably beat us hands down. But when you look across the United States, we're drawing in very high quality people because we are

Alison Lewis

The tech world is where we fall down, what's really cool about bringing tech people in is they really operate in this agile, learning world, (a) minimum viable proposition world which comes from Silicon Valley so they are teaching us how to do that and fail

Mark T. Bertolini

We've opened up a technology center in Massachusetts, and we'll continue to add people there. We do have a presence in Silicon Valley, in Denver, in Salt Lake, in Texas – Austin, Texas. Places where people want to hang

Vivek Wadhwa

This was a kick in the butt to Silicon Valley. The fact is, this showed that the VC's are the problem, the investors are the problem, the boards are the problem. It exposed the worst of Silicon Valley, and the world isn't tolerating it

Joseph Holt

It's going to prompt some of the Silicon Valley tech bros to think carefully about who they select as their

Leslie Miley - Slack

Until that changes, the people who get money and funding and access aren't going to change. There are many Travises in the wings waiting for their chance in the limelight. Silicon Valley is going to be Silicon

Todd Schulte -

This is about entrepreneurship in Wisconsin, in Ohio, in North Carolina. It's all over the country, not just Silicon

Mitchell Green - Lead Edge Capital

Unfortunately, Silicon Valley is kind of like Wall Street in the '80's and '90's ... like the 'bro culture' out there. I definitely don't condone it at all. Changes need to happen at Uber, and lots of other companies too. Facebook is a hard-charging culture, too. Working for [Amazon CEO] Jeff Bezos is no picnic either, I think. The reason they've built the business to where it is, and ran through regulations, is because of the hard-charging

Lucie Greene

Alibaba is now a major investor in entertainment. We're also seeing more Silicon Valley influence in Hollywood – Netflix, and Amazon, now winning major awards for their original films. This also poses exciting new territory for mediums and storytelling, using new

Robert Brunner

Jony and his team have changed the way people see design. I think for us we constantly have to put more and more pressure on ourselves to be original and meaningful and not just derivative. But there's something unique about American design culture–and, in particular, Silicon Valley design culture–that really drives that originality. I think there's something in the water here that drives people to always push to do something different, beyond the status

Dave McClure

What's not important is whether you're in Silicon Valley, but you can't just expect innovation to happen waiting

Vinh Ngo

There is that culture here [in Silicon Valley] that relies on being smarter than your own self. People want to find an edge over their competitor – that's how they got their position in the first place. I'm trying to give them a little more wiggle room – but in a safe

George Burke

It's not like every tech worker in Silicon Valley is taking nootropics to get ahead. It's the few who are getting ahead who are using supplements to do

Kevin Systrom

It would be crazy if we saw something that worked with consumers that was in our domain and we didn't decide to compete on it. I think Snapchat's a great company, I think they're going to continue to do well, but when you look back – they didn't have filters, originally. They adopted filters because Instagram had filters and a lot of others were trying to adopt filters as well. And you could have said the same thing at the time, We're copying each other,' but I don't know, that's just the way Silicon Valley

Kevin Systrom

The question is, who executes the best? That is going to be the determination of who wins in the long run. But honestly, it's not going to be one winner. Facebook's not the only social network in the world, but I think that's okay. I think that's what makes Silicon Valley work, that competition, looking around and adopting best-in-breed things to make your service

Michael Tippett

Canada's looking pretty good right now. If you consider the fact that 43% of Silicon Valley founders are not US-born, you start to realise just how big a deal this could be. These are jobs, these are companies, these are subsidiaries, these are funded organisations that are coming up here and bringing their funding with them in many cases. I mean we're going to see the Canadian economy become a much more innovative, dynamic, global leader in technology. I think this is going to really give a pretty substantial boost to the Canadian technology

Steve Case

Silicon Valley has been a little tone deaf. While people can appreciate what they can do on their smartphones, they worry about their future. They worry about their jobs. I think we need to do a better job of reaching out and have a more inclusive innovation economy. When people in the middle of the country feel like they have been left behind, it's because they have been left

Bill Simmons

They should have had a place in Silicon Valley. Everybody in here was paying $7 for ESPN whether they watched or

Bill Simmons

They didn't see a lot of this coming. They didn't see cord cutting coming. They weren't ready for it. A lot of decisions were made based on subs staying at a certain level. They had to realize they were a technology company. The ones winning are now Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Hulu. ESPN should have been in that mix, but they're in Bristol. They should have had a place in Silicon Valley. That was their biggest

Amy Anderson - LinX

The VIP client gives me all access, full autonomy to search the world for the perfect needle in a haystack. Guys in Silicon Valley feel the need to peacock. Techies are notoriously addicted to their gadgets. And a big no-no would be to take out your phone during the date – that's just such a

Ravi Parikh

It's not the cheapest benefit in the world. But I wanted to offer something really positive that's going to attract people here. It's pretty competitive to get good people right now in Silicon Valley, and this is meaningful and

Gene Kimmelman

This collaboration between Silicon Valley and cable companies has never been done before. Their united, massive economic and political power was

Mark Wilson - Aviva

I don't mean billions, but we will do acquisitions if we find the right things, maybe in big data, maybe in platforms. It's quite weird because we have been getting all these inbound calls from the big names in Silicon

Joel Zivot

I think Silicon Valley has taken this simplistic voice in thinking that we need data and fast computers. Before companies say they're going to make the future better, first come and talk to me and try to understand what I do in some deeper

Zander Lurie

I have been on the job 15 months working on the forward vision and strategy here and it's natural to reassess board. Williams "obviously has totally different skills sets ... we are well represented with Silicon Valley experience, but to know Serena is to know what greatness looks

Serena Williams

I feel like diversity is something I speak to. Change is always happening, change is always building. What is important to me is to be at the forefront of the change and to make it easier for the next person that comes behind me. I have been really interested in getting involved in Silicon Valley for years, so I have been kind of in the wading waters. Now, I am jumping into the deep end of the pool. When I do something, I go all

Ambar Bhattacharyya - Maverick Capital Ventures

I've heard of a lot of (Silicon Valley) firms looking for PhDs and MDs; folks with health care backgrounds and computational

Marc Andreessen

As you know in phones you used to have these companies like Nokia, Rim and others that made phones and used software as just this sort-of add-on to the hardware. Car CEOs, the new generation, they're all working on this. They're spending a lot of time out here [in Silicon Valley], and they're spending a lot of time with us. But literally, the way they frame that question is, We, existing car company, do not want to be the Nokia of

Patrick Collison - Stripe

Broadly speaking, the U.S. has not quite done its best to undermine that, but all but. To the extent that universities can help students come here or that companies can enable the best and brightest to move here, it is 'despite' rather than 'because of' U.S. immigration policy. Here in Silicon Valley, it's almost like there was a devious spy who got here 30 or 40 years ago and was charged with the mission, There's too much innovation happening in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, how do you undermine it?feedback

Andrey Ostrovsky

I can't stress enough that I want to serve as an open door between Silicon Valley and

Raquel Urtusun

We identified a need for creating an ecosystem in Toronto that will allow people to stay in the area instead of going to Silicon

Stefan Sommer - ZF Friedrichshafen

Networked ecosystems are not only at home in Silicon Valley, ZF and Faurecia believe that the ecosystem philosophy also works between Paris and Friedrichshafen to provide a unique offer to our customers everywhere in the

Noah Theran

Internet companies of all sizes believe that the current F.C.C. net neutrality rules are working and these consumer protections should not be changed. Silicon Valley, since its birth, has held to the belief that the best ideas can compete and win in the marketplace. Consumers and the internet ecosystem benefit when start-ups can leapfrog incumbents, and net neutrality is key to preserving this

Amit Daryanani - RBC

If there's a deal out there that would strike fear in the hearts of Silicon Valley and Hollywood, this could be

William McGeveran

There's a little Silicon Valley groupthink at work here: They think users understand more about how the data industry works than they

John Leonard

Silicon Valley is full of very smart people, but they don't always get the laws of physics. Gravity is a formidable

Jon Ossoff

While I'm glad the president is interested in the race, he is misinformed. I'm focused on bringing fresh leadership, accountability, and bipartisan problem solving to Washington to cut wasteful spending and grow metro Atlanta's economy into the Silicon Valley of the

Katie Jacobs Stanton - Google

It's Silicon Valley growing up. After 10 to 15 years of thinking we were making the world a better place, [the events of the past year] have brought about some soul searching. We're in our adolescence stage – optimistic, naive, and perhaps a bit

Willy Staley

If you set aside his long-running TV show King of the Hill, which is much too loving to be considered satire, Judge's corpus of work cleaves neatly into two pieces. In one, people are driven nearly to ruin in their efforts to escape the crush of immense managerial apparatuses (Office Space, Extract). In the other, we see the opposite–imbeciles left completely and terrifyingly to their own devices (Beavis and Butt-Head, Idiocracy). Silicon Valley, remarkably, fuses both of these

Susan Fowler

The decision to join Stripe and run Increment was a pretty easy one for me: It was an opportunity to be impactful, to collect and share best practices from the most effective engineering teams in the world. Increment is a step toward flattening the distance between the Silicon Valley elite and developers

Ulises Ortiz

Growing up Latino, being in a low-income family, I don't get the doors that others do. Even being in Silicon Valley, it's hard to get

Andy McLoughlin

Getting more British startups to the west coast – where they can taste the pace of innovation and scale of thinking – can only be a good thing. But a single new flight route won't put the north of England on top-tier Silicon Valley venture capitalists' radars. It'll take a sustained ecosystem producing numerous great companies – something that London has only really started to do in the last five to 10

Alec Berg

He has a perspective because he's slightly removed from it all and he can look at Silicon Valley from the outside. As comedians, what we're always trying to do is look at the way systems work from the outside and kind of take them

Francois Chopard

We've seen a couple of announcements for start-ups willing to build electric commercial aircraft, so it's not only space that is booming, but more the global aerospace sector that is looking for disruptions. It has been very difficult in the past, but we've seen a couple of deals mainly happening in Silicon Valley, so we wanted to leverage that start with more investors and with more focus on the aviation and

Noriyuki Matsuda

You can make deals there. There are many advanced tools that have been developed in Silicon Valley, and we bring those products and the culture to

John Naughton

Google’s billion-dollar belief that it can crack the DNA code to immortality reveals a dangerous mindset. ‘In this world,” wrote Benjamin Franklin, “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” This proposition doesn’t cut much ice in Silicon Valley, where they take a poor view of paying taxes. What’s interesting is that they are also coming to the view that perhaps death is optional too, at least for the very

Garry Choy

Our field is the Silicon Valley of medicine, rather than take their jobs. That includes more time with patients,

Shane Goldmacher - Politico

Another is through Kennedy's other son, Gregory, and Trump's Silicon Valley adviser Peter Thiel. They went to Stanford Law School together and served as president of the Federalist Society in back-to-back years. More recently, Kennedy's firm, Disruptive Technology Advisers, has worked with Thiel's company Palantir Technologies. In fact, during the early months of the Trump administration, Gregory Kennedy has worked at NASA as a senior financial adviser as part of the so-called 'beachhead'

Laila Worrell - Boston Consulting Group

There's been a lot of pressure on trading jobs. Since 2009, the regulatory climate hasn't been superconducive for trading volume growth at big financial institutions. New York has become the world's leading center for financial tech innovation. It's surpassed Silicon Valley because the financial institutions these companies serve are in New York. Proximity is very

Ed Clark

Clearly, the giants in Silicon Valley are going to be major players in this. But that doesn't mean that we can't find things and areas where we end up being best in the

Abdullah Bin Mohammed al-Thani

Soon we will be opening an office in the Silicon Valley in San

Joel Espelien

Video is actually a lot more fragile of an ecosystem than the Silicon Valley, the software-eats-everything crowd may want to think. The point is all content isn't actually the same, all advertising isn't actually all the same. There is an element of taste. And when you ruin that, the whole thing does kind of start to fall

Howard Alumna Bonita Stewart

The lack of exposure, access to mentors and role models are critical gaps that Howard West will solve. We've also heard that many CS students struggle to find the time to practice coding while juggling a full course load and part-time jobs. Left unchecked, systematic barriers lead to low engagement and enrollment in CS, low retention in CS programs and a lack of proximity and strong relationships between the Silicon Valley, HBCUs and the larger African American

Jessica Canning - Sotheby's International Realty

Most are second-home owners from San Francisco's Silicon Valley or Texans who come to cool off every summer. Compared to Malibu, it doesn't attract so many celebrity residents; it's generally the chief executives of Fortune 100 companies and venture capitalists. Many Europeans may rent here for a month, but not many buy a home, although I have had a couple of London families in recent years, and one from

Glenn Kelman - Redfin

People have a different mindset here. In Silicon Valley, there is more opportunity, but there is also more opportunism. In Seattle, I have found that people settle in for long careers at a company. If you want to build a company for the ages, that is a good mindset to

Mark Dinan

We're starting to get a lot of résumés from [software engineers at] companies where the business model isn't working and they can't get funding, so they are closing down or cutting back. Silicon Valley has not had a major success in terms of IPO before Snap for years – and Snap is in LA. I got here in 97 and it was like it is now – incredibly packed, impossible to commute, high apartment

Liza Mundy

At Emerson's talk on unconscious bias last summer, someone in the audience asked her which Silicon Valley companies are managing bias

Reid Hoffman - LinkedIn

From this position, I will continue to focus on helping LinkedIn fulfill its mission of increasing the economic productivity of individual professionals and the companies they work for. I'll also contribute more broadly as Microsoft deepens its presence in Silicon Valley and continues to weave social, AI, and other technologies into [its]

Bob Liao

We believe delivery drones and droids could replace drivers for takeaway delivery. Starship already has dozens of droids delivering packages, groceries and takeaway food to customers in several European cities, Washington DC and parts of Silicon

Sam Altman

Trump is the Silicon Valley candidate in every way except that the ideology is

Laszlo Bock

I think most people don't want him to succeed at all. No matter how Trump manages the White House, what he believes in is the opposite of Silicon Valley values. We don't want him to learn from

Peter Thiel

I'm naturally inclined to think of it in those terms. There's something around globalization that's not been working that well. The internet was designed to survive a nuclear war, but even so, I think there are a lot of regulatory challenges that Silicon Valley will be facing from western Europe and elsewhere in the years

Jay Kreps

A lot of open source is adopted by Silicon Valley startups that don't pay for software -- or not much. Our target is mostly not those guys. We're mostly selling into large enterprises in the Fortune 500, not the tech

Ameet Shah

I think Toronto at some level really wants to be the first Toronto. We hate being called Silicon Valley North. More money is available at earlier stages – pre-seed, seed and series

Simon Chiu

I think everyone understands it's a pretty transformational event for our school. Our kids are understanding that it's pretty exciting to live out in Silicon Valley. It's hard to imagine it happening anywhere else. If you work hard and do the right things, sometimes luck will find

John Jackson

We all know that Silicon Valley valuations are strange beasts that tend to exist outside the boundaries of convention. It's not terribly strange that the market would express such enthusiasm for a fast growing audience aggregation play – one that's killing it with the sweet spot of the demographic market – with no obvious hope of profitability in the near or medium

Simon Chiu

Silicon Valley is a pretty amazing place to live. This obviously couldn't have happened anywhere else. I think everyone understands it's a pretty transformational event for our

James Pethokoukis

Silicon Valley has sort of latched on to this idea. They have the most aggressive timetable as far as when we will actually see all these jobs

Kate Mitchell - Scale Venture Partners

That's really starting to affect how we perceive the company and its public persona. I think it's a challenge for them going forward toward an IPO. I think in many ways it's a gift to the rest of Silicon Valley to remind us that we all still need to focus on this issue and do the right

Kate Mitchell - Scale Venture Partners

Culture starts at the top. It's a talent war that we're in, and you need to have the best people focused on doing the right thing. The doubters in the Valley are saying, Gosh, his reaction was really his concern about the success of the company going forward. Was it really concern about the issue?' You have to give him some benefit of the doubt there. I'll tell you, it has been a wake up call. Susan's letter ricocheted throughout Silicon Valley.... This topic isn't going

Sanjay Poonen - VMware

Our general philosophy is software changes the world … software is our birthright – Silicon Valley, and the United States – it is the reason people like me are

Chris Sacca

The best thing college students can do right now is to stop spending their money. Being a cheap bastard now means so much more freedom and choices later. The tech economy imploded and it was impossible to even get a moving van out of Silicon Valley because they had all gone one way back to the rest of the country. Prospects were bleak back then, and it tested my

Geoff Yang - Redpoint Ventures

Having some of the brightest people come from all over the world to come study and eventually work in the United States is a plus. If anything, I think there's a talent shortage in Silicon Valley... If there's really good talent, we will try to find a way to take advantage of it and bring them into our

Geoff Yang - Redpoint Ventures

There's the dollars and sense and the numbers piece of it, but there's also the emotional, philosophical piece of it, because the spirit and culture of Silicon Valley is like a Horatio Alger story on steroids – where anyone can come from anywhere and achieve anything. It feels pretty good. Certainly the president's growth policies and the optimism and the euphoria around a new economy is definitely felt out here. People are going to view content on every piece of glass. They'll view it on their mobile device, they'll view it on their tablet, they'll view it on their

Megan Quinn - Spark Capital

We have seen CEOs take different paths to influence, but its certainly top of mind here in Silicon

Anthony D. Romero - American Civil Liberties Union

We're thrilled to have the help of Y Combinator to help us reach new audiences and be at the leading edge of technology. Beyond financial contributions, the Silicon Valley community can help organizations like ours harness recent membership surges and spread the word about what the ACLU is doing to protect people's rights from violations by the Trump

Max Levchin - PayPal

It's not a Silicon Valley issue, it's an impact on the entire nation. I was a refugee 25, 26 years ago, and I tried as hard as I could to earn my right to be in America. I take great pride in my American passport. I typically ask people, So you're worried about the pitchforks. How much money have you donated to your local homeless shelter?feedback

Steve Bannon

When two-thirds or three-quarters of the CEOs in Silicon Valley are from South Asia or from Asia, I think…. A country is more than an economy. We're a civic society. You got to remember, we're Breitbart. We're the know-nothing vulgarians. So we've always got to be to the right of you on

Dave McKay - Royal Bank of Canada

The next generation of students coming out of school and coming out of graduate school around the world - we want them to lock on to an ecosystem here. I think Silicon Valley does a better job of providing that (ecosystem) right

Eric Hippeau - Lerer Hippeau Ventures

Silicon Valley has to engage. They can't just live in their own little world. Silicon Valley is still in a little bit of a bubble. They're still kind of like, in 'the opposition.' Individually, people should feel the way they feel, there's no question. But companies have a responsibility to work with any administration, including this one. It's not just building bridges or repairing our roads. We've got to put tech everywhere to make society work much

Hugo Barra

But what I've realized is that the last few years of living in such a singular environment have taken a huge toll on my life and started affecting my health. My friends, what I consider to be my home, and my life are back in Silicon Valley, which is also much closer to my family. Seeing how much I've left behind these past few years, it is clear to me that the time has come to

Ashley Judd

EDGE, the global standard for gender equality, is the minimum standard. And guess what, Silicon Valley? If L'Oréal in India, in the Philippines, in Brazil and in Russia can do it, you can, too. Enough

Jason Calacanis

We have a really interesting joke that's going around Silicon Valley – Trump is going to either last zero terms or

Joe Schoendorf

I think if you had to pick one country to invest in Europe today, you'd pick Great Britain … and the reason you'd do it is because of Brexit. One of the things that the U.S. government has been really good at … is leaving Silicon Valley mostly

Geoffrey Cain

Beyond the arrest itself, this is going to be a big blow to the narrative they've been building. It's hard to convince shareholders and partners they are a hip Silicon Valley-style company when these charges show them to be a company run like a feudal

Jeff Bezos -

These jobs are not just in our Seattle headquarters or in Silicon Valley – they're in our customer service network, fulfillment centers and other facilities in local communities throughout the

James Cakmak

You look at the H-1B issue, I think that's something that the administration and Silicon Valley can work together

Jim Cramer

Silicon Valley is a Democratic Party stronghold, and many tech executives decided to play politics ahead of the

Semil Shah

Most of Silicon Valley is moving from the 'surprised and in denial' phase to accepting the change that's coming. Some of that change, such as immigration, creates anxiety and uncertainty. Some of that change, such as potential for economic stimulus at a national level, gives some folks business

Robin Li - Baidu

Many entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley have expressed worries, especially after Trump's election, about the harm to the United States' capabilities in innovation. I truly hope that these excellent talents from various countries will migrate to China and help China play a more important role on the stage of global

Yao Shuqi

I was having difficulty finding a partner who specializes on the technology side. I started to wonder how people in 'The Pirates of Silicon Valley' found their partners. So I watched the film over and over and learned a lot from

David Chao

Silicon Valley has become a kind of beacon of cultural change in China. Hollywood could impact what kind of handbag a lady buys in China, but it never impacted corporate culture like Silicon Valley

Aaron Levie

A lot of the rhetoric during the campaign was very divisive on the part of the president-elect. That was extremely uncomfortable for many of us in Silicon Valley, where our organizations are built on inclusiveness and

Josh Elman

I think the European tech scene is really exciting. We've seen a couple companies ... Spotify and what it's doing in the music world, and Skyscanner in the travel world. So we spend a lot of time thinking about where can companies grow, and it doesn't need to just be in Silicon Valley, we think there's plenty of potential in Europe and we're always

Aaron Magenheim

I don't think people should be betting as heavily as they are on Silicon Valley. We have to get a lot more people from the industry involved in building and preparing the technology before it's ready to go to the

Jeff Weiner

It is incumbent upon all of Silicon Valley – anyone responsible for technology that can reach beyond historically what was possible – to think about the unintended of what we're

Chris Coward

For us to compete successfully for the best in-class talent against Silicon Valley and other employers, is to make it a fun place to work. To make it a place where people feel like their part of a culture that wants to grow, wants to change, wants to stay at the cutting

Marc Benioff -

A lot of people have got involved in that, and that's very important to a lot of world leaders, and a lot of economic leaders, because they have been educated and they can see that we need to shift. And, Silicon Valley is very, very sensitive and focused on inclusion and

Brian White - Drexel Hamilton

Silicon Valley was not that supportive of Donald Trump , so I think there are some policy fears there. Silicon Valley was mostly supportive of [Hillary] Clinton . ... So there was more of a shock there than in other

Steve Case

I also hope he builds a bridge between the innovators in places like Silicon Valley, and people all across the country. .... We need to make sure the job creation, the innovation, the energy of this economy are broadly dispersed. And I think part of the frustration we saw last week with the election, is a lot of people feeling left

Steve Case

It's not just President-elect Trump reaching out to Silicon Valley – it's also Silicon Valley reconnecting with rest of the country, because this has been an area of frustration. They do feel left out. They really do feel left behind. They feel like people are talking past them, even calling them the flyover country. But the next wave.... of innovation, will be in sectors in agriculture, and healthcare, and

Paul Saffo

It is a very good thing if people in Silicon Valley are contemplating the consequences of the inventions they delivered to an unsuspecting world. The fact that there's any reflection going on at all is a very good sign. There has long been this naive view that technology is neutral and there's nothing neutral about technology. The problem is we can never figure out which way it's going to cut until it

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Not to mention the change that we've seen coming out of the tech community. Silicon Valley and the entire worldwide tech community I think has really stepped up in the wake of what Snowden did and prioritized like 'okay, let's really make sure that privacy is embedded in the software and the hardware that we

Daniel Saks - AppDirect

For start-ups, we really want to innovate, we want to push the boundaries and I think in order to do that governments need to be able to take risk. Culturally there is a big difference between Silicon Valley and elsewhere in terms of embracing failure and

Roger McNamee

It makes me just generally more cautious. I believe that Silicon Valley, and our economy, can still produce a lot of greatness. But what I worry about is that the benefits of that have been so unevenly distributed for so long, that a lot of ideas are going to get killed too early, simply because we haven't been smart and shared the benefits broadly. The economy's just gotten out of

Roger McNamee

I think there were issues already under Obama, because of the Republican obstruction of his legislative agenda. But I think now you're in open warfare. And I think that's really bad for the investment markets in general. I think it raises capital costs everywhere.... I don't think it matters what we do in Silicon Valley at this pointe. We've got to fix those institutions or we're in big

Larry A. Rosenthal

Silicon Valley has been flashing a 'vacancy' sign for decades – come here and build a company. Now some people are saying, We've hit our limit.' They may be reaching their threshold tolerance for

Roger McNamee

I think people in Silicon Valley are still open to change. But the things that they're working on aren't as valuable as the things people used to work on. And sadly, we've seen far more fraud in the past couple of years than I can remember any time in the 34 years I've been here. And so I think people just want to get rich now, and scams have become part of what goes on in Silicon valley and that troubles me

Roger McNamee

It's been a real change in the culture. And Peter Thiel was one of the early leaders of that new wave and one of the most successful players in it. And I would actually suggest that while the typical person in Silicon Valley is a northern California liberal, the people in the entrepreneur class and in the senior management class are not. And I think there's a very deep libertarian streak

Peter Thiel

Most of the millennials have lower expectations than their baby boomer parents. Where I differ from others in Silicon Valley is in thinking that you can't fence yourself off. If it continues, it will ultimately be bad for

Peter Thiel

I was surprised by the intensity. This is one of the few times I was involved in something that was not a fringe effort but was mainstream. Millions of people are backing Trump. I did not appreciate quite how polarizing the election would be in Silicon Valley and

Ken Burns

When I was in the Silicon Valley I stayed at his house. And had dinner with him and his kids and his wife. And, you know, got to know him very

John Ioannidis

They were the greatest new story in Silicon Valley and health and saving the world. And I just said, Where is the evidence?feedback

Chamath Palihapitiya

I think half the people in Silicon Valley don't know what encryption is. The reality is these are very difficult, nuanced technical concepts. And I think when you have a public stage that she does – and frankly, any politician does – I would hope that they would call the

Barack Obama

Stories like that are not just happening in Pittsburgh, or in Silicon Valley. They're happening in Chattanooga, and Charleston and

Sebastian Thrun

I can probably find you 10,000 VR jobs right now in [Silicon] Valley. Every company that makes media has to gear up to VR right

Sebastian Thrun

In most cases these companies pay us for these employees to teach, and the reason is that Silicon Valley is actually really desperate to find good

Charlie Young - Coldwell Banker

When you go back to Saratoga and Silicon Valley and the top markets in the country in terms of cost, you see that the employers in those markets are starting to have to look to other parts of the

Deborah Rhode

What makes Silicon Valley more challenging than other areas is ... it has a macho culture that is deeply embedded. There are very few women in leadership

Nela Richardson - Redfin

For the most part, the housing market can stomach large swings in the stock market. But there are markets, like Silicon Valley, that become queasy when the equity market is this volatile. In these areas, homebuyers' wealth and down payments are more closely tied to stocks. In addition, foreign buyers who normally flock to these cities are also highly sensitive to global

Kevin Landis

They are doing something kind of bold that may not come to the surface. If you look at who they're hiring around Silicon Valley, they're scooping up all the best chip engineers. They have been for the last several years. They're going to be the number 1 chip company in the world before too long. We're not used to thinking of Apple as a chip company, but here they

Peter Thiel

… Our government is broken. Our nuclear bases still use floppy disks. Our newest fighter jets can't even fly in the rain. And it would be kind to say the government's software works poorly, because much of the time it doesn't even work at all. That is a staggering decline for the country that completed the Manhattan Project. We don't accept such incompetence in Silicon Valley, and we must not accept it from our

Nick Efstratis - Epic Ventures

Utah has a long history of tech innovation across software, networking and internet infrastructure, but it's probably in the last decade when all this started to take shape. Now Silicon Valley VCs look at this as a market where people know how to build big

Alex Dunn - Vivint

It's exploded in the last five years. The amount of calls that I get from people I know, in Silicon Valley or Boston or New York, to be introduced to a company in Utah happens now every

Dana Stalder

He has this keen sense of how to build a product and customer experience that is uncommon in Silicon

Rob Martin - Barclays

I think you're seeing with some of the Silicon Valley companies, they're not doing terrible, but I think people are looking at their expenses. Today the job market is healthy and good. There are

Phil Garber

North Carolina competes for talent with other tech hubs such as NYC, Silicon Valley, and Boston. HB2 puts North Carolina employers at a huge disadvantage when trying to lure hard-to-find workers to the state. If it is not soon repealed, HB2 threatens to undo decades of deliberate efforts and investment in bringing high-paying jobs to the

Ash Carter

The only way we're going to have data security of the kind that we all need, and that the Department of Defense very, very much needs, is in cooperation together. I'm trying to build bridges between Washington and Silicon

Martyn Williams

It passed almost directly overhead Silicon Valley, which is where I am and where the stadium is, . The pass happened at 8:26 p.m., after the game. I would put it down to nothing more than a coincidence, but an interesting

Yolanda Perez Saez

We organise around seven or eight investment forums every year. We also organise investment readiness courses for companies which are not yet prepared to access investors. We also give support in internationalisation, organising business trips, missions, technological missions to silicon valley. We have been there already nine

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