Wednesday, October 06, 2010
I'll ease back in to the blogging routine by pointing to the latest essay by Paul Graham, "Where to See Silicon Valley." As both a programmer and a venture capitalist, he's exactly the kind of guide you'd want for such a tour. Graham describes University Avenue in entertaining fashion below.
A surprising amount of the work of the Valley is done in the cafes on or just off University Ave in Palo Alto. If you visit on a weekday between 10 and 5, you'll often see founders pitching investors. In case you can't tell, the founders are the ones leaning forward eagerly, and the investors are the ones sitting back with slightly pained expressions.Above each subsection, he links to a Google Map of the location. Graham skips the Computer History Museum because, "this is a list of where to see the Valley itself, not where to see artifacts from it." In the event I find myself in that part of the Golden State any time soon, I'll keep this tour in mind.