While the global economy languishes, one place just keeps growing
despite failing banks, uncertain markets, and high unemployment: Silicon
Valley. In the last two years, more than a hundred incubators have popped up
there, and the number of angel investors has skyrocketed. Today, forty percent
of all venture capital investments in the United States come from Silicon
Valley firms, compared to ten percent from New York.
In Secrets of Silicon Valley, entrepreneur and media commentator
Deborah Perry Piscione takes us inside this vibrant ecosystem where meritocracy
rules the day. She explores Silicon Valley’s exceptionally risk-tolerant
culture, and why it thrives despite the many laws that make California one of
the worst states in the union for business. Drawing on interviews with
investors, entrepreneurs, and community leaders, as well as a host of case
studies from Google to Paypal, Piscione argues that Silicon Valley’s unique
culture is the best hope for the future of American prosperity and the global
business community and offers lessons from the Valley to inspire reform in
other communities and industries, from Washington, DC to Wall Street. Download and start listening now!