Everyone knows that Silicon Valley is home to many of the world’s most innovative and creative technology companies. Even today, many years after Silicon Valley became famous for being a tech hot spot, it is still the place where you can find one-third of all the venture capital investment in the United States. However, what you may not know is exactly where it is. Silicon Valley is in the San Francisco Bay area. According to Wikipedia, “Geographically, the Silicon Valley encompasses all of the Santa Clara Valley including the city of San Jose (and adjacent communities), the southern Peninsula Valley and the southern East Bay.” If you aren’t familiar with United States geography, just know that it’s in Northern California.
Silicon Valley is obviously a mecca for startups, and the companies there have always represented what it truly means to be an entrepreneur. That entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well today, and Silicon Valley continues to be an inspiration to many people all over the world. The whole environment there seems to have a heartbeat of its own, and according to Forbes, Silicon Valley really is different. That area often times doesn’t follow the trends of the rest of the country when it comes to things like unemployment and employee expectations. In Silicon Valley it’s not about the money, but rather about following your passion and taking it farther than anyone thought was possible, and as a result of that mindset, they have a lot of the money, if that irony makes sense.
If you are thinking of moving to Silicon Valley to pursue your own startup dreams, there are a lot of things to think about like… Where will you live? How long will your commute to work be? What are the trends? How much will you pay in rent? Where will your competition be located? Riviera Partners, in collaboration with Cushman & Wakefield, just put together a fresh infographic with all the demographic stats you need about Silicon Valley to help you along the way. One of our guest authors, Jeff Kell, used to live in Silicon Valley. If you’d like a little humor today, you can read his very funny article about it called 3 Steps To Become A Silicon Valley Millionaire.
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