2: Silicon Valley & Key Frameworks

Thursday, April 1, 2010
Summary: What exactly is technology entrepreneurship?  We will give an overview of this process of creating and growing high potential ventures using several frameworks.  What exactly is the significance of "Silicon Valley"?  How has it been created?  What is unique about Silicon Valley, and what could be replicated in other regions of the world?  This session will examine the economic and cultural underpinnings of the center of technology entrepreneurship.

We will also provide information on the term projects (OAP and OEP).

Quote of the Day: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." Aristotle

Study Questions (Policy on Study Questions.)
  • Read the term projects description completely. Come prepared with a few potential ideas and  opportunities you would like to explore.  Be prepared to ask any questions you have about the project.
  • Brainstorm a list of some exciting technologies and their associated industries. Be prepared to share some ideas with the class!
  • In your opinion, what is the primary reason Silicon Valley has been such an influential economic hub?

Required Readings (Policy on Required Readings.)
  • Technology Ventures (Dorf and Byers): Ch 1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 2.4, 3.1-3.4 (Highlights)

Recommended Readings (Policy on Recommended Readings)

Watch the following short video clip: