About Silicon Valley
Located on the San Francisco Peninsula, Silicon Valley grew outward from its central location, Stanford University. With the Santa Cruz Mountains in the west, the Coastal range to the southeast, and the San Francisco Bay in the east, it is a geographically beautiful area with eclectic features. Prior to it’s focus on tech innovations, the area was called “The Valley of the Heart’s Delight” because of the diverse, specialty fruits found distinctly in Santa Clara County, California. At the forefront of the monumental transition from crops to microchips was electrical engineer and Stanford professor Frederick Terman. Inspiring a young William Hewlett and David Packard to begin their work in the field of electronics, Terman fueled a western movement to found new technology companies in contrast to the established eastern corporations. From this vision, the Silicon Valley took shape and a new era was born.