When you think about Silicon Valley you think about modern tech giants like Google, Yahoo and others, but did you know that this high-tech center of the Universe owes its existence to secret government cooperation dating back four decades? It certainly seems outlandish, but in a seminar given back on December 18th on the Google campus, entrepreneur and lecturer Steve Blank explained how the valley was born from billions of dollars worth of signals intelligence contracts from World War II and into the 1960s.
Blank’s talk titled ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ was part of Google’s ongoing ‘TechTalk’ series which invites knowledgeable lecturers onto the company’s campus to help educate employees. Blank frequently lectures at Stanford’s school of engineering, the Berkeley business school and Columbia business school. You can view Blank’s talk here.
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