Path to Silicon Valley

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Silicon Valley is a place that is not a valley; this is located in the southern San Francisco Bay, California, western United States. It is known in Silicon Valley by the large number of companies that still manufacture silicon chips used in the manufacture of electronic devices. Currently, the Silicon Valley is one of the regions that have more technology companies in the world, such as Google, Facebook, Apple, and Yahoo among many others.

Path to Silicon Valley

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In the Silicon Valley are people like Palo Alto (where Stanford University), San Jose, Mountain View, Cupertino (famous for having the headquarters of Apple) or Menlo Park, among many other municipalities.

HP’s garage:

The HP Garage is one of the most legendary Silicon Valley, as it was here that he built up a technological miracle of this valley in 1939 when Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard rented the famous garage and began building a company of electronic components encouraged by his professor at Stanford (Frederick Terman). The company would be called Hewlett-Packard, and today is one of the most powerful technology companies in the world and which has the largest number of patents registered.

The most legendary Silicon Valley

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The first HP garage in Palo Alto:

The garage originally also served as home of Bill, Dave and Dave’s wife, it was gradually turning into the office of both partners, the ideal place to sample and test electronic equipment until HP started to grow in 1940 while had to find other offices at 481 Page Mill Road.

Where is the HP garage in Palo Alto?

If you want to visit the house that houses the garage, you should contact HP Street 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto, but now the garage is not open.

Visit Googleplex:

Google is undoubtedly one of the most famous companies located in Silicon Valley today. The Googleplex, which is the name of all buildings at the headquarters of Google, in Mountain View, and once were the offices of another famous technology company, Silicon Graphics. Google began working there in 2003 until 2006 he bought all the properties it now occupies in Mountain View, including the Googleplex, for just over $ 300 million.

Many of the curious things that can be seen on Google are a Rex Tyranosaurus a Google worker did in his «spare time» in Google, their umbrellas with corporate colors or your pool only 3 meters long ago but has a engines makes swim against the tide like you’re swimming in a normal pool. Inside you can see many other curiosities such as blackboards in every corner for workers to write what they want, the prototype plane that won the last X Prize Google Google Maps or points of physical and androids for all locations.


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Where is Google?

Google’s headquarters are located throughout Mountain View, but the mythical place where he has always had the physical address, the Googleplex, is at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Street, which is an entrance to the gardens through a road around Mountain View.

Google is to visit a worker you need an invitation, if you can not just stroll through the gardens, pool view or view as do fitness workers. Be careful when parking the car because Google employees have parking and it could be you to put the car where prohibited.

Stanford University:

Stanford University has been the place where they come most of the creators of these technology companies starting from Hewlett and Packard, Bill Gates of Microsoft, Larry Page and Sergei Brinn of Goolge or more recently Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.

The Road to Silicon Valley

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Stanford will also find the Hewlett and Packard buildings opposite the building of Gates and buildings from the creators of Google are a little off but that are newer and interesting.

In the next post of the Road to Silicon Valley, we will explain where you are Facebook, Apple and Yahoo.

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