The Origins of Silicon Valley: Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Startups, and Technology Hubs

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Silicon Valley is commonly acknowledged as the tech capital of the world.  How did Silicon Valley come into being, and what can we learn?  The story goes back to local Hams trying to break RCA's tube patents, Stanford "angel" investors, the sinking of the Titanic, WW II and radar, and the SF Bay Area infrastructure that developed – these factors pretty much determined that the semiconductor and IC industries would be located in the Santa Clara Valley, and that the Valley would remain the world’s innovation center as new technologies emerge, and be the model for innovation worldwide.

This talk will give an exciting and colorful history of development and innovation that began in Palo Alto in 1909.  You'll meet some of the colorful characters – Cyril Elwell, Lee De Forest, Bill Eitel, Charles Litton, Fred Terman, David Packard, Bill Hewlett, Bill Shockley and others – who came to define our worldwide electronics industries through their inventions and process development.  You'll understand some of the novel management approaches that have become the hallmarks of its tech startups.  Many of these attributes can be found in other technology hubs; however, the SF Bay Area has five generations of experience, as well as a "critical mass" of talent, making it difficult for others to catch up.  In this talk, the key attributes will be illustrated and analyzed, for consideration by other tech hubs, and for entrepreneurs interested in creating their own start-ups or understanding them.

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  • Date: 04 Apr 2024
  • Time: 11:30 AM to 01:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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  • University of Toronto, St. George Campus
  • 1 King’s College Circle
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Canada M5S 1A8
  • Building: Medical Sciences Building
  • Room Number: MS4171
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  • Starts 07 March 2024 12:00 AM
  • Ends 04 April 2024 12:15 PM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge


Paul Wesling of Hewlett-Packard Co (retired), VP-Publications (emeritus), Electronics Packaging Society


Lessons Learned from Silicon Valley


Paul Wesling has observed the Valley for decades as an engineer, executive, resident, and educator.  He received degrees in electrical engineering and materials science from Stanford University, then worked locally at companies including Lenkurt Electric, Sperry-Univac, and Amdahl, joining Tandem Computers in Cupertino in 1985.  Paul retired from HP in 2001, then served as “Mr. IEEE” for the San Francisco Bay Area for 10 years.  As vice president of publications for the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society for 22 years, he supervised four archival journals and a newsletter.  He received the IEEE’s Centennial Medal, the Board's Distinguished Service award, the Society Contribution Award, the IEEE's Third Millennium Medal, and the EPS Society’s Presidential Recognition Award.  He edits the IEEE/ASME/SEMI Heterogeneous Integration Roadmap for prediction of technology directions in electronics packaging. He has ties to Toronto; his wife graduated from the University of Toronto.

Address:Saratoga, CA, United States


The event will start at 11:30AM with a short networking interaction. The talk will then begin at 12:00PM and conclude around 1-1:15PM, with questions for the last 10-15 minutes of the talk.

Food and drink will be provided.


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