How to stuff all of Silicon Valley in a stocking
The ultimate geek gift
Exclusive Are you a geek? Do you have a geek in your family? Yes, I thought so.
Well, why not warm your heart or someone else's this holiday season by buying my new book - Geek Silicon Valley. See, there's Geek right there in the title.
The various blurbs about my tome floating around the internet portray the book as a guide book to Silicon Valley. And, in may ways, it is.
The book, however, goes way beyond detailing nice places to eat and drink or where to find the birthplace of the microprocessor industry. It provides a rich history of how Silicon Valley became what it is, starting way back at the turn of last century when electronics and radio pioneers got their start in the region.
I'm rather proud to admit that the book has been heralded as a fantastic toilet read. You get easy to digest sections about Intel, Google, Sun Microsystems, HP and Apple. (That's right Mac fans. Prove your love to Steve.) Beyond that, there's more bits on the history of Fairchild Semiconductor, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, the Computer History Museum, NASA Ames and the list goes on and on.
If it's idle Valley gossip that you're after, then the book takes care of you as well. I tell you what restaurants Intel used to sweep for bugs before board meetings and where Bono likes to dine when he's in town.
All told, this book should appeal to three sorts of people - those of you with pulses, those of you with a historical bent and technophiles. I also happen to think the book stands as a great primer for new people coming to Silicon Valley. So large companies, start-ups and PR firms should buy a ton of these and hand them out to new workers. That goes for SMBs as well. Go on. Do it.
Best of all, it doesn't matter whether you live out here or not. Geek Silicon Valley will enrich the mind of anyone interested in technology.
Is the book fully-integrated? Does it have an AJAX WSDL? Has it been vetted by a standards body such as AGRTAINEIENMS? Yes, yes and yes.
What else can you ask for?
For the price of three cups of coffee, you can make an African very happy these holidays. Show your spirit.
Here ends the verbose, shameless self-promotion. ®