Danny and Derek speak with Margaret O’Mara, historian and author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America, about how Silicon Valley came to be the behemoth we know today. In this first part of the conversation, they get into the origins of Silicon Valley from the days when it was most known for apricot orchards. Topics discussed include the transformation of research at Stanford and MIT in the postwar era, figures such as Vannevar Bush and Frederick Terman, the 1960s rejection of the military-intellectual complex, and more.
How do you guys come up with such excellent topics? My uncle, a Berkeley grad, always alluded to this tale. Great guest and interesting subject.
Also check out "Secret History of Silicon Valley" by Steve Blank, November 20, 2008. It's on the "Computer History Museum" YouTube channel.