Secrets of Silicon Valley by Deborah Perry Piscione
What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World

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The author leaves few aspects of life in the valley unexamined...A valuable glimpse of a mecca of innovation.
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While the global economy languishes, one place just keeps growing despite failing banks, uncertain markets, and high unemployment: Silicon Valley. In the last two years, more than 100 incubators have popped up there, and the number of angel investors has skyrocketed. Today, 40 percent of all venture capital investments in the United States come from Silicon Valley firms, compared to 10 percent from New York. In Secrets of Silicon Valley, entrepreneur and media commentator Deborah Perry Piscione takes us inside this vibrant ecosystem where meritocracy rules the day. She explores Silicon Valley's exceptionally risk-tolerant culture, and why it thrives despite the many laws that make California one of the worst states in the union for business. Drawing on interviews with investors, entrepreneurs, and community leaders, as well as a host of case studies from Google to Paypal, Piscione argues that Silicon Valley's unique culture is the best hope for the future of American prosperity and the global business community and offers lessons from the Valley to inspire reform in other communities and industries, from Washington, DC to Wall Street.
 

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Deborah Perry Piscione is the creator of Alley to the Valley, an organization that networks the world's most influential women for dealmaking, and BettyConfidential. Since moving to Silicon Valley from Washington DC, she has successfully founded three companies in six years. Piscione has served as a commentator on CNN and NPR, and has appeared as a guest on the Today show, Wolf Blitzer Reports, The O'Reilly Factor, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Politically Incorrect, and has been a featured guest on PBS, BET, and NPR programs including The Tavis Smiley Show. Piscione has won numerous awards, including the 2009 Silicon Valley Women Business Owner of the Year, a Gracie Allen Award for her participation in a debate for NPR's Justice Talking, and a distinguished award from The White House Project. She has been featured in leading women's magazines such as Ladies' Home Journal, and in newspapers including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Dallas Morning News. She lives in Silicon Valley, California.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 258 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Jan 14 2013

The author leaves few aspects of life in the valley unexamined...A valuable glimpse of a mecca of innovation.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Jan 21 2013

Unfortunately, it is overly ambitious in its reach and toward the end borders on being a relocation guide, with several chapters discussing services like schools and restaurants, meeting places, and lifestyle.

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