La Puce et les Geants April 6, 2008Posted by Phil Jeudy in IT.
Tags: Add new tag, California, Cobol, Frederick Terman, San Francisco, Silicon Valley
I bought this book in 1983.
This book was fascinating. It was explaining a coming revolution combining information and quickness. The first chapter is about Silicon Valley, the others about IBM, Japan, Russia.
The book is about the end of (sort of) an industrial era.
The summary on the back is mentioning the term “a new economy” still so used now and that means so much waste.
Back to the first chapter, this story about San Francisco, Silicon Vally meant nothing to me, I didn’t know the place…
I wrote many things on the book when writer mentioned Frederick Terman.
Terman is considered as the man who has thought the concept of Silicon Valley…and create it with many others… He introduced Dave Packard to Bill Hewlett, creating their new venture in 1939 with 480$.
He described a capitalist person as a someone crossing situations, and someone who has the choice.
“You have the choice, never have any doubt”.
Now I have something to work on. For my 3rd trip to San Francisco in less than 6 months. Do I had any choice up to now? Not sure. Never having any doubt: that’s a standard for me.
But this does not makes me a capitalist. For sure!