Tech Deciphered

Tech Deciphered

# 22 – The (no BS) truth about Silicon Valley – Start of Season 2

June 10, 2021

In episode 22, we begin the second season of Tech Deciphered, by deep diving into what Silicon Valley is, what made us (and others) move here, its unabridged mythology and whether there is really an exodus (or not) going on. This episode is the beginning of a trilogy that is an ode to our love and hate relationship with the region.


Intro (01:34)
Section 1: What (exactly) is Silicon Valley? (02:23)
Section 2: What brought us (and others) to Silicon Valley? (32:15)
Conclusion (46:09)

Our co-hosts:

Bertrand Schmitt, Tech Entrepreneur, co-founder and Chairman at App Annie, @bschmitt
Nuno Goncalves Pedro, Investor, co-Founder and Managing Partner of Strive Capital, @ngpedro

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Intro (01:34)

Nuno: Welcome to season two of Tech Deciphered. 

Today, because we like to do really long episodes, we will start our trilogy on Silicon Valley. This episode will focus on what Silicon Valley actually is. We'll go into the geography of Silicon Valley, the origins of Silicon Valley, the development of Silicon Valley. Then we will also talk about what brought us here, what brought Bertrand and myself to Silicon Valley.  In the next few episodes, we will go into the mythology and reality of Silicon Valley as well as other areas of love and hate , and we will finalize with Silicon Valley in transition. Is it a mindset? Is there an Exodus? Is there a no exodus?

Bertrand: Thank you Nuno, good to be here with you today.  How are you?

Nuno: I'm well, so let's start with what is Silicon Valley? 

Section 1 - What (exactly) is Silicon Valley?

Today we start with what is Silicon Valley? And one could say Silicon Valley is a state of mind, but it's actually a region of the world with a long history behind it. Bertrand do you want to guide us a little bit through the long history of Silicon Valley and where we're at?

Bertrand: Yeah, sure. So as you say, it's a long history, but that depends by which standard? 

Nuno: For someone from France and Portugal probably not very long, but yes.

Bertrand: Or China

Nuno: Long from a US perspective, I guess. 

Bertrand: It's one of these places where you don't have much standing that is more than a hundred years old, and one could argue, it might be because of earthquakes. But not just, I would say the modern California is probably and Northern California is probably 150 years old, started with the Gold rush.

And maybe before I go to the gold rush, obviously California was  in some ways discovered by the Europeans  500 years ago Nuno if we go back  to the origins of California and Northern California, and it was a spaniard, a Portuguese?   

Nuno: We will not have that discussion. And obviously it's not questioned whether it was discovered, it was here, and there were native people here and then.  The Spanish conquistadores arrived. There is some argumentation whether Cabrillo  was actually Portuguese or Spanish, but he was definitely working for the Spaniards.

So we'll let them do that. We'll let the Spanish people get that.

Bertrand: Yes.  So California  was interspersed by a lot of missions and that connected the main roads. Actually historically the main road in Silicon Valley, El Camino Real, Nuno you want to say what it means.

Nuno: Yeah, the Royal way. So it was a way that was put there to connect the different missions.