Here are 9 answers to some of the internet's questions about Silicon Valley
- Silicon Valley is now a household name, representing technology, innovation and wealth.
- But despite all the buzz around the Silicon Valley name, it turns out the internet has some basic questions about the Northern California region.
- Here are 9 answers to some of the top questions people are asking online about Silicon Valley.
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Silicon Valley has become much more than simply a nickname for a Northern California region.
It's come to represent the rise of the internet, the pioneering of new technology, the American dream come true thanks to tech money.
This is the birthplace of goliath tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple, whose social networks, search engines, email services, and smartphones and computers now run our lives on the daily - and those are just some of the more recent innovators to have been born here. Hundreds of startups plant themselves here hoping to follow in their footsteps. The region has inspired other parts of the world with budding tech cities to receive spinoff nicknames, like Silicon Hills for Austin, Texas, or Silicon Prairie for the midwest. And an HBO series was even developed based on the culture and inner workings of the region and its workers. It's been widely dubbed an accurate portrayal of the Valley.
All of this sounds nice and good, but it can be difficult to wade through all of the hype and get a grip on some of the most basic facts about the region. So we used Google's autocomplete search tool to sift through what people are searching the internet about the Valley.
Here are answers to 9 of the internet's questions about Silicon Valley, from what the name means to who the Valley's billionaires are and why they're ... starving themselves?