Leslie Berlin is a historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University and the author, most recently, of “Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age.” She has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences and served on the advisory committee to the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Leslie has been a “Prototype” columnist for the New York Times and has commented on Silicon Valley for the Wall Street Journal, NPR, PBS, the BBC, The Atlantic and Wired, among other outlets.
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A comparative review of Leslie Berlin's book "Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age," and Noam Cohen's book “The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball.”
"Leslie Berlin, author and Silicon Valley historian, talks about the rise of big tech and its role in the future of media."
Leslie Berlin discusses her new book "Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age."
Leslie Berlin speaks about her new book "Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age" on the Recode Decode podcast.
"While piecing together a timeline of the Valley’s early history—picture end-to-end sheets of paper covered in black dots—Berlin was amazed to discover a period of rapid-fire innovation between 1969 and 1976 that included the first Arpanet transmission; the birth of videogames; and the launch of Apple, Atari, Genentech, and major venture firms such as Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia Capital."
"The history of Silicon Valley is riddled with tension and surprising outcomes, said Leslie Berlin, project historian of the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University. Again and again, founders of technology companies started out to solve an immediate problem only to see their work grow into something with broader, sometimes global, consequence."
"Project historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University, Berlin spoke about her book in a fireside chat at the Computer History Museum (CHM) with the Exponential Center’s Marguerite Gong Hancock on December 13, 2017."
Leslie Berlin says, "One of the reasons I love studying the history of Silicon Valley is that it's like someone took the history of the United States and pressed fast-forward," she said. "When you are at the end of the 1950s you are still dealing largely with [an] agricultural economy out here."
"Heroic lone-wolf entrepreneurs may be the preferred heroes of narratives spun by the media, but history has shown us that teams—and the networks that come from them—are the true engines behind innovation in Silicon Valley and far beyond. No one understood this better than Bob Taylor."
"History, Jobs understood, gave him a chance to see — and see through — the conjurer’s tricks before they happened to him, so he would know how to handle them."