Silicon Valley Places According to Paul Graham
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October 2010 Silicon Valley proper is mostly suburban sprawl. At first glance it doesn't seem there's anything to see. It's not the sort of place that has conspicuous monuments. But if you look, there are subtle signs you're in a place that's different from other places. 1.
Interstate 280 ( I-280 ) is a 57-mile (92-km) long north–south Interstate Highway in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California . It connects San Jose and San Francisco , running along just to the west of the cities of San Francisco Peninsula for most of its route. I-280 from its southern terminus at U.S. 101 and Interstate 680 north to Interstate 880 in San Jose is part of the Sinclair Freeway . [ 4 ] From I-880 to State Route 1 in Daly City was built and dedicated as the Junipero Serra Freeway . One of the dedication signs (in Daly City) still indicates that the Junipero Serra Freeway is known as the World's Most Beautiful Freeway [ 5 ] due to its scenic route through the San Francisco Peninsula. From State Route 1 to the James Lick Freeway in San Francisco is officially called the John F Foran Freeway , but is more commonly referred to by its original name, the Southern Freeway .
The Googleplex is the corporate headquarters complex of Google, Inc. , located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View , Santa Clara County , California, United States, near San Jose . "Googleplex" is a portmanteau of Google and complex , and a reference to googolplex , the name given to the large number 10 10 100 , or 10 googol . The Googleplex is one of the company's 23 U.S. and Canadian locations. Google also maintains 23 European locations, 14 Asia/Pacific locations, 5 Middle East locations, and 3 Latin American locations. [ 1 ] [ dated info ] [ edit ] Facilities and history
Mountain View is a city in Santa Clara County , in the San Francisco Bay Area of California . It is named for its views of the Santa Cruz Mountains . [ 3 ] The city shares its borders with the cities of Palo Alto , Los Altos , and Sunnyvale , as well as Moffett Federal Airfield and the San Francisco Bay . As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 74,066. Situated in Silicon Valley , Mountain View is home to many high technology companies. In 1956, Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory , the first company to develop silicon semiconductor devices in what came to be known as Silicon Valley, was established in the city by William Shockley . Today, many of the largest technology companies in the world are headquartered in the city, including Google , Mozilla Foundation , Symantec , and Intuit .
The Sand Hill Road freeway exit. Looking eastbound down Sand Hill towards Stanford. Most of the office complexes cannot be seen from the road. Sand Hill Road is a road in Menlo Park, California , notable for its concentration of venture capital companies. [ 1 ] Its significance as a symbol of private equity in the United States may be compared to that of Wall Street in the stock market . [ citation needed ] Connecting El Camino Real and Interstate 280 , the road provides easy access to Stanford University and Silicon Valley . For several years during the dotcom boom of the late 1990s, commercial real estate on Sand Hill Road was more expensive than almost anywhere else in the world.