Silicon Valley, Planet Startup

Disruptive Innovation, Passionate Entrepreneurship and Hightech Startups

Peter Ester and Arne Maas

Silicon Valley, Planet Startup

Peter Ester and Arne Maas

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

244 pages | 8 color plates, 2 line drawings | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2016
Paper $37.50 ISBN: 9789462982802 Published August 2016 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
For decades now, Silicon Valley has been the home of the future. It’s the birthplace of the world’s most successful high-tech companies—including Apple, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and many more. So what’s the secret? What is it about Silicon Valley that fosters entrepreneurship and innovation?

With Silicon Valley: Planet Startup, Peter Ester and Arne Maas argue that the answer lies in Silicon Valley’s culture—a corporate culture that values risk-taking, creativity, invention, and sharing. Through extensive interviews with Dutch entrepreneurs working in the area, Ester and Maas show that Silicon Valley is above all a mindset: a belief in thinking, with passion and ambition, far beyond the here and now. Scholars and business and budding entrepreneurs alike are sure to find both inspiration and illumination in the stories and analysis Ester and Maas have assembled here.
Review Quotes
Journal of Economic Literature
"This book analyzes the unique innovation and startup environment of Silicon Valley for a European
audience, focusing on Dutch startups and the economic trade relations between the United
States and the Netherlands."
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