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Deborah Perry Piscione is the creator of Alley to the Valley, an organization that networks the world’s most influential women for dealmaking, and BettyConfidential. Since moving to Silicon Valley from Washington DC, she has successfully founded three companies in six years. Piscione has served as a commentator on CNN and NPR, and has appeared as a guest on the Today show, Wolf Blitzer Reports, The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Politically Incorrect, and has been a featured guest on PBS, BET, and NPR programs including The Tavis Smiley Show. Piscione has won numerous awards, including the 2009 Silicon Valley Women Business Owner of the Year, a Gracie Allen Award for her participation in a debate for NPR’s Justice Talking, and a distinguished award from The White House Project. She has been featured in leading women’s magazines such as Ladies’ Home Journal, and in newspapers including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Dallas Morning News. She lives in Silicon Valley, California.
Table of Contents
Introduction: An East Coaster Goes West
Chapter 1: Why You Should Care about Silicon Valley
Chapter 2: Why Silicon Valley Exists
Chapter 3: Ecosystem and Culture
Chapter 4: The University—Stanford
Chapter 5: A Population of Highly Motivated People
Chapter 6: The Cycle of Innovation
Chapter 7: The Unique Profile of the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur
Chapter 8: What Makes Silicon Valley Business Model Different