By recording the many people, inventions, and achievements of Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Historical Association forms a compelling argument that the Northern California–based tech movement is the Renaissance of our time. The association amasses commentary, interviews, and photographs from industry founders and experts to document Silicon Valley’s far-reaching impact on the world at large. Like Gutenberg’s printing press or the birth of the first carrier pigeon, the rise of the home computer has connected billions, marking a sea change in the primary ways people communicate.
The association’s research covers a multitude of subjects, from the invention of the microchip to the basic histories of some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Google, eBay, and Apple. Its documentary, Silicon Valley, condenses 20 years of the association’s work into a five-part series that discusses what makes for a successful company while recalling how many slices of pizza could fit into the earliest disk drives.