Paul Wesling (GTE/Lenkurt), Norm Pond (Varian) and Ted Hoff (Intel) explain the transition from tubes to semiconductors and describe the resulting transformation of the Valley of the Hearts Delight into Silicon Valley. Starting in the early 1900s, this fascinating talk shows how modern concepts, like hackathons and sharing, were a factor in the development of homegrown technology […]
Paul Wesling provides an overview of the early days of Silicon Valley and the defining events and the elements that led to growth of the electronics industry.
Paul Wesling provides insight on some of the early Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who spawned a new generator of entrepreneurs.
Paul Wesling discusses tubes in the decade of the 1920s.
Paul Wesling talks about how some of the early Silicon Valley entrepreneurs financed their ventures during the depths of the great depression.
Norm Pond talks about what brought him to the precursor to Silicon Valley and how he became a “tube guy”.
Norm Pond talks about the Valley of the Heart’s Delight during the Depression and World War II and some of the significant developments during that timeframe, including the development of the Klystron.
Norm Pond provides a brief history of Varian. Varian was one of the early Silicon Valley companies from the Depression-Era that set the tone and culture and baseline technology for how Silicon Valley developed. As a former president of Varian, Norm Pond brings a unique perspective to this topic.
Norm Pond talks about the development of the linear accelerator at Stanford its later commercialization in multiple domains, including for life-saving applications in the medical field.
Norm Pond talks about the advantages that the Valley of the Heart’s Delight had over other regions and how this laid the foundation for the growth of the electronic’s industry.