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  • Silicon Valley and the PeninsulaPro 2014
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    5 Jun 13, 2014

    When the uninitiated thinks of Silicon Valley, they usually assume futuristic buildings and state-of-art infrastructure. On the contrary, you'll find a low-key family-oriented suburb (filled with mid-century Eichler houses) surrounded by some of the best hiking and biking trails.

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    5 May 20, 2014

    Does the Business Tribe get your adrenalin pumping, in search of the next great deal? Head to Silicon Valley over Memorial Day, hobnob with the latest startups in Menlo, and hit up fun events like the San Jose Taco Fest and a Memorial Day yacht party and wine tasting.

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  • Silicon Valley and the PeninsulaPro 2014
    Richard
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    5 Mar 20, 2014

    If you like tech, then you must drive around in the Silicon Valley. You will see many iconic tech giant HQ like Google, Apple, Yahoo, and numerous other. Some of those can bee see in the freeway.

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  • Silicon Valley and the PeninsulaPro 2014
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    3 Dec 11, 2013

    Haven't actually made it down here yet but one day soon I hope to come and visit the Gogobot offices! :)

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  • Silicon Valley and the PeninsulaPro 2014
    John Abdou
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    4 Dec 09, 2013

    I'm a socal guy at heart, but if I wouldn't mind living in this area.... especially if I could afford it! Palo Alto particularly stands out to me as a great place to live and raise kids in the shadow of Stanford University.

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    Janson Wigo
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    5 Nov 12, 2013

    Went to Stanford and it was the best 4 years of my life! Overall great place to live, the weather is incredible and the restaurants surrounding the campus are great as well.

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  • Silicon Valley and the PeninsulaAmbassadorPro 2014
    Stanley Chan
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    5 Nov 01, 2013

    The Bay Area is the home to Silicon Valley, and one of the most beautiful regions in America. Great weather and so many things to do here! And the food... so many options, with the local diversity making the Valley such a wonderful place to live.

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  • Silicon Valley and the PeninsulaPro 2014
    Sara Benson
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    4 Oct 19, 2013

    What I love the most about Silicon Valley is how many great international and ethnic restaurants are hiding in the strip malls off the major highways. Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Malaysian, Filipino, Pakistani - whatever flavors you're craving, you can probably find them here if you're willing to do a little research first.

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  • Silicon Valley and the PeninsulaCommunity ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
    Keane
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    3 Sep 28, 2013

    I've known people who dreamt of visiting Silicon Valley, early adopter tech-heads who wanted to make the pilgrimage to the digital heartland of the world. Silicon Valley definitely has a lot to offer: amazing restaurants, lots of greenery, mansions, great schools and lots of parking.

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  • Silicon Valley and the Peninsula
    Rosemary Joy
    4 May 23, 2013

    Great place to live! The weather can't be beat and lots of places to see within a short drive. Airports and freeways are close by and easy to get to.

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    Traci
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    5 Apr 04, 2013

    The home of technology, startups and everything that goes with it. It's not the most happening place in terms of nightlife (you'll have to venture out to San Francisco for that), but there are some great restaurants and lots of impressive people to be found everywhere!

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  • Silicon Valley and the PeninsulaAmbassadorPro 2014
    Sandra Waring
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    4 Feb 19, 2013

    It's where I grew up, and technology startups are abundant. As for visiting, I admit I gravitate towards my old haunts, but am always game to search for the latest and greatest. Asian food is great here and I always end up shopping.

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  • Silicon Valley and the Peninsula
    Mike Pistilli
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    5 Dec 28, 2012

    Tons of fun, never a dull moment. Always something fun and exciting to go do. After living here for a few months, I am still finding new things that peak my interests.

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  • Silicon Valley and the PeninsulaPro 2014
    Albert Qian
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    5 Nov 04, 2012

    Bay Area resident for over 25 years. The weather here is amazing and the older you get the more there is to do, whether food, drink, museums or a corporate experience. It's time to leave at some point, but I will be back for sure.

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  • Silicon Valley and the PeninsulaPro 2014
    Joseph Coureur
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    2 Oct 06, 2012

    I only come to Silicon Valley if I absolutely must come for business. It seems like a cultural and intellectual wasteland to me.

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  • Silicon Valley and the Peninsula
    Basha Leah
    4 Aug 26, 2012

    Beautiful campus. You need a bike if you're taking classes here. It's huge. Only a small percentage of those applying will get in. But it's a great school.

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    Ludovic
    4 Aug 20, 2012

    My current company is based in Mountain View, so I tend to visit the valley quite a few times a year. I like it because it's never really cold. I love being able to walk in Mountain View and do everything I need to do.

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  • Silicon Valley and the PeninsulaPro 2014
    Wanugee
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    50 Years ago the Silicon Valley was mostly agricultural, with much of the valley dotted with orchards. With the invention and boom of the semiconductor spawning companies like Intel, AMD, National, Cypress and a slew of others, the valley began its ascent as a technology center. This later spawned the Semicon equipment industry, with companies like Watkins-Johnson and Lam Research. After Semis came computers, with Hewlett-Packard, Slicon Graphics, Sun Micro, and Apple. IN the early stages, this brough on contract manufacturers that would lead to huge assemblers, like Sanmina, Flextronics, etc.

    Then came the software companies like Netscape, Oracle, and so many others. Then Search engines, with Yahoo, Google, etc. Now it is the Social Networking, with Facebook and it's relatives.

    Silicon Valley has reinvented itself through the decades, time and time again, and consequently goes through peaks and valleys. There has been a large influx of talented, bright, highly educated workers coming from local universities like Stanford, Berkeley, San Jose State, and Santa Clara, but even more from countries like India, Korea, China, Japan, Israel, and Europe.

    But as a backdrop to all this dynamic change, there is the land. And teh Peninsula and Silicon Valley are beautiful areas, with rolling hills, unlimited views of the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean, perfect weather year round in a temperate climate, wineries and grapes growing in sunny foothills,
    and rich soil for now artisanal and sustanaible farming.

    The growth and diversity of the area, and the high average incomes makes this area one of the best places to live culturally, gastronomically, and to raise a family, if you can afford it. It is very expensive, and the average price for a home here is perhaps 3 - 6 times more than the US national average, depending on the city.

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  • Silicon Valley and the Peninsula
    Drac Wigo
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Silicon Valley and Stanford is on a different level. Everyone seems to be highly driven. Stanford is the prettiest campus in the world. If you are into sandwiches, you must try the village cheesehouse

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  • Silicon Valley and the Peninsula
    Liz B
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    No matter where I roam, the Peninsula is always home. The weather's usually sunny (Santa Clara itself boasts 300 sunny days per year) and with plenty of local spots for noshing, I am happy. Places of note/off the beaten track: Redwood City's Martin's West, Menlo Park's Iberia, and Santa Clara's SCU.

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Smart start-ups and super-companies like Google grow alongside world-class academic institutions like Stanford University in the Southern San Francisco Bay. Encompassing the Santa Clara Valley to the lower East Bay, and including the city of San Jose, Silicon Valley is synonymous with the world's leading technology corporations. Originally dubbed for a concentration of silicon chip manufacturers, ... read more
the region continues to be a global leader in high-tech innovation, currently accounting for 1/3 of all venture capital investment in the U.S. Largely lacking San Francisco's notorious fog and urban density, Silicon Valley and the Peninsula enjoy a year-round pleasant climate and one of the highest standards of living in the country. Not just a think tank, the region is endowed with dramatic Pacific coastline and laced with unspoilt parks and greenways. Enjoy primeval redwood forests, pristine fault-line lakes and unparalleled access to culture and the arts in this distinctively Californian piece of the world.

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