First, in the 1800s, Silicon Valley was operated by Spanish settlers for its grains and fruits.
Then, it is Frederick Terman, professor in the electrical engineering department of Stanford in the 1930s, who convinced some Stanford students to create their business in the region and not in the east of the country, which was more industrialized.
The wave of investment in defensive technology initiated by the federal government during World War II comforted the large square that took Silicon Valley in the US economy.
Nowadays, the Silicon Valley is a region of about 2 millions inhabitants and 6 000 high-tech companies like Adobe Systems, Apple, Dolby, eBay, Electronic Arts, Facebook, Google, Intel, Yahoo, Asus, Atari, Logitech, McAfee, Microsoft, PayPal, Sony and way more.
Its GPD is the equivalent of the Chili’s GPD.