Silicon Valley

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California's Silicon Valley is a mecca for tech and geeks. Precisely, its name means Silicon Valley, one of the elements most used in the manufacture of electronic devices, and it comes from the rapid flourishing of companies dedicated to computers, technology and electricity that took place here around the 80s.

Silicon Valley is located in the San Francisco bay and is currently an innovation center where all start-ups would like to settle and is home to companies such as Google, Apple, HP or Facebook.

On a trip to the United States, techies shouldn't miss out on visiting Silicon Valley. Therefore, below we propose a visit to the key places where some of the most important companies in the world in the technology sector have been born and grown.

University Avenue

University Avenue is located in Palo Alto. Here it is easy to see investors and entrepreneurs negotiating in coffee shops to find the next start-up that will change the world. This avenue is the heart of Silicon Valley and it is home to the Lucky Office, famous for being “the luckiest building in Silicon Valley”, where companies like Google or Paypal took their first steps before becoming multinationals.

Stanford University

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Stanford is one of the most prestigious private American universities in the world. Located 56 kilometers from San Francisco, it is the place where personalities such as Larry Page (Google), Hewlett and Packard (HP) or Bill Gates (Microsoft) shaped their ideas to build these global corporations.

At present you can visit the William Gates building of the Faculty of Informatics, sponsored by Bill Gates and where the first Google server is located.

On the other hand, the place where Dave Packard and his friend Bill Hewlett invested, devised different electrical devices and other experiments was their home garage. Who would tell these young people in 1939 that their electronic components company would achieve worldwide recognition as HP? Although the interior of the original garage cannot be visited, there is a replica at Stanford University that allows us to know what their workspace was like.


Although Google has offices around the world, the Googleplex (composed of the words Google and Complex), is the main headquarters and perhaps the headquarters of the most famous company in the world. However, entry to the building is prohibited unless visiting with someone from the company. 

Computer History Museum

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The Computer History Museum is a tribute to the technology industry. It opened its doors in 1996 and since then, its exhibitions are dedicated to the history of computing and computers, the digital age and the revolution that new technologies have brought to our lives.

In this museum we can contemplate from the first devices and mini computers to the first video game of slot machines and supercomputers. And of course, a tribute to silicon and its use in transistors could not be missing either.

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