Shortly after former Apple CEO Steve Jobs began his second stint at the future tech giant in 1997, he decided to scrap the plans for an Apple corporate museum in California’s Silicon Valley, and instead donate the company archives to Stanford University’s Silicon Valley Archives.
What made Silicon Valley happen? As a historian of the region, I am often asked this question, and I thought I would use this space to begin to answer it.
Though Megan Smith’s current place of residence is in Silicon Valley, the vice president of Google[x] has her roots on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution.
“It’s nice to be home,” she told the crowd at the Monday morning lecture in the Amphitheater. “Traveling with all of you has been an incredible experience.”
Once a participant in the Chautauqua Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Smith was back to jumpstart the second week of morning lectures with the theme of “The Next Greatest Generation.”