where silicon valley got its name

Silicon Valley

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Silicon Valley is a well-recognized term to describe the part of the San Francisco bay area where ideas are made into reality. But how did it get its name?

According to the New York Times Silicon Valley was once known as “valley of the heart's delight” because of its open land and fruit orchards. But soon those orchards were replaced by three of the world's biggest tech companies; Apple, Facebook and Google's parent company, Alphabet and by the second half of the 20th century it became known as Silicon Valley.

According to the Times there remains a lot of debate over who exactly came up with the name but most people agree it was made popular in 1971 when journalist Don Hoefler used it as the title of a column.  read more »