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Topic 26 of 64: Silicon Hills vs. Silicon Valley

Mon, Dec 29, 1997 (13:50) | Paul Terry Walhus (terry)
Is Austin the next major computer/semiconductor software center?

How does it stack up next to Silicon Valley and Route 128?

3 responses total.

 Topic 26 of 64 [austin]: Silicon Hills vs. Silicon Valley
 Response 1 of 3: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Mon, Dec 29, 1997 (13:50) * 28 lines 

Today's NY Times has a full-page summary of the demographics of Silicon
Valley, which they define as "a 1,500-square mile region that embraces
Santa Clara County and parts of Santa Cruz ... San Mateo and Alameda
counties." They even have a map showing among other things where Dennis
Barnhart rolled his Ferrari the day his Eagle Computer company went
public in 1983. I think some of their claims are wrong, like saying the
Winchester, named after the rifle, was "the first computer hard disk
drive", but it's a fun read. Some figures:

The Valley got 30% of US venture capital in 1997: $2.7B of $9.1 billion.
Most of it went to software companies (40.5%), then communications
(23%), biotech (14%), computers (12%), and semiconductors (6%).

Employment there is up 120,000 in four years, to 1.138 million jobs.

In 1995-1996, 9000 jobs were added in "software" but 22,100 in
"professional services"; possibly shrinks and outcall masseuses for
stressed geeks, who make $62,800 a year compared to the US employee
average of $27,800 but have to shell out $272K for a house compared to
the US average of $123K.

The "average daily hours lost by drivers in freeway delays in Santa
Clara County" was 20,500 in 1996, up from 8,800 in 1994, while the
commercial vacancy rate went down to 5% from 13% in that time.

 Topic 26 of 64 [austin]: Silicon Hills vs. Silicon Valley
 Response 2 of 3: ariana vincent  (ariana) * Thu, Jan  1, 1998 (10:14) * 125 lines 
Happy New Year!

I have recently returned to the Central Texas Area, and I'm networking for a job in the high-tech field. I'd appreciate receiving information about high tech job possibilities in the Austin, San Marcos & Wimberley areas.

My New Year's resolution is to focus on career and find my niche in the Central Texas job market, and your help would be a welcome and valuable addition to that process.

Warm regards, Ariana


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 Topic 26 of 64 [austin]: Silicon Hills vs. Silicon Valley
 Response 3 of 3: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Jul 28, 1999 (09:33) * 15 lines 

It's Official: Silicon Valley Overpriced

A report by consultants A T Kearney for a sort of Silicon Valley Chamber
of Commerce called Joint Venture is available at
It says the very success of Valley firms is fostering growth in seven
other areas: San Francisco, LA, Seattle, Austin (Texas, not Powers), Boston,
New York, and even Washington DC. The Valley itself is said to suffer from
an acute shortage of skilled people (~160,000, a third of the regional
demand) plus a deteriorating quality of life and rapidly rising home prices.
Another determinant sited is that outside of hardware manufacturing, much of the
work can be done just about anywhere with electricity and a phone link.


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