All Turtles Podcast Bonus Episode 6: Pirates of Silicon Valley

The rumors about Steve Jobs taking acid before dying, Mark Zuckerberg’s first business card, and why Silicon Valley is where it is are just some the tales unearthed by Adam Fisher’s Valley of Genius. Fisher joins host Blaise Zerega to discuss the culture of Silicon Valley and Steve Jobs’ outsized influence upon it, as well as to offer some predictions about its future. From semiconductors to Atari to the PC, their conversation connects the dots to AI, AR, and beyond.

Show notes

Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley (As Told by the Hackers, Founders, and Freaks Who Made it Boom by Adam Fisher

This is a photo of Adam Fisher and Blaise Zerega in the podcast studio.

Blaise Zerega (left) and Adam Fisher at the Donatello Studio on July 26, 2018. (Image credit: Philip Dudchuk)

Vanity Fair excerpt: “Google was not a normal place”: Brin, Page, and Mayer on the accidental birth of the company that changed everything

Wired excerpt: Sex, beer, and coding: inside Facebook’s wild early years

Smithsonian excerpt: What Will Be the Next Big Thing to Come Out of Silicon Valley?

Reception and reviews (2:07)

New York Magazine

New York Times

Kirkus Reviews

The National Book Review

Culture and geography (8:07)

William Shockley (Wikipedia)

Nolan Bushnell (WIkipedia)

Steve Jobs (Wikipedia)

The importance of Atari to Apple (12:22)

Steve Jobs spirituality, death, and memorial service (15:55)

Neem Karoli Baba

Ram Dass

Did Steve Jobs take LSD before dying? (17:04)

Steve Jobs Memorial Held (The Wall Street Journal)

Steve Jobs’ official cause of death released (The Telegraph)

Future of Silicon Valley (19:45)

Kevin Kelly

The Big Bang Theory

HBO’s Silicon Valley

How Green Was My Valley (Wikipedia)

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