An Illustrated History of Silicon Valley Maps
Once upon a time, Jill Amen, the CEO of Trestria, worked in the marketing
department of Micro Linear, a semiconductor company. Her boss wanted
her to find a source for a combination map and calendar. Unable to
locate a supplier, she decided to do it on her own — and that
was the birth of the Original Silicon Valley Map and Calendar in 1989.
This innovative spirit is seen over and over in the valley. Silicon
Valley isn’t so much a place as it is an idea. More than any
specific landmark or point of geography, Silicon Valley is identified
with the spirit of innovation — a frontier of limitless possibilities
that beckon the bold.
The original calendar began as illustrated art but migrated to computer
graphics by the late ’80s. Striving to present a different view
each year, the calendars have taken on thematic representations of
the technology and entrepreneurial mindset Silicon Valley cultivates.
This valley is the major technological center of the world, creating
one of the most unique business ecosystems on the planet and the greatest
combination of brainpower and wealth the world has ever seen.
We invite you to gaze upon the past editions of the Classic Map, chronicling
those players who’ve made it and those who’ve passed by
the wayside. (Click the images to see larger versions. Each opens
in a new window.)