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If anyone is interested in learning more about the history of the (very early) competition between Boston and the Bay Area, you can search for articles about the "Massachusetts Miracle" and "Route 128." It was a major tech hub, home to companies like Wang Labs, Lotus, DEC (of PDP and VAX fame), and Data General.

"Computer Changes Jolt Route 128" (1989) - https://www.nytimes.com/1989/08/11/business/computer-changes...

"A Tech Corridor's Life Cycle" (1998) - https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/business/1998/03/25/a...

"The Valley of My Dreams: Why Silicon Valley Left Boston's Route 128 In The Dust" (2009) - https://techcrunch.com/2009/10/31/the-valley-of-my-dreams-wh...




From the tech crunch link:

> She noted that Silicon Valley had an amazing dynamism about it. There were extensive professional networks, job hopping was the norm, information was exchanged openly, and the culture encouraged risk taking. The Silicon Valley ecosystem supported entrepreneurial experimentation and collective learning. In other words, Silicon Valley was a very open network—a giant social networking site working in analog before the concept of such a thing even existed.

>This organizational mechanism was in sharp contrast to that of Route 128. Dominated by large, vertically integrated, and secretive minicomputer producers such as DEC, Wang, Prime, and Data General. Technology, skill, and know-how were trapped within the boundaries of the large corporations.

That was from the book Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 in 1994. Wonder what the author would say about SV now.




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