Silicon Valley, is located south of San Francisco, California, and just a couple of miles from the Golden Gate Bridge. It is home to more than 2000 of the world's largest tech companies. This also includes the headquarters of more than 30 businesses in the Fortune 1000, and thousands of innumerable startup companies.
Most of the technological developments in the world are managed from Silicon Valley, many projects are designed there before becoming an essential part of our lives.
Examples are many, there is no doubt that this concentrated hub of enterprise is shifting the world forward.
Here are a few examples:
The Apple Park more commonly known as the Apple Campus is the corporate headquarters of Apple Inc. The goal was to design a building that has no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions. This is a building that is pushing social behavior and the way people work to new limits.
Steve Jobs wanted no seam, gap, or paintbrush stroke visible for a clean fit and finish. All interior wood used for furniture was harvested from a certain species of maple, with Apple working with construction companies from 19 countries for designs and materials. Visitors are able to get a feel of the campus by visiting the Apple Park Visitor Center located just across the Apple Headquarters.
Silicon Valley is synonymous with innovation, and Samsung has had a campus here since 2015. The San Jose campus is home to SSIC’s automotive, digital health, data center, and lots of innovation projects. The building is LED Platinum Certified and features a large solar farm, unique design, and lots of open and green spaces. The headquarters has 34 electrical car charging points that have been installed to persuade staff to start using electrical vehicles and help commuters.
The Googleplex is the corporate headquarters complex of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc and is also based in Silicon Valley. Google is one company that believes in preserving the environment, and preserve it does.
In its office premises, as you enter the campus, you will find dozens of bikes parked for the convenience of the employees. Another unexpected part of the campus is a designated place for growing organic fruits and vegetables - called Google Garden. Part of Google's participation in 'The Growing Connection' campaign, this initiative enables Google to invite food producers from around the globe to come and improve the methods and quality of growing various plants and vegetables in the campus.
Countries across the world have sought to emulate the success of Silicon Valley. But this is the original and will continue to dominate tech for years to come.