Silicon Valley and the rise of the machines

Discover the origin stories of Uber, Facebook, Netflix and more

Silicon Valley in California is well known as the birthplace of great tech, innovative ideas, social media and start-ups. Some of the largest and most powerful companies in the world such as Apple, Facebook, Uber, Netflix, eBay, PayPal, Hewlett-Packard, Amazon, Adobe, Google, Twitter and Tesla call it home.

Born from it's close proximity to Stanford University and the US Department of Defence, Silicon Valley is located an hour outside of the San Francisco Bay area. It draws the best and brightest coders, engineers, venture capitalists, software creators and more.

But is everything as it seems? It is not all free lunches and ping pong.

  • Discover the dark side of tech with a reading journey through the origin stories of these titans of the tech industry.
  • Find out how a couple of guys and an airbed created Airbnb.
  • Learn how Netflix pivoted from a DVD mailing service to the streaming giant it is today.
  • Follow the rise and fall of UBER.
  • Find out how the PayPal founders went on to create many of the apps, systems, hardware and software you enjoy today.


The Social Network movie trailer

Sunshine Coast Libraries members have loaned Silicon Valley themed titles 3,020 times! Use the eLibrary with your library card or to get the full Silicon Valley experience head to the library catalogue to reserve these tech-related items:

Silicon Scandals

Tech Culture

Valley Darkside

Tech Talk

Silicon Stories | Biographies

Social Network Fiction

Silicon Valley DVD's

  • Silicon Valley TV series – Season 1 or reserve all five seasons:
    In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A comedy partially inspired by Mike Judge's own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s.
  • Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender.
  • The Social Network starring Jesse Eisenberg

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Libraries love these tech eBooks:

Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started download the ePlatform by Wheelers, RBDigital and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password. Need help setting up your device for eBooks? Watch this video tutorial.


Stream these Silicon Valley documentaries with Kanopy:

  • Mark Zuckerberg: the real face behind Facebook: At 27 years old, Mark Zuckerberg was worth about 30 billion dollars. From his childhood in New York to his success in Silicon Valley, dive in his backstory with stories from close friends, investors and biographers.
  • Google: the trouble with success: Discover the story behind the world’s largest multinational tech giant. Go inside the famous Googleplex centre, hear about staff perks and how the organisation used its enormous advertising avenue to fund converging technologies.
  • The Start Up Kids: Documentary about young web entrepreneurs in the US and Europe. See interviews from the founders of Vimeo, Soundcloud, Dropbox and more.

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Listen on the go with these podcasts:

  • The Silicon Valley Insider Show: Discover the latest information on 'what's hot' in the digital world, best practices and big concepts for innovation, disruption and pivoting in Silicon Valley.
  • Tales of Silicon Valley:  podcast on how it became the most important driver of tech and society on the planet, and where the people who run it are planning on going next.
  • WhatUp Silicon Valley: weekly episodes covering all things Silicon Valley with a comedic twist.
  • Sand Hill Road: What makes Silicon Valley the innovation capital of the world? It all starts on Sand Hill Road, considered the mecca of venture capital. Enjoy insightful interviews from the heart of Silicon Valley with the VCs, start-ups, and innovators behind the trending technologies of tomorrow.

Steve Jobs: iGenius

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