Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
I live in Silicon Valley, near San Jose. (Yes, we know the way. Daddy always makes me say that. I don’t know why.)
There are a lot of Asians in Silicon Valley.
Indians might be the largest group. Chinese are the second largest. There are a lot of Chinese Americans. I am one of them.
Naturally I am interested in Silicon Valley. So, from time to time I will tell you some things I know or have learned from my daddy. He gets invited to go on cruise ships to speak about these things.
Here’s a quiz for you.
Which of these 11 inventions happened in Silicon Valley?
- Integrated circuit
- Social Networks
- Search Engine
The answer is …
none of them.
Where were these 11 inventions created?
- Transistor – France
- Integrated circuit – Germany/Britain
- PC – Germany
- Internet – UK
- WWW – France
- Browser – France
- Biotech – Who knows?
- Greentech – Who knows?
- Social Networks – 1800s
- Smartphone – Sweden
- Search Engine – Montreal
There probably are things that were invented in Silicon Valley – Twitter, Pinterest – but generally people bring their good ideas to the Valley and that’s where they take off.
It’s called catching a cold. (Ed. going viral).
Silicon Valley is a great place to grow up … and not just for Chinese-Americans.