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10 Conversations That Changed Our World

16 January 2013 1:53 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

This story originally appeared on Fast Company.

1. The Birth Of Silicon Valley

Most of the modern technology that we hold dear today--from laptops to ATMs to iPhones--probably wouldn't exist if in 1957 a group of eight young geniuses hadn't banded together and left their brilliant but maniacal boss, William Shockley, to form the first venture-backed startup. Dubbed the "Traitorous Eight" by Shockley, the colleagues, who included future Intel cofounders Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce, would go on to build the first practical integrated circuit and the first wave of Valley companies. One of the eight, Jay Last, now 83, recalls how it happened.

Shockley was a brilliant scientist but a terrible manager. He'd won the Nobel Prize for inventing the transistor and started trying to make an impossible device that didn't work. So he took it out on us. We complained to Arnold Beckman, who funded Shockley Labs. At first he sided with us, »

- Fast Company

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