Episode#20 – Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley

by Christoph Keese


The book in one sentence

How the Silicon Valley become the world-wide leader of innovation and what we can learn from it.


My personal opinion

The book is written in a very entertaining style. It really feels like time flies. The ongoing switch between Christoph Keese’s personal experience during his time in the US and the explanation of principles and concepts, the theory behind the success of the Silicon Valley, makes the book easy to read and you will learn a lot.

Christoph Keese did a lot of research, mentioning the relevant books, talking to the relevant persons, in order to understand the Silicon Valley at its core. Each chapter gives you some overview over a specific topic, recommending other books if you want to dig deeper.

All in all, I really liked the book. I guess I listened to the audio version two times and read the book twice, too.


To whom I would recommend this book

“Silicon Valley” is a great starting point to understand the current age of digitisation. It will give you insights how digital products are build, how modern companies work, their corporate culture, their speed, which principles and frameworks they leverage, how they deal with risk and failures and how politics can support. You will get an impression what impact this industry, the technology, has on our economy, our society and us as individuals.

If these are your topics, this bestselling book is a must-read for you!


What I learned from this book

  • A culture of innovation can only exist if you foster the direct and honest exchange between people. Physical closeness is an important factor.
  • Build your own network of smart people.
  • Share your thoughts and information openly with your colleagues.
  • Break out of your office space: do walking meetings to drive your creativity. (I tried this and I love it! At least during spring and summer ;-))
  • Do not let organisational hierarchies impact your communication. Foster the open exchange of ideas and lead by example!
  • Gather feedback from the outside. Involve partners and clients early.
  • Show, don’t tell!
  • You can access knowledge from everywhere. It is important to choose your location based on the network of people you could meet in person.
  • A great product is the reduction of a great idea to its core benefit.
  • You have to separate the important things from the non-important ones.
  • Act fast. In a global world speed and continuous improvement is everything.
  • Learn from your failures.


Want to read this book?

Check it out on Amazon.com – Silicon Valley by Christoph Keese



Thanks to the publisher for printing such a great book!

Penguin Verlag