Leslie Berlin has been studying the history of innovation in Silicon Valley for nearly two decades. She is Project Historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University and author of The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley, a biography of Robert Noyce, co-inventor of the microchip and co-founder of Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor.
Leslie contributed the monthly “Prototype” column on innovation to the Sunday Business section of the New York Times. She has served on the advisory committee to the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. She received her Ph.D. in History from Stanford and holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale.
Her new book, Troublemakers: The Story of Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age, will be published November 7, 2017 by Simon & Schuster. The book introduces the people and stories behind the birth of the Internet and the microprocessor, as well as Apple, Atari, Genentech, Xerox PARC, ROLM, ASK, and the iconic venture capital firms Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In the space of only seven years and 35 miles, five major industries—personal computing, video games, biotechnology, modern venture capital, and advanced semiconductor logic—were born.