National Geographic : 2019 Feb
HOW SILICON VALLEY WORKS TOP ROW, FROM LEFT New Facebook employee Nicole Voulgaropoulos and her mom, Sheryl Green-Voulgaropoulos, pose in front of Face- book’s thumbs-up sign in Menlo Park as Mel Voulgaropoulos, her father, photographs them. Computer science student and frequent hacker Danny Hyun Cho (left) takes a Ping-Pong break at AT&T’s Entertainment Hackathon last July. An Airstream trailer doubles as a meet- ing room in the open- office environment at Airbnb’s headquarters in San Francisco. BOTTOM ROW, FROM LEFT Australian Tristan Matthias spent a week working and living in the Startup Embassy (now closed), a shared “hacker house” in Palo Alto. Maggie Ford, engineering director of the Stanford Solar Car Project, demos a solar car with her team at a September activities fair at Stanford Univer- sity. In San Francisco, Suzanna Rush, Lydia Lewis, and Jonny Price (left to right) have a staff meeting in a room that also functions as a bedroom for the CEO of the equity crowdfund- ing platform Wefunder. Silicon Valley can fool you: It looks egalitarian, open, and casual, with CEOs in hoodies and venture capitalists in bike shorts. But it’s serious about its ambition.