The Silicon Valley seems like the engine for growth in the US economy. According to the 2014 Silicon Valley Index, this area leads the nation in IPOs, patents registered, venture capital and angel investment, as well as leading the nation in income and high growth/high wage jobs. Many of the newest global technology wins such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all have headquarters here.
With our firm’s focus on leadership, we wanted to know—who runs the Silicon Valley? We profiled the 138 CEOs who lead the largest 136 publicly traded tech companies in the Silicon Valley, all from the list created by the San Jose Mercury News called the Silicon Valley 150. We excluded companies with interim CEOs and healthcare-focused companies involved in pharmaceuticals, so our study focuses on the traditional core of high tech: companies in internet, software, semiconductor, networking, mobility, and computers.
Our study looked into the backgrounds of each of the CEOs in this exclusive group. They are among the most accomplished people of their times, and amongst them they oversee 1.3 million employees and $689 Billion in worldwide sales. So let’s explore….