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Stanford's Startup Culture Stronger Than Ever

By San Jose Mercury News

May 11, 2009

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Stanford University's 100-year tradition of entrepreneurialism, which has spawned such tech giants as Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, Google, Sun, and Yahoo!, has been recognized as a catalyst to Silicon Valley's emergence as the globe's pre-eminent tech hub. Even now, with the economy staggering, "The Farm" is sprouting business ideas and talent as never before — largely because it is teaching entrepreneurship as never before.

The university ranked No. 1 in a recent global "Top Ten" of university startup communities by YouNoodle, a firm that analyzes startups. "It's built into the DNA of this place," said professor Thomas H. Lee, who earned his doctorate at MIT and in 1994 founded Stanford's Microwave Integrated Circuits Laboratory.

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