Stayin' Alive in Technology

Stayin' Alive in Technology

The tech industry is great at talking about the future, especially on podcasts. What we're not so great at is taking the time to understand our past. And that's what this podcast is all about. From the Noyce and Fairchild Semiconductor generation through the founding of social media, the history of Silicon Valley has many lessons for us. And we'll be interviewing the people who lived through these experiences to bring their knowledge to you. You'll get explanations for how we got where we are, which can also suggest where the future might be; along with a few laughs and inside stories from those who lived through it. So pull up a seat and listen to the tales of the past, in which may lie seeds for our future. New Episodes twice a month on Thursdays. ... Show More
February 14, 2019 56 min

Tom Peters, best-selling business author, speaker, and “Red Bull of management thinking,” reaches back to his start in Silicon Valley in the 1970s, reflecting on how the Valley has evolved and what work still needs to be done to bring the focus back to the people. Tom predicts that continued change is coming our way—especially for women—and that any company or industry’s success comes back to what he calls the “soft stuff.”



  • The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last by Tom Peters

  • Liberation Management by Tom Peters
  • In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters
  • Tom’s latest paper, what he calls a “Sorta Manifesto” named Extreme Humanization/ Extreme Employee Engagement
  • Brotopia: Breaking up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang
  • George Valliant Study via The Harvard Gazette: “Harvard study, almost 80 years old, has proved that embracing community helps us live longer, and be happier”
  • Washington Post: "The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students"

    "Don’t Stop Me Now" by Queen


    Stayin' Alive in Tech is an oral history of Silicon Valley and technology. Melinda Byerley, the host, is a 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley and the founder of Timeshare CMO, a digital marketing intelligence firm, based in San Francisco.

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