In Search of the Valley is a documentary about Silicon Valley that was released last month, and I highly recommend anyone interested in valley culture get a copy. It tracks three Brits (Steve O’Hear, Fleeta Siegel and Selwyn George) on their visit to Silicon Valley in September 2004, where they visited historical startup sites and interviewed a ton of people (Steve Wozniak, John Warnock, Guy Kawasaki, Craig Newmark, Jef Raskin, Tim O’Reilly, Dan Kottke and many others) about how and why the unique mix of culture, weather and Stanford University came together to create something so special. The fact that these guys are all outsiders gives the documentary a unique perspective. If you liked Triumph of the Nerds, this is for you.
Frankly, I think Marc Canter stole the show, and he certainly doesn’t pull any punches. See the trailer below, and get the DVD here. It’s $18.