Silicon Valley Sightings: Downtown Palo Alto

BarCamp at Social Text, Downtown Palo Alto

(Above: Social Text HQ is a prominanly located in Downtown Palo Alto, here seen hosting BarCamp Block)

Downtown Palo Alto (Google Map) is known for being the Mercedes Driving, Fendi wearing, poodle walking, yogurt eating upper class of old money in the Peninsula. This is changing.

Downtown Palo Alto has a bunch of young hip web startups that are appearing, most notable the ever present Facebook Headquarters. Situated on the same street as Stanford University, it attracts culture, strong minds, and lives the spirit of entrepreneuralism that college attracts. Many of these students stay, move right into startups, and then settle in the area.

While the culture is still not as open and hip as San Francisco, you’ll find great restaurants, wine bars, sidewalk cafes, and high end art stores. The best part of this area is the weather, for most of the months of the year, it’s moderate temperature and abundant sun makes live good. Sadly with great weather, access to upward paying jobs, and high quality of life comes the tax of expensive homes, you won’t find a home under $700,000, and that’s just a shack. Please note, East Palo Alto is a world apart from Downtown Palo Alto.

Notable tech folks in Palo Alto? Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey and Larry (co-founders of Google) and Steve Jobs lives here, and here’s a picture of his house (see car). The birthplace of Silicon Valley is located here, learn about the HP Garage, just a few blocks down from University Ave, the main street.

Learn more about the greater city of Palo Alto (not just downtown) on the dedicated wikipedia page.

Notable web companies

Facebook
SocialText
SoftTech ventures
Ning
Sharpcast
Edgeio
Azareuz
JotSpot (now Google)
Flock
SearchSpark
Intalio
Institute for the Future
Mozez
Firstlook
Collarity
FriendFinder
Amazon’s A9

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(Silicon Valley Sightings is an ongoing PhotoBlog that captures the intersection of Tech Culture in the San Francisco Silicon Valley Bay Area, check out the archives. All photos by Jeremiah Owyang)

  • Mike Hart

    You forgot the most notable company in palo alto PodTech who you work for. I know you’re being modest but it’s ok for me to say it for you.

  • http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/ jeremiah_owyang

    Mike, thanks friend!

    I was just including downtown palo alto companies, PodTech isn’t downtown but closer to 280!

  • http://ning.com Evan

    Hi Jeremiah,

    I know you posted this years ago, but I just wanted to let you know this blog post actually led me to working at Ning, where I’ve been happily employed since 2007.

    I was living in Palo Alto and searching for work, and this post led me to looking into Ning — which I’d never heard of at the time. I’m now working as a product manager for Ning.

    Random or not, I wanted to say thanks :)
    - Evan

  • http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/ jeremiah_owyang

    Mike, thanks friend!

    I was just including downtown palo alto companies, PodTech isn't downtown but closer to 280!