Silicon Valley's Bermuda Triangle
from someone who spends way too much time thinking about freeways
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The Silicon Bermuda Triangle, or more commonly referred to as "the Bermuda Triangle" by those on the up and up, is the triangle created by the intersection of the highways 237, 85, and 101 in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, California. Instead of just naming another geographic region for it's shape, this area has earned it's foreboding name because of the imposibility and improbability of giving or following directions to one of the many Internet companies located within the mysterious triangle. Some believe the Internet has thrived for so long because so few of Microsoft's spies have been able to find their way in-to or out-of the most important Internet district in not only Silicon Valley, but the world.
Getting into the Triangle
Essentially, all freeways take you away from the Silicon Bermuda Triangle. The best way to get into the Silicon Bermuda Triangle from a freeway, is to take the Ellis Street exit off of north or southbound 101, but you can't get onto the stretch of 101 that contains the Ellis Street exit from either 85 or eastbound 237.
So you're saying, okay, then give better directions. Alas, we come to the next point:
Why no one can give good directions
Most of the people who work in the Triangle do not live in the Triangle, and really do not know the area very well. They know which freeway they take to get in, and which exit off of the freeway they take. But say they take westbound 237 to work--what happens if a geek flies into SFO and is coming on 101? Well, the directions get jumbled and yet another Chevy Cavalier rental car is surrendered to the Triangle.
The Triangle can throw a pretty mean Jedi Mind Trick.
Most of the people who work in the Triangle are engineers. Have you ever tried to follow an engineer's directions? You may as well be reading Chinese assembly instructions for your TeleTubby highchair. On the otherhand if you, the visitor, knows C you may ask for the directions.c but whatever you do, don't accept any file named triangle.lib. It will seriously warp your sense of reality and cause you to pay 500,000$ for a 1000 square foot condo in Mountain View.
Getting around once inside the Triangle
Assuming you actually find your way to the venture-money-lined streets inside the Silicon Bermuda Triangle, did you actually think you could find the company you were looking for? Think again Andreeson.
Interesting things and some companies inside the Triangle
Things that used to be inside the Triangle
People who lived to tell about it
Thanks very much for the note. How people come to my site is a marvel to
me - I won't even guess why you were searching Bermuda Triangle, but that is
one crazy place in Mt. View. I work across the street from Netscape (at
least I will until May 3) and one time after hours we lost a college
interviewee in the area. He finally called me at 6:30 standing at a guard
booth on another HP site. I told him, "there's no way to get from there to
here. Let me come guide you." I had to drive over and have him follow me
Have you been there? Have an interesting story? Drop me a line. I like stories about people getting lost.
Pictures of the Triangle
Other famous triangles