Cloning The Best Of The Valley

Much of what makes it great can be applied to companies of all stripes

The secret to Silicon Valley's success isn't in the silicon. It's not the speedy chips or the whizzy computer games or the intricate data-mining software that can sift complex databases to let us know that beer and diapers are the two items most often purchased together after 6 p.m. It's not even the omnipresent Web addresses that assault us on TV, in magazine ads, and on billboards. Rather, it's a way of doing business. Says venture capitalist L. John Doerr, of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers: "It's a network, as opposed to a hierarchy."

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