By Michael S. Malone — MIT Technology Review
The view from Mike Steep’s office on Palo Alto’s Coyote Hill is one of the greatest in Silicon Valley.
Beyond the black and rosewood office furniture, the two large computer monitors, and three Indonesian artifacts to ward off evil spirits, Steep looks out onto a panorama stretching from Redwood City to Santa Clara. This is the historic Silicon Valley, the birthplace of Hewlett-Packard and Fairchild Semiconductor, Intel and Atari, Netscape and Google. This is the home of innovations that have shaped the modern world. So is Steep’s employer: Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, or PARC, where personal computing and key computer-networking technologies were invented, and where he is senior vice president of global business operations.
And yet Mike Steep is disappointed at what he sees out the windows.