Growing up on the Peninsula, I can still remember a time—albeit just barely—when “Silicon Valley” wasn’t a part of the local vernacular. In elementary school, my class took field trips to Marine World/Africa U.S.A.—back when it was located in Redwood City, on land that Oracle now occupies. To my teenage mind, once I got my driver’s license, Sand Hill Road was just the street that led to the mall—not the epicenter for venture capital.
Over the past few decades, Silicon Valley has helped redefine the Bay Area. Practically anywhere you travel in the world, people recognize the moniker, and it has become synonymous with innovation. At the core of innovation is the notion of creating something—whether it’s an app, a high-tech gadget or an analog object that’s a bit more old-school. Like, for instance, the magazine that you’re holding in your hands, which is my own contribution to our local makers’ culture.
For Tristan Walker, who graces our inaugural cover, the startup spirit has manifested itself in a razor. In 2013, he launched Walker & Company with that single product. It was designed for people of color, and marked the beginning of his passionate effort to fill a void in the health and beauty industry. Of course, he has a grander vision for his brand than simply hawking razors, and you can read more about it in “Grooming the Future.”
Sharing Tristan’s story, as well as those of the other enterprising Valley-ites featured in this issue, has been my driving mission over the past few months. While Silicon Valley is obviously a professional undertaking for me, it is also a very personal one. When I was approached by Modern Luxury to helm the magazine, I jumped at the opportunity. As a longtime resident of the Valley—and I consider my current home in Portola Valley my “forever house”—I’m excited to play a role in not only imparting narratives of the people and places that make this area special, but also exploring ideas and innovations that are leading to more creation and more change.
In addition to entrepreneurs who are shaping and improving how we live, Silicon Valley will cover the latest openings and events, cool tech products, philanthropic endeavors, fashion news, interior design, travel, recreational pursuits, the dining scene and more. If you have ideas or suggestions, please send them my way. It’s my hope that this issue, and those to follow, will not only inspire and inform, but reflect the dynamic nature of Silicon Valley.
Originally published in the March issue of Silicon Valley