Silicon Valley's Golden Triangle: Apple, Google, Palm Mobile Platforms
Apple, Google, Palm, Microsoft, RIM, Nokia and Symbian are among today's leading mobile platforms. Some are being developed within Silicon Valley's Mobile Golden Triangle, while others call the mobile communities of Redmond, Helsinki and Waterloo home. While geographic proximity doesn't matter much for individual applications built on different mobile platforms, Knowledge Center mobile and wireless analyst J. Gerry Purdy explains how the mobile industry as a whole benefits from having these large communities of experienced mobile developers in close proximity to one another.It seems amazing to me that three of the leading mobile platforms today are being developed near each other within Silicon Valley. This is an area that is approximately south of Highway 92, north of Highway 17, bounded on the east by the San Francisco Bay and on the west by the foothills-although there's no real boundary. I have nicknamed this interesting proximity of Apple, Google and Palm the "Mobile Golden Triangle" since the shape of the lines connecting the three companies on a map is triangular. In other words, if you connect the locations of these companies, they look like the three points of a triangle. Let's map it out. Apple is working on the iPhone platform (operating system, App Store, iTunes) in Cupertino. Set that as point one. Then, go about 10 miles northwest up Highway 85 to the Bayshore Freeway (Highway 101 at the Rengstorff House). There you'll find Google working in Mountain View on the Android platform (Android operating system, Market Place and general mobile applications such as Search and Maps). You'll also find Microsoft working on much of Windows Mobile in their Mountain View campus at Shoreline and Highway 101. Set that as point two.
Next, go southeast about 10 miles to Sunnyvale and you'll find Palm working on the new Pre platform (Web operating system, Synergy and Apps Store). Set that as point three. And, if you go about 10 miles back southwest from Palm, you'll end up back in Cupertino at Apple.