When the Internet first began to establish itself as a consumer resource, there were few companies more on the forefront of this technology than was Yahoo, Inc., of Sunnyvale, CA. This search engine company-the name means Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle-would be the dominant resource used by consumers to explore the Internet for many years. Today, it still remains a very powerful company in that regard. The Inktomi Corporation of Sunnyvale is another name synonymous with the Silicon Valley industries that defined the dot-com bubble. This company was eventually acquired by Yahoo after the bubble burst.
Sunnyvale and Yahoo were both major players in the incredible economic growth that characterized the economy at large during the heyday of the dot-com bubble. Silicon Valley industries sprouted up all over the region that looked for new ways to make money off of the burgeoning Internet. This is not at all surprising since the adoption of the Internet far outstripped that of television or any other new technology in the modern age. While the bubble burst, these industries took a massive hit but the resilient business community characteristic of this area kept on innovating and they still do today.
The Silicon Valley, however, is not all Internet-based. The Dionex Corporation of Sunnyvale is representative of this. This corporation is a major player in the field of chromatography. There are numerous defense industries based in this area, as well. The community itself is home to thousands of businesses that provide the economic support for the people who live in the community. Sunnyvale and the Silicon Valley will likely always enjoy some of the boom and bust characteristic of technology but this community has endured for over two centuries and through several industries, including the agriculture with which it was first associated.