How NASA’s Apollo program kicked off Silicon Valley’s tech revolution

In just seven years, America went from lagging the Soviet Union in space technology to planting a flag on the lunar surface, writes Jackie Wattles for CNN Business.

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WASHINGTON - Silicon Valley, its visionaries like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, and the entire tech revolution may not have happened without the Cold War space race. President John F. Kennedy’s iconic 1962 speech, directing the United States to put boots on the moon within the decade, set in motion a leap in innovation. In just seven years, America went from lagging the Soviet Union in space technology to planting a flag on the lunar surface, writes Jackie Wattles for CNN Business. Continue reading original article

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

August 5, 2019-George Mueller, who came to NASA after working at such esteemed places as Bell Labs, brought a "flat organization" structure to the agency, which allowed engineers to relay issues directly to the top brass, cutting out middle management and allowing swift changes in course. It is a management style that's still favored today by many tech giants. Of course, NASA could not have gotten to the moon without technology as well, and the computer revolution that the space program helped foster bloomed into a booming sector that has changed all of our lives.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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