Longtime ‘San Jose Mercury News’ Columnist Langberg Signs Off

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By: E&P Staff

In his final column, Monday, Mike Langberg of the San Jose Mercury News capped his 18 years with the paper with a tribute to and prospectus of the future for his beat, Silicon Valley.

“I’ve been privileged to have a front-row seat through several boom-and-bust cycles,? wrote Langberg. ?Through them all, I never lost faith in Silicon Valley as a special place with undiminished prospects.?

Langberg is leaving the Mercury News for a position with The TDA Group, a marketing communications agency based in Los Altos, Calif. The company works for a variety of tech companies, wrote Langberg, creating magazines, annual reports, and other communications materials.

Citing Google?s and Yahoo?s thirst for YouTube, Langberg wrote of the inspiration potential that start-up companies possess and the innovation they can spark.

?It?s a classic Silicon Valley success story, the kind that will inspire another generation of entrepreneurs. Most of them won?t accomplish anything meaningful. But a few will create something spectacular — continuing the process that gave us Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Apple Computer and many more companies that truly changed the world,? he wrote.

While it may have seemed like the dot-com bubble had burst and Silicon Valley was fading away, wrote Langberg, he never lost optimism in its potential. With new investments, rising employment, and an improving stock market, Langberg believes the industry is in the beginnings of a new upswing.

Once an onlooker, now an insider, Langberg wrote that he had long wanted be a part of this upswing that he had written about for years.

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