There is a short road leading into Stanford University from Interstate 280, named Sand Hill Road. It is home to the world’s top venture capital firms, with big names like Andreessen Horowitz, the Blackstone Group, and Sequoia having roots or headquarters there. Almost all the top Silicon Valley startups and companies were beneficiaries of venture capital on Sand Hill Road at some point, even companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook.
Sand Hill Road, and venture capital in general, began to grow in the 90’s, just as when the dot-com boom began. Sand Hill was the go-to place to find funding for your startup, like the Silicon Valley for venture capital. Now, even though it isn’t the only place to find money for a project, it is still one of the best places to go for when you need to fund your startup (though competition may be rough).