More Than a Place, Silicon Valley Is a Culture
Monisha Perkash and her parents moved to the United States from Nepal.
She never imagined that one day she would be heading a company in California's Silicon Valley. In fact, she once had plans to become a doctor.
Perkash is the chief executive officer of a new business, or start-up company, called Lumo Bodytech. It creates sensors people can wear while running, walking or working. These wearable sensors can judge a person's posture and help prevent back pain or other injuries.
Silicon Valley stretches from San Francisco to San Jose in northern California. The area is home to many technology companies, such as Apple, Google and Facebook.
Yahoo, which recently made news for being sold to Verizon Communications, started at a small office building in Silicon Valley.
Perkash remembers her father once tried to find the area on a map. She says he called her and said "I can't find the Silicon Valley anywhere!"
But Perkash says the Silicon Valley community is not just a location, it is also an attitude and a culture.
People who are interested in creating technology businesses move to the area. Once they are there, they find a culture that helps businesses find success.
People work together to help businesses grow.
Perkash says she and her partners started Lumo Bodytech so they could use technology to help improve people's lives. Their system is called Lumo Life. One of the wearable sensors, called Lumo Lift, will shake when the user is slouching in a chair. Another sensor can be used to give runners feedback and send the information to a software program for mobile phones.
Andrew Chang is one of the start-up company's founders, with Perkash and Charles Wang. Chang says a start-up's small size helps it when making decisions and providing products.
"You can't even compare the speed that you move at, the speed at which you make decisions ... and so on, because there is a lot less bureaucracy."
However, Wang says that fast-paced environment can also create problems. You have to learn quickly and respond to challenges every day.
"I've learned so many different things in the role that I've had here."
Perkash says her business is proving to be a success. But what about her plan to be a doctor?
It seems her parents are happy as long as she's successful.
"I want to make them proud and I want them to know that by giving us this opportunity to pursue anything we want, pursue our dreams, that I'm carrying that on. So in a lot of ways, it's honoring them that I do what I do."
I'm Dan Friedell.
1.Silicon Valley ph.硅谷
What makes Silicon Valley such a unique entity?
It grew from a tiny start-up to a multimillion-dollar corporation.
3.back pain ph.背痛
A massage may relieve your back pain.
4.work together ph.合作；共事
China is the host of The Eleventh Asian Olympic Games.
1.Chang says a start-up's small size helps it when making decisions and providing products.
make decisions ph.做决定
Of course, every manager must make decisions.
Have the guts to make decisions while there's still risk in them.
2."You can't even compare the speed that you move at, the speed at which you make decisions ... and so on, because there is a lot less bureaucracy."
a lot less ph.低得多；少得多
When we were kids, movies cost a lot less.
The actual cost of repairs was a lot less than we had expected.
她从未想过某天能成为加州硅谷某公司的负责人 。其实，她曾经打算成为一名医生 。
佩卡什在一家名为Lumo Bodytech的初创公司担任首席执行官 。公司主要研发人们在跑步、走路或工作时佩戴的传感器 。这些可佩带的传感器能够识别人体姿势，有助于预防背痛或其它部位的疼痛 。
硅谷坐落在加州北部，由旧金山绵延至到圣何塞 。苹果、谷歌和脸书等多家科技公司均在此落户 。
想要创办科技公司的人都会选择硅谷 。一旦踏上这片土地，他们就会发现一种文化，一种能帮助公司取得成功的文化 。
佩卡什称，她与合作伙伴一起创建了Lumo Bodytech公司，他们可以借科技改善人们的生活 。他们的主营的是Lumo Life系列产品 。Lumo Lift（身姿矫正器）是其中的一款可佩带的传感器，当用户瘫坐在椅子上时，它会震动提醒 。另一款传感器会记录跑步者信息并将信息反馈到手机软件上 。
安德鲁·常是一家初创公司的创始人，合伙创始人为佩卡什和查尔斯·王 。常说，新公司规模小，有利于决策制定和产品供应 。
然而王表示，快节奏的环境也会出现一些问题 。你必须实时“充电”来面对每天的挑战 。
“我想让他们因我而骄傲，我想让他们知道，给予我们机会来追求自己想要的，追求自己的梦想，而我也正在追梦的路上 。因此，不管怎么说，我的所作所为都是出于对他们的尊敬 。”