Silicon Valley is certainly on top of its game right now, but how did it get there? Leslie Berlin, Author of "Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age," joins Cheddar to discuss how tech companies in the 70s and 80s shaped the way we look at them now. She says when Silicon Valley was up-and-coming it was "the golden child of the Golden State," but now, with sexism dominating the headlines, some people are embarrassed to be working there. When it comes to how women were treated at tech companies decades ago, she says people thought they were "booth girls," people who should be serving coffee rather than coding programs. She says sexism and harassment were accepted parts of the equation. Many people think that Silicon Valley may burst eventually, but Berlin thinks differently. She says they have weathered many storms: in the 1970s, the energy crisis was going to kill the Valley, in the 1980s, it was competition from Japanese manufacturers, and then the dot-com crash. She also talks about the relationship between Silicon Valley and the U.S. government. She says state and federal legislation have had huge impacts on the region, though they are rarely discussed. Government is an important factor within the ecosytem of technology, whether people like it or not.