In Pictures: Silicon Valley's tech culture - 'We just want to be alone'

From a distance, Silicon Valley may look like a center for technical innovation. But it's more than that. Look closer and you'll find a home for social outcasts, radical libertarians and nerdy geniuses who dream of fleeing society entirely and building their own tech-utopias.

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That Pioneering Silicon Valley Spirit Whoa! Let's pull back on the reins, and get back to reality. Where is this isolationist culture coming from? Adventurers throughout our country's history have looked to the lawless and ungoverned west, not only for riches but also a little elbow room. Go as far as you can go, and you'll find yourself in Silicon Valley.

Topographically speaking, the valley, too, is set off by dusty mountains and a foreboding coastline. This insular piece of fertile land has cultivated some of the most unique and successful companies in the world: Intel, Cisco, Oracle, Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter.

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