A 1400 mile long corridor of innovation . . .the emerging Silicon Coast
The Disney acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios is interesting from a regional point of view. It strengthens growing ties between Santa Clara and Santa Monica tech/media cultures.
Terry Semel came up from So. Cal where he was co-chief of Warner Bros. to run Yahoo. Now Steve Jobs will help run Disney. The two cultures might seem different but they work well together.
The Disney-Pixar deal also highlights the emerging West Coast corridor of tech/media innovation that is forming. From Vancouver, to Seattle, to Portland to San Francisco Bay Area, to Santa Monica, and San Diego--we have a string of formidable tech/media centers that continue to grow, maybe one day forming a near continuous ribbon of innovation along 1400 miles of coast.
This is a formidable regional corridor of companies and individuals that will help determine the look and the feel of the next ten years and beyond, imho.
More on my ZDNet blog about Disney and Pixar.