In the Nineteenth century, there were people in California, who had influence on the choice of the location of the train coming from the east coast, through the Rocky Mountains. They were buying such lands at low price, and reselling them to the government, making very high profit. They were called “the robber barons”. One of them, after the tragic loss of his only child, decided to invest his money into a utopia, more precisely a University that would be totally different from East Coast Universities: women would be allowed, as an example; but also, the entrepreneurship would be encouraged.
His name was Leland Stanford.
(From: Innovation processes revisited by Internet, by Serge Soudoplatoff, Co-founder and President, Almatropie; firstname.lastname@example.org)