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  • Meet Richard Moran

    President of Menlo College and Joint Venture board member

    Richard sitting on front stepsMarch 26, 2015 - Richard Moran was just a 20-year-old sophomore at Rutgers College when he decided what he wanted to be: a college president.

    “I went out and bought a book on it,” he says as he walks over to a nearby bookshelf and pulls out his now 40-year-old copy of “The Education of a College President – A Memoir,” by former MIT president James R. Killian, Jr. “See, I still have it. I think I paid ten cents for it. I loved everything about college. I kept going until I got a Ph.D. so I wouldn’t have to leave.”

    It only took him 43 years to land his dream job last September, but there were vital stops along the way as a CEO, venture capitalist, board chair and consultant.

    Read Richard's profile.

  • Joint Venture board elects Sam Liccardo co-chair

    Board also adds three new members

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    March 20, 2015 - The Joint Venture board of directors today elected San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo as its new co-chair and added three new members at its quarterly meeting in Santa Clara. Mayor Liccardo, who joined the board last November, succeeds former San Jose mayor Chuck Reed, who served six years as the public sector representative in the co-chair role. The private sector co-chair is Steven Bochner, CEO of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

    At the same meeting, the board elected three new members: Nuria Fernandez, general manager and CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority; Todd Harris, EVP, CFO and CAO of Tech CU (Technology Credit Union); and Davis White, public policy and government relations manager at Google.

    Read the news release.

  • Silicon Valley Index

    All the data, all the charts, all the time

    indicators home page Did you know you can get comprehensive information and data about the economic and community health of Silicon Valley any time by visiting the online home of the Silicon Valley Index at

    The site is maintained and constantly updated by the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies and is a robust collection of charts and information with links to local, regional and national data sources, and resources for additional information within each of the indicator categories: People, Economy, Society, Place and Governance.

    Download the 2015 Silicon Valley Index.

  • New study on clean energy in China and U.S.

    Report issued by Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

    coverMarch 5, 2014 – The success of clean energy adoption in regions of China and the U.S. and how it can be applied elsewhere is examined in a new study released today by the Silicon Valley Institute of Regional Studies.

    Optony Inc. commissioned the report, “Driving Clean Energy Adoption: Regional Approaches and Success Factors in the U.S. and China,” as part of a U.S. Department of Energy-funded project, Sustainable Energy for Business Districts, or SEBIZ.

    Read the news release.

    Download the study. 

  • Wireless Roundtable and Social

    Fourth annual event is March 31

    blue, yellow, and white bannerMarch 16, 2015 - Joint Venture's Wireless Communications Initiative will hold its 4th Annual Wireless and Broadband Roundtable and Social on March 31 at the Cupertino Community Hall, from 1 to 3 p.m. Representatives from local governments and equipment manufacturers will display examples of how wireless infrastructure in the public rights-of-way may be better concealed with reduced visual impact.

    There will also be an update on the new Federal Communications Commission Report & Order regarding collocation, which goes into effect April 8. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 31, Joint Venture and Calwa invite everyone to J. Lohr Winery in San Jose for a social get-together and short discussion of the new federal laws. The roundtable is free; admission to the social is $20.

    Register for the roundtable. | Register for the social.

  • This Month on "Inside Silicon Valley"

    Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at noon on 1590 KLIV:

    Inside Silicon Valley logoMarch 1, 2015 - Applying technology to address humanity’s grand challenges, the search for extraterrestrial life and how the “we economy” is changing global economic trends are the topics this month on Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program, “Inside Silicon Valley.”

    Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, which airs every Friday at 7 p.m. and again Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.

    Scheduled guests this month:

    March 6 & 8: Rob Nail, associate founder and CEO, Singularity University
    March 13 & 15: John Tortora, COO, Sharks Sports and Entertainment
    March 20 & 22: Seth Shostak, senior astronomer and director, Institute for SETI Research
    March 27 & 29: Michael Blitz, managing director, Accenture Technology Vision 

    Learn more about the program. | Listen on iTunes.

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2015 State of the Valley

2015 State of the Valley recap video by PRx Digital.

More than 1,200 people packed the 2015 State of the Valley conference on Feb. 4 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, where they heard keynote remarks from Stanford University President John Hennessy, Time assistant managing editor Rana Foroohar, author and political theorist Benjamin Barber, and Technology Partners general partner Ira Ehrenpreis, as well as a panel discussion with Sam de Brouwer, Veronica Juarez, Jitendra Kavathekar, Matt Mahan (moderator), Jeff Modisett, and Ben Nelson. The day began with an update on the region’s economy and also featured the Packard Award presentation to Chris DiGiorgio and Chuck Reed, an exhibitors hall, and entertainment by local youth groups.

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Silicon Valley Index - 2015

2015 Silicon Valley Index yellow cover The 2015 Silicon Valley Index reveals Silicon Valley’s economy is thriving from San Jose to San Francisco, surging to levels that are overwhelming the Bay Area’s capacity to handle it.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Index online at

Driving Clean Energy Adoption: Regional Approaches and Success Factors in the U.S. and China

Driving Clean Energy Adoption green cover As of the end of 2013, China and the United States were the two top countries in terms of total installed renewable power capacity, as well as investments in renewable energy. Driving Clean Energy Adoption examines five leading clean energy regions in the United States and China based on primary and secondary research, including numerous interviews of key stakeholders.

Included in the report are information and findings that are broadly applicable to other regions working to further clean energy adoption. The drivers, benefits and considerations for regional success in promoting clean energy adoption are outlined, case studies are presented, and resulting key challenges and success factors are extracted and provided. The findings suggest a handful of the most important factors for regional clean energy adoption relating to policy frameworks, utility involvement, collaboration, local leadership and innovation.

Sunnyvale Community Solar Array Development Feasibility Study

Sunnyvale Community Solar Array Development Feasibility Study cover This report studies the feasibility and assesses the options for municipalities like Sunnyvale who want to provide residential and commercial subscribers with renewable energy. It follows on the heels of legislation signed into law in September 2013 (Senate Bill 43) which offers new regulatory mechanisms for deploying shared renewables proj­ects in California communities. It also launched the Green Tariff Shared Renewables program (GTSR).

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March 23, 2015 - (People's World) - State of Silicon Valley 2015: A Tale of Two Americas: "Also released this year was the 2015 Index from Joint Venture Silicon Valley, distributed at the yearly State of Silicon Valley conference in February." More

March 20, 2015 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Sky-High Housing Prices Force Silicon Valley CEOs Across Industries to Adapt: "Last year, the region’s economy added 58,000 new workers, according to the 2015 Silicon Valley Index, published by Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

March 19, 2015 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) -  Good News: Job gains Surge in Santa Clara County; Bad News? Housing and Traffic: "The median income for skilled tech workers tops $118,700, while low-skill workers' wages hover around $27,000, according to a recent report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

March 18, 2015 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - San Mateo County Rent Stabilization Held up After Board Decision: "The median income for low-skill workers in Silicon Valley hovers around $27,000, according to a recent report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

March 13, 2015 - (Deal Street Asia) - Snapshot of ASEAN M&A Trends: Early Indicator of Business Confidence: "Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, commented: 'I don’t see any kind of bubble. This is not 2000.'" More.

March 12, 2015 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Google Gives Bus Driver a Raise, but is it Enough?: "The median income for skilled tech workers tops $118,700, while low-skill workers' wages hover around $27,000, according to a recent report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More.

March 11, 2015 - (FinFacts Ireland) - Silicon Valley Loses Its Silicon: "'The growth is uneven,' Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, writes in the report." More.

March 9, 2015 - (Al Jazeera America) - A Rising Silicon Valley Doesn't Lift All Boats: “'It’s as if the economy has lost its spine,' says Russell Hancock, chief executive of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

March 6, 2015 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Bay Area Housing Lags Booming Economy: "The Bay Area economy 'may be about as hot as it's ever been,' said Russell Hancock, executive director of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, who moderated a later session. ' And the amazing thing is, it may be about to get hotter.'" More

March 4, 2015 - (PC Magazine) - Apple Security Guards Promoted to Full-Time Staff: "According to The Wall Street Journal, which cited a report by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the median annual income for local high-skilled workers is about $119,000." More.