SPECIAL EDITION:
State of the Valley Recap

February 2013

Regional Reform Resonates
at State of the Valley

More than 1200 business, government and community leaders packed Parkside Hall in San Jose on February 8 for Joint Venture's annual State of the Valley conference, where they heard updates on our region's economy and talked seriously about stepping up the region's governance in the wake of impressive growth from San Jose to San Francisco.

The audience listened to provocative remarks from keynote speakers James Fallows, Tim O'Reilly and Paul Saffo, interacted with expert panels on regional issues and tech innovation, and heard an in-depth report on the findings in the 2013 Silicon Valley Index.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

JAMES FALLOWS

JAMES FALLOW

Atlantic Monthly correspondent James Fallows said Silicon Valley stands firm as the leader of innovation and is unlikely to lose that edge in the wake of fast-growing competitors like China and India.

Having written about China’s economic boom for the last thirty years, Fallows said political challenges notably restrict China’s capacity to produce genuine innovation. “What America is to the world, California is to America,” Fallows continued. “What California is to America, Silicon Valley is to California.”

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TIM O’REILLY

tim o'reilly

O’Reilly Media founder and venture capitalist Tim O’Reilly discussed how business leaders and governments could better work together in the online information and big-data age.

“Our entire industry depends on government intervention,” he argued. “The first step is to get rid of this libertarian, Silicon Valley disdain for government. We create bad government by insisting government is bad.”

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PAUL SAFFO

PAUL SAFFO

Futurist Paul Saffo told the gathering that “powerful regions are the new basic unit of governance in the 21st century.” As power devolves from state to local governments, Saffo said the key is to think like a region, not a collection of cities.

In the Bay Area, he suggested a regional mindset would also help to minimize local roadblocks. “I’m embarrassed by how the Bay Area behaved on the high speed rail. We had a lot of NIMBY, or ‘Not In My Backyard,’ and then BANANAS, or ‘Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere.’”

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Panel Discussions

PANEL: By Failing to Plan, Are We Planning to Fail?

By Failing to Plan Are We Planning to Fail? photo

A morning panel on regional decision-making monitored by Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO Emmett Carson, featured State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Egon Terplan of SPUR, and former San Carlos City Manager Mike Garvey.

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PANEL: Technology Trends, Creative Disruption and the Future of Innovation

Three of Forbes' “Top Women in Technology” – Susan Wojcicki of Google, Kim Polese of ClearStreet, and Kara Swisher of All Things D – delighted and intrigued the audience with their views on topics ranging from Facebook “fatigue” to Google glasses to Silicon Valley as, in Swisher’s words, “a hugely rich, dysfunctional high school.”

Women in Tech panel

Moderated by Jon Swartz of USA Today, the group also talked about the shortage of women in technology, problems at IBM and HP, and the rise of tablets over laptops and desktops.

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2013 Silicon Valley Index
and Special Analysis

Joint Venture President Russell Hancock gave a detailed briefing on the findings in the 2013 Silicon Valley Index and Special Analysis. The Index has been telling the story of Silicon Valley’s economy and our community’s health since 1995.

2013 SV Index

This year’s report found that a surge of prosperity and the highest rate of job growth in a decade have propelled Silicon Valley out of the recession. Still, challenges remain that bar many residents from sharing in the region’s newfound success.

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Sponsors & PERFORMERS
performers

Joint Venture extends its heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our generous gold, silvers, bronze, and copper sponsors.

Performers at this year’s State of the Valley included the Buchser Middle School Jazz Band, the Lynbrook High Jazz Choir, Peninsula Youth Theatre, Santa Teresa High School Band, Stanford Kuumba and the Pioneer High Jazz Band.

And a special thanks to all who attended this year’s conference. We hope to see everyone there again in 2014!

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