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Technology and trend forecaster Paul Saffo will deliver one of the keynote addresses at the 2013 State of the Valley conference on February 8.
Saffo has built an international reputation exploring the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. He is managing director of Foresight at Discern Analytics, and teaches at Stanford University, where he is also a Visiting Scholar in the Stanford Media X research network.
Last year Saffo generated a great deal of attention when he argued the Bay Area should carry itself like a city-state, and that subject will be one of the themes under exploration at the conference.
Click here to learn more about Paul Saffo.
Click here to read Saffo’s San Francisco Chronicle op-ed on the Bay Area as a city-state.
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Joint Venture teams up with SurveyMonkey
Joint Venture has entered into a partnership with SurveyMonkey, the world's most popular online survey tool. The company will implement a special poll in connection with the 2013 State of the Valley conference, making it possible to probe informed stakeholders about their views on Silicon Valley’s major issues.
The company has also made Joint Venture a beneficiary of their “Contribute” program, in which survey respondents can designate Joint Venture to receive a per-survey donation from SurveyMonkey. Here’s how it works: when you sign up to be a panel member on Contribute, you will receive surveys from SurveyMonkey customers who need your opinion. For every survey you take, SurveyMonkey will donate 50 cents to Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and you’ll get a chance to win $100 in an instant win game.
Click here to see Joint Venture’s Survey Monkey donation page and sign up for the program.
Click here to learn more about Survey Monkey.
Our NOVEMBER Spotlight
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Daniel Yost and son
Growing up in Washington, D.C. as the son of an environmental lawyer in the Carter Administration, it was years before Daniel Yost realized that his wasn’t a typical urban childhood.
“I eventually figured out that most kids don’t get to roll Easter eggs on the White House lawn,” Yost says with an engaging smile.
Click here to read Daniel’s profile.
Rep. Anna Eshoo to speak at Wireless
Symposium Nov. 2
Silicon Valley Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, the ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, will make keynote remarks at Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Wireless Symposium, “Public Policy in a Wireless World,” at Marvell on November 2.
Anna Eshoo
Eshoo will join other government and industry leaders for the event, including Alan Norman of the Google Access Strategy Team, San Jose City Councilman Pete Constant, Santa Clara County Office of Education CIO Kelly Calhoun, AT&T area manager Shiyama Clunie, Intel’s Manish Tangri and others.
Click here for more information and to register.
“Morning Joe” hosts keynote Greenbuild 2012 Conference
MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are among the keynote speakers at Greenbuild 2012, the preeminent international conference of its kind at Moscone Center in San Francisco this month.
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Joint Venture is a Bioregional Partner for the event, hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council, which is expected to draw more than 20,000 attendees and exhibitors to Moscone Center in San Francisco Nov. 14-16. Other speakers at the conference and expo include Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker.
Click here for more info and registration.
Article of the Month
“Stanford alumni companies equal 10th largest economy on the planet”
San Jose Mercury News
Mercury News reporter Lisa Krieger reported this week on a new study by two Stanford University professors showing if companies founded by Stanford graduates formed an independent nation, it would be the 10th largest economy in the world.
David Packard and Bill Hewlett
The university’s graduates have created an estimated 5.4 million jobs and generate annual revenues of $2.7 trillion, based on responses to the 2011 Alumni Innovation Survey, sponsored by the venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. Professor William F. Miller, a member of Joint Venture’s senior advisory council, co-authored the report.
Click here to read the article.
Click here to download the entire economic impact study.
November on “Inside Silicon Valley”
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November guests on “Inside Silicon Valley,” Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program, include Association of Bay Area Governments executive director Ezra Rapport (Nov. 2 & 4), San Jose State University political science professor emeritus Terry Christensen (Nov. 9 & 11), Dr. Ted Tasch, co-chair of Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative (Nov. 16 & 18), and State Senator Joe Simitian, in an encore presentation from earlier this year (Nov. 23 & 25).
Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, which airs every Friday at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.
Click here to listen to previous programs.
Click here to listen to our podcasts on iTunes.
Joint Venture seeks web developer/designer
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Joint Venture is on the lookout for a new web designer/developer to develop, manage and maintain the design and content of our dynamic online presence, including our main web site, partner portal sites, online publications, event registrations and other duties. All the info is contained on the Careers page of our site under About Us. If you or someone you know fits the bill, it's a great opportunity to work with us.
Click here for the details and how to apply.

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