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The 2014 STATE OF THE VALLEY Conference

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, 8 A.M.- 2 P.M.

Santa Clara Convention Center


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A full agenda of keynotes, panels, economic updates and dialogue awaits some 1500 of Silicon Valley’s top business, government and community leaders expected for Joint Venture’s annual State of the Valley conference on Friday, February 7 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

The general theme of this year’s event focuses on our region’s hot economy from San Jose to San Francisco and explores the “perils of prosperity” and the widening gap of the middle class from Market St. to Market St.

The day starts off as always with a thorough briefing on the 2014 Silicon Valley Index, the comprehensive study that’s been telling the story of our region’s economic health and quality of life since 1995. The Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, a new arm of Joint Venture, produced the Index this year for the first time.

Khan Academy founder Sal Khan, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and demographer Manuel Pastor will deliver this year’s keynotes. See more details about their topics below.

Interactive panels and “TED”-style talks will focus on the future of venture capital, innovation and social issues, and we’ll present the Packard Award to Sal Khan for his extraordinary contributions to the region.

Come see for yourself why the Mercury News calls State of the Valley the premiere event of its kind, and Silicon Valley's best networking opportunity.


This year’s conference at a glance:


Salman Khan - Education Reimagined

Sal Khan

Silicon Valley educator and entrepreneur Sal Khan, whose eponymous free online academy is now accessed by 10 million users monthly, will discuss the rise of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and how online technology should play a key role in closing the opportunity gap in Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

Read more about Sal Khan.

Gavin Newsom - Unleashing Silicon Valley's Spirit of Innovation on California's Government and Beyond

Gavin Newsom

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who touts Silicon Valley’s style of innovation as the path forward for the state, will discuss how technology is flattening hierarchies, how data is empowering people and how today’s policy makers have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redefine how government serves (and collaborates with) its citizens. Newsom, who brought an aggressive technology agenda to San Francisco as the City’s youngest mayor, is the author of a new book, Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government.

Read more about Lt. Gov. Newsom.

Manuel Pastor - The New Demography, The New Economy and The New California

Manuel Pastor

Dr. Manuel Pastor has broken new ground as a demographer, bringing an innovative blend of quantitative and qualitative methods to argue a new and more inclusive form of growth is possible in America’s metropolitan regions. Offering specific insights for Silicon Valley’s regional leaders, Professor Pastor will discuss the processes, policies and institutional arrangements that foster growth across the Valley’s diverse constituencies.

Read more about Dr. Pastor.

VC panel, “TED”-style talks to spur dialogue

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Two topical sessions will spark the morning discourse at State of the Valley. First, venture capital titans Ray Rothrock and Ann Winblad and Accenture researcher Chris DiGiorgio will explore the historic shift underway in the venture capital industry. Next, short “TED”-style talks by angel investor Chris Kelly, StartX Med founder Divya Nag and ex-convict-turned life coach Michael Santos will focus on Silicon Valley’s social and political problems.

The discussions will be interactive, with moderators taking audience questions, real-time polling, and signs and message boards for texting comments throughout.

Read more about all the panelists.

2014 Packard Award: Salman Khan

Sal Khan

Khan Academy founder Salman Khan is the deserving recipient of the 2014 David Packard Award, Joint Venture’s highest honor for civic entrepreneurship. It goes annually to a person who brings an entrepreneurial, cross-boundary, problem-solving approach to our region’s challenges. The recipients embody the spirit of David Packard, Silicon Valley’s legendary pioneer who set the highest standard for civic engagement. Ann Doerr will make the presentation to Khan.

Previous recipients include Lenny Mendonca, John Sobrato, Aart de Geus, Richard Levy, Paul Locatelli, William Miller, Eric Benhamou and Bruce Chizen.

Read more about the Packard Award.

Book of the Month


by Gavin Newsom with Lisa Dickey

Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government, by Gavin Newsom with Lisa Dickey (Penguin Press HC), is the story of how ordinary citizens can use new digital tools to dissolve political gridlock and transform American democracy. As social networking and smart phones have changed the way we communicate with one another, these technologies are also changing our relationship with government.

Citizenville book cover

Newsom explores the many ways technology can transform government and empower citizens: Opening up vast troves of government data, then letting people create apps to use them wisely. Harnessing the popularity of online games to establish a kind of “Angry Birds for Democracy.” Inventing new feedback loops so people can take active part in every facet of governing.

Read more about Citizenville.

January on “Inside Silicon Valley”

Prison reform, social entrepreneurism, homelessness, demographics of Silicon Valley and the role of Silicon Valley innovation in government are the January topics as Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program, “Inside Silicon Valley,” starts its fourth year on 1590 KLIV.

Scheduled guests include ex-convict-turned-life coach Michael Santos (Jan. 3 & 5), Benetech.org founder Jim Fruchterman (Jan. 10 & 12), EHC LifeBuilders CEO Jenny Niklaus (Jan. 17 & 19), Manuel Pastor (Jan. 24 & 26) and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (Jan. 31 & Feb. 2).

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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.

Learn more about the program.

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