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Data Release: Silicon Valley employment picture improves

cover image September 18, 2020 – Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies released an analysis of post-COVID unemployment rates alongside 20 years of pre-COVID historical data. The analysis came after the release of preliminary August 2020 labor market data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) via the California Employment Development Department (EDD). The numbers reflect the sharpest month-over-month decline since the region’s unemployment rate peaked at an unprecedented 11.6 percent in April. Between mid-July and mid-August, residential employment in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties rose by 10,850 people, bringing the employment rate down to 7.5 percent.

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Joint Venture tackles digital divide

Top photo: Susan Ellenberg chatting with community member. Bottom photo: ethernet cables plugged into switchSeptember 25, 2020 - Joint Venture is tackling the digital divide with leadership from Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg. More than 50,000 students do not have access to the equipment necessary for distance learning. "It really is a utility," said Supervisor Ellenberg, who sits on the Joint Venture board. "If you don't have access to education, or you can't apply for jobs or benefits, then you are essentially cut off." Working with Joint Venture's Community Broadband Initiative, the Supervisor and her board colleagues have secured funding that will match funds from the County Office of Education. 

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Silicon Valley Talent Partnership kicks off SV@Home campaign

SV@Home logo and JVSV logoSeptember 25, 2020 - Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) is providing SV@Home with a team of pro bono volunteers to raise general awareness about the crucial need for affordable housing. The group will implement a creative campaign that will engage developers, generate advocacy, and open doors to new funding opportunities. The effort will shine a spotlight on how the housing crunch affects people of color disproportionately: while only three percent of white Santa Clara county residents live in overcrowded housing, 20 percent of Latino families do.

If your company has talent that fits this project or you are interested in learning more, contact Ashley Raggio.

Institute launches new real-time data tab

screenshot of Live Updates landing page featuring multiple blue box iconsSeptember 25, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies has launched a dynamic new Live Updates section on the Silicon Valley Indicators data hub. It provides near-real-time datasets that will continue to grow in scope with new features added regularly. Inquisitive users will find Silicon Valley’s only Population Clock, a regional stock tracker, an air quality search, data on home values and regional mobility, and an array of COVID-19 visualizations including counts, testing and hospitalization rates, and a “curve” comparison of Silicon Valley cases per capita against those in California, the United States, and the world.

Explore the Live Updates data tab.

Meet Supervisor Susan Ellenberg: Santa Clara County District 4

Susan Ellenberg sitting with little girlSeptember 25, 2020 - When Joint Venture board member and Santa Clara County Fourth District Supervisor Susan Ellenberg took office in January 2019, she hoped to focus on children and family issues. The county is the social “safety net” for the region and the perfect place to accomplish her objectives. Just over a year later a new priority engulfed her agenda. Helping her district navigate a pandemic was suddenly part of Ellenberg’s job description. “Through it all, there is one constant: my commitment to the well-being of all children and families in this County,” emphasizes Ellenberg.

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Amazon Smile: Support Joint Venture while you shop

Amazon Smile logoJoint Venture is participating in the AmazonSmile program. Every time you shop at, a portion of your sales (0.5%) goes to support our work. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Joint Venture every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to support Joint Venture’s work in your community.

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Silicon Valley Indicators

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Data and charts from the Silicon Valley Index (and more) are presented on an interactive website that allows users to explore Silicon Valley trends. Indicators are presented by the Institute for Regional Studies. Housed within Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the Institute provides data and analysis on issues facing dense metropolitan regions.

Investors Spotlight

Donors invest in Joint Venture with both general support and project-specific gifts. Support from the community enables us to provide innovative solutions to issues that confront our regional economies and quality of life. Here are just a few of our many investors:

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Joint Venture offers a variety of support and sponsorship opportunities for individuals, corporations, and public sector organizations. To inquire about becoming a member of our Investors Council, call (408) 298-9330 or visit our Become an Investor page. To see our current investors, visit our investors pages.

What is Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

Established in 1993, Joint Venture brings together Silicon Valley’s established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions. In this short video see what Silicon Valley leaders have to say about the organization.

coverJust six IPOs in six months vs 22 this time last year

June 26, 2020 – Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies today released a snapshot of the region’s initial public offerings (IPOs) for the first half of 2020. Compared to last year’s 34 Silicon Valley and San Francisco IPOs (22 in the first half), there were a mere six over the past six months. Only one of those companies, ORIC Pharmaceuticals, went public between the start of the regional/statewide shelter-in-place mandate and the beginning of June. Note: First half data is through June 24.

While it is not uncommon for the first quarter to be a slow time for IPOs, Q1 of 2020 was even slower than usual. The effect of the pandemic and associated impacts on trade and economic uncertainty – as well as policy changes and other factors that enhance market volatility – led to many companies putting their IPOs on hold. Dozens of Silicon Valley and San Francisco companies may still go public later this year, including some in the stay-at-home market, such as DoorDash and Postmates, and long-awaited entrants like Airbnb. Palo Alto-based Houzz was expected to go public in 2020, but was among the more than 140 Bay Area startups that imposed layoffs since mid-March.1

Key Findings:

  • There were only six Silicon Valley and San Francisco IPOs compared to 22 this time last year
  • Four out of five Silicon Valley companies that went public in 2020 did so within the last two months
  • All IPOs were in the healthcare industry: Five were located in San Mateo County; one in San Francisco

Generally speaking ¾ and based on a dataset that includes the bust, the 2008 financial crisis, and other periods of enhanced market volatility resulting in prolonged IPO inactivity ¾ IPOs typically outperform the market as a whole in times of enhanced volatility (by nearly 25 percentage points over 90 days).2 There is no way to know whether this historical trend will occur post-pandemic; however, there was a significant increase in the number of IPOs toward the end of Q2, indicating an upward trend for the second half of the year. On average, the region’s six newly-public companies have increased their share prices by 36 percent since their respective IPO dates, and have all outperformed the S&P500 (by an average of 37 percentage points).

“Biotech and other healthcare companies have dominated our region’s IPOs since 2015…” -Rachel Massaro

Four out of five Silicon Valley companies that went public thus far in 2020 did so within the last two months. The five Silicon Valley IPOs were by companies located in San Mateo County; they, along with the one 2020 San Francisco IPO, are all in the healthcare industry: One Medical, Vaxcyte, AMT, Pliant Therapeutics, ORIC Pharmaceuticals, and Revolution Medicines. Nationwide, 58% of the 2020 IPOs thus far have been in healthcare.

“Biotech and other healthcare companies have dominated our region’s IPOs since 2015, and we’ve seen tremendous growth since then in terms of total employment levels and expansion into new commercial space,” said Rachel Massaro, the Institute’s Director of Research. “We see that trend continuing into the first half of 2020 – even amidst an uncertain market – because of the continued need and support for healthcare innovations. While the majority of the region’s newly-public healthcare companies are focused on cancer research and other therapies, I think we can all agree that now is a great time for healthcare innovations of all kinds.”

In an April 28 Institute analysis of the region’s public company stock market performance amid COVID-19, the Institute noted that the two companies that gained the most market cap during the market decline (February 19 through March 23 ) were in the biotech sector: San Francisco-based Vir Biotechnology (+114%) and Brisbane-based Humanigen (+141%).

“We’ve had more Silicon Valley IPOs this year than in 2008 and 2009 combined; still, the number is low and concentrated in only one industry,” said Massaro. “We’ll just have to have to sit-tight and see which, if any, of the long-awaited tech IPOs materialize later in the year.”

Initial Public Offerings, by Industry chart

Initial Public Offerings, by Quarter chart


  1. Coronavirus Tracker
  2. Special Report: The Coming IPO Renaissance. Renaissance Capital, 2020

Data Source:

Renaissance Capital; Google Finance; IEX Cloud


IPO data is from Renaissance Capital. Locations are based on the corporate address provided to Renaissance Capital. Silicon Valley includes the city-defined region. First Half of 2020 is through June 24. S&P500 performance is from Google Finance. June 24 share prices and year-to-date growth are from IEX Cloud.

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About the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

The Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies is the research arm of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and is housed within the organization. The Institute provides research and analysis on a host of issues facing Silicon Valley’s economy and society. For more information, visit

About Joint Venture Silicon Valley

Established in 1993, Joint Venture provides analysis and action on issues affecting the Silicon Valley economy and quality of life. The organization brings together established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues, launch projects and work toward innovative solutions. For more information, visit

In The News

September 18, 2020 - (KGO-TV) - Coronavirus employment recovery will not be equal across Bay Area, new report predicts:  "It's helpful to the extent that the jobs created are ones that people can transition into," noted Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Valley Silicon Valley... More

September 18, 2020 - (Times Herald) - Coronavirus economy: Bay Area powers to big job gains in August: “We have a long way to go to get back to the 2% or 3% unemployment rates we saw pre-pandemic, but at least we’re heading in the right direction,” said Rachel Massaro, director of research with Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies. More

September 16, 2020 - (IEEE Transmitter) - Profile: David Witkowski, IEEE Senior Member, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, executive director, Joint Venture Civic Technologies. More 

September 2, 2020 - (CBS) - Palo Alto Retirement Home Residents Fight To Remove 4G, 5G Cell Towers: But David Witkowski with advocacy group Wireless Communications Initiative [at Joint Venture] says peoples’ fear of exposure to electromagnetic radiation from cell towers is unfounded. More

September 2, 2020 - (Mercury News) - Google proposes new village next to Mountain View tech hubs: “I love it. I’m crazy about this proposal. This is terrific,” said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a non-profit think tank.  More

August 31, 2020 -  (San Jose Spotlight) - South Bay lawyers predict surge in bankruptcies as stimulus money dries up: A recent study by Joint Venture Silicon Valley found the unemployment rate in the region has been lower than statewide, with the South Bay peaking at 11.6% in April and dropping to 9.3% in July. More

August 27, 2020 - (San Jose Spotlight) - New report outlines steps to economic recovery in South Bay: The recovery will require residents and leaders to rethink fundamental questions of how best to regulate businesses, according to Russell Hancock, CEO of regional economic think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

August 26, 2020 - (CBS -KPIX) - Salesforce To Cut 1000 Jobs After Record Sales, Stock Surge: “This is actually not a sign that anything is wrong with Salesforce. In fact, just the opposite, salesforce is thriving as a company,” said President of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Russell Hancock. More

August 26, 2020 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Returning to pre-Covid economy isn't good enough, Silicon Valley recovery panel says: "What the group came to realize is that the system is in equilibrium," said another panel member, Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russell Hancock. "If you want something more than that, then you have to think differently.  More

August 26, 2020 - (Mercury News) - Coronavirus economy: Silicon Valley recovery plan sprouts - Joint Venture Silicon Valley president Russell Hancock, whose group played a key role in the meetings and report, said the longer-term goals are crucial to the endeavor’s success. More