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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.

What's Happening Now

Institute: Silicon Valley unemployment lowest in 30+ years

cover imageJune 17, 2022 – The unemployment rate in the Silicon Valley region decreased to 1.8% in May, lower than any other month over the past three decades. Silicon Valley employers increased their workforce by just over 1,100 employees between mid-April and mid-May, while the labor force declined by approximately 2,700 individuals in the same time frame. “The labor force in the region has declined for two months in a row, while the total number of unemployed has declined for the last four months, helping to drive down the unemployment rate,” said Ryan Young, Research Manager for BW Research and an affiliated researcher at the Institute.

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Joint Venture Board adds Kelly Kline

June 10, 2022 – The Joint Venture Silicon Valley board of directors today unanimously elected to its ranks Kelly Kline, Associate Vice President of Local Government Affairs at Stanford University.Kline has worked in Silicon Valley government for 30 years, focusing much of her career on public/private partnerships, urban revitalization, and strengthening key business growth sectors including life sciences, and clean technology. “We are pleased to welcome Kelly Kline, an accomplished leader, to the Joint Venture board,” said Russell Hancock, President & CEO of Joint Venture.

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Joint Venture-sponsored legislation passes Senate

June 28, 2022 - Senate Bill 917, co-sponsored by Joint Venture, is making headway. The Bill sets meaningful deadlines for fare and wayfinding integration, and establishes service integration policies for the Bay Area’s 27 transit operators over the next three years. On June 27, the bill passed unanimously through the Assembly and on May 23 it cleared the Senate 29-2. The BART and VTA boards fully backed the bill after amendments were made to address operator concerns. SB 917 now moves to the Appropriations Committee for approval.

Institute: Commercial Lease transactions up

cover imageMay 11, 2022 – Silicon Valley’s largest tech companies may have overcome pandemic-related setbacks in their return-to-office planning, according to Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies, in partnership with JLL Silicon Valley in their Q1 Silicon Valley Commercial Space report. Notably, Apple, Google, and Meta have implemented return-to-office programs, signaling a near-normal level of in-office operations. “We’ve seen a dramatic rebound of local Flex/R&D space in the first quarter, with considerable declines in both vacancy and total availability,” said JLL’s Northern California Director of Research, Alexander Quinn. 

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Meet Michele Young

June 26, 2022 - When Michele Young served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Africa, she discovered a key inspiration for her life’s work. There, farmers faced ongoing drought, making do with a mere eleven inches of rainfall each year. Young’s CV tells the story of a person who has committed her entire career to the betterment of the environment and the sustainability of essential resources. She is Senior Management Analyst for Recycling and Waste Reduction for the County of Santa Clara and works with Joint Venture and its Food Recovery Initiative to implement SB 1383, the first law in the nation mandating certain businesses to donate the maximum possible amounts of their surplus food to those who don’t have enough.

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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.

Amazon Smile: Support Joint Venture while you shop

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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

June 24, 2022 - (Streets Blog) - BART Endorses Fare Integration, Ferry for Western Alameda: Seamless Bay Area...scored a major victory Thursday when the BART Board unanimously voted to endorse Senate Bill 917 More

June 20, 2022 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Inequity in Silicon Valley persists for people of color: “The data speaks for itself, and it says that we have profound disparities that are getting worse, not better,” Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

June 17, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area, California both gain jobs in May, but slowdown intensifies: Companies are anxious to hire workers, but prospective employees aren’t necessarily rushing to apply for jobs, said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

June 17, 2022 - (Mountain View Voice) - I would like to support a new business tax: were sent an analysis by Joint Venture Silicon Valley's research group comparing your proposed tax with those in neighboring cities. More

June 15, 2022 - (MarketWatch) - From Great Resignation to Forced Resignation: Tech companies are shifting to layoffs after a huge ramp up in hiring - The market cap aggregate of about 300 publicly traded tech companies is at its lowest now...says Rachel Massaro, vice president of research at the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. More

June 15, 2022 - (Slash Gear) - Inside The End Of Silicon Valley's Dynasty: Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Institute for Regional Studies (opens as a PDF) say Silicon Valley spans four counties, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, and Santa Cruz. More

June 12, 2022 - (KQED) - 'My Roots Are at the Flea Market': As La Pulga Closure Looms Over Vendors, One San José Family Weighs the Future: In 2021, only 32% of potential first-time home buyers could afford a median-priced home in Santa Clara County, according to an annual report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

June 10, 2022 - (Pleasanton Weekly) - Embarcadero Media president announces retirement: He joined the newly formed Smart Valley, a nonprofit organization that was part of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley...More

June 7, 2022 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Milpitas official wants to cut City Council salaries, benefits: The top quarter of Silicon Valley earners account for 92% of the region’s wealth, according to a report by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

June 6, 2022 - (Tech Central) - A grim new reality sets in for US tech companies: “Everybody discovered that tech was not only nice, it was indispensable,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

June 4, 2022 - (Bloomberg) - ‘No Longer Sure Bets’: Tech Giants Are Dropping Bad News Daily. From Seattle to Silicon Valley to Austin, a grim new reality is setting in across the tech landscape... More

June 1, 2022 - (Tip Sale Tips) - Google and Twitter launch experiment on Silicon Valley work: “We’re in the midst of a change and it could be a sea change,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of the Silicon Valley Joint Venture think tank. More

May 20, 2022 - (KRON4) - Silicon Valley lease transactions are up as workers return to the office: According to the latest analysis from Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies, leasing volume in the region continued a steady trend in the first Q1 of 2022. More

May 20, 2022 - (San Jose Spotlight) -San Jose national quality of life ranking gives critics pause: Russell Hancock, CEO and president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said he thinks San Jose would rank high on most metrics...More

May 20, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area, California job gains slow as post-COVID rebound wilts: “The new hybrid models will reduce demand for space and associated services,” said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

May 19, 2022 - (StreetsBlog) - Update on Efforts to Integrate Transit: The bill, which is co-sponsored by Seamless Bay Area, Bay Area Council, TransForm, Silicon Valley Leadership Council, and Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

May 16, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Post-COVID jobs recovery in Bay Area, California lags other states: “The Bay Area was far more cautious and conservative than other parts of the country,” said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

May 13, 2022 (Palo Alto Online) - Opinion: A Palo Alto business tax and the space-time continuum - According to Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the corporate wealth of Silicon Valley and San Francisco is $14 trillion. More

May 3, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Exodus: Bay Area, California population dropped in 2021 as people exited - “Huge percentages of those leaving aren’t departing the Bay Area,” said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley...  More