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What is 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.

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What's Happening Now

Joint Venture board adds Brent C. Harris, Meta

November 21, 2023 – The Joint Venture board of directors elected Brent C. Harris to its body. Harris is VP of Augmented Reality at Meta. Harris is focused on how to build the next mobile computing platform for people and businesses across the globe and was named an “expert in international regulation” by Wired.  “I am enthusiastic about taking on this role at Joint Venture to contribute towards tackling crucial economic and societal challenges in Silicon Valley and to help grow the organization," said Harris.  

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Opinion: CPUC needs to move comms network into 21st century

old telephoneNovember 27, 2023 - In an opinion piece in the Mercury News, David Witkowski, Joint Venture's, Executive Director of Civic Technologies, says the California Public Utilities Commission seems to be hesitating and giving undue consideration to people opposed to technical progress. " is being held back by a minority of naysayers who are opposed to technical progress. It’s time for the commission to move our state’s communications network forward to the 21st century."

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Institute: GBI modeling shows impact for Santa Clara County families

coverNovember 20, 2023 - Joint Venture’s Institute has completed a report in partnership with the University of Washington School of Social Work, Center for Women’s Welfare which models guaranteed basic income (GBI) scenarios. Supported by a 2022-23 grant from the County of Santa Clara with additional support from Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Modeling Guaranteed Basic Income & Household Income Adequacy in Santa Clara County examines how GBI programs can help move families out of poverty and into economic security.

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Institute offers a look at Silicon Valley’s “hot” housing markets using mobile data

coverNovember 27, 2023 - With one of the highest priced housing markets in the country, Silicon Valley’s median home sale price shot up to an all-time high of $1.53 million in 2022. The hottest Silicon Valley housing markets this summer were Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and Fremont. Is demand changing the demographics within those sub-regional areas? Joint Venture’s research arm, partnered with Unacast to tap into aggregated mobile device location data. The analysis offers zip-code-level insights on characteristics ranging from age to poverty rate to migration patterns. 

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Institute: Mapping change in regional nonprofits

coverNovember 27, 2023 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies, recently joined with the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits and Thrive Alliance to produce A Landscape of Change and Impact, a report on issues confronting nonprofits in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. The groups produced the report to support the nonprofit community and its partners by offering an overview of organizational health, workplace practices, racial justice and equity, and strategic alliances.

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Meet Barry Vesser, The Climate Center

November 27, 2023 - Carl Sagan once said, “Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something." Barry Vesser, COO of the Climate Center, has taken this sentiment to heart. Barry leads The Climate Center’s program and policy development and implementation teams. Barry moved around a great deal as a young man and served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines where he was inspired by the sense of community and kindness that was expressed by people of modest means. 

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Save the Date: 2024 State of the Valley Conference, March 1

logoNovember 20, 2023 - Mark your calendar now for the 2024 State of the Valley Conference to be held Friday, March 1 at San Jose State University. Count on the most recent data on the state of the Bay Area and illuminating analysis by experts who will break down the numbers.

Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Comprehensive information and data about the Silicon Valley ecosystem is always available at

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.

2020 State of the Valley Program

7:00 am


Enjoy breakfast and music by the San Jose Jazz High School All-Stars. Visit the booths and exhibits on the concourse.

Music provided courtesy of UA Local Union 393.

Local Union 393 logo

8:00 am

Welcome, Conference Overview

    Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
    Board of Directors, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
    CEO, Brigade
    Co-Chair of the Board, Joint Venture Silicon Valley

8:15 am

The Stanford Children's Health

Silicon Valley’s Annual Check-up: A Briefing on the 2020 Index

The Index has been telling the Silicon Valley story since 1995. The indicators measure the dynamism of our economy and the health of our community, highlighting challenges and providing an analytical foundation for decision making.

  • Russell Hancock
    President & Chief Executive Officer, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
    President, Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

9:00 am

BREAK - Refresh your breakfast while you network, listen to the San Jose Jazz High School All-Stars and visit the Exhibitor tables.

Music provided courtesy of UA Local Union 393.

Local Union 393 logo

9:15 am

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation


El Camino Real and the future of transit-oriented development

Over the past decade the Bay Area has added 11 jobs for every home built, and the extreme mismatch has created a crisis threatening our vitality and perhaps our viability. But what if we did some radical re-thinking about key corridors like El Camino Real? What if the zoning permitted higher density, allowing the creation of a quarter-million new housing units? What if autonomous rapid transit were implemented in reserved lanes the 45-mile length of the corridor?

Considered the founding father of New Urbanism, Peter Calthorpe is legendary in planning and design circles for his pioneering approaches to revitalization, place-making and sustainable urban design. In this presentation Mr. Calthorpe will reflect expansively on Silicon Valley’s rapidly changing built environment, our unbridled growth, and his conviction that the region can solve the housing and mobility crises with infill and new-generation technologies.

  • Peter Calthorpe
    Founder, Congress for the New Urbanism
    Senior Vice President, HDR Calthorpe

9:45 am


Margaret O’Mara is hailed for writing the definitive chronicle of Silicon Valley—the epic saga of how the technology companies birthed here changed the course of modern civilization.

But now what? With tech facing fierce regulatory scrutiny and a barrage of withering critiques, is Silicon Valley’s historic advantage about to shift? Will the region’s high costs and frenzied atmosphere accelerate that shift? is a rising generation of entrepreneurs thinking of Silicon Valley less as a place and more as a network, a set of tools, and a bootstrapping mentality that can happen anywhere?

In this presentation Professor O’Mara delineates these trends and more, using history as a lens to think about the future.

  • Margaret O’Mara
    Howard & Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History, University of Washington
    Distinguished Fellow, Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies
    Author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America

10:15 am

BREAK - Networking, exhibits, music by the San Jose Jazz High School All-Stars

Music provided courtesy of UA Local Union 393.

Local Union 393 logo

10:30 am

The Applied Materials

In cooperation with the Computer History Museum


Access to reliable information has always been the underpinning of American democracy, and the role of the press in distributing it has always been considered essential—until now.

Technologies and platforms invented and amplified in Silicon Valley have increased opportunities for free expression, and dramatically expanded the pool of knowledge available to our societies. But they have also enabled the viral spread of misinformation and disinformation—sometimes innocently, sometimes with malice—which has eroded basic trust.

What is the best path forward? In a nation where the line between news and opinion has become blurred, can the new media channels and social platforms be reformed? Will the heavy hand of regulation be the ultimate solution? Can Silicon Valley innovators provide reliable solutions?

  • Richard Gingras
    Vice President, News, Google
  • Sally Lehrman
    CEO, The Trust Project
  • Dan’l Lewin (moderator)
    CEO, Computer History Museum

This session presented with generous support and leadership from the Computer History Museum.

11:00 am


11:15 am

The Accenture

Keynote Presentation

With a national election looming and California’s primary only weeks away, the conference concludes with an examination of the broader national scene. What do developments in Washington portend for Silicon Valley? Will California play an out-sized role in the presidential election? Will Silicon Valley’s issues make it to the national stage? Is there a path out of the partisan gridlock in the Capitol and the grim polarization it has unleashed on the American landscape?

News icon Dan Rather will speak reflectively and expansively on these issues and more, drawing on sixty years chronicling America’s historic events.

  • Dan Rather
    American journalist and author, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

12:00 pm


In The News

December 1, 2023 - (Business Observer) - Does Tampa Bay have a shot at being a hub for tech business? A 2021 report by Joint Venture estimated 500,000 tech workers live in Silicon Valley. More

November 25, 2023 - (Marin Independent Journal) - Opinion: [The CPUC] should stop requiring that telephone companies maintain antiquated systems More

November 21, 2023 - (CP & DR) - News Briefs: A recent poll sponsored by the Bay Area News Group and Joint Venture Silicon Valley shows that Bay Area voters are hesitant to support subsidies for commuter rail More

November 17, 2023  - (Silicon Valley) - Bay Area and California job markets bounce back with October gains: “We’re still in a period of consolidation,” said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

November 17, 2023 - (Mercury News) - Letters: Landlines still have much to offer - I found David Witkowski’s article not very credible. More

November 16, 2023 - (Business Insider) - A boomer moved from Silicon Valley to a small city in Texas' Hill Country. ...a study by Joint Venture Silicon Valley released in October found More

November 16, 2023 - (San Jose Spotlight) - San Jose aviation director turns in his wings: He currently serves on the board of directors for Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

November 15, 2023 - (KSTS Telemundo) - Joint Venture and Martha's Kitchen on food recovery More

November 14, 2023 - (Telemundo) - Homelessness and food insecurity a latent problem in the Bay Area: According to Joint Venture, many of the region's current residents are struggling to pay their rents or mortgages More

November 14, 2023 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Workforce development: Portraits of accomplishment: Raquel González...serves on the board of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

November 12, 2023 - (Mercury News) - APEC trade summit, protests put Bay Area in spotlight, snarl traffic: APEC and several spinoff gatherings will raise potential opportunities, said Russell Hancock, CEO Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

November 10, 2023 - (KPIX) - BART funding puzzle challenges transit officials: Polling by an organization called Joint Venture Silicon Valley suggests... More

November 10, 2023 - (Mercury News) - Letters: Wireless future - David Witkowski describes the transition from copper wire-based telecommunications to the wireless “smartphone world.” More

November 8, 2023 - (Nation World) - California regulators must embrace a wireless future: David Witkowski is the executive director of the Wireless Communications Initiative at Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

November 7, 2023 - (Mercury News) - Opinion: California regulators should embrace a wireless future - Joint Venture's David Witkowski says "Outdated rules require telephone companies to wastefully pour billions of dollars into an antiquated landline network" More

November 5, 2023 - (Mercury News) - Guaranteed Income: Can no-strings-attached payments help solve poverty in the Bay Area? according to the report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

November 3, 2023 - (NBC) - Bay Area jobs report: Latest numbers show signs of slowdown: ...there's always going to be ups and downs,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

November 3, 2023 - (Business News) - Silicon Valley’s hottest housing markets lose residents news: A new study from Joint Venture Silicon Valley found that the area’s median home sales price is set to peak at $1.53 million...More