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Meet John Boland, KQED Public Media

John Boland speaking at graduationEvery leader aspires to leave a legacy of success. John Boland, a member of the board of directors at Joint Venture Silicon Valley, has done just that at KQED. At a time when most regional news entities are struggling, Boland catapulted KQED from a traditional public broadcast outlet into a multimedia stronghold. The eldest of 12 and a college dropout, Boland served as President and CEO of KQED through March 2019, and is now president emeritus. 

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CBS News: San Jose has highest-paid workers

video image May 20, 2019 - Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock says, "it's no surprise," when interviewed by CBS News on a new report that says the nation's highest paid workers are in San Jose. With an average annual median income of $117,000, “our numbers are skewed by people who are making obscene amounts of money. Silicon Valley is a place that has 50 billionaires,” Hancock said. “We’re spiraling upwards in terms of our costs, our housing, for everything,” Hancock said. “You see those costs rising faster than anywhere in the country. And it’s because the market can bear it.”

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Russell Hancock on Tesla stock plunge

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May 20, 2019 - Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture, was interviewed by CBS News when one Wall Street analyst issued a “code red” on Tesla for not meeting internal production goals and getting distracted in side ventures. Hancock says “I think shareholders are saying this product that is world changing, maybe now we need some adult supervision–doing the things that Detroit has done for a very long time.”

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Institute Report: space under construction rivals dot com boom

black and white report cover May 3, 2019 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies has released its Q1 2019 report on Silicon Valley commercial space. The report shows that activity is brisk and demand is high, especially for commercial space located near public transit. Office vacancy rates – which were relatively high between Q4 2017 and Q4 2018 due – fell significantly in Q1 2019 to 13.4%.

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Data Release: Silicon Valley sets pace for electric vehicle adoption 

Electric car May 15, 2019 - The Joint Venture Institute for Regional Studies today reported that Silicon Valley’s total number of registered electric vehicles (EVs) surpassed 80,000 in 2018, comprising nearly 20% of all such vehicles in California, and by far the highest numbers of any region per capita. Learn more

Joint Venture Food Rescue hits new milestone

150K pounds of food & 80K meals in 6 months

May 13, 2019 - Joint Venture’s food rescue initiative, A La Carte, has collected more than 150,000 pounds of prepared surplus food from universities and corporate food services...more than 80,000 meals for people who are food insecure. This spring A La Carte will purchase an additional truck. John A. Sobrato, Chairman Emeritus of Sobrato Development Companies, Sobrato Philanthropies, and a current member of Joint Venture’s board of directors, has donated $125,000 to the effort.

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Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Did you know you can get comprehensive information and data about the economic and community health of Silicon Valley any time by visiting the online home of the Silicon Valley Index at

The site is maintained and constantly updated by Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies and is a robust collection of charts and information with links to local, regional and national data sources, and resources for additional information within each of the indicator categories: People, Economy, Society, Place and Governance.

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Investors Council Spotlight

Joint Venture's Investors Council welcomes dozens of public and private organizations and foundations supporting our initiatives and programs. 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.

Marty Tenenbaum Chief Executive Officer, CommerceNet and Smart Valley Board Member

An interview with Marty Tenenbaum, CEO of CommerceNet and Smart Valley board member, is a roller coaster ride of ideas and interjections, climbing through apparently unrelated concepts, darting around the hairpin curves of unfamiliar ideas, and then suddenly synthesizing them into startling, unexpected conclusions. All the while, both Marty and his interviewer are rapidly jotting down notes, trying to keep the conversation moving quickly enough to keep pace with Marty’s ideas.

While Marty’s style may be reminiscent of Dr. Emmett Brown in Back to the Future (and Marty’s many admirers take loving pleasure in describing his eccentricities), his relentless pursuit of the synthesis of a wide range of ideas into revolutionary change has, over the course of his career, placed him at the forefront of such diverse movements as artificial intelligence, oil exploration and Internet e-commerce. He has now turned his entrepreneurial attention to healthcare, and hopes to catalyze change in this most difficult arena of misaligned incentives.

Eric Benhamou, Smart Valley chair and Smart Health co-chair, says, “Marty is a lightning rod for people and ideas. He has spent his career trying to push cutting edge innovation into new territories.”

“Marty told me, ‘On any given day I’m going to throw a hundred brilliant ideas over the wall. Your job is to tell me which two or three are actually worth pursuing.’”

Randy Whiting, who worked for Marty as CEO of CommerceNet a decade ago, remembers his initial interview with Marty. “Marty told me, ‘On any given day I’m going to throw a hundred brilliant ideas over the wall. Your job is to tell me which two or three are actually worth pursuing.’”

“His brilliance comes from connecting the dots,” Whiting continues. “He is the ultimate non-linear thinker. For Marty, it’s all about synthesis and relationship. He understands that synergy is possible when everyone else sees no relationship. He sees the vision so clearly, and is most effective when he is able to recruit partners to help him get there.”

Educated as an undergrad at MIT, Marty went to work for Lockheed, where he was awarded one of two doctoral fellowships given in the entire company to study at Stanford. While at Stanford, and then at Lockheed and SRI after earning his doctorate, he pursued his interest in visionary science by working on artificial intelligence. He was a founder, charter fellow, board member and standing chair of the conference committee of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence during the peak of interest in AI, at a time when attendance at the organization’s annual conference grew from 200 to 8500.

In the 1980s, as the height of the AI wave subsided, he went to work for Schlumberger (pronounced Shlum-ber-zjay), an oilfield services company that leveraged its relationships with multiple oil companies drilling in a given region to construct physical models of an entire reservoir, which in turn enabled it to better advise each client. The notion of building a community to create value that would lift everyone became a central concept in Marty’s understanding of the power of collaboration to accelerate change. This concept would become central to the work he would do later in e-commerce and health.

In 1988, as Schlumberger was moving its computer science operations to Houston, Marty had what he describes as “an epiphany” that derived from his experience at Schlumberger in using the Internet to allow everyone involved in a project to provide services to each other.

Marty Tenenbaum “It occurred to me that this collaborative use of the Internet was not limited to engineering services – the Internet could be turned into a marketplace for goods and services.” At the time the Internet was used almost entirely for email and information exchange. It was clear that commerce would be transported over secure networks in the future, but there were many proprietary solutions vying to become the dominant standard for networked transactions. While the Internet was not intended for e-commerce and it was, in fact, illegal at the time to perform commercial transactions over the Internet, Marty’s clarity about the value of sending transactions over an open network led him to single-mindedly pursue this cause.

He founded Enterprise Integration Technologies (EIT), which became the first company to conduct a commercial Internet transaction (1992), a secure Web transaction (1993) and an Internet auction (1993).

It was Marty’s pursuit of Internet-based commerce that was at the center of one of the great success stories in Joint Venture history.

Opportunity presented itself in the early years of the Clinton administration when the federal government, responding to a recession in the post-Cold War economy, made available competitive Technology Reinvestment Program (TRP) grants designed to generate jobs in the technology sector. Driven by Smart Valley board chair John Young and Joint Venture CEO Becky Morgan, the Silicon Valley application received broad support from industry leaders and elected officials (including then-Governor Pete Wilson). As a result, Joint Venture received one of a small number of TRP awards, a $2.5 million matching grant, the focus of which was to accelerate the development and adoption of e-commerce.

“We could not have achieved what we did here without Joint Venture. E-commerce is one of the lasting legacies of that organization.”

The grant led in 1994 to the founding of CommerceNet, an organization with a mission of promoting e-commerce among companies across Silicon Valley. With the help of Vice President Gore and Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, who addressed CommerceNet’s grand opening, the $2.5 million in matching funds was quickly raised from membership fees. “Everyone showed up. We had many small companies working in this space,” Marty recalls. “They needed a way to process transactions, so we got VISA and Mastercard, and to ship orders, so we involved FedEx and UPS. We also taught large Silicon Valley companies like HP, Sun and IBM how to do business on the Net.”

CommerceNet’s success in bringing together this community of companies played a critical role in the formation oand growth of many pioneering Internet companies, including Internet industry giants such as Netscape (whose co-founder Marc Andriessen worked at EIT) and Verisign, paving the way for Silicon Valley’s boom in the late 1990s and providing an incredible return on the federal government investment.

In 1997, CommerceNet received another $2.5 million from the federal government, this time to develop collaborative business models for business-to-business commerce. Out of that project came Veo Systems, which Marty co-founded, and which pioneered the use of XML for automating B2B transactions. CommerceNet and Veo were key catalysts of the B2B wave.

Veo was later acquired by Commerce One. Marty went to work there as Chief Scientist, and helped the company become a major player in advancing the market for B2B communities.

“Internet commerce is at the core of economic growth, and will be for the next generation,” Marty says. “We could not have achieved what we did here without Joint Venture. E-commerce is one of the lasting legacies of that organization.”

Marty left Commerce One to co-found Webify, which used networks of business services, not unlike the netowrks of engineering services at Schlumberger, to automate complex processes in insurance and healthcare, such as real time eligibility, claims submission and adjudication. Webify achieved early success and was acquired by IBM last year.

Marty’s interest in healthcare led him to conceive of Smart Health, and he became an early advocate for the value of shared patient data across a community based on open standards. He has remained an active advisor to the project.

Today Marty is bringing the lessons learned in his career to accelerate therapy development through collaborative e-science. He is in the process of founding a company to develop a collaborative network of research communities, each focused on curing a particular disease, which will pool their resources to achieve unprecedented economies of scale and cross learning.

“The goal of Joint Venture and Smart Valley is always the same. Let’s solve the problem ourselves in Silicon Valley, and make it available to the world.”

“There are as many as 10,000 rare diseases out there that nobody is working on,” he says, warming to the opportunity. “We need an Apollo Project that will enable researchers to work together to cure them.” The new company builds on business models Marty learned at Schlumberger and Commerce One. “We will use the Net to give academic researchers access to data, knowledge, processes and resources, from high throughput genomics and drug screening to specimen libraries and patients) that they cannot reach now.” The company intends to utilize this “Open Biology” model to create a “Health Commons” that will facilitate collaboration across diseases, disciplines, and organizations, slashing the time, cost and risk of therapy development, so that cures for rare “long tail” diseases become economically feasible.

As Marty reflects on Smart Valley, he is pleased with the issues the organization is currently tackling. When asked what the next generation of ideas might be, he defines possible solutions to problems of traffic, housing and energy. “We should look at applying entirely new methods to manufacturing to drive down the cost of housing,” he says, scribbling down notes on the pad in front of him. And in tranportation, we’ve got to deal with the last mile problem – getting people from main transportation arteries to their final destination.”

“The goal of Joint Venture and Smart Valley is always the same. Let’s solve the problem ourselves in Silicon Valley, and make it available to the world.”

As Marty continues his quest to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, family, exercise and music keep him connected to the “real world.” He has been married for 41 years to his wife Bonnie, who he met on a blind date in Seattle. He followed her to the Bay Area, went to work for Lockheed, and stayed. The lure of their five-year-old granddaughter now takes them to Cambridge one week a month.

Other activities allow him to stem and freshen the constant flow of ideas. He runs nearly every day, as he has for the last 40 years. In the last five years he has taken up jazz piano. “I can only play after 2am. I have to get mellowed out from the day’s activities. Jazz loosens my brain waves – playing is the closest I can get to a meditative state.”

His mind thus refreshed, he moves into a full slate of meetings each day, communicating with revolutionary fervor, pulling together seemingly unrelated points of view, devising the tasks necessary to achieve results, and relentlessly applying the lessons learned in a lifetime to make Silicon Valley (and the world) a better place.

In The News

May 23, 2019 - (Curbed San Francisco)Joint Venture Silicon Valley released its annual Silicon Valley Index and reported “for the third year in a row, people are moving out of Silicon Valley nearly as quickly as they are moving in.” More

May 20, 2019 - (CBS San Francisco) - Tesla Stock Plunges: for Russell Hancock, the president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the issue is the assembly line. More

May 20, 2019 - (CBS San Francisco) -New Report Shows San Jose Has Nation’s Highest-Paid Workers:“It’s no surprise,” said Russell Hancock, the CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

May 16, 2019 - (IWCE's Urgent Communications) -Jeff Lewis, director of the smart-region initiative for Joint Venture Silicon Valley, outlines the benefits that government entities can realize by coordinating communications initiatives More

May 16, 2019 - (Mercury News) - The Gary Dillabough Effect: Transforming downtown San Jose, 20 buildings at a time: Joint Venture board member Gary Dillabough profiled. More

May 10, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area wage growth slowing, but still among best in the nation: Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said he’s still bullish about the regional economy. More

May 8, 2019 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Tech leader Matt Mahan jumps into San Jose council race: serves as a board member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

May 3, 2019 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) -Silicon Valley real estate showed strength in the first quarter of the year with strong commercial demand, especially for space close to public transit, Joint Venture Silicon Valley reported... More

May 1, 2019 - (The Registry) - SiliconSage Homes CEO Sanjeev Acharya Joins the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Board of Directors More

April 25, 2019 - (Mercury News) - New Bay Area crown: Most expensive place in the world to build; “Another dubious award for the Bay Area,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of the non-partisan, regional think-tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

April 22, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area paradox: We need housing, but we don’t want to build faster:  a recent study by Joint Venture Silicon Valley estimated the region is short as many as 108,000 homes and apartments. More

April 20, 2019 - (The Almanac) -Midpeninsula mayors, tech company transportation leaders convene to talk traffic: They were there to launch the "Manzanita Talks," a series of discussions convened by Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

April 16, 2019 - (KPIX 5) - Lawsuit Claims Apple Misled Hundreds Of Thousands Of Investors: “This is new territory for Apple,” said President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Russ Hancock. More

April 12, 2019 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Silicon Valley's 2019 Women of Influence award winners: Rachel Massaro, Vice President and Director of Research at Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Director of Research for the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. More

April 9, 2019 - (City Journal) - This year, Harris keynoted the Joint Venture Silicon Valley conference, and she is once again reaping large donations from tech and media giants. More