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journalism+silicon valley: what balance of power?


silicon valley tech companies should do more to help media companies get subscribers and revenues - this was the gist from six panelists discussing "journalism + silicon valley: the balance of power" at a recent event in san francisco organized by the tow center for digital journalists. the event marked the release of tow center's report: "the platform press: how silicon valley reengineered journalism |" it is a multi-year investigation into "researching the relationship between journalism and social platforms." however, the topic and the report seemed so old, so not very cutting-edge, and such a waste of time, imho. looking to the past... the media industry has been at least five to seven years behind in understanding the continually changing economics of its business. it's shocking how b






warning signs silicon valley cannot ignore


silicon valley – the world’s leading innovation region – is seeing many warning signs that our continued success is not a given. other u.s. tech hubs are competitively pursuing our region’s jobs and skilled workers – and local companies themselves feel the strain of growing their businesses in one of the world’s most expensive labor and housing markets.  last month, zapier, a tech company based in silicon valley, started offering new hires $10,000 to help them “delocate” from the bay area, ostensibly to move somewhere more affordable.in the recently released 2017 update of the silicon valley competitiveness and innovation project (svcip) – a joint venture focused on assessing the region’s economic health and advancing a shared policy agenda — we clearly see that silicon valley’s stronghold






16 things hbo's silicon valley gets right and wrong about silicon valley


right: the companiessilicon valley doesn't use real companies in its plots, but the startups and firms portrayed are clearly based on real-world entities. hooli is a perfect example, as a stand-in for google. in fact, season two saw the show introduce hooli [xyz], which worked on bigger, world-changing products... not unlike google's googlex.published: june 23, 2017 -- 20:52 gmt (21:52 bst)photo by: hbocaption by: chris hayner






silicon valley, white house tackle troubled government tech


washington—when silicon valley executives arrived at the white house monday to talk about modernizing federal computer systems, there was plenty of common interest at stake. the administration wants to cut redundancies and modernize the way americans interact with their government, and tech companies see a $90 billion-a-year business.but those companies also face a common challenge. the government’s sprawling information-technology system is flawed and balky, controlled in agency fiefdoms that will be difficult to break....






silicon valley leaders to discuss immigration, healthcare and more with u.s. law


president donald trump’s policies on immigration and even transgender student bathroom use have riled up silicon valley tech leaders and workers, igniting more activism in some of the world’s largest tech companies.but bay area leaders aren’t done voicing their concerns or pushing for policies they say will help fuel jobs and innovation.on tuesday and wednesday, more than 80 ceos and local elected officials are expected to meet with 50 u.s. lawmakers in washington, d.c. the annual trip, which is organized by the silicon valley leadership group, attracted more participation than it has in previous years.“we live in a fascinating time in our country’s democracy, and i think a lot of people are making a choice. they can be engaged or they can be enraged,” said carl guardino, president and ceo






why so many tech pros want to leave silicon valley for their next job


image: istockphoto/jirsak job seekers in silicon valley are increasingly looking to move out of their area for their next job in tech, according to new data from job site indeed, released tuesday. the growth rate of outbound job searches ranked the highest among six areas that indeed identified as tech hubs: san francisco, san jose, new york, seattle, boston, and austin. "silicon valley job seekers, including highly paid tech workers, are looking for jobs outside their own metro area at a much higher rate than other metros," raj mukherjee, senior vice president of product at indeed, said in a press release. "this implies they are aware that highly paid job opportunities are being created not just in silicon valley, but in other parts of us which is a net positive for the u.s. economy." in






silicon valley economy pauses, but still is growing


san jose — the silicon valley economy is taking a pause, yet is still growing briskly, extending an expansion that has created a region of high incomes and widening economic disparity, according to a new report released on thursday.“the economy reached a point where it needed to take a pause,” said russell hancock, chief executive officer of joint venture silicon valley, which released the report as part of its 2017 silicon valley index, a closely watched barometer of the region’s economic health. “we are catching our breath.”during 2016, silicon valley added 45,600 jobs, the report stated. average annual earnings have climbed to an all-time high of $125,580 and per capita income has hit a record peak of $86,976.despite the slower pace of job gains, silicon valley now has chalked up seven






silicon valley leaders leave d.c. trip with some optimism


silicon valley executives and leaders are looking on the bright side after meeting with u.s. lawmakers this week even as a cloud of uncertainty hovers over issues such as health care and immigration.pushing for policies aimed at fueling jobs and innovation, about 50 tech executives and elected officials participated in an annual washington, d.c. trip this week organized by the silicon valley leadership group. many more were expected, but a storm on the east coast prevented some of the leaders from making it.“this trip reminded us of the philosophy we have in silicon valley,” said carl guardino, president and ceo of the silicon valley leadership group. “when the door’s locked, you check the windows, and if they’re locked, you build another door.”the trade group was advocating for an array o






leadership points to realtors for solutions


all is good in silicon valley, but if the region does not address pressing issues, it will fall behind its competitors, according to one of the region’s top business and community leaders.carl guardino, ceo and president of the silicon valley leadership group, recently reached out to members of the silicon valley association of realtors for their support in addressing issues of traffic and housing in the region. citing the silicon valley competitiveness and innovation project 2017 report, guardino said silicon valley’s strength is driven by innovative industries that have grown faster than any other. between 1995 and 2015, these industries grew by 147 percent. these findings show that even if it is expensive to do business in silicon valley, worker output here surpasses average worker prod






wikileaks founder julian assange says he will help silicon valley, but they’re m


wikileaks founder julian assange said he will help tech companies fix flaws cited in the cia documents leaked by the hacktivist organization, but silicon valley doesn’t seem to be interested, according to a report by the guardian. wikileaks recently dumped a trove of cia documents, dubbed “vault 7,” revealing hacking tools used by the agency to…






silicon valley's best performing companies -- and the worst


what public tech company in silicon valley had the best sales growth in 2016? which had the biggest drop in sales? who added — or cut — the most employees? we have the answers in our latest silicon valley 150. here are the top 10 winners and losers of 2016 by category:salessales grew 2% to $849 billion during 2016, the smallest increase since 2009 when sales actually dropped from the year before in the wake of the great recession. the number of companies reporting sales gains, however, grew to 121, up from 106 the year before. both ipos on this year’s list were also among the top 10 sales gainers: nutanix and twilio.workforcejobs grew 0.7% in 2016, down from a 4.5% increase the year before. three out of 4 companies and 5 of the 7 sectors added workers, led by a 9% increase in employees at






hbo’s silicon valley gets renewed for fifth season, erlich bachman won’t return


hbo confirmed today that silicon valley will indeed be returning for a fifth season, but one of its stars, t.j. miller, who plays the ever moronic erlich bachman, will not be rejoining the cast.the emmy-nominated show chronicles the pivots and pitfalls of startup life in silicon valley with a style that’s always current and sometimes a bit too real. real-life tech executives like twitter’s former ceo dick costolo have worked with the show’s writers to refine its skewers on the tech industry.miller’s departure was confirmed by hbo to variety:“the producers of silicon valley and t.j. miller have mutually agreed that t.j. will not return for season 5. in erlich bachman, t.j. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his co






hbo’s silicon valley gets renewed for fifth season, erlich bachman won’t return


hbo confirmed today that silicon valley will indeed be returning for a fifth season, but one of its stars, t.j. miller, who plays the ever moronic erlich bachman, will not be rejoining the cast.the emmy-nominated show chronicles the pivots and pitfalls of startup life in silicon valley with a style that’s always current and sometimes a bit too real. real life tech executives like twitter’s former ceo dick costolo have worked with the show’s writers to refine its skewers on the tech industry.miller’s departure was confirmed by hbo to variety:“the producers of silicon valley and t.j. miller have mutually agreed that t.j. will not return for season 5. in erlich bachman, t.j. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his co






what does china’s tencent want with silicon valley?


hong kong—in its quest to expand its global reach, tencent holdings ltd. has quietly become china’s top corporate investor in silicon valley, pouring money into everything from electric cars to moonshot ventures such as space tourism and asteroid mining.tencent’s best-known investments are gaming companies, including “clash of clans” maker supercell oy of finland and “league of legends” maker riot games inc. but the internet giant...






silicon valley, not willing to wait, forges ahead on boosting minimum wage


san francisco—proponents of a $15 minimum wage have found fertile territory in silicon valley, where the region’s booming technology industry is credited for helping drive soaring housing prices and a sizable income gap.california is on track for a $15 minimum wage by 2022, but some silicon valley cities are opting to hit that target faster, prodded by a campaign aimed at organizing low-wage workers in the region.the city of...






silicon valley law firm gunderson dettmer’s legal advice for pied piper


gunderson dettmer is the law firm a good majority of tech startups turn to in the valley for fundings, mergers, licensing and other deals and it’s been in the business of offering tech companies everyday legal advice to everyone from oracle to doordash since the dot-com boom. it was ranked the “most active law firm globally” in pitchbook’s recently-released first quarter 2017 global venture capital league tables and closed more than 1,200 vc financing deals last year — so what advice does it have for richard hendrick’s character in hbo’s silicon valley right now?i don’t want to give away any spoilers for those who haven’t watched the latest episode but i did sit down with gunderson partner ivan gavira to get his take on the pied piper saga, his craziest deal and why silicon valley continue






realtors need to educate buyers, sellers on today’s housing market – the mercury


silicon valley’s housing market faces challenges like low housing affordability and a limited housing supply, but real estate experts believe real estate will continue to do well. it’s a tough market and it is up to realtors to educate buyers and sellers, according to a bay area real estate consultant.at a silicon valley of realtors meeting this month, carole rodoni, president of bamboo consulting, said silicon valley’s 7 percent growth has outpaced that of the state and nation because technology is driving the valley’s economy. companies here are growing, expanding and always creating something new, from driverless cars and robots to advancements in artificial intelligence. she noted there are 38 upcoming ipos, of which 12 are in silicon valley.just as its economy is booming, so is the re






asian tech firms look to climb out of silicon valley’s shadow


hong kong—hundreds of millions of newly connected consumers are giving asian tech firms a leg up against silicon valley in key emerging technologies.at the wall street journal’s d.live asia conference on friday, asia’s top technology investors and companies outlined how learnings from a massive and growing smartphone user base has informed the continent’s pursuits in artificial intelligence, a type of machine learning that needs...






asian tech firms look to climb out of silicon valley’s shadow


hong kong—hundreds of millions of newly connected consumers are giving asian tech firms a leg up against silicon valley in key emerging technologies.at the wall street journal’s d.live asia conference on friday, asia’s top technology investors and companies outlined how information gleaned from a massive and growing smartphone user base has informed the continent’s pursuits in artificial intelligence, a type of machine learning that...






fall of a giant, end of an era


sunnyvale — so long, yahoo — of late you’ve been a laughingstock, but you’re also remembered fondly for your pioneering contributions to the technology industry and silicon valley.the company’s tumultuous $4.5 billion sale to verizon is scheduled to close tuesday, almost a year after yahoo accepted the telecommunication titan’s bid.“yahoo’s imprint and impact on the valley will long outlive its own history,” said silicon valley leadership group ceo carl guardino. “for so many years, (its) creative culture and the individual leaders left an indelible mark on the valley.”yahoo’s drawn-out, painful demise seemed as much about the laws of nature as the laws of business, as it struggled in vain to keep its strength while a wily predator gobbled up its sustenance. and once that upstart google ca






silicon valley law firm gunderson dettmer’s legal advice for pied piper


gunderson dettmer is the law firm a good majority of tech startups turn to in the valley for fundings, mergers, licensing and other deals, and it’s been in the business of offering every-day legal advice to everyone from oracle to doordash since the dot-com boom. it was ranked the “most active law firm globally” in pitchbook’s recently released first quarter 2017 global venture capital league tables and closed more than 1,200 vc financing deals last year — so what advice does it have for richard hendricks’ character in hbo’s silicon valley?i don’t want to give away any spoilers for those who haven’t watched the latest episode, but i did sit down with gunderson partner ivan gavira to get his take on the pied piper saga, his craziest deal and why silicon valley continues to turn to him for t






silicon valley leaders target donald trump’s travel restrictions


leaders from across the technology industry criticized president donald trump’s temporary ban on foreign nationals from seven muslim-majority countries, ending weeks of cautious enga ent with the new president, whom many in silicon valley opposed. alphabet inc.’s google, apple inc., facebook inc., microsoft corp., uber technologies inc. and other companies expressed concern about the immigration order’s effect on their employees,...






inside the museum of failure: microsoft's kin to apple's pippin, the world's gre


some products should never have been made, but flops like coke 2, bic's 'she-pen', and nokia's n-gage still hold valuable lessons for innovators. to remind people of their value, organizational psychologist dr samuel west, has opened the museum of failure in the helsingborg, sweden."the point of the museum is to show how important failure is for success when it comes to innovation. we need to accept failure," west tells zdnet. european innovators haven't accepted failure in the way silicon valley has, but west notes that silicon valley firms often forget his second message about failure. "silicon valley has the right attitude when it comes to innovation and not stigmatizing failure. unfortunately, even silicon valley companies are horrible when it comes to learning from their failures, so






companies set records for profitability and productivity – the mercury news


for silicon valley’s biggest public companies, 2016 was the most profitable and productive year ever, as firms responded to slowing sales growth with even slower hiring, according to the sv150, this newspaper’s annual ranking of silicon valley companies by revenue.investors seemed to respond favorably, driving the collective market cap up 20 percent — to $3.5 trillion — a level not reached since the height of the dot-com bubble 17 years ago.“people are betting on their future and that explains why their valuations are so high,” said analyst tim bajarin of creative strategies. “silicon valley has its ups and downs, but it’s one of the most resourceful areas of the world, that continues to reinvent itself.”profits for the sv150 grew at a faster clip than sales, rising 6.8 percent to $142 bil






how to kill a golden age


so i was sitting in the theatre of salt in florence with my friend jo discussing golden ages, as one inevitably does when in florence — it having been the birthplace of that most famous and most consequential of all golden ages, the renaissance — and i found myself speculating that silicon valley’s own ongoing golden age is at real risk of ending soon.i don’t think anyone would dispute that the last several decades have been a golden age. first intel and hewlett-packard, then apple and cisco, then alphabet and facebook, as silicon and networks and software ate the world. today three of the world’s five largest publicly traded companies are headquartered within ten miles of mountain view, and the other two are in the valley’s symbiotic satellite seattle.it is now widely taken for granted th






ywca silicon valley's "walk a mile in her shoes"


var _ndnq = _ndnq || []; _ndnq.push([’embed’]);photos and video: ywca silicon valley’s walk a mile in her shoes event over 550 participants, mostly men, walked in women’s shoes for ywca silicon valley’s “walk a mile in her shoes” at santana row in san jose, on wednesday. the event, held to raise awareness and money to end violence against women, featured city officials, including san jose mayor sam liccardo, san jose police chief eddie garcia and san jose fire chief curtis jacobson. the event raised over $150,000 for ywca silicon valley, an organization that annually serves over 10,000 individuals impacted by violence.






sexism and silicon valley: women can't raise cash and now we have one more reaso


the sexual harassment scandal in silicon valley is shining the spotlight on the challenges women face trying to raise funding for tech start-ups.        






serena williams accepts a new challenge — in silicon valley


she says wants to help tech companies diversify their workforces.        






silicon valley workers to protest against donald trump | usa news


silicon valley workers are gearing up for a demonstration against what participants call the discriminatory policymaking of us president donald trump and his administration.organisers said tuesday's protest in palo alto was part of a small but growing bid against a white house that is targeting some of the us tech industry's less-seen employees: many of the people of colour and immigrants who either drive innovation or do the blue-collar jobs that keep silicon valley business running."a lot of people came to silicon valley because they were sold on that belief that we're doing amazing things," said brad taylor, a silicon valley software engineer who founded tech stands up, the nonprofit organisation leading the charge for the us tech hub's social justice activism in the time of trump."trum






silicon valley companies among those that pay the most


san jose — several bay area tech companies, including search giant google and cloud software firm vmware, are among those that pay employees the highest wages, according to a glassdoor.com survey.palo alto-based vmware, san francisco-based splunk, san jose-based cadence design systems, mountain view-based google, an alphabet unit, menlo park-based facebook, santa clara-based nvidia, sunnyvale-based juniper networks, mountain view-based linkedin, san francisco-based salesforce, mountain view-based synopsys and redwood city-based informatica were the top 10 bay area companies to make the list of 25.all told, 14 of the top 25 companies on the glassdoor list have their headquarters in the bay area. two more on the list, amazon’s lab 126 and walmart ecommerce, have major operations in silicon v






silicon valley workers to protest against donald trump | usa news


silicon valley workers are gearing up for a demonstration against what participants call the discriminatory policymaking of us president donald trump and his administration.organisers said tuesday's protest in palo alto was part of a small but growing bid against a white house that is targeting some of the us tech industry's less-seen employees: many of the people of colour and immigrants who either drive innovation or do the blue-collar jobs that keep silicon valley business running."a lot of people came to silicon valley because they were sold on that belief that we're doing amazing things," said brad taylor, a silicon valley software engineer who founded tech stands up, the nonprofit leading the charge for the us tech hub's social justice activism in the time of trump."trump is enacting






tech stands up: silicon valley rally held against trump | usa news


silicon valley workers are holding a demonstration against what participants call the discriminatory policymaking of us president donald trump and his administration.organisers said tuesday's protest in palo alto was part of a small but growing bid against a white house that is targeting some of the us tech industry's less-seen employees: many of the people of colour and immigrants who either drive innovation or do the blue-collar jobs that keep silicon valley business running."a lot of people came to silicon valley because they were sold on that belief that we're doing amazing things," said brad taylor, a silicon valley software engineer who founded tech stands up, the nonprofit organisation leading the charge for the us tech hub's social justice activism in the time of trump."trump is en






tech stands up: silicon valley rally held against trump | usa news


hundreds of protesters have attended a demonstration held by silicon valley workers against what participants call the discriminatory policymaking of us president donald trump and his administration.organisers said tuesday's rally in palo alto was part of a small but growing bid against a white house that is targeting some of the us tech industry's less-seen employees: many of the people of colour and immigrants who either drive innovation or do the blue-collar jobs that keep silicon valley business running.the rally featured more than 20 speakers from both tech companies and civil society groups."a lot of people came to silicon valley because they were sold on that belief that we're doing amazing things," said brad taylor, a silicon valley software engineer who founded tech stands up, the






new program taps tech executives to serve one-year stint as innovation mentors i


a new program sends seasoned executives from slack, linkedin, paypal and other tech companies to live and work in an underserved city and act as mentors to the entrepreneurship and innovation communities there.venture for america's executive in residence program is meant to engage tech companies, especially those based in silicon valley, with talent across the country who may not have access to the same resources, said venture for america's west coast president leslie miley, who previously worked in engineering leadership roles at slack, twitter, apple, and google.more for cxosan engineering leader or product development manager might be placed in an innovation hub or venture capitalist firm in columbus, providence, or baltimore, to work for a year across a portfolio of companies. this lea






the pentagon's silicon valley outpost is bringing "robotic wingmen" to the battl


photo: gettydiux is an initiative by the department of defense that has set up in silicon valley to incubate special projects and it’s starting to roll out some fully formed concepts. the latest prototype the program has produced would allow maverick to fly with a robotic goose, and it’s totally okay if this wingman dies.elon musk, the billionaire businessman who wants to literally die on mars after he puts an electric …read more the defense innovation unit experimental (duix) was founded by former secretary of defense ash carter as a sort of liaison between the dod and innovators who wouldn’t want to work in the military environment. the red tape-laden process of working within the government is the opposite of the move fast and break things mindset that silicon valley adores. so companie






the pentagon's silicon valley outpost is bringing "robotic wingmen" to the battl


photo: gettydiux is an initiative by the department of defense that has set up in silicon valley to incubate special projects and it’s starting to roll out some fully formed concepts. the latest prototype the program has produced would allow maverick to fly with a robotic goose, and it’s totally okay if this wingman dies.elon musk, the billionaire businessman who wants to literally die on mars after he puts an electric …read more the defense innovation unit experimental (duix) was founded by former secretary of defense ash carter as a sort of liaison between the dod and innovators who wouldn’t want to work in the military environment. the red tape-laden process of working within the government is the opposite of the move fast and break things mindset that silicon valley adores. so companie






the pentagon's silicon valley outpost is bringing "robotic wingmen" to the battl


photo: gettydiux is an initiative by the department of defense that has set up in silicon valley to incubate special projects and it’s starting to roll out some fully formed concepts. the latest prototype the program has produced would allow maverick to fly with a robotic goose, and it’s totally okay if this wingman dies.elon musk, the billionaire businessman who wants to literally die on mars after he puts an electric …read more the defense innovation unit experimental (duix) was founded by former secretary of defense ash carter as a sort of liaison between the dod and innovators who wouldn’t want to work in the military environment. the red tape-laden process of working within the government is the opposite of the move fast and break things mindset that silicon valley adores. so companie