December 19, 2017 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost contributed by Nate LeBlanc, Business Development Manager, San Jose Downtown Association 2017 was a year of strong growth for cafés and restaurants in Downtown San Jose, marked by the opening of some great new places. I’m going to highlight some stando…

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December 12, 2017 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Downtown San José was showing its best side on Dec. 11. As night fell, the lights from Christmas in the Park blinked on, and more than a hundred tech workers, real estate professionals, elected officials, philanthropists and City employees gathered on the eighth floor …

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25 Ways to Attract a Student Talent Pipeline into Manufacturing

November 20, 2017 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

By Alyssa Lynch, Superintendent of Metropolitan Education District Businesses are feeling the painful effects from the lack of well-trained people in the trades. There is a nationwide skills gap to fill 5.7 million job openings. Since the 1960s, vocational education pro…

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Wanted – Boring Walls!

October 30, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

From their offices at WeWork in Downtown San Jose, the growing number of employees at SprayPrinter have a fantastic view of Silicon Valley’s urban center. But for them, the increasing number of buildings here is something besides a nice view. It’s inventory. The com…

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October 26, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

Inside the downtown San Jose offices of Kika Tech, the first thing you notice are the emoji pillows. They’re all manner of happy faces: Ecstatically laughing. Smirky. Sad-faced. So-angry-it-looks-like-it-will-pop. Kika knows a thing or two about these cultural icons o…

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San Jose – the best fit for Amazon HQ2

October 19, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

Take a look at Amazon’s wish list for locating “HQ2” – its second headquarters – and it’s clear that San Jose checks the boxes: A welcoming business climate? Got that. Highly educated workforce? In spades. Arts and culture? Allow me to show you our SoFA arts…

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Future of Retail — “hunters,” “experiencers” and “fitness buffs”

September 25, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

The retail industry’s uncertain prognosis received yet another jolt in September with news that Toys R Us was filing for bankruptcy. But Bay Area retail experts are finding ways to thrive in this brave new world that’s been rocked by online shopping. “It’s a…

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June 20, 2017 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

Earlier this month I sat on a panel for FlexFactor at Willow Glen High School. A class of about 30 AP Biology students broken up into small teams gave “Shark Tank” style pitches about devices and products they designed, utilizing flexible circuit technology. Applica…

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Boutique Urban Gym opens in historic Downtown building

June 16, 2017 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

When you see the rows of treadmills and gym equipment in the window of the historic Sperry Flour building on North 3rd Street, do not mistake what you are seeing for run-of-the-mill heath club. Indeed, there are people on stair climbers and squatting with barbells as in…

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June 15, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

BART Silicon Valley – the extension of Bay Area Rapid Transit into Santa Clara County — continues to move forward. On Wednesday, June 14, VTA invited community partners to get an up-close and personal look at the progress. In short, things are moving along.  Fo…

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Bentek – Advanced Power is Here to Stay

May 16, 2017 by Tina Kapoor | Blog

Solar energy has always been a “hot” discussion topic. Recent estimates by the U.S. Energy Information Administration show that utility-scale solar generation capacity will grow at a faster pace any other form of energy source. Fortunately, in Silicon Valley, many …

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Manufacturing Series: Here’s what’s driving Velodyne LiDAR’s big San Jose plans

April 27, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

You might not know the name Velodyne LiDar Inc., but there’s a good chance the technology the company pioneered will radically change the way you get around in the not-too-distant future. And a new factory it’s establishing in south San Jose will help accelerate tha…

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April 17, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

When Ray Zinn set off to start his own semiconductor company in 1978, he did the obvious thing: Met with VCs on Sand Hill Road. It wasn’t a fit. “It was clear that VCs had a different view of how to run a company,” Zinn recalled recently. “I want…

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Manufacturing Series: SurfaceInk, the brains behind the gadget

March 16, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

Perched in a display case inside the downtown San José office of SurfaceInk is a hit parade of consumer electronics: Palm devices, Apple iPhones, Amazon Kindles, and  enough routers, printers – even a few toys – to stock a Fry’s megastore. They’ve all been she…

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Manufacturing Series: Velodyne LiDAR Drives into San José

February 27, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

You might not know the name Velodyne LiDar Inc., but there’s a good chance the technology the company pioneered will radically change the way you get around in the not-too-distant future. And a new factory it’s establishing in South San José will help accelerate th…

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AC Hotel Opens in San Jose

February 7, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

If you have tried to get a weekday room in Silicon Valley over the last couple of years, you’ll know the following rules: Book early. Cast a wide net. And be prepared to pay up. But now a little rain has fallen on the long drought of hotel construction in downtown San…

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Woman-Owned Naprotek Is Electronics Manufacturing Success Story

December 22, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

  The Bay Area has long been the epicenter for advanced electronics manufacturing. Predominantly concentrated in the San Jose metro, the industry is buoyed through its proximity to both incumbent and up-and-coming hardware companies, decades of intellectual capital…

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SVMR panel: Manufacturing training available, but where are the students?

December 13, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

Last week OED hosted Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable 2016. One of the panels was planned to highlight the need of Silicon Valley companies for trained manufacturing workers . The panel consisted of Michael Chissell, who runs training programs for San Jose-base…

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When is local manufacturing right for hardware startups?

December 13, 2016 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

Local manufacturing is a hot topic these days. So it’s no surprise it took center stage at a recent convening of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable held at Samsung Semiconductor USA in North San Jose. As moderator, I had a chance to engage with four emerging …

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San Jose is Key to Bay Area’s Manufacturing Ecosystem

December 2, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

It is unusual for the mayors of the Bay Area’s four largest cities to appear together publicly. However, On November 17, San Jose’s Mayor Liccardo was joined by his counterparts from San Francisco, Oakland, and Fremont to support local manufacturing at the Inaugur…

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Inside BriteLab, San Jose manufacturer of high-tech skateboards and 3D printers

November 22, 2016 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

A one-wheeled electric skateboard that zooms along at 14 mph. A mobile telepresence robot with a friendly “face.” A high-end 3D printer that can link up to up to dozens of its siblings, creating a massive, automated production line. Very different products, to be su…

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High-Tech-Employees Turned Artisinal – The Wood Connection Hand-Crafts Custom Cabinets in San Jose

November 14, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

  The perception of Silicon Valley is tech, tech and more tech. But some thriving businesses in San Jose focus on artisanal skills, even if their founders started out in tech.  One of these is part of a thriving little community of custom cabinet-making, in the Mo…

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