Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot”- Combining the Best With the Rest!

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July 30  |  Uncategorized  |   Carl Guardino

Here’s Food for Thought . . . “turkey” will be well-represented at the London Olympics. Not the country, per se, but our own “turkey,” as in the Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot.

In just our first seven years, the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot – held each Thanksgiving morning – has already served up at least 24 past and present Olympians participating in our elite race, with five athletes participating in this year’s London Olympics, several with bay area ties:

* Ryan Hall: the former Stanford stand-out, and 2nd place finisher in our 2006 Turkey Trot, will represent Team USA in the marathon.

* Shannon Rowberry: Born and raised in San Francisco, and 2nd place finisher in our 2007 Turkey Trot, will represent Team USA in the 1,500 meters.

* Diego Estrada: From Salinas, finished 3rd in last year’s Turkey Trot, and will race for his birth nation Mexico in the 10,000 meters.  Diego is now an American citizen, but USA Olympic rules require two years of citizenship before racing for his new country.

As we watch athletes from around the globe race in London this week, don’t forget that you can watch them even closer to home – or better yet, run or walk yourself – in downtown San Jose this Thanksgiving morning – at our own Silicon Valley Turkey Trot.  Register today at

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Trust Voters, We’re Smarter Than You Think

July 19  |  Federal Issues, Government Relations  |   Carl Guardino

Here’s Food For Thought . . . treat us like adults.

The presidential election is still three months away, and both major political parties are already treating voters like children, sending out messages that tear us down rather than communicate solutions that lift us up.

A message to both the Obama and Romney campaigns: Voters are smarter than you think. We want leaders who will engage in complex conversations rather than speeches in sound bites.

Let’s start with global competition. The Obama campaign inaccurately attacks employers trying to compete globally as “Shipping American jobs overseas.”  The Romney campaign inaccurately counter-attacks that the president employs “Crony capitalism to companies overseas.”


This is Silicon Valley. Companies, large or small, have facilities, equipment and people around the globe because customers and markets are located around the globe.

We know that 95 percent of the world’s population, 95 percent of the world’s markets, are outside of the United States. You cannot compete in those markets without business operations in or near those markets.

President Obama and Governor Romney, you’re both smart and successful people. Elevate the debate. Complex issues deserve more than sound bite solutions based on fear – rather than facts.

Trust voters.  We’re smarter than you think.

Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s 35th Anniversary

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July 11  |  Government Relations, Housing, Tax Policy, Transportation  |   Carl Guardino

Here’s food for thought… Are you making your mark or simply marking time?

Thursday July 18, marks the 35th anniversary of when HP Co-founder David Packard created the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Today, 375 CEOs personally engage to strengthen the economic health and quality of life of our region, state and nation.

Through Packard’s vision, the impacts have been measurable:

* In the 1980s, the Leadership Group co-led Measure A, which built Highway 85 and improved 101 and 237.

* In the 1990s, the Leadership Group led Measures A and B, delivering 19 key road and rail improvements on-time and on-budget.

* In 2000 and 2008, the Leadership Group co-led sales tax measures to fund the capital construction and operations costs to bring BART to Silicon Valley.

* In 2000, the Leadership Group established the Housing Trust Fund, which has already helped 10,000 families secure homes in high-cost Silicon Valley.

* And most recently, the Leadership Group led the effort to secure a Regional Patent Office in Silicon Valley.

Can private citizens truly make a difference? As David Packard proved, we can – and we must – if our Valley will continue to drive the earth’s Innovation Economy.


Silicon Valley Named Destination for a United States Patent Office

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July 2  |  Federal Issues  |   Carl Guardino

Here’s Food for Thought . . . After 225 years, the United States Patent Office has made the decision to come to their customers, rather than make their customers come to them.

Yes, throughout our nation’s history, inventors and entrepreneurs primarily had to travel to Virginia to meet with patent examiners.

Imagine anywhere else where a $3 billion business was not located in closer proximity to their customers.

That is soon to change.

After a three-year effort by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Congresswoman Lofgren and her colleagues Anna Eshoo and Mike Honda, Senators Feinstein and Boxer, and San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Silicon Valley has been selected for one of our nation’s first regional patent offices.

In a competitive process which garnered 600 applicants from across the country, the Commerce Department selected just three locations to join Detroit for a regional patent office: Denver, Dallas and Silicon Valley.

California, home to one of every four patents granted in the U.S., with half of those coming from Silicon Valley, is a natural fit.

Hats off to Patent Director Kappos and acting Commerce Secretary Blank for selecting the earth’s epicenter of innovation for the regional patent office.