Monthly Archives: September 2013

Is the South Bay or San Francisco the Innovation Capitol?

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September 27  |  Uncategorized  |   Carl Guardino

In the “great debate” as to whether the South Bay or San Francisco has become the epicenter of innovation, I would like to declare a clear winner … both!

When you step off a plane at San Francisco International Airport, signs from Mayor Ed Lee proclaim “Welcome to San Francisco, the Innovation Capitol of the World.” At Mineta San Jose International Airport, advertisements abound from high-tech companies that make it clear you have arrived in Silicon Valley.

While competition is good, and is certainly what makes our Innovation Economy the envy of the earth, it’s kind of silly to see some in the media constantly compare San Jose and San Francisco. As my friend Emmett Carson of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation recently stated at our Game Changers 2014, we should think of Silicon Valley as “Market Street to Market Street,” from Market Street in San Jose to Market Street in San Francisco. These bookends include all the incredible companies innovating in every community in between.

Is this definition of Silicon Valley too expansive for some? It was Bill Hewlett himself, co-founder of Hewlett Packard, who told the media 25 years ago that his vision of Silicon Valley was even bolder – running from Napa to Monterey.

Clearly, when a company in Santa Clara County prospers – or a start-up in San Francisco succeeds – our whole region benefits. Let’s compete, but let’s compete together against the rest of the world.

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Educare: Impacting Thousands of Kids in Our Community

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September 18  |  Education  |   Carl Guardino

Ninety percent of a child’s brain development happens before age 5.

Yet ironically, our formal K-12 education system in the United States doesn’t begin until a child turns 5.

Enter Educare. Educare is an early childhood education center first launched nearly 10 years ago in Chicago. Today, there are Educare Early Childhood Education Centers in 20 communities across our country.

Educare focuses on under-served children and their families from birth to 5 years old, providing quality early childhood education for the children, and a full range of education and health services for their families.

Educare of California Silicon Valley will be based on the Santee Elementary School campus in East San Jose’s Franklin-McKinley School District. While it will be life changing for the 200-plus children it will annually serve, the game changer about Educare is its strength as a force-multiplier, a teaching hospital if you will, to educate 600 to 1,000 early childhood education teachers from throughout the region on an annual basis.

Since each early childhood education teacher annually instructs and cares for eight to 20 children, Educare Silicon Valley will annually impact at least 5,000 kids with quality pre-school.

In Silicon Valley, we are accustomed to leading the way. Yet sometimes, we can learn from the efforts of others. Building Educare in Silicon Valley provides us – and under-served kids and families – with a life-changing head start to succeed in Silicon Valley. To impact this effort, visit educaresv.org.

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