Employer & Industry Insights

NOVA staff interact with employers from throughout Silicon Valley on a regular basis. We've created this page as a place to share some of this information — and other relevant articles and websites — that provide insights into what's going on with local employers and regional industries.

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Employer/Industry Information

  • Silicon Valley, Bay Area poised for manufacturing revival
    Source: Siliconvalley.com
    Silicon Valley is leading a regional resurgence in manufacturing, as rising costs in China, galloping gains in technology and the Bay Area's brainpower position the region as a manufacturing force for years to come.
  • Facebook, LinkedIn Changing Employee-Recruitment Methods: Report 
    Source: eWeek.com
    The rise of social media, particularly Facebook and LinkedIn, is changing the way businesses find new talent.
  • Business Confidence Survey 
    Source: Bay Area Council
    This quarterly report from the Bay Area Council shows employers signaling caution about hiring, expressing modest optimism for economic growth over the next six months and giving the regional economy much higher marks than the national economy.
  • California Biomedical Industry Report (PDF:2.6MB)
    The 2012 California Biomedical Industry report quantifies the life sciences industry's contributions to the state's economy, employment, and public health. 

  • Help Wanted Online series (national data)
    Help Wanted Online series (California data by region)
    Source: The Conference Board
    The Help Wanted Online (HWOL) program provides data on online advertised job demand and is published monthly by the Conference Board, an independent business research association.

Local Companies with Promising Hiring Outlook

  • Growing startup stays in South Bay where talent is
    Source: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal 7/20/12
    BloomReach, which makes "big data" marketing applications, is moving across Mountain View to space that's almost four times as big as the company's current 8,800-square-foot office. The company has grown from about 60 people in February to about 80 today.
  • Blue Jeans tackles fragmentation in video conferencing
    Source: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal 7/20/12
    ...the company plans to use its most recent round of financing to begin to hire and aggressively market itself. The company is currently at about 70 employees in Mountain View and...wants to at least double that in the next year.
  • Appcelerator starts new fund for app startups
    Source: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal 10/5/12
    ...the company has been named "The Next Big Thing" by the Wall Street Journal.
  • Axient's cloud backup born out of failure
    Source: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal 10/12/12
    Axcient's technology has led to a doubling of employees...
  • Tech veteran, upstart team for flashy success
    Source: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal 10/26/12
    [Pure Storage] has raised $95 million and has become something of a Silicon Valley darling.

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