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The Silicon Valley Junto
Thoughtful Conversations About Topics That Matter
The SV Junto is an in-person, informal gathering of business
and technology professionals in the Silicon Valley to discuss non-business
issues and embrace the life of the mind. We believe that breakthrough
insights occur at the intersection of ideas and cultures and, as such,
it is critical for business and tech folks to exercise the mental muscles
of philosophy, sociology, religion, and so forth. Go contribute at our
The Silicon Valley Junto is open to any person involved in high tech,
entrepreneurship, or business in general. We want intellectual diversity,
but are limiting it to these industries so everyone can speak the same
language. It also provides an opportunity to meet and greet peers.
When and Where?
The Silicon Valley Junto meets once a quarter in both Palo Alto and San
Francisco. View meeting
What's Being Discussed at the Next Junto?
This is most important! Visit the Topics
page on our wiki to contribute to the list of topics and ideas. At our
inaugural meeting we discussed Americanism as an idea.
In 1727, Benjamin Franklin convinced 12 of his friends to form a club
dedicated to mutual improvement. Meeting one night a week, these young
men discussed the topics of the day. Junto, pronounced who-n-toe, was
a private forum for discussion and as a surreptitious instrument for leading
public opinion. One of the functions of the group was to brainstorm publicly
beneficial ideas. They recommended books, shopkeepers, and friends to
each other. They fostered self-improvement through discussions on topics
related to philosophy, morals, economics, and politics. (Courtesy of Junto
"Man's mind stretched to a new idea never
goes back to its original dimensions." - Oliver Wendell