By DesignMind
(Cross-posted from

Headed to San Jose for the PASS Business Analytics Conference? If you’re a typical geek, you’ll be excited to know that San Jose has the fastest public Wi-Fi network in the nation! 

Did you know San Jose is…
  • Located 45 minutes south of San Francisco and 5 hours north of Los Angeles.
  • The oldest civilian settlement in California, founded in 1777 by Spanish colonizers.
  • America’s leading patent generation city.
  • Northern California’s largest city with a population of 984,000 (yes, larger than San Francisco!).
  • The third largest city in California (after LA and San Diego).
  • The 10th largest city in the nation.
  • Perhaps the largest concentration of technology expertise in the world, with 6,600 technology companies.

Tech Museums

  • Tech Museum of Innovation (Downtown San Jose) - Three floors of “gizmos and gadgets” produced by Silicon Valley companies.
  • The Intel Museum (Santa Clara) - The museum is located at Intel’s headquarters and has exhibits of Intel’s products and history as well as semiconductor technology in general.
  • Computer History Museum (Mountain View – near Microsoft) - The Computer History Museum claims to house the largest and most significant collection of computing artifacts in the world.


Driving Tour of Silicon Valley

  • Stanford University (Palo Alto) - Stanford’s gorgeous 8,180-acre campus is the largest contiguous college campus in the United States.
  • Cisco Systems Campus (San Jose) - Drive through campus to see all 27 buildings. It’s incredible! See the map – you’ll find it off I-880.
  • The HP Garage (Palo Alto) - This small garage is considered “the Birthplace of Silicon Valley”; located at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto.
  • The Googleplex (Mountain View) - The Googleplex is the corporate headquarters complex of Google, Inc., located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway.
  • Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus (Mountain View) - Located at 1065 La Avenida, near the Computer History Museum.