theranos and silicon valley story
Medical Technology Start Ups

Why I Won’t Use Theranos

I recently went to hear Elizabeth Holmes in person speaking in Santa Clara. She’s Theranos’ founder and CEO and a media darling. I loved the focus and single mindedness that shined through her story of knowing since childhood there…

robots
Start Ups

THE BEAM (which is not a robot) Dream

 BEAM STORE, Palo Alto, California A couple walks by the storefront, does a double take and stands transfixed staring at what looks like a computer screen on legs having a conversation on the sidewalk with some people. Curious they…

General Start Ups

Note (dot) Cards from the iPhone

I’m ready.  Have Traveling Pepper and I will write to you. I will thank you, invite you, love you, want you, send good wishes, say hello and good-bye and anything in-between.  Yes, that’s how much I like it. But it goes…

bitcoin silicon valley
Bitcoins Start Ups

Are You Using Bitcoin?

He followed me out of the coffee bar and said, “Excuse me, was that a Bitcoin transaction you just did?” Since he was behind me in line at Coupa Cafe, Palo Alto’s only retail place I know to use…

Diversity problem in tech
Diversity Voices

Meetup for Whites Only

  Diversity problem in Silicon Valley? Big time. I was going to write about something else  but when I opened this email for a new meet-up: http://www.meetup.com/WHITE-STARTUP-INVESTORS-AND-FOUNDERS/ and my jaw dropped, and my brain went to the news today…

NMEFCU
General Voices

Bye to VISA and NMEFCU: Future Tech is Coming

        Disruption, change the world, make it a better place – these are phrases  heard all the time in Silicon Valley.  There are  start ups everywhere – in my garage I have a palm ID biometric tech start…

Varsity Theatre
General

The Varsity On University Ave. Palo Alto

This is a walk down Memory Lane. As the Varsity is about to rebirth as a co-sharing work and coffee bar, let us remember all the good things the building has given us, bookstore, yes, but especially the bar,…