Business & Real Estate

Delvv digs to lighten mobile info overload

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Husband-wife duo Raefer Gabriel and Felice Miller Gabriel co-founded Delvv Inc., a mobile app development company that recently relocated to a colorful office space in downtown Los Altos.

Love it or hate it, most choose to keep it at hand.

The smartphone has become an integral resource for receiving and processing information. U.S. adults spend nearly two full days per month using apps on their smartphones, according to Nielsen research.


It's a spooky time for market

The past month’s volatility – which resulted in the worst quarter for U.S. stocks in four years – shows no sign of abating. In the three months ending in September, the Dow Jones industrial average sank 7.58 percent, or 1,334.81 points.


Old Port Lobster Shack coming to Los Altos

Courtesy of Sares Regis Group of Northern California
The Colonnade apartment community near the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real will soon feature Old Port Lobster Shack.

Seafood restaurant Old Port Lobster Shack is slated to open early next year in a corner retail space near the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real in Los Altos.

The restaurant, which has three other locations in the Bay Area, serves New England-style seafood and is perhaps best known for its lobster rolls.



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Balance competing goals and keep your savings from shriveling up

From the 1980s through the dot-com bust, you could have allocated a portion of your investment portfolio to money-market funds knowing that it would grow nearly risk-free at a rate at least 1 percent above the rate of inflation.


How to be the go-to source for your business

Courtesy of SILVAR
Social media guru Tim Hmelar speaks to local realtors at their monthly meeting in Los Altos.

For any business, two online marketing goals are to get found when people search for you and to get found when people search for your profession in a given area, according to “social media evangelist” Tim Hmelar, who spoke to members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors in Los Altos last month.

Some people believe that if they have a website, they will be found and clients will come.


Mompreneurs: Passion begets business

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Michelle Higgins took her interest in gardening and made it her industry with Contained Designs.

With the start of the school year, moms may suddenly discover that their days are largely child-free for the first time in years. Many wonder: What’s next? The answer, a local trend would suggest, is to transform a passion into a business.


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