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Legally lumpy mattress earns local lattes, goodwill

So you think you’ve seen everything? I’m in my sixth decade on the planet with, hopefully, a few more to go. I’ve been lucky in my profession – helping those in need using the law as my weapon of choice, with a pinch of logic and a skosh of wisdom mixed in. This job continues to turn up new, odd, amazing stories, and now I find myself sharing some of those stories with you through the Town Crier.

I’ve always had friends and family (like most attorneys) hitting me up for input and advice. I typically get a decent latte out of the deal. After I set up shop on Third Street downtown, I saw a slight uptick in my comped latte consumption. I am typically happy to listen, as it’s nice to help friends and neighbors and, from time to time, it leads to a decent paycheck.

Beauty for the boardroom: Los Altos startup styles for work, after hours

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The Los Altos-based BFab app builds on Silicon Valley singularities to style everything from participants in an Indian wedding, above, to business leaders going on camera.

Los Altos resident Sharon Cimring met business partner Margo Myers through their teenage daughters. Cimring had worked as a hairdresser in South Africa before moving to the Bay Area, and when they took their daughters for a birthday day out in San Francisco and visited a blow-dry bar just opening in Pacific Heights, they saw a common interest.

“I was a social worker still trying to figure out what to do with my life,” Myers recalled. “Sharon said, ‘Let’s open up something like this in Los Altos.’”

Psychiatry startup incorporates tech to connect

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Savant Care Inc. Operations Manager Laura Jefferson demonstrates the face-tracking technology psychiatrists can employ to help patients recognize emotions and practice meditation.

A Los Altos-based startup is tapping into technology to help measure a person’s wellness from the inside out.

“There’s no thermometer for mental health,” said Laura Jefferson, operations manager of Savant Care Inc. “We’ve been lacking this sort of quantification to track and also predict.”


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