LARC prepares Matrix launch

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Los Altos Research Center plans to open its doors next month to introduce the Matrix, a new data-sharing program that seeks to take on and eventually replace the internet.

While Peet’s Coffee & Tea on State Street bustles with customers, things are much quieter next door at Los Altos Research Center.

The storefront is usually empty and easy to walk past without noticing. You have to ring a doorbell to gain entry, if you’re lucky enough to score an invite.

LAH couple donates $50M to Iowa State business school

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Los Altos Hills residents Jerry and Debbie Ivy donated $50 million to the Iowa State University College of Business. Their gift will primarily support a supply chain management program.

Los Altos Hills residents Debbie and Jerry Ivy’s $50 million donation to the Iowa State University College of Business, the largest in the university’s history, has led to another Iowa State first.

Pending approval of the Iowa Board of Regents, the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business will be the first donor-named college at the university.

Local fitness company celebrates finding time to move, one day at a time

Mountain View resident Reena Vokoun’s parent-and-child yoga classes, filmed for broadcast via YouTube, are a family affair. Vokoun, owner of Passion Fit, teaches a variety of high-energy classes.

Mountain View resident Reena Vokoun’s passion for balancing mind and body found a first local outlet when she began leading yoga at her sons’ Springer School, focusing on body awareness, breathing and mindfulness – tools to manage stress and hone focus and balance.

Her idea found a fit with local parents, too, and three years ago she founded a wellness business – Passion Fit – to expand her adult offering to nearby companies as well as online.

A new look at Silicon Valley's oldest startup

Courtesy of Webb McKinney
Los Altos resident Webb McKinney’s book “Becoming Hewlett Packard” is being translated into Chinese and Russian.

With startups like Uber splashed across the headlines – for better or worse – it’s easy to forget that tech juggernaut Hewlett-Packard Co. launched in a Palo Alto garage, the brainchild of two Stanford University grads.

While Silicon Valley has reinvented itself several times over since then, former HP executive Webb McKinney, a Los Altos resident and co-author of “Becoming Hewlett Packard: Why Strategic Leadership Matters,” thinks that today’s newest companies can still learn from Silicon Valley’s oldest startup.


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Breathe Holistic Health aims to bring breath of fresh air to Los Altos

courtesy of Liat Hod
The staff of Breathe Holistic Health strives to offer an oasis for Silicon Valley residents in search of relaxation and restoration.

Amid the frantic pace of Silicon Valley, an oasis of calm recently cropped up in Los Altos. Or at least that’s what Breathe Holistic Health hopes to bring to the area, according to owner Liat Hod.

“Los Altos is a very health-conscious as well as self-motivated community,” said Hod, a licensed acupuncturist. “At the same time, it’s a hub for the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley. We wanted a place to allow for people to come together for restoration and relaxation.”

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