Spectrum Interior Design moves down the road to MV

Spectrum Interior Design, founded in Los Altos by resident Amy Fischer nearly six years ago, is in the process of relocating to a larger site in Mountain View and will most likely celebrate its sixth anniversary in its new digs April 1.

The company expanded twice at its old First Street address, eventually occupying three suites on two floors, but it still wasn’t as much space as it needed, prompting the move, according to Fischer.

Year of the Earth Dog will bring chaos and market volatility

The year 2018 will be filled with highs and lows, but have no fear, as the economy should improve by Labor Day, according to astrologer and feng shui master Y.C. Sun.

To mark Chinese New Year and the Year of the Earth Dog, Sun recently shared his forecast with members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.

Los Altos startup brings consumer ratings technology to world of scientific discovery

Los Altos resident Karin Lachmi founded Bioz with the goal of helping scientists like herself make faster, smarter decisions about how they plan experimental procedures.

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Daniel Levitt and Karin Lachmi lead the Bioz team based in Los Altos and Israel.

If Bioz’ research tool does its job, it will forward scientific discovery by making the experimental process more informed, reducing trial and error and increasing accuracy. The life sciences startup in downtown Los Altos is on the way to raising nearly $30 million in early funding rounds.

How to deal with a car dealer who fails to deliver the title

I am a local resident and business owner, and my law office, which currently employs three attorneys, handles consumer issues on a statewide basis.

Most of our matters revolve around automobile issues, ranging from lemon laws, where the manufacturer makes a bad car, to auto fraud, where a selling dealer rips off a consumer.

Writing what she knows: LA resident secures major deal for debut novel

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Those who know Kathy Wang only through a glossy photo on a book jacket won’t glimpse baby Vivienne and toddler Daniel, who co-sponsored her novel through naps and, in the case of the baby, not arriving too early as Wang wrote and queried agents at high speed.

Here’s a love story to the harried naptimes and uncertain bedtimes of early parenthood: Los Altos resident Kathy Wang managed to use those moments over the past year to write a novel, pick up an agent and snag a significant deal with William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers.

Anyone who remembers the chaos of early parenthood could be forgiven some gently envious chagrin at Wang’s story of determination and a son who’s an amazing napper. But the business behind her success is almost as interesting – she learned the publishers’ market using skills built as a Harvard MBA and product manager.

Afficient Academy puts twist on tutoring for local students

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Afficient Academy teacher Janet Larwood works with Lucas Wang, 7, in the Los Altos location that opened in December.

The idea for Jiayuan Fang’s learning center business, Afficient Academy, was born when the electrical engineer realized that his children’s progress wasn’t effectively being measured at their after-school tutoring program.

“(When) they gave you the next week’s worksheets, they do not know how well you did in the previous week,” Fang said of a nationally known after-school program. “The feedback is very slow. So when they figure out how you do, they give you additional worksheets to repeat it several weeks later.”

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