The ugly way to become rich

There is no shortage of promoters of wealth-building schemes.

Mountain View startup uses AI for self-help skincare management

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Mountain View-based SkinIQ, an online platform aimed at helping people manage skin conditions, plans to launch later this year. The team includes, from left, Geoff Seyon, co-founder and chief artificial intelligence officer; Clare Lee, product manager; Afsana Akhter, co-founder and CEO; and Janhavi Singhal, head of customer advocacy.

This column is Part 2 in a two part series focusing on artificial intelligence. Part 1 ran May 8.

I had the opportunity to interview Afsana Akhter, co-founder and CEO of SkinIQ – an artificial-intelligence-powered platform that helps people manage their skin conditions, starting with acne, with future plans to include other skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, melanoma and more.


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The Post hosts musical, comedy acts Saturday

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The Post restaurant in downtown Los Altos is set to present an evening of music and comedy 8 p.m. Saturday, aiming to boost the nightlife scene.

The Post restaurant in downtown Los Altos is scheduled to host a pair of bands and a master of ceremonies doubling as comedic relief 8 p.m. Saturday.

Located at 395 Main St., The Post serves locally sourced comfort food and craft drinks. Owner Vickie Breslin said the event aims to “give the dining and nightlife scene a musical variety twist” by featuring bands Dorian Mode and Lady and The Tramps and comedian Ian Williams.

I'm moving: What should I do with all my stuff?

Let’s face it, we are collectors. We hold onto many things far longer than we probably should. Many of us were raised by people for whom the Depression was very real, but it’s nearly 2020.

If you’re selling your house, you’ll probably need to get rid of a few things (OK, probably a lot more than a few), so following are answers to frequently asked questions about resources. A word of caution: There is a very limited market for second-hand things these days, so don’t get your hopes up for a windfall from selling your old Hummel figurines.

Affordability is California's 'Achilles' heel' says economist

When they presented the California Association of Realtors 2019 Mid-Year Market Forecast this month, association senior vice president and chief economist Leslie Appleton-Young and deputy chief economist Jordan Levine said that as of July, the U.S. was officially 10 years into its economic recovery period, the longest period of economic expansion on record.

According to the economists, the economy is healthy, with gross domestic product reaching 3.1% in the first quarter of this year. Unemployment dropped to 3.7% in June – the lowest in 55 years – and job growth totaled 1.5%. Consumer confidence has remained elevated. Interest rates are at an all-time low, dipping to 3.75% in June. There is speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve may lower rates even more.

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