Annual Fall Festival falls victim to other October celebrations

Los Altos Fall Festival
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Los Altos’ 2017 Fall Festival featured pumpkins, rides, face painting and more.

The annual Los Altos Fall Festival, which has signaled autumn’s arrival as much as the changing leaf colors along Foothill Expressway and the pumpkins lining Main Street storefronts, will not take place this year, largely due to competition from other October festivities.

Bonjour, Mon Ami: Stanford graduates bring senior companionship model to Los Altos

Photo courtesy of Mon Ami
Co-founder Madeline Dangerfield-Cha assists retired Stanford professor Ralph with writing his memoir.

Two Stanford University business school graduates believed in their company’s senior companionship model so much that they advertised themselves as the first to pilot it on Craigslist and Nextdoor. Their strategy worked, and now they have expanded to Los Altos.

Transactions for the week of October 3

Los Altos

100 First Street No. 207, Moore Trust to Poonen Trust for $1,660,000

601 Hawthorne Avenue, Yim Trust to Rumao Trust for $4,600,000

LA Chamber president slated to retire in spring

Los Altos Chamber of Commerce President Pat Kapp is set to retire in the spring and hand her position off to an undetermined individual, Kapp confirmed at the end of last week.

Kapp joined the Chamber in February 2017 in preparation for the retirement of her predecessor, Julie Rose, longtime president.

Credit freezes are now free


Under a new federal law passed Sept. 21, consumers can freeze and unfreeze their credit files at no cost at each of the nationwide credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian and Trans- Union.

Avaamo teaches computers to talk like people

Courtesy of Avaamo
Avaamo Inc. co-founders Sriram Chakravarthy, left, and Ram Menon are happy to call Los Altos home to one of their conversational artificial intelligence company’s offices.

One Los Altos company has been quietly working away on Second Street creating the future of how humans and computers will interact.

Co-founder and CEO Ram Menon, a Los Altos resident for the past 17 years, created Avaamo Inc. because he saw a huge shift coming in human-computer interaction. The way he sees it, there have been a few major changes in the way people interact with computers: the graphical user interface, the creation of the mouse and the use of touch for mobile phones. With each wave of technology, the time before that technology became almost unthinkable. And he thinks the next stage is coming: talk.

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