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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.

What does it take to be happy in retirement?

It goes without saying that eliminating worries about money is a key component of retirement peace of mind.

But beyond finances, I frequently encounter new retirees who are having difficulty making the transition from living at the office to spending the same amount of time at home.


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100 First Street No. 101, A. Trenev to Cohn Trust for $2,100,000

Home improvement tips that every homeowner should know

A survey commissioned by Lightstream revealed that 59 percent of homeowners plan to spend money on home improvement projects this year. With home sales and prices trending upward nationwide, many homeowners are prepared to take on projects.

“A home improvement project can increase the value of your home,” said Denise Welsh, president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors. “It is just as valuable to homeowners who simply want to enjoy their home.”

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.”

New Toyota Research Institute eyes startups

Researchers are working on developing Toyota’s first driverless cars – and it’s happening just two miles from downtown Los Altos.

The Japanese company established its billion-dollar Toyota Research Institute in January 2016 on El Camino Real to expand on its exploration into robotics and artificial intelligence in regard to autonomous vehicles.

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