Posts By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein

Update – San Jose retail strategy

December 7, 2018 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

America’s love for online shopping is hard to miss: Just look at the smiley-faced Amazon boxes that are probably dotting your neighborhood porches right now. But even amid the disruption, San Jose’s brick-and-mortar retail sector continues to grow. Now City official…

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North San Jose: Up Close and In Depth

September 11, 2018 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

For decades, North San Jose has been a no-brainer for companies needing large footprints, heavy-duty lab capability and access to a Bay Area-wide workforce. Now, city planners and developers are working on upgrades to add more pizazz to the city’s largest employment h…

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San Jose City-Wide Retail Strategy Update

June 29, 2018 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

Sears. Toys R Us. Payless Shoe Source. Claire’s. The list of troubled and bankrupt retailers seems to go on and on. Yet retail remains a critically important part of any city’s economic, cultural and social fabric. All of which explains why San Jose has initiated wo…

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Eastridge Make-Over Serves Arts and Community

April 9, 2018 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

A lot has changed since Eastridge Center opened its doors in 1971. Now the regional mall is evolving to keep up with the times. On April 6, Eastridge owners took the wraps off a center-wide refresh that aims to keep the East San Jose mall’s look, feel and amenity …

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Newmark Knight Frank moves into Santana Row

March 23, 2018 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

Call it San Jose’s Broker Row. The coming move of Newmark Knight Frank to Santana Row brings another powerhouse real estate brokerage to the city’s retail and dining hub. Newmark announced it had signed a lease to occupy 18,451 square feet at 3055 Olin Ave., in a sp…

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San Jose Commercial Real Estate – 2018 Outlook is Good, Says Colliers

March 1, 2018 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

Silicon Valley’s commercial real estate markets clocked another good year in 2017, and there appears to be more gas left in the tank. That’s the word from Dave Schmidt, executive vice president with Colliers International, at the brokerage’s Trends event held Feb.…

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Wanted – Boring Walls!

October 30, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

From their offices at WeWork in Downtown San Jose, the growing number of employees at SprayPrinter have a fantastic view of Silicon Valley’s urban center. But for them, the increasing number of buildings here is something besides a nice view. It’s inventory. The com…

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HOW SAN JOSE’S KIKA USES EMOJIS TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD

October 26, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

Inside the downtown San Jose offices of Kika Tech, the first thing you notice are the emoji pillows. They’re all manner of happy faces: Ecstatically laughing. Smirky. Sad-faced. So-angry-it-looks-like-it-will-pop. Kika knows a thing or two about these cultural icons o…

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San Jose – the best fit for Amazon HQ2

October 19, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

Take a look at Amazon’s wish list for locating “HQ2” – its second headquarters – and it’s clear that San Jose checks the boxes: A welcoming business climate? Got that. Highly educated workforce? In spades. Arts and culture? Allow me to show you our SoFA arts…

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Future of Retail — “hunters,” “experiencers” and “fitness buffs”

September 25, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

The retail industry’s uncertain prognosis received yet another jolt in September with news that Toys R Us was filing for bankruptcy. But Bay Area retail experts are finding ways to thrive in this brave new world that’s been rocked by online shopping. “It’s a…

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UPDATE – WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH BART’S EXTENSION INTO SILICON VALLEY?

June 15, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

BART Silicon Valley – the extension of Bay Area Rapid Transit into Santa Clara County — continues to move forward. On Wednesday, June 14, VTA invited community partners to get an up-close and personal look at the progress. In short, things are moving along.  Fo…

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Manufacturing Series: Here’s what’s driving Velodyne LiDAR’s big San Jose plans

April 27, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

You might not know the name Velodyne LiDar Inc., but there’s a good chance the technology the company pioneered will radically change the way you get around in the not-too-distant future. And a new factory it’s establishing in south San Jose will help accelerate tha…

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TECH LEGEND BELIEVES SILICON VALLEY IS “SACRED SPACE”

April 17, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

When Ray Zinn set off to start his own semiconductor company in 1978, he did the obvious thing: Met with VCs on Sand Hill Road. It wasn’t a fit. “It was clear that VCs had a different view of how to run a company,” Zinn recalled recently. “I want…

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Manufacturing Series: SurfaceInk, the brains behind the gadget

March 16, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

Perched in a display case inside the downtown San José office of SurfaceInk is a hit parade of consumer electronics: Palm devices, Apple iPhones, Amazon Kindles, and  enough routers, printers – even a few toys – to stock a Fry’s megastore. They’ve all been she…

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Manufacturing Series: Velodyne LiDAR Drives into San José

February 27, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

You might not know the name Velodyne LiDar Inc., but there’s a good chance the technology the company pioneered will radically change the way you get around in the not-too-distant future. And a new factory it’s establishing in South San José will help accelerate th…

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AC Hotel Opens in San Jose

February 7, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

If you have tried to get a weekday room in Silicon Valley over the last couple of years, you’ll know the following rules: Book early. Cast a wide net. And be prepared to pay up. But now a little rain has fallen on the long drought of hotel construction in downtown San…

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When is local manufacturing right for hardware startups?

December 13, 2016 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

Local manufacturing is a hot topic these days. So it’s no surprise it took center stage at a recent convening of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable held at Samsung Semiconductor USA in North San Jose. As moderator, I had a chance to engage with four emerging …

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Inside BriteLab, San Jose manufacturer of high-tech skateboards and 3D printers

November 22, 2016 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

A one-wheeled electric skateboard that zooms along at 14 mph. A mobile telepresence robot with a friendly “face.” A high-end 3D printer that can link up to up to dozens of its siblings, creating a massive, automated production line. Very different products, to be su…

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