Posts By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein

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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