CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2003 |
It was not yet 8 a.m. at Buck's restaurant, the legendary Silicon Valley networking nexus and breakfast joint. Already, Jamis MacNiven, Buck's irrepressible owner, was in full recall spiel, navigating his big frame from booth to booth -- from venture capitalists hunched over kiwi strawberry blintzes to unemployed techies desperately scouring the dining room for opportunities.
January 21, 1999 |
The new governor made a comment the other day that was practically stunning in its simplicity and absence of spin. It was right to the point, profound. In essence, it was this: Californians have limited patience. They'll allow their elected representatives in Sacramento another two or three years to fix the schools. If the politicians fail, the voters will handle it themselves. And Democratic pols and their patron teachers unions may hate the result: private school vouchers. Gov.
September 25, 2000 |
Edward "Fast Eddie" Vrdolyak came to mind last week when I read that the school voucher campaign was dangling big prizes to lure volunteer help. The Times reported that the Proposition 38 effort--financed largely by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper--is offering bounties to people who recruit the most supporters. The rewards include 38 iMac computers, five $2,000 shopping sprees at Macy's, and the grand prize: a Hawaii vacation for four. Total value of all these inducements: $73,200.
September 2, 2003 |
Joel Boblit started buying and selling action figures on EBay in 1997. This year, he expects to sell $3 million worth of G.I. Joes, Transformers and Zoids. That's good news for EBay Inc., right? Wrong. Boblit is on the front line in the coming clash between two Internet titans that are winning customers and making money on the Net. Boblit uses EBay, the world's biggest Internet auction site, only for clearing out inventory from his online store.
February 19, 2007 |
Like any ambitious entrepreneur, Amy Lee has created a global marketing plan, approved the product manufacturing specifications and memorized a business pitch to venture capitalists. "I'm nervous, but I think I can get people to invest," said the president and founder of Friends Forever Bracelet Inc., a jewelry retailer that plans a big Internet advertising campaign in China.
September 28, 2000 |
You don't tug on Superman's cape. You don't spit into the wind. You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger. And you don't mess around with Jim. --Singer Jim Croce, 1972 * School voucher strategists are messin' with Gov. Gray Davis. Going right at him. Hard jabs to the gut. It's an eye-opening tactic. You'd call it awfully risky, attacking a highly popular governor. Except that the voucher folks probably figure they have little to lose, given the polls.
November 15, 2005 |
GOV. ARNOLD Schwarzenegger is making a high-profile trade trip to China this week. It's supposed to benefit you and me by opening up Chinese markets for California goods. But the guest list is a dead giveaway: Of the 80 businessmen, government officials and others accompanying the governor, about two dozen are big-bucks Schwarzenegger supporters who have together contributed more than $2.5 million to his campaign committees.
November 27, 2004 |
When he played keyboards for the hard-rocking group Baton Rouge, David Cremin and his big-haired bandmates reached the charts with the song "Walks Like a Woman." That was in 1989. "I lived a dream," Cremin said, recalling three tours and an MTV appearance before the band fired him over a clash in direction. Now 44, Cremin is a Santa Barbara-based venture capitalist helping a far-flung mix of Californians pursue dreams of their own, but he sounds as stoked as a budding rocker.
March 27, 2000 |
With a club that attracts hundreds of entrepreneurs every quarter, a monthly magazine and a new $100-million venture capital fund, Zone Ventures is one of the leading cheerleaders for Los Angeles' growing technology community. But it remains to be seen whether Zone, the Southern California arm of the Silicon Valley venture firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, has the investment savvy to become a credible force.
January 16, 2000 |
When Gov. Gray Davis took office last year, he called education his "first, second and third priority." A series of Davis-sponsored school reforms soon sped through the Legislature. This year, the governor made education the centerpiece of his State of the State address, which outlined his broad policy priorities for the coming months. Last week, when Davis unveiled his budget, he pledged, "We must give our children the tools they need, and I won't rest until we do so." He could get very tired.