Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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Mukul Agarwal and Marco ten Vaanholt of Hello Startups (c) 2014 InMenlo

Mukul Agarwal and Marco ten Vaanholt know that they sit on somewhat hallowed ground. The recently opened Hello Startups Menlo Park facility is in the space once occupied by Willow Garage, a maker of robots that was good enough to leave behind a number of Beam Remote Presence Systems, a mobile videoconferencing platform (which, to be clear, is not actually a robot), that they put to good use.

But like its predecessor, their firm, which provides space, services and advisors for teams developing innovative technologies, has equally lofty goals — being “a visitor center for the rest of the world as well as for locals,” according to Marco.

“As far as we know, we are the only firm that deals with startups from inception to exit,” added Mukul.

HelloStartups is a joint venture between BootUp Ventures, where Mukul and Marco are Managing Partners, and SOMA Central, having locations in San Francisco — and now Menlo Park. It houses numerous incubators and startup companies, including foreign startup ventures and incubators dedicated to innovation in specific vertical markets. Hello Startups also provides a range of business services and an ecosystem of advisors who help startups launch, mature, and thrive.

Mukul and Marco first met through their kids and then started playing poker together at a monthly game. They both came to the U.S. from other countries — Mukul from India and Marco from Holland — and believe that gives them particular insight. “We call it a ‘soft landing,’” said Mukul. “Most of our business comes from overseas, and we provide them a soft landing and an immersion into how Silicon Valley operates.”

Added Marco: “We’re trying to remove the obstacles that lie in front of foreign startups. We want to create the global Silicon Valley. We are the bridge between everything abroad and here.”

Photo by Irene Searles

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Matchmaker Amy Anderson helps men and women of all ages find lasting love

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Ask Amy Anderson what trips people up on their search for lasting love, and she’ll tell you “incredibly long laundry lists.” “It’s often a barrier,” explained the founder and owner of Menlo Park-based Linx Dating. “When we meet with prospective clients, it’s our job to listen to their stories and see if they can be […]

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5th grader Shay Patel is raising money to fund basketball equipment for low-income kids

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When Menlo Park resident Shay Patel starts back to school today, he’s hoping that it will be an occasion to celebrate. About a month ago, the 5th grader at Phillips Brooks started a crowdfunding campaign to bring athletic equipment to 60 low-income kids involved in after school basketball at the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. With […]

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Spotted: People Play butterfly ads attached to construction fences

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We spotted the first group of paper butterflies attached to a fence near the abandoned car dealership on El Camino near Middle Avenue in Menlo Park. Then we saw another on a construction fence at Valparaiso and El Camino. We think it’s an eye catching way to advertise. Smart idea, People Play, which offers online classifieds for entertainment […]

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Were you in Menlo Park or Atherton in 1967? Then Polk’s has you!

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Dave Waters posted this on the Facebook group, Do You Remember the (old Menlo Park). For those of us of a certain era, it’s a real jaunt down memory lane. Note: In somewhat of a quirk, children are listed separately from parents. Wrote Dave: “Here’s a link to a 1967 Polk’s edition. These are fun […]

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Local cyclists participate in 2014 Tour De Menlo

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The ninth Tour de Menlo was held today, starting and ending at Menlo-Atherton High School where riders enjoyed a catered lunch from Lutticken’s. Cyclists had their choice of 35-, 45- or 65-mile routes. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation and the Almanac, organizers said ridership hit a new high this year, with 525 participants. […]

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Modern home in Atherton’s Maple Manor gets spruced up, not scraped

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Gordy Gourdin lived in Atherton long enough to know what happens to homes like the ranch house his grandfather built in the town’s Maple Manor area in the early 50s. When sold, they get scraped to make way for a mini-mansion of one kind or another. This happens irrespective of fond memories. “I recall the construction […]

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Spotted: ALS ice bucket challenge at Menlo-Atherton High School

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Principal Matt Zito and four teachers — Paul Snow, Steve Kryger, Lisa Otsuka, Mike Amoroso — took the ALS ice bucket challenge today at Menlo-Atherton High School. The photo collage contains photographs taken by M-A students Alex Gonzalez and Karly Gorman. More photos of the challenge can be seen online.

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In advance of community open house, Sara Jamison lets us in on some Allied Arts Guild secrets

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Sara Jamison spent her career in the Sunset magazine photo department and had known about the Allied Arts Guild and its picturesque setting since childhood. But it wasn’t until her retirement that she joined the Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary, which operates what is certainly  Menlo Park’s most iconic group of buildings. We’d met her on the Guild grounds […]

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Spotted: Big blooming cactus in Menlo Park

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We came upon the really impressive sight of a cactus in full bloom while walking on Middle Avenue this morning.  It’s on the left side as you’re heading east about halfway between Olive and University. Check it out — the iPhone photo doesn’t do it justice!

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Sculpture takes its place amidst the gardens and grounds of Filoli this summer

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There’s a special group of visitors at Filoli this summer — a variety of sculptures by local artists scattered amidst the gardens, courtyards, terraces, and fields. The exhibit, totaling about 125 pieces, is on display through Sept. 7. The participating artists are Jeff Owen, Archie Held, Grant Irish, Marcia Donahue, Richard Starks, Molly Stone from Cohn-Stone Studios, and five artists from the Orchard […]

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