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Last Wednesday morning, the Drop Water team wheeled a kiosk into the San Jose Airport for installation in Terminal B. The kiosk is the first of its kind — it makes and bottles drinks on demand, in 100% compostable bottles.

The company is the brainchild of Scott Edwards, CEO of Drop Water who was profiled on InMenlo last July, and his team of engineers and nutritionists. What started as a senior project while attending Cal Poly has evolved into a company poised to take on the bottled water industry — and the immense amount of waste that comes with it.

“It’s been a long road from ideation to signing a contract with a major international airport,” said Scott. “There have been many people along the way who have helped out with the technology behind this amazing machine and the packaging inside of it. We’re thrilled to be serving the San Jose International Airport and its travelers.”

Instead of tapping into and filtering municipal water at a centralized facility, like other major bottled water brands, Drop Water brings the bottling process to the customer, eliminating the need for transporting water. The kiosks are hooked up to the local water source, which is then filtered and chilled before being delivered to the customer. The compostable bottles are empty and stacked inside of the machine, and kept dry until a customer places an order.

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Melody Hu launches Petit Bakery with Asian mochi the “secret sauce”

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A new bakery springs from the prolific rental kitchen of Studio Cake in Menlo Park. At the beginning of the year, Melody Hu launched her patisserie business, Petit Bakery Co. A native of Taiwan who moved to the Bay Area in her teens, she admits to falling into — rather than planning — her newest […]

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Sloane Citron is back in the world of magazines with the launch of Punch

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Last week, many homeowners in InMenlo’s coverage area received a brand new magazine on their walkway or driveway called Punch. The editorial focus should be familiar: It’s all about the Peninsula, stretching from San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean, from Burlingame to Mountain View, the “true Peninsula.” And while the magazine is new, the […]

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Menlo Park startup, Dropwater, introduces new way to distribute and sell bottled drinks

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Four Cal Poly San Luis Obispo grads are currently ensconced in a Menlo Park garage working on a solution to up-end the plastic bottled water industry. Scott Edwards, CEO (pictured top in the garage) of the startup Dropwater, cites some sobering statistics about the need to replace plastic water bottles with sustainable, eco-friendly alternative: “In […]

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Talking hearing loss with Bill Facteau, CEO of Menlo Park-based Earlens

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A brand new trophy sat on Earlens CEO Bill Facteau’s desk — and it was one to be proud of. The Menlo Park-based medical technology company had received a “Best New Product Award” for it Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid by the 2018 Edison Awards, who wrote: “Earlens brings people with hearing loss closer to normal hearing […]

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Protecting memories though digitization is promise of start up, The Cloud Life

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There are some things that are just too precious to go up in smoke. Such was the realization of Anna Morris (right) and Brittany Messmer. Following the tragic natural disasters in 2017, they kept hearing from people they knew who were affected about how most things are replaceable, but photos and other precious memories are not. So, they decided […]

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Menlo College grad quits Bay Area start up and discovers make up can be fun

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Editor’s note: The author of this post, Tiare Fuentes, attended Menlo College where she played soccer, as well as worked for the athletic department. After a successful stint at a Bay Area start-up (a position she got due to a Menlo College social mixer) she started her own company. She just started a Kickstarter campaign […]

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Hey Baby Boomers, time to dust off those memories and share on MyRetrospect.com

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Talking with the founders of Retrospect Media — Susan Hansen, John and Patricia Zussman — it’s easy to see what drew them together to start their latest venture. They are all Portola Valley residents. John and Patti (as she’s known) are married to each other. Patti and Susan went to Mills College together. Then there’s their […]

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Street Code Academy hosts IM|Possible StreetCode Showcase at Facebook

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Stanford grad Olatunde Sobomehin co-founded StreetCode Academy in East Palo Alto in response to a “lack of access to high-tech training for youth and young adults in communities of color, and consequently, a diversity deficit in the technology industry” with the mission of equipping them with “the skills to hack, hustle, and design the future.” What […]

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Cathy Bitler brings her background in science to making handcrafted soaps

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Most of Cathy Bitler’s professional career was spent in the lab. As a biochemist, she worked at companies involved in finding new drug therapies for stubborn-to-treat medical conditions. Today, her focus is on more immediate gratification through her handcrafted soaps, lotions, and scrubs made in her Menlo Park home. Her journey to soap maker started, somewhat […]

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Dariusz Paczuski draws on his Polish heritage in founding Rocket Vodka

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Dariusz Paczuski admits “vodka is in my blood.” That’s one reason he started Rocket Vodka in his Menlo Park garage. Dariusz’s family fled Poland to escape communism when he was about a year old, eventually settling in Norway, where he was a member of the Norwegian National Swim Team. When he was 20, a  swimming scholarship […]

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