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For the founder of Scrambl’z, success means learning from setbacks

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SILICON VALLEY — When Scrambl’z owner Jim Angelopolous isn’t at his South San Jose diner, there’s a good chance he’s running.

“It’s pure, it’s just me and the land,” he says of the sport. “Endorphins set in, and it’s just an amazing feeling.”

Angelopoulos started running in third grade and has crisscrossed the country from Honolulu to New York to run more than 25  ...

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Then & Now — Raj Sharma: From DJ to ‘would-be’ coffee entrepreneur, today he is a wealth manager

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BOSTON — Rem emember the Glenn Close film “Heights”? How about Rajbucks Coffee?

Mostly likely, you haven’t. The film tanked after two weeks and the coffee chain never even got that far. Both are more notable as asterisks in the career of Raj Sharma, the Merrill Lynch managing director who consistently heads lists of the top investment advisers in Boston and the nation.

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Fintech industry still growing despite Lending Club stumble

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SAN FRANCISCO — When Lending Club sneezed in May, the entire fintech sector quickly caught a cold.

Revelations that one of the largest and best-known fintechs had engaged in a variety of improper loan practices was a health scare that rippled across one of the most vibrant sectors of the Bay Area economy. Several noted investors pulled back from fintech startups, while some of the  ...

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Will this young physicist be the star of Silicon Valley Comic Con?

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SILICON VALLEY — Whatever it means that when you type “sabrina p” into Google and “Sabrina Pasterski” pops up first, next year’s Silicon Valley Comic Con has ratified it.

Pasterski is billed right behind William Shatner, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in the list of featured guests at next year’s second annual event, which will be  ...

September 23, 2016 | 3:30pm EDT
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In new book, Aegis Living CEO will theorize you can live to be 120

by Patti Payne Aegis Living

SEATTLE — What do you name a book about the aging process? Aegis Living Co-founder Dwayne Clark, calls his latest book, “Grapes to Raisins.”

“That’s just the working title,” he says with a laugh about the book he is co-writing with Dr. Shirley Newell, Aegis Living’s chief medical officer. “She was the natural partner in writing this."

Kirkland-based Aegis Living has about 30  ...

September 23, 2016 | 2:45pm EDT
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Why this major ag lender wants to work with fintechs

by Mark Calvey Nandita Bakhshi

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco-based Bank of the West is often overshadowed by California’s two banking behemoths, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, but changes lie ahead for Bank of the West as a new CEO takes the reins. Nandita Bakhshi assumed her new role at the $81 billion bank in June.

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September 23, 2016 | 2:00pm EDT
Startups - From breathalyzers to bad breath

Startup bets on better breath product

by Kevin Truong breathometer

SAN FRANCISCO — Burlingame-based digital health company Breathometer received its big break the old-fashioned way: In front of millions of viewers and five celebrity investors on a television show.

The company’s appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank reality show in 2014 with its alcohol breathalyzer device garnered it the first million-dollar deal involving all five “sharks” in the program’s  ...

September 23, 2016 | 1:15pm EDT
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