4 Things We're Excited About In Silicon Valley This Month

The Editors | April 8, 2021 | Lifestyle

The Bay Area is bustling with new ventures and happenings. Check out four we’re excited about right here.


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What do you get when you bring four accomplished beauty insiders—all wanting to make the world a better place—together? For the co-founders of MOB Beauty, which launched earlier this year, the answer comes courtesy of their line, a collection of clean, cruelty-free and vegan pro-quality formulas designed with refillable packaging made from postconsumer recycled materials. “I truly believe we can both make great makeup and have an impact on the greater industry by offering a sustainable way to buy and engage with beauty,” says MOB co-founder and CEO Victor Casale. “You don’t have to compromise to have conscious, clean and vegan formulations and Earth-friendly packaging.” Formerly chief chemist and partner at MAC Cosmetics and the inventor of cult favorite Studio Fix, Casale—who has created a satellite lab in his Bay Area home—and his partners (Alisha Gallagher, Béatrice Séguin and Steve Blanchet) made sure the line’s shades were inclusive to all skin tones, something that he’s made a priority for the past 35 years. So anyone, regardless of race, can dive into the range of lipsticks, eye shadows, bronzers and more with confidence. As well, the products are highly pigmented—not an easy feat. “We do not shy away from pigment load and rigorously test for qualities like payoff and long wear,” he says. “We are pushing the boundaries to achieve this since we leave out many ingredients that may have a negative impact on the planet, health or animals.” –Laura Eckstein Jones



When the pandemic hit San Jose, Urban Community, a local organization known for communal art projects and renovations, took immediate action. It started by rounding up local companies like Academic Coffee, SV Creates, Hoge Fenton, Adobe and several more to help create the nonprofit San Jose Ship Kits. This endeavor provides support to those burdened by the stay-at-home mandate through its Shelter in Place (SHIP) Kits, which offer everything from medical to nutritional support to families and hourly wage workers in need. Packages contain essentials such as hand sanitizer, toilet paper, canned goods and protein bars, along with a jump rope, a deck of cards and puzzles. Since last April, the group has notably distributed about 1 million pounds of produce and approximately 800,000 meals. Urban Community has been a critical part of the survival and well-being of San Jose, never losing sight of its motto, “Bringing the heart back to Silicon Valley.’’ 30 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose -Juliette Miliani


“OY/YO” (2019) by Deborah Kass at Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. CANTOR ARTS CENTER PHOTO BY JOHNNA ARNOLD/COURTESY OF VENUE
“OY/YO” (2019) by Deborah Kass at Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.

Looking for something to get you out of the house this weekend? The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is showing an interactive exhibition of famed Bay Area artist Richard Diebenkorn’s work, with a focus on the evolution of his artistry. Twenty sketchbooks, donated by his daughter and wife, contain 1,045 drawings that are completely digitized, so guests can scroll through all of Diebenkorn’s work and see firsthand how his art changed throughout the years. The works consist of a variety of sketches from everyday things to intimate portraits. Some of Diebenkorn’s more well-known pieces, such as “Ocean Park #94,” “Window,” “Disintegrating Pig” and “Buildings—Hill Background,” are part of the Cantor Center’s permanent collection. Ongoing, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Palo Alto – Casey Weissman



Hotel Citrine, the newest addition to Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio, reimagines upscale sustainability. Think everything from eco-friendly bedsheets to the organic, locally sourced Wild Onion Bistro. The new Marriott outpost exudes an earthcolored palette and serene ambiance throughout the 150 rooms and suites. Stop by the bar to enjoy a signature cocktail with fresh ingredients, including lemon verbena grown right on the patio, alongside the heated outdoor pool and sundeck. Hotel Citrine cultivates a peaceful, mindful experience for all guests, a contrast to the bustling headquarters of tech giants Google, Microsoft and LinkedIn situated nearby. 748 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto –JM

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