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Oaktech: What San Fran techies need to know before they move to Oakland

Well, before I went, I thought it was going to be fun.  An invite to a Tech Stars-sponsored book party, specifically for Tech Stars alums and friends of the author, in Emeryville right on the Oakland...
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Oaktech: Oakland-based Rockbot moving into DeLauers Building, tripling staff

Rockbot is the very clever music system that allows businesses to engage their customers in choosing the soundtrack to their restaurant, bar or shopping experience. It's like an app-based jukebox with...
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Foods Co opens in East Oakland at Foothill Square

A much-anticipated Foods Co, more than 2 years in the planning, opened today in Foothill Square in East Oakland. The Kroger-owned grocery store, an anchor tenant in a $45MM redevelopment of Foothill Square,...
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Oaktech: Digital Undivided meetup in SF brings out Oakland tech leaders

It could have been a Blogher meet up 2004, or an early Tech Crunch gathering circa 2008, but it was the first San Francisco/Bay area digitalundivided gathering, called START, and held in a borrowed room...
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10 reasons to nominate for the Oakland Indie Awards

One of my super-favorite events in Oakland is the wonderful--and annual--Oakland Indie Awards. This celebration of Oakland small business and artisan culture involves voting for indie small businesses and...
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Pandora exec steps back: Tom Conrad out as CTO

Pandora has been Oakland's long-term start-up media and app success story, but the number of executives at the helm who've been there since the early days is continuing to decline.  Joe Kennedy, who was...
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Want to see the Oakland Prince Flashmob?

It was Dereca Blackmon's birthday and she was gonna put on a flashmob outside the Fox Theatre, where Prince was giving one of two sold-out concerts on March 14 and 15th. Blackmon gathered up a group of...
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14 ways you’re talking about Oakland in 2014

We're 2.5 months into 2014 (but who's counting?). Oakland Local's published more than 300 stories during that time, but there's a specific set of stories that are the most talked about: commented on on our...
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Oaktech & Business Events, March 9-15

t’s been a great week in Oakland Tech. Make this week even better by visiting a few of these events and meet others dedicated to making Oakland a sustainable, equitable tech hub. Sunday, March 9 3D...
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Brookings Institute economic inequality report has implications for Oakland (Opinion)

In a recent Brookings Institute report, Oakland ranked #7 among cities with highest income inequality. San Francisco ranked #2-and #1 was Atlanta, Georgia. In other words, in Oakland, households in the top 5%...