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Keas Turns Health and Wellness Programs into Fun and Games

Keas

It’s no secret that the workplace is not always the healthiest environment for people. There tends to be a lot of sitting around at desks or in meetings; there’s often a lot of stress; opportunities to exercise can be rare; and rushed, unhealthy snacks and meals are often the norm.

SF-based Keas is focused on mitigating all that. It offers employee wellness programs to large companies (and in the future, smaller companies as well) that draw on social media, gamification, motivation theory and psychology.

Mine is a Social Ownership Directory of People and Products

“We are trying to do something that's never been pulled off -- to build a platform where it is easy for people to share what they've bought,” says Mine co-founder and CEO Pierre Legrain. “We are about creating a directory of ownership, of people and their recent purchasing history of items they want to share.”

At first glance, this may remind you of the ill-fated startup Blippy, which allowed people to see what their friends were purchasing with credit cards in real-time.

“So it turns out that almost nobody wants people to check out their purchases,” was the memorable way Alexia Tsotsis started off her Blippy obit in TechCrunch in May 2011.

Scoop.it Building a Community of Curators Sharing “Ideas that Matter”

When we first looked at Scoop.it, soon after it launched in late 2011, we described it as “a one-click publishing platform that allows curators to publish beautiful online magazines.”

Today, while that description still holds true, Scoop.it appears to be evolving into a community of content curators who follow – not each other – but each other’s topics.

One of Scoop.it’s intriguing aspects is being organized around topics as opposed to the people doing the curation.

This differentiates the site from Facebook and Twitter, and it also seems to be resulting in a more professional look and feel – more of a LinkedIn in that sense, than a personal network.

Marqeta Offers a Reloadable Debit Rewards Card for Use at Hundreds of Local Merchants

Marqeta

When Starbucks introduced its reloadable debit card a few years back, Jason Gardner was impressed; so impressed he set out to build a card that could be used – not just in one store or chain – but at hundreds or thousands of venues.

The result is Marqeta, which aims to become “the most powerful piece of plastic on the planet – one that magically makes your dollar worth more,” according to Gardner, the startup's founder and CEO.

Meograph Makes Multimedia Storytelling Simple and Fast

Up until very recently, creating interactive, multimedia stories of professional quality has been difficult and time-consuming. But that started changing this summer when Meograph launched.

Meograph helps you quickly assemble rich media in an interface that resembles a video player, based on a series of simple prompts, such as who, what, when and where.

Our First eBook Identifies 30 Startups Rocking the Universe

Our First eBook Identifies 30 Startups Rocking the Universe

Over the past twenty months, I’ve been meeting with entrepreneurs throughout the Bay Area, trying to get a handle on the fast-moving technology boom that is sweeping through our communities.

In the process, I’ve profiled hundreds of startups and the people behind them.

Now, thanks to a partnership between 7x7 and Hyperink, we are issuing our first ebook, 30 Startups to Know Now, based on that work.

When You Travel, Mozio Provides Point-to-Point Local Transportation Options

When You Travel, Mozio Provides Point-to-Point Local Transportation Options

Say you've just landed at JFK to start your visit to New York, and now you’ve got to find your way into Manhattan. What’s the best, and/or cheapest way to get to the part of town you need to reach? Besides taxis, which will run you (with tip) the better part of three Jacksons, there are actually over 50 different options, from limos, to shuttles to buses.

But how can you find out about all of these services, evaluate them and choose the right one for your needs and budget?

Meet Mozio, which is a “point-to-point multi-modal travel search engine.” <--break->

Ride-Sharing App Sidecar Represents a “Social Network on Wheels”

Ride-Sharing App Sidecar Represents a “Social Network on Wheels”

Calling itself “the first on-demand rideshare community,” Sidecar emerged from four months of beta testing last week, having already facilitated 10,000 rides in and around San Francisco.

It's a free smartphone app (available in both iOS and Android) that connects you with nearby drivers when you need a ride. You can choose to make a donation to the driver for that ride if you wish; it’s voluntary.

“During testing, people told us that they love the convenience and the friendliness of Sidecar,” says CEO Sunil Paul. “The reception has been astounding.”

Gigwalk Helps You Find Short-Term Contract Work Fast On Your iPhone

Gigwalk Helps You Find Short-Term Contract Work Fast On Your iPhone

We are living in an age that features the emergence of new marketplaces that are changing the way many of us live and work.

Take Gigwalk.

It’s a mobile (iOS) marketplace connecting businesses with people via their iPhones for the purpose of getting work done anywhere, often across multiple venues simultaneously.

In Shakeup, Salon.com's Founder David Talbot is Out as CEO

salon.com

Founder and CEO David Talbot has left Salon.com, according to a company filing with the SEC.

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