Billed as a place that's "a direct reflection of Facebook's open and transparent culture," Facebook employees moved into their new headquarters today. Why so special? For starters, the new Menlo Park campus (heretofore known as "MPK20") was designed by Frank Ghery (NYC's 8 Spruce Street, LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall), and it features a half-mile loop through nine acres of greenery. What's more, much like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's sartorial efforts, the new digs are consciously dressed down.
Not a lot of things have been going right lately for Zynga, the big social game-maker headquartered at 8th and Brannan Streets, after a disappointing quarterly earnings report, a stock price falling below $3/share, and difficulties connected to its close integration with Facebook.
But a bright spot in the midst of all this was the launch of the latest game in its ‘Ville series, ChefVille, earlier this month. It quickly became the most popular game on Facebook.
If you’ve ever had a job where some manager forced you to use software you hate, Podio is for you. “We have a democratic view of how work should work,” says Podio’s Lilly Hanscom. “People work best when they have control over the tools they use.”
Podio’s tagline is “Work the way you want to,” and what the company offers is project management software toward that goal. Essentially, it enables you, the worker, to build your own apps.
This kind of seismic shift in communication strategies along generational lines signals the need for innovation and adaptation, of course, and down at Y Combinator (YC) this spring, there’s a startup called SendHub that is poised to help.
Check this out: Sixty hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, which translates to an hour of video every second.
Think about that. No single human being is ever going to watch all of these clips of "Charlie Bit My Finger," not to mention kittens, music performances and product demos. We need curators.
Many of us have grown so accustomed to using social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to connect with each other, that we may have overlooked what research shows is a growing gap in our social lives, which is connecting with our neighbors.
If you're anything like me, you've imagined-up a few perfect pieces of clothing that would really complete your wardrobe, and yet, you can never seem to find them while out shopping. Heartbreaking, indeed! So what's a girl (or guy) to do?
Sketch them (if you haven't already) and submit them to ModCloth's Make the Cut Contest. All you have to do is submit a little sketch (up to 5 per applicant) for your chance to win $500 and to have your piece patterned, produced and sold on ModCloth. But hurry -- the SF-based e-comm metropolis is only taking submissions through this Sunday at noon.
Zynga is preparing the next in its series of "Ville" franchise offerings and this one offers a medieval setting called CastleVille.
Two of its predecessor games, CityVille and FarmVille, are among the most popular games on Facebook at a time when the San Francisco-based gaming giant prepares for its upcoming IPO.