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2015 Hot 20: Stewart Butterfield, Silicon Valley’s Hardest Working Slacker

Stewart Butterfield, cofounder and CEO of Slack, has had some luck with that quintessential Silicon Valley gremlin, the pivot.

The Cognoscente: Behind the Scenes With Fashion Journalist Lorraine Sanders

Think San Francisco lacks in style? Lorraine Sanders begs to differ. The local writer has covered every square inch of San Francisco's thriving fashion scene for over 10 years. From her popular blog, SF Indie Fashion, to her latest endeavor interviewing those at the "intersection of fashion, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and technology" for the Spirit of 608 podcast, Lorraine is an expert on San Francisco style. 

New Photo Book Remembers SoMa's Colorful Pre-Tech-Boom Past

Most young San Franciscans can't even remember a SoMa before the Moscone Center or AT&T Park, when the neighborhood was filled with auto repair shops and unironic billboards advertising PBR. South of Market, a new photography tome by Janet Delaney, turns back the page to SoMa's dingy-yet-vibrant past, offering a glimpse of life B.T. (before techies). 

4 Local Beauty Brands Empower Women to Create + Customize Products

For those of us who are a little bit Goldilocks about our skincare products—too greasy, too drying, just right—now is the moment we've been waiting for: Check out four Bay Area start-ups that are democratizing the beauty industry by customizing skincare regimens and even giving consumers a chance to co-create products ranging face masks, body lotions, and the ever-elusive perfect eye cream. 

Today's Download: Tinder for Dogs

In a world where hookups of all kinds are at our fingertips—seriously, there are apps for baiting millionaires, infidels, and booty calls—Tindog, an app that promises to help you find a date for yourself and your furry best friend, is among the more refreshing launches we've heard of lately.

Napster Founder Sean Parker Pays $4.4 Million for Ai Weiwei Sculpture

Tech entrepreneur Sean Parker, founder of Napster and founding president of Facebook, isn't shy about flaunting his estimated $2.7 billion fortune. 

Zen out With Meditation Apps

In the hustle and bustle of our modern days, it's hard to stay focused. So our editors tested out the best way to achieve zen—there are apps for that, of course. Here are four to try for yourself. Can we get an om?

Kiss the Fitting Room Goodbye With SF Startup Lyon + Post

FiDi-based startup Lyon + Post is making a big promise to fashion mavens: Never enter a fitting a room again. Simply shop online, and try clothes on (at home!) before you buy. Hallelujah.

Royse Law Incubator Wants to Bridge Tech and Agriculture

Not everyone wants to get into the app game. Some young entrepreneurs want to rejuvenate one of the oldest industries, agriculture, using modern technologies to fight against drought or food scarcity. These ideas are being bandied about at Royse Law, the first-ever Silicon Valley incubator looking to disrupt, as they say, agricultural and food production.

5 Local Kickstarters to Support in April

In such an inventive and industrious place as the San Francisco Bay Area, supporting local businesses isn't exactly a no-brainer—how do you parse which of the many upstarts to grace with your hard-won dollars? Here to help, we've combed Kickstarter for five local projects worthy of your support this month.

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