With their sun-kissed torsos, beach-tossed locks, and laidback outlook on life, surfers have provided decades of stereotypes and cliches in media and advertising. But there is something different about today's surfers in San Francisco. Meet the local startup execs who are grabbing boards and getting down to business.
Sartorially-gifted men and women are similar when it comes to fashion: we all want to look nice, save some money, and at the same time wear the latest designer gems. Fortunately, a handful of Bay Area entrepreneurs have developed new approaches that combine traditional methods with innovation. Here are the fash-tech startups to watch in 2015.
For a festive, stress-free All Hallows' Eve, take a chance on a 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom ride from Lyft, or find the perfect Halloween sartorial look from Costumes On-Demand.
This city's big on public art, but how many times have you wanted to know who's behind what you're seeing? ArtAround, a public art technology platform first launched in Washington, D.C., aims to help answer those questions. The app's founders are now working with the SF Arts Commission to launch its mapping service in San Francisco. They already have 800 pieces of art owned by the city mapped out with photos, and they're working on expanding their service to include all the other great street art like murals and graffiti that aren't owned by the city. So, you can finally figure out who made your favorite Mission mural that you walk past everyday.
Calling all creative types: make your way to Fort Mason next weekend for a two-day extravaganza of art, music, design, film, and more. A partnership between VICE and Intel, The Creators Project has been attracting the art- and tech-savvy set all over the world—Beijing, Sao Paulo, Paris, Seoul, New York—and next weekend marks the first-ever San Francisco event. Now in its third year, it's about time the festival touched down in the country's most burgeoning epicenter of technology.
My friend Carrie* doesn’t like to just sit around when there’s a problem that needs fixing. Thus when a bug eliminated all of her (and many others’) Twitter followers last year, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Using Google, she located the Twitter office on Folsom Street and set out for a visit, stopping by a local bakery along the way to buy several dozen cookies in the hope that they might her gain entrée to one of the hottest companies on the planet.
When she showed up at the social networking site’s front door, it was locked, but by lucky coincidence, someone just leaving the office held the door open to let her in.
Once inside, she stood in the entryway wondering what to do next.