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San Francisco-based fashion designer Candice Cuoco is a force to be reckoned with. Her bold designs had already been featured on lavish runways from New York and London to Paris and Milan, before the burgeoning designer caught the eye of Project Runway's esteemed producers.
After working in New York for two years, software engineer Doug Dalton (whose impressive resume includes time clocked at Estee Lauder, Sprint, and Netscape) found the cocktail culture in San Franciso lacking in comparison to the East Coast. So, he started opening bars of his own.
Four years after crash landing on the Bay Area theater scene, local actress Megan Trout has become a local fixture. If you haven't already seen one of her passionate performances in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Hamlet, or her breakout performance in Kafka’s Metamorphosis, you need to get yourself to the theater.
It's impossible to list the many accolades of San Francisco native Vendela Vida without wondering what the hell you've been doing with your own life. She's a New York Times bestselling author, of course; publishes a magazine, The Believer; founded 826 Valencia with her also-famous husband Dave Eggers; and even cowrote (with said husband) the screenplay for Away We Go, the 2009 indie hit starring Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski.
As the liaison between the director and the producer of Pixar's newest film Inside Out (which hits theaters June 19), Dana Murray has to coordinate the entire production department, including animation, lighting and layout, strategic teams, and trouble shoot. It's a big job.
Rob Garza is one of the original pioneers of the now flourishing electronic music movement. Originally from Washington DC, now a longtime San Francisco resident, and a new denizen of North Beach, Garza's legacy includes the formation of record label ESL Music and a timeless music catalog that is still popular today.
Minted is one of those creative companies we're so proud is based in the Bay Area. Their paper stationary, invites, and art is not only chic, but it champions independent artists and designers around the world, an initiative that's been part of the strategy, and ultimately the success, for CEO and founder Mariam Naficy.