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.
You already know and love the endless playlist options on SoundCloud, but the company also has a range of interesting non-music related affairs up their sleeve that, over the past year, has led the shift in reshaping auditory behavior. According to Edison Research, 2014 marks the first year that the majority of podcast listening happened on mobile devices. The shift, SoundCloud co-founder and CTO, Eric Wahlforss, divulges is due to listeners’ change in audio consumption.
Did you ever see Web Therapy with Lisa Kudrow? You really should if you haven't—improvised 15 minute online episodes, all over web chat, with Kudrow playing a self-absorbed, ethically-challenged, not-so-licensed psychotherapist. The series was, in a word, brilliant. (Watch them all here; the ones with Julia Louis-Dryfus are excellent.) Well, that ostensibly zany premise, minus the questionable therapy, is now a reality.
Credit Riffsy with bringing everyone's favorite communication method right to your fingertips. The GIF keyboard—lauded as the new and much-improved emoji—allows you to text, tweet, email, and Facebook message millions of short videos straight from any device. Organized by hashtags, your recipient will never have to guess at your true feelings again.
The Bay Area is shaping a new generation of audacious, self confident, forward-thinking, and business-wise women entrepreneurs that are providing the Golden State with disruptive ideas. We found four that are turning the tech industry on its head in various e-sectors, including journalism, charity, health, and commerce—industries that are growing fast in Silicon Valley. Here are the ones truly shaking things up.