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Stripe is the Payment System Under the Hood at Lots of Your Favorite Sites and Apps

Stripe

Over the past year, when I’ve asked many of the startups I’ve covered– including SideCar, Postmates, Shoptiques, Exec, and Lyft–how they integrated a payment system into their sites and apps, they’ve all mentioned another SF-based startup, Stripe, as their solution.

Grokr is an Intelligent Personal Search Assistant on iOS

Grokr

In the world of intelligent personal assistant apps, there’s a David v. Goliath story developing, and that would be Grokr v. Google Now.

Rev Puts More Money in Freelancers' Pockets

If it sometimes seems like almost everyone you know is going freelance these days, there’s some substance to that perception, as giant hubs like oDesk and Elance have proven.

Rover Helps Dog Owners Find Sitters and Boarders Nearby

Rover.com

When it comes to online p2p marketplaces, Seattle-based Rover.com ‘s version might be called a “pet-to-person” network.

Sunrun's Solar Power Plans Let You Lease Panels and Save Thousands

Sunrun

In recent years, the cost of converting your home to solar power has fallen dramatically, as the option to lease rather than purchase solar panels has become available.

Mosaic Makes Investing in Solar Energy Possible With as Little as $25

Oakland-based Mosaic, which provides an online platform for investing in solar energy projects, allows people in California to invest as little as $25 in such projects.

This unprecedented democratization of clean energy development is currently encountering some delays as regulators try to catch up with its highly promising and disruptive investment model.

Our Parking Guru Talks the Latest Version of His Parking App, VoicePark

VoicePark app

When it comes to parking apps, hands down one of our favorites is VoicePark, conceived by our very own parking guru, David LaBua. As SXSW's tech and interactive sessions wind down, VoicePark's second version is gearing up to save the rest of us time and even money when it comes to the never-ending quest for parking in San Francisco (and beyond). Here, an interview LaBua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot and CEO of VoicePark.

Ride-Sharing Service SideCar Expands Nationally, But Not Without Resistance

Since the ride-sharing service SideCar was one of several companies fined and issued cease-and-desist orders by the state PUC last November, the company has been working with the regulatory agency to help establish rules for transportation based in the new sharing economy.

Buy Your High-End Sex Toys and Accessories Online

Crave

One of the most intriguing offices I’ve visited recently belongs to Crave, which designs, prototypes and assembles the luxury sex toys it sells online on two floors of a modest building in Soma.

There’s no corporate sign out front.

STD Triage: The First App to Help People Identify STDs, Anonymously

STD Triage

Certainly among the most socially awkward health topics are sexually transmitted diseases.

Nobody really wants to talk about them, some may feel reluctant to bring up the topic even with their doctor, and as a consequence people often delay seeking treatment, which leaves them at greater risk of not only getting sicker but also of spreading the condition to their partners.

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