Tech + Gadgets
It’s Indian summer in San Francisco, and temperatures are on the rise. As are the local luminaries in our annual Hot 20, er . . . Hot 30. That’s right. We were so impressed by the crop of talent and brains moving the needle this year—in fields as diverse as technology, music, education, sports, and arts—that we added 10 bright stars to our list.
When he got to this country from his native Czech Republic, David Semerad signed up at various online dating sites but didn’t like them.
“I tried several online dating sites myself and found them too stressful,” he says. “There is a long signup process. At Match.com you have to answer 60 questions. Most people lie anyway.”
So he decided to build a dating app “for people who hate online dating.”
In the process he turned dating into a game, which is called, simply, the Game.
“Every day we introduce you to three people,” he explains. “You choose one. We serve up random icebreaker questions, like, ‘Is life easier for a man or a woman?’
With the World Series back in San Francisco (yes!), the depth of support for the Giants by the local fan base amazes everyone who visits this place.
The town is awash in orange and black jackets, hats, T-shirts, and blankets, not to mention Panda hats, baby giraffe hats, and much, much more.
Even the buses proudly display messages reading “Go Giants!”
Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are alive with fans posting and sharing photos, links, and exhortations in support of their stars.
Without doubt, one of the most consequential social changes of the past decade is how much information we choose to share publicly about our lives.
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and blogs are some of the drivers of that change, of course.
But now millions of people also carry a smart phone in their pocket or purse that makes sharing every moment, including their physical location, easy to do.
Brit Morin is building a media and entertainment company, Brit & Co., focused on the intersection between technology and broadly curated content in five DIY categories.
She wants to introduce new technology products to people and also help them learn ways of making things, including meals and clothing, in a series of simple steps.
In 2008, Caroline Hu Flexer noticed how her two-year-old daughter was playing with an iPhone. “At that moment, I saw a big opportunity for learning on mobile devices for kids not even able to read yet or possessing the fine motor skills to use a mouse.”
You don't have to live in San Francisco long to know that we have a seriously world-class music scene on our hands here. In any one week, you can see a fuzzed-out garage band that's the darling of the indie scene, jazz legends play at Yoshi's, a performance by the SF Symphony, or world-famous pop legends take over the stage at the Fillmore. One way to see every show that's at your fingertips and get great offers? The new iPhone and Android app from Thrillcall.
Once you download it, you'll be able to discover local concerts and venues in the city, get the best prices and purchase them through the app. And it's so easy to use.
Today, while that description still holds true, Scoop.it appears to be evolving into a community of content curators who follow – not each other – but each other’s topics.
One of Scoop.it’s intriguing aspects is being organized around topics as opposed to the people doing the curation.
This differentiates the site from Facebook and Twitter, and it also seems to be resulting in a more professional look and feel – more of a LinkedIn in that sense, than a personal network.