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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.

Saucee: Your Online Source of Local Organic Sauces

Saucee

Original, organic, local, fresh, seasonal, vegan, gluten-free–all of those adjectives describe the first five spicy sauces created by local startup Saucee, which is currently in the process of wrapping up a successful Kickstarter campaign to expand production and deliver its products online to you.

UrbanSitter Expands its Internet Babysitting Footprint

UrbanSitter

Over the past year and a half since its launch, SF-based UrbanSitter has been helping thousands of Bay Area parents connect with babysitters via the social web–to the point where over 9,200 parents and 3,100 sitters are using the service.

Co-Founder Julia Hartz on Her Role as the "Operator" at Eventbrite

Julia Hartz

Among successful technology companies based in SF, one floating perhaps a bit under the radar is the leading online event and ticketing platform, Eventbrite.

From its offices strategically positioned on Brannan Street between the Caltrain station and the Sixth Street off-ramp of 280, Eventbrite sold 36 million tickets worth $600 million in 179 countries last year.

Caviar Delivers Meals From Yelp Four-Star Restaurants Seven Days A Week

Now there’s a new way to order meals online from those Yelped-about neighborhood restaurants that don’t deliver themselves and it’s a web app called Caviar.

Park.IT, the Mobile App That Helps You Avoid Parking Tickets

Handing out parking tickets is big business for the City of San Francisco – to the tune of some $134 million a year.

And there are oh-so-many ways you can get one of those citations, given the city’s complex and expanding set of parking rules. (For example, did you realize that you now have to feed the meters all over town on Sundays?)

Luckily, a new smartphone app (for iOS and android) called Park.IT, has a built-in SFMTA parking regulation interpreter that is regularly updated to help you avoid some of those tickets.

Ajent is a New Web Service Offering Curated Style Content and Products

Ajent

Meghan Higney, who just launched a new website and email subscription service called Ajent, which curates style content and product offers, has one of the more dramatic founder’s stories I’ve come across lately.

“I was outside, wearing heels and my feet hurt. I sat down on a ledge and fell backwards some distance to the concrete. I crushed four vertebrae in my back and was bedridden the next two months.

Can Entrepreneurs Help Solve the Plastic Pollution Problem?

plastic pollution coalition

The search for innovative solutions to societal problems by encouraging entrepreneurs to get involved is one of the notable features of the current tech boom centered in and around San Francisco.

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