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Threadlife Helps You Stitch 3-Second Clips Into Life Threads

Threadlife

Two weeks ago, Zappos founder Nick Swinmurn and BLITZ agency co-founder Ken Martin launched Threadlife, a social video iOS app that allows you to capture and share “threads” of strung-together three-second video clips they call “stitches.”

Wheelz Enters Car-Sharing Market, Backed by Zipcar and Bill Ford

Wheelz

As of the past month, the car-sharing sector has another serious competitor in San Francisco, as well on numerous campuses around the state. It’s called Wheelz.

Launched last year, initially at Stanford, the company now operates from its headquarters on Tenth Street in the city.

StumbleUpon's New Look

StumbleUpon

It’s been a busy year over at what is arguably the web’s top discovery engine, StumbleUpon.

From its offices in SoMA, the company has relaunched its website, plus apps for the iPhone and iPad, and most recently a new version of its product for Windows 8, for tablets and PCs.

Copious: A Personalized Social Marketplace That Gets Smarter as You Use It

Copious is a personalized social marketplace where people can buy and sell things to each other.

Like Pandora or Spotify, Copious gets smarter about you and your tastes the more you use it to browse the site, follow other users, “love” styles or clothes, and ultimately buy or sell some of those items.

DITTO's Virtual Try-On Technology Enables You to Buy Eyeglasses Online

On the floor at TechCrunch Disrupt last month, DITTO co-founder and CEO Kate Endress demonstrated how her 3D virtual video try-on technology provides a new way for consumers to buy eyewear online.

Hot 30: The Bay Area's Vibrant Innovators Making an Impact on the Worldwide Web

Airbnb

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.

An App That Turns Online Dating Into A Game

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?’

SF Startup VFN Creates Digital Sports Cards to Connect Athletes with Fans

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.

Path is the Personal Social Network for Sharing With Your Closest Pals

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.

Ambitious Plans at Media and Entertainment Startup Brit & Co.

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.

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