Tech + Gadgets
“San Francisco is a city of 800,000 strangers,” says Paul Davison, a biotech engineer turned CEO of the startup Highlight, a location-based social networking mobile app that notifies users of people nearby who share their interests and friends. “I’m convinced that in 10 years, you’ll be able to walk into a bar and know everyone’s name and what you have in common. It’s going to be our sixth sense.” Highlight was the darling of this year’s SXSW, so Davison just might be right. Here, he chooses the best of SF's tech scene.
The San Francisco-based startup GoPago is at it again. The company’s free mobile app–which as some know, just launched in S.F. in partnership with Chase—lets you order and pay for everything from coffee to burgers straight from your smartphone. You get to skip lines at local hot spots like Freshii, Moz, Tropisueno and Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, because your order is ready and waiting when you arrive.
Last December, Lauren Van Horn was trying to find a glasses stand to buy for her husband, but the only ones available were ugly and made of plastic. She put a request up on Zaarly for one made of wood.
Architect Tobi Adamolekun, who likes to design and build things, responded. He sent her some sketches; she approved the design, and he went to work on machinery available at TechShop.
Die-hard political junkies who decry the Supreme Court’s 2010 landmark ruling for Citizens United—which lets political action committees raise unlimited amounts of funds for political campaigns—may have something new to smile about. Pride PAC, launched in February by Tiburon resident Marcus Lovingood and SF’s Rose Dawydiak-Rapagnani, is looking to take advantage of the controversial fundraising system with the first federally registered LGBT super PAC in support of President Obama.
The latest club to launch in San Francisco -- Club 53 -- last Friday night by Israeli brothers Yonatan and Gad Maor, has an impressive list of musicians lined up to visit and perform, including Far East Movement, Mayday Parade, Escape The Fate, and Daniel Bedingfield.
The brothers’ company, Shaker, has partnerships with BandPage, a leading platform for musicians online, and Live Nation, which will promote tours to Club 53, including the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival.
What’s different about the Maor brothers’ club is that it is all virtual; its only “address” is Facebook.
Over the past two years, StartX has emerged as an incubator for entrepreneurs among Stanford students.
Founder Cameron Teitelman conceived of the accelerator when he was still a student on The Farm himself, and to date, StartX has helped some 160 founders (out of 2,000 applicants) launch some 60 companies.
Have you used GoPago yet? It's a cool, free new app that puts an end to waiting in line for food by letting you order and pay for everything from coffee to burgers straight from your smartphone. Sound good? We think it does too. Here, we present a little insight fresh from GoPago's CEO and founder, Leo Rocco on why the app will make your food future a lot brighter.
Q: Leo, first things first, what—in a nutshell—is GoPago?