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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.

Duck Duck Moose Creates Educational Apps for Young Children

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.”

Since then, the co-founder of Duck Duck Moose has helped create 14 educational apps for iOS and android devices, all of which have won Parents Choice Awards.

Lumosity Aims To Improve Your Brain's Performance Over Time

“Reclaim your brain.”

That’s the tagline at Lumosity, the online training program focused on improving cognitive abilities like memory and attention.

Thrillcall is the Best New App to Discover SF's Live Music Scene

Thrillcall

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.

Scoop.it Building a Community of Curators Sharing “Ideas that Matter”

When we first looked at Scoop.it, soon after it launched in late 2011, we described it as “a one-click publishing platform that allows curators to publish beautiful online magazines.”

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.

A New High-Tech Way to Help Golfers Improve Their Swings

SwingTIP

One cold, foggy morning recently, I found myself at the Presidio Golf Course driving range watching Ray Leach drive a golf ball into the wind over 250 yards from the tee.

The golf pro, a former player on the PGA Tour, was demonstrating a new technology called SwingTIP, which is a wireless 3D motion sensor device that helps golfers improve their swings.

Academia.edu, a Social Network for Academics and a Free Publishing Platform, May Change Science Research

Academia.edu

Academia.edu is a social network for academics, especially scientists, and a platform where they can self-publish their scholarly work.

The San Francisco startup thus is fulfilling the original vision of Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the web essentially to share documents and communications of these types.

Marqeta Offers a Reloadable Debit Rewards Card for Use at Hundreds of Local Merchants

Marqeta

When Starbucks introduced its reloadable debit card a few years back, Jason Gardner was impressed; so impressed he set out to build a card that could be used – not just in one store or chain – but at hundreds or thousands of venues.

The result is Marqeta, which aims to become “the most powerful piece of plastic on the planet – one that magically makes your dollar worth more,” according to Gardner, the startup's founder and CEO.

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