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Nextdoor and San Jose Team Up to Launch Private Social Networks in Neighborhoods

When we first looked at Nextdoor five weeks after it launched late last year, the San Francisco-based startup had already helped people create 550 private social networks for their neighborhoods across the country, 100 here in the Bay Area.

Since then it’s grown to encompass 4,000 neighborhoods in 48 states and is adding at least 20 more networks every day.

Need to Park for Outside Lands? Check Out ParkPlease

Need to Park for Outside Lands? Check Out ParkPlease

As some 180,000 people – most of them from outside of the city limits – descend on Golden Gate Park this weekend for the annual Outside Lands Festival, the big question is: Where are they going to park?

After all, the parking passes offered by Outside Lands (at $150 a pop) sold out almost as soon as they became available.

For everyone who didn’t grab one of those, a scrappy little startup called ParkPlease says it has come up an alternative.

CrowdCall Changes the Conference Call as We Know It

CrowdCall is an Outbound, PIN-less Conference Call Service

In the smartphone era, there are opportunities to make our everyday lives smarter in multiple ways, and highly skilled entrepreneurs are hard at work figuring out how to do just that.

A prime example is Randy Adams, a serial entrepreneur and founder of seven venture-backed technology companies, with a track record that includes the invention of the PDF at Adobe; the establishment of the first e-commerce web site (the Internet Shopping Network); and the creation of the first PC desktop publishing app, Personal Publisher.

Marissa Mayer Among Getaround's Funders as it Launches Longer-Term Car Share Program

Getaround, the peer-to-peer car-sharing service, announced a bunch of news today, including a new way for car owners to rent their cars out for an extended period of time, such as when they are backpacking overseas or on a military deployment.

As part this new longer-term sharing program, which is called Getaway, the company has also released a feature called Instant Rental that allows people to get access to a shared car instantly through its in-car technology known as the Getaround Carkit.

Finally, the startup has raised a substantial Series A round of funding from an impressive group of investors, including Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s new CEO, as well as the venture firm of Google’s former CEO, Eric Schmidt.

Nitro Makes PDFs Interactive, Aims to Make Format "Irrelevant" Soon

Consider the modest PDF, for almost two decades now the de facto standard digital document format first described by Adobe co-founder John Warnock as the “Camelot” system – a file format independent of specific software, hardware, and operating systems in the early '90s.

These days, probably the main way most of us are reminded how often we use PDFs is that annoying red icon of the Adobe Reader Updater that pops up almost constantly on our computer screens.

Skip Lunch Lines and Get a Free Meal with GoPago

GoPaGo 10 Things to Try

Good food is good, and there is no faster way to get it than GoPago. There is no place where this is more true that the FiDi where lunchtime lines are an intimate combination of comical and disheartening. Skip the whole ordeal with GoPago and get a free meal while you’re at it. Use the $10 credit promo code “7x7FiDi” within the next seven days (ends at 11:59pm on Sunday) and see for yourself how easy lunchtime can be.

Google’s Emily Moxley on the Knowledge Graph (and Women in Tech)

Google’s Emily Moxley on the Knowledge Graph (and Women in Tech)

Whenever Google launches a new product or a major upgrade to its search results page, the first news of that change often comes in the form of a post to the company’s official blog.

Meanwhile, when the company gets it right, most users don’t even notice that the change was made.

That seemed to be the case back in May, when the company announced the release of its Knowledge Graph, an enhancement to its basic search results.

Our First eBook Identifies 30 Startups Rocking the Universe

Our First eBook Identifies 30 Startups Rocking the Universe

Over the past twenty months, I’ve been meeting with entrepreneurs throughout the Bay Area, trying to get a handle on the fast-moving technology boom that is sweeping through our communities.

In the process, I’ve profiled hundreds of startups and the people behind them.

Now, thanks to a partnership between 7x7 and Hyperink, we are issuing our first ebook, 30 Startups to Know Now, based on that work.

When You Travel, Mozio Provides Point-to-Point Local Transportation Options

When You Travel, Mozio Provides Point-to-Point Local Transportation Options

Say you've just landed at JFK to start your visit to New York, and now you’ve got to find your way into Manhattan. What’s the best, and/or cheapest way to get to the part of town you need to reach? Besides taxis, which will run you (with tip) the better part of three Jacksons, there are actually over 50 different options, from limos, to shuttles to buses.

But how can you find out about all of these services, evaluate them and choose the right one for your needs and budget?

Meet Mozio, which is a “point-to-point multi-modal travel search engine.” <--break->

MKThink Uses Technology to Push Architecture to New Limits

MKThink Uses Technology to Push Architecture to New Limits

The technology-driven entrepreneurial boom headquartered in San Francisco is now extending well beyond bootstrapped startups and hot IPOs to disruptive efforts by established firms in many fields.

A perfect example is the “innovation studio” at MKThink, an architectural think tank with offices in North Beach that in addition to its traditional design work has pioneered data-driven solutions in fields like education.

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