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Who Says There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?

Who Says There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?

San Francisco-based startup GoPago is a company on a mission: to bring an end to waiting in line. The company’s free mobile app–which 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 spots like Freshii and Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, because your order is ready and waiting when you arrive.

Zombies Take Over Downtown Today

Zynga Zombies

What’s that going bump in the…day? At the moment, downtown San Francisco is witnessing the arrival of hoards of ghoulish zombies.

Wallit Lets You Create Augmented Reality "Walls" Anywhere You Go

With Wallit, You Can Create Augmented Reality "Walls" Anywhere You Go

“Imagine a virtual wall,” Veysel Berk suggested in a coffee shop the other day. “It’s like a physical wall that you can write on or post a picture to if you are at that location. Others can see it in real time and as long as they are nearby, they can post to the wall too.”

Berk is the founder and CEO of Wallit, a geo-social app that connects people to places through multi-media messages on these augmented reality (AR) walls.

Sidecar Makes Sharing Anything Over Smartphones Easy During Phone Calls

Sidecar Makes Sharing Anything Over Smartphones Easy During Phone Calls

When you think about it, the experience of making a phone call hasn’t changed very much over the years, even as the devices we use to make those calls have undergone a revolution.

“It’s crazy,” says Rob Williams, CEO of Sidecar. “But the calling experience really hasn’t changed much since the days when phones were still plugged into the wall.

"At Sidecar, we are reimagining the phone call for the age of smartphones, because you should be able to take advantage of all of the features of your smartphone when talking on it.”

Fotopedia's Mission is to "Help People Discover Beauty in the World"

From their offices in Paris and San Francisco, Fotopedia’s 16-person team produces what is often referred to as a photo encyclopedia.

But it’s really more than that -- a mobile platform for immersive visual story telling on iOS apps built around themes, especially places.

Its eleventh and latest app, featuring thousands of photographs of Morocco, has just been released. 

“Our mission is to help people discover beauty in the world,” says CMO Christophe Daligault. “The first word I usually hear when I load the app and show somebody is ‘Wow!’"

How Google's "Business Photos" Are Helping Local Businesses

Over the past two years, one of the many programs Google has been testing and developing is called Business Photos. It grew out of the “street view” aspect of Google Maps, which provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the area around a street address.

Business Photos now extends that same technology inside certain local business establishments that want to give it a try. Among the first piloting the technology are the Soma restaurant Ironside, nearby wine bar District, Public Bikes, and the Brick Monkey, in Redwood City.

Hayes Valley Startup Pinwheel Puts Personal Adventures on the Map

Hayes Valley Startup Pinwheel Puts Personal Adventures on the Map

Like an unknown couple’s initials carved into a picnic table or a letter in a bottle that’s washed up on shore, there are messages to be found in every destination and hidden corner around the world. Now, Flickr cofounder Caterina Fake aims to capture and share them globally on Pinwheel, her new Hayes Valley startup.

CrashMyPad Helps Travelers to "Live Like a Local"

CrashMyPad Helps Travelers to "Live Like a Local"

“We’re just two guys being scrappy out there among the big boys,” is how John Dale and Dave Evans describe themselves and their tiny venture, CrashMyPad.

Club W Helps You Discover Affordable Boutique Wines by Subscription

Club W Helps You Discover Affordable Boutique Wines

When it comes to wines, there are both too many -- 250,000 globally -- and too few -- 250 in major retail outlets.

So what is a reasonably adventurous consumer supposed to do?

The guys behind Club W have a solution.

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