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The Super Power of Measuring Your Social Influence

The Super Power of Measuring Your Social Influence

Fancy yourself popular? The new metrics of social networking can measure just how connected and influential you are—and major brands are lining up to put their money where your mouth is.

Photos: "Ensuring the Future of Innovation" Benefit for the UC Berkeley Startup Competition (Bplan)

On April 12th, UM San Francisco and the Walter A. Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley hosted an annual networking event to benefit Bplan, one of the foremost competitive events for student entrepreneurs—a forum providing the best possible resources including education, networking, team creation, mentorship and new venture financing—to help turn innovative ideas into real businesses. Past winners have included TubeMogul, a media buying platform for video advertising.

LoopUp Takes the Pain Out of Conferencing Online

LoopUp Takes the Pain Out of Conferencing Online

If you are someone who finds yourself all too often annoyed by the limitations of the current generation of conference calls and virtual meeting technologies, help may be on the way.

The first thing I noticed about LoopUp during a call with the company’s co-founder and co-CEO, Steve Flavell, was how easy it is to use.

The Haas School of Business & UM San Francisco Ensure the Future of Innovation!

Haas School of Business

For the 3rd consecutive year UM San Francisco has partnered with the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley to host “UM & Haas: Ensuring the Future of Innovation,” an effort to raise money for the 14th Annual UC Berkeley Startup Competition (Bplan). The UC Berkeley Startup Competition (Bplan) is one of the foremost events for budding entrepreneurs: a forum providing entrepreneurs with the best possible resources – including education, networking, team creation, mentorship and new venture financing – to help turn innovative ideas into real businesses.

Podio Revolutionizes the Way We Work

Podio is Revolutionizing the Way We Work

If you’ve ever had a job where some manager forced you to use software you hate, Podio is for you. “We have a democratic view of how work should work,” says Podio’s Lilly Hanscom. “People work best when they have control over the tools they use.”

Podio’s tagline is “Work the way you want to,” and what the company offers is project management software toward that goal.  Essentially, it enables you, the worker, to build your own apps.

We Told You They Were Hot: Instagram Founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom

Instagram Founders

The Image-Makers
Mike Krieger, 25, and Kevin Systrom, 27
Instagram founders

Photographed by Cody Pickens in Instagram’s SoMa office

Exec Finds You Real-Time Help for Small Tasks at a Flat Rate

Exec Finds You Real-Time Help for Small Tasks at $25/Hour

Too busy these days to get some of your basic tasks done? If so, Exec may be for you. This startup promises to “get anything you want done right away” for the flat rate of $25/hour.

Sosh Helps You Discover High-Quality Local Activities

Sosh Helps You Discover Local Activities

“What do you want to do this weekend?”

That question must get asked tens of thousands of times, at least, by people all over the city every week, and now there’s a startup ready to give you fresh new answers: Sosh.

The $180,000 Del Popolo Pizza Food Truck

The $180,000 Del Popolo Pizza Food Truck

There’s only one possible reaction upon first seeing Jon Darsky’s pizza truck: Whoa. Hitched to a mighty rig that weighs 14 tons, Del Popolo begins serving Neapolitan pies this spring from its 5,000-pound oven. This much muscle comes at a cost—over $180,000 in all. The good news: Del Popolo is inimitable. “You’d have to be a fool to try and copy it,” says Darsky. “This thing was f*cking expensive.” Here, a few of the highlights.

Hotel Tonight Offers "Impulse Bookings" on Mobile and iPad

Hotel Tonight

Here’s a scenario. You decide to go out on the town with friends after work, but worry that you’ll have so much fun you won’t be able to handle a late commute home.

What to do?

Well, just pull out your smart phone (or as of today, your iPad), download the Hotel Tonight app, and score a great deal with a last-minute booking at one of a half-dozen local hotels, ranging from basic to luxury.

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