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Why SF's Current Tech Boom is "Here to Stay"

A few years ago, one of the general partners at Trinity Ventures, Dan Scholnick, started floating the idea to his colleagues that the VC firm should expand from its headquarters on Sand Hill Road by establishing a beachhead in San Francisco.

At first, the other partners didn't see the need, but during 2010-11, something started to change.

Evernote Aims to Build the "Global Platform for Memory"

Evernote Aims to Build the "Global Platform for Memory"

“When we launched in the summer of ’08, our goal was to make a second brain for people -- to help them remember stuff better,” says Evernote CEO Phil Libin. “Everyone could use a second brain.”

Three-and-a-half years later, some 22 million users have discovered Evernote, without any marketing or advertising by the company. It’s all been by word of mouth.

Visual Sharing App Showyou Says Twitter is Kicking Facebook's Butt

Check this out: Sixty hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, which translates to an hour of video every second.

Think about that. No single human being is ever going to watch all of these clips of "Charlie Bit My Finger," not to mention kittens, music performances and product demos. We need curators.

Cater2.me Brings the Street Vendor into the Office

Cater2.me Brings the Street Vendor into the Office at Meal Time

If you ever wonder what they’re eating for lunch over at Dropbox, Square or Yelp, the guy to ask is Zach Yungst, co-founder of Cater2.me.

Yungst and his co-founder, Alex Lorton, are Wharton graduates who have brought their business expertise to street food vendors, matching them up with tech startups that order in lunch most days.

SeatMe Looks To Dethrone SF-Based OpenTable

SeatMe Looks To Unseat SF-Based OpenTable

It’s Friday evening, and you desperately want a table at Frances.Unless you’re a VIP who keeps the general manager on speed dial, you scour OpenTable where, if you’re lucky, you may find a seat at 5 or 10 p.m.—score one for little old ladies and European tourists. But here’s what you don’t know: The lack of seats doesn’t necessarily mean the house is packed. Turns out, some of the city’s hottest restaurants hide peak-hour tables from the only major reservations system online.

How to Turn a Brand's Best Customer into a Viral Advocate

Extole Focuses on Turning a Brand's Best Customers into Viral Advocates

Confronted with the need to try and market their products and reach new customers in this radically new media landscape, it's easy for businesses to feel overwhelmed. Extole is one San Francisco startup that focuses on this problem. 

Almost Three Decades After Debut, Macworld Now Eyes Mobile

Almost Three Decades After Debut, Macworld Persists, Now Eyeing Mobile

It’s hard not to become a bit nostalgic on the eve of this year’s Macworld convention, the first since Steve Jobs died.

After all, it was 28 years ago this month that Jobs unveiled the very first Mac at the first-ever of these events.

How ividence Attacks That Marketing Email Clutter Problem

How ividence Attacks That Marketing Email Clutter Problem

If you’re like me, your email inboxes have exploded over the years to the point they are bursting with incoming messages, some of which are bound to get lost in the shuffle. And, depending how many merchants you buy from, a healthy percentage of that email is probably composed of marketing messages.

Macworld - Not Just For Apple Techies Anymore

The Moscone Center will be bathed in Apple-related technology, art, music, and film for three days as the recently rebranded Macworld | iWorld 2012 descends upon SOMA later this week.

New Parking App Directs You to Open Spaces

How VoicePark, The City's Newest Parking App, Was Created

Somebody recently asked me, "So, when you were a kid, and you were playing with trucks and cars in the sandbox, were you parallel parking all of your hotwheels?"  I told her that I have memories of controlled vehicle chaos in the sandbox like other kids...but with an occasional explosion to give the Tonka ambulance and fire-truck something to do.  So upon reflection, even then, I was afflicted with the childhood version of parking anxiety, and intermittent explosive disorder.
 

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