Waiting in line to meet Santa Claus can be an overwhelming event. The nervous sweating, the obnoxious temper tantrums and the uncontrollable crying are all an implicit part of your experience. And most of that's just you. So when a company like ustyme (prounced “us-time”) presents us with an opportunity to visit with the jolly man himself without the hustle and bustle of the mall during the busiest time of the year, than it’s hard (once again) for us to keep calm.
The holiday season is finally upon us and, in San Francisco, that means festive holiday parties, decorations on busy streets and, of course, thousands of Santas flocking to the bars. But with so much going on, we sometimes forget what the holiday spirit is really all about. Three local tech companies -- ZeroCater, Twice, and Getaround -- are helping us remember just that.
Food delivery service has gained enormous popularity in the Bay Area, and it’s easy to understand why.
In an increasingly paperless world, its perplexing that we’re still handed paper receipts after every transaction. They account for about 250 million gallons of oil, 10 million trees and 1 billion gallons of water to produce per year, and that’s just in the US alone. So how do we cut down on something so unnecessary?
Ziploop is looking to take on the task.
Apple wants to make its iPads thinner, lighter and faster, but not cheaper.
Bill Gates once famously said "Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time." We may be seeing that innovation take place before our very eyes. Ironically, it's one of Gates' biggest competitors -- Google -- that's surprising everyone, throwing its weight (and investments) behind the healthcare company Calico in hopes of tackling some of the most vexing problems facing human life.
To the victor, go the spoils.
The busy life of a San Francisco commuter is not for the faint of heart.
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