Die-hard political junkies who decry the Supreme Court’s 2010 landmark ruling for Citizens United—which lets political action committees raise unlimited amounts of funds for political campaigns—may have something new to smile about. Pride PAC, launched in February by Tiburon resident Marcus Lovingood and SF’s Rose Dawydiak-Rapagnani, is looking to take advantage of the controversial fundraising system with the first federally registered LGBT super PAC in support of President Obama.
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.
Life lessons, anecdotes, and bits of advice from three Bay Area entrepreneurs who made the big time.
Philip Rosedale grew up glued to his computer, more interested in the code on his screen than in the world around him. Hence his best-known endeavor, Second Life, a virtual reality world that took off at the turn of the millenium and allowed avatars to trade mock property, money, and services. Then the recession hit, bringing on layoffs and a bevy of new freelancers. In response, the Pacific Heights resident is now geeking out on ways to help contractors make money in real life.
Coffee & Power, which launched in November, is an online marketplace where skilled freelancers can post and find small jobs.
The dazzle of the Las Vegas Strip has a way of making one feel like a million bucks. But in this economy, getting sucked into the fantasy is more dangerous than ever. Luckily, Vegas is a city of kickbacks, comps, and perks, and anyone can cash in.
Software engineer Polo Valdovinos loves a good story, especially when he’s shopping for his Spanish Mediterranean home in the East Bay. “I like looking at great pieces, but I want to know how and why they were made,” he says. “It’s not enough that something is cute or cool. It’s got to be truly special in its craftsmanship—something that will last.”
Today, March 14
It's Pi Day at the Exploratorium, where they're celebrating the never-ending number and Einstein's birthday. At 2:15 p.m., they're serving slices as part of their pi-related activities. Joining in is Three Babes Bakeshop, which is selling and delivering toffee apple, salted almond custard, salted honey walnut, vanilla sugar buttermilk, and chocolate pumpkin pies for $31.41 all day long.
Friday, March 16
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