Calling itself “the first on-demand rideshare community,” Sidecar emerged from four months of beta testing last week, having already facilitated 10,000 rides in and around San Francisco.
It's a free smartphone app (available in both iOS and Android) that connects you with nearby drivers when you need a ride. You can choose to make a donation to the driver for that ride if you wish; it’s voluntary.
“During testing, people told us that they love the convenience and the friendliness of Sidecar,” says CEO Sunil Paul. “The reception has been astounding.”
We are living in an age that features the emergence of new marketplaces that are changing the way many of us live and work.
It’s a mobile (iOS) marketplace connecting businesses with people via their iPhones for the purpose of getting work done anywhere, often across multiple venues simultaneously.
Back in November 2010, John Harris, a veteran of some 30 years in the consumer products and tech industries, tried to find an effective tracking product that could help members of his family take care of his mother-in-law, who has Alzheimer’s, and a niece, who is Autistic.
“Both of them get lost sometimes, especially my niece,” he explains. “But I couldn’t find anything suitable. The devices were all too big, weighed too much, and were too big to fit into a pocket. Plus their battery life was too low, about 24 hours.”
Startup companies divide broadly into two groups: Those that want to generate a lot of buzz, and those that don’t want to generate any buzz at all.
The latter usually are trying to remain in “stealth” while they build a prototype for a product or service that might otherwise be easily copied by a competitor.
But the Presidio-based Pearl.com, headed by CEO Andy Kurtzig, has been methodically going about its business for eight years now, very much below the radar, so much so we cannot even consider it a startup any longer.
Last December, Lauren Van Horn was trying to find a glasses stand to buy for her husband, but the only ones available were ugly and made of plastic. She put a request up on Zaarly for one made of wood.
Architect Tobi Adamolekun, who likes to design and build things, responded. He sent her some sketches; she approved the design, and he went to work on machinery available at TechShop.
The latest club to launch in San Francisco -- Club 53 -- last Friday night by Israeli brothers Yonatan and Gad Maor, has an impressive list of musicians lined up to visit and perform, including Far East Movement, Mayday Parade, Escape The Fate, and Daniel Bedingfield.
The brothers’ company, Shaker, has partnerships with BandPage, a leading platform for musicians online, and Live Nation, which will promote tours to Club 53, including the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival.
What’s different about the Maor brothers’ club is that it is all virtual; its only “address” is Facebook.
Over the past two years, StartX has emerged as an incubator for entrepreneurs among Stanford students.
Founder Cameron Teitelman conceived of the accelerator when he was still a student on The Farm himself, and to date, StartX has helped some 160 founders (out of 2,000 applicants) launch some 60 companies.
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