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Breezi Offers Pixel-Level Control for Designing Your Own Website

Breezi Offers Pixel-Level Control for Designing Your Own Website

Berkeley-based Freshout, an interactive product development agency that has been building web products for clients over the past six years, is soft-launching its first consumer product this week, a hosted website creation platform called Breezi.

Text Messaging to Groups is Simple with SendHub

SendHub Aims to be the "Drobox of Text Messaging"

Over the past two years, there’s been a dramatic decline in email usage among people aged 12-24; they’ve largely turned to text messaging (SMS) and posting to Facebook instead.

This kind of seismic shift in communication strategies along generational lines signals the need for innovation and adaptation, of course, and down at Y Combinator (YC) this spring, there’s a startup called SendHub that is poised to help.

Fitness Buddy - the App That May Replace Personal Trainers

Fitness Buddy, The App That May Replace Personal Trainers

Walk into any gym these days and, odds are, almost everybody you see will be plugged in, probably to their playlists, while they work out.

So in this always-connected mobile world of ours, what if there was an app that actually walked you through your exercise routine, step-by-step, like a virtual personal trainer?

RAVN iOS App Aims for Real-Time Events Discovery

RAVN iOS App Aims for Real-Time Events Discovery

Much of what is driving the innovation we’re seeing around the Bay Area these days is the convergence of three technology meta-trends -- social, local and mobile.

A perfect example is RAVN Events, an iOS app that launched earlier this month, which co-founder and CEO Jonathan Wu calls “the Pandora for event discovery.”

Jobs in Tech Abound for Non-Engineers

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All over San Francisco, famously host to a cycle of boom-and-bust since the Gold Rush days, the debate continues in coffee shops and boardrooms as to whether this latest tech boom will soon turn into yet another bubble doomed to pop, dashing dreams all around.

Thrillcall Rolls Out New Live Music Discovery App For iPhones

Just in time for Noise Pop, the indie music festival celebrating its 20th anniversary this week, Thrillcall has launched its new iPhone app to discover and get into live events, even at the last minute and after they are sold-out.

Like Slots? Like Bingo? Then You'll Love Zynga Slingo

Zynga Announces a Zyngafied Slingo, A Combo of Slots and Bingo

San Francisco-based Zynga announced its first licensed partnership this week, and it’s with Slingo, maker of one of the classic games that emerged in the early days of the web.

Glyde Takes the Friction Out of Buying and Selling Used Goods Online

Glyde Takes the Friction Out of Buying and Selling Used Goods Online

If your house is anything like mine, you too have a growing inventory of old cell phones, video games, and DVDs sitting around, gathering dust.

You could always try to sell them on eBay, or at some trade-in site. But the problem is that unless you’re already a proficient user of eBay, or similar sites, the process of auctioning off goods is not all that intuitive, and can easily turn into a time-sink. Now, there's an easier way. 

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.

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