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Academia.edu, a Social Network for Academics and a Free Publishing Platform, May Change Science Research

Academia.edu

Academia.edu is a social network for academics, especially scientists, and a platform where they can self-publish their scholarly work.

The San Francisco startup thus is fulfilling the original vision of Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the web essentially to share documents and communications of these types.

Marqeta Offers a Reloadable Debit Rewards Card for Use at Hundreds of Local Merchants

Marqeta

When Starbucks introduced its reloadable debit card a few years back, Jason Gardner was impressed; so impressed he set out to build a card that could be used – not just in one store or chain – but at hundreds or thousands of venues.

The result is Marqeta, which aims to become “the most powerful piece of plastic on the planet – one that magically makes your dollar worth more,” according to Gardner, the startup's founder and CEO.

Greenstack iPhone App Helps You Maximize Discounts at Restaurants

Greenstack App

“Saving money shouldn't be arduous,” says David Hehman, co-founder & CEO of GreenStack,Inc. “It should be fun and easy.” And that is what Hehman has set out to do. His product, greenstack, is a free, location-sensitive iOS app that enables you to redeem discounts and special offers at restaurants around town.

“There are lots of ways to save money, but you have to know about them when you are out on the go,” notes Hehman. “Otherwise, you're missing out on savings opportunities.

“It's staggering how many deals there are out there. We bring all the deals together in an aggregated view, so as a consumer you don't have to have ten apps, just one. After all, these deals are yours, you should be able to use them.”

SF-Based Tog+Porter Offers You a Personal Stylist and Fashion Based on Your Lifestyle

Growing up in the greater LA area and working later as a television reporter in New York City, Ellie Williams prided herself on her sense of style and ability to find the kind of clothes she both loved and needed for her professional life.

Then, a few years back, she went to work at a smaller market TV station in Eugene, Oregon, a city with far fewer clothes-shopping options.

New Social Network Launches for Women Facing Breast Cancer

A local startup that creates social networks for people managing chronic health conditions has launched a new one today for women facing breast cancer.

MyBreastCancerTeam (MyBCTeam) started beta testing with 50 San Francisco women in June and has grown quickly to over 1100 women since then.

Lyft Ride-Sharing Cars Are The Ones Sporting Pink Mustaches

As I was driving my daughter up Bernal Heights after school on Monday, I couldn't help but notice another car dropping off a passenger down the block, because it had a pink mustache on its grill.

The next day, returning from my son’s soccer game in the Mission, we passed a car with a pink mustache picking up a passenger.

Yesterday, when I was entering the concourse for the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, across the street was yet another car with a pink mustache.

Jybe Helps You Discover New Restaurants, Movies and Books

Jybe is a social recommendation app for the iPhone that gets smarter the more you use it, somewhat like Pandora or Netflix.

Initially, it focuses on three categories – restaurants, movies and books, and there’s a good reason for that.

Unlike much of the information available online, most of the digital data about restaurants, movies and books is structured in such a way that it is relatively straightforward for a technology like Jybe's to organize and display it.

Leading Women in Tech: Yoky Matsuoka at Nest Labs

Yoky Matsuoka, VP of Technology at Palo Alto-based Nest Labs, which makes a smart, energy-efficient home thermostat, didn’t follow a conventional path on her journey to the center of Silicon Valley.

She grew up in Japan, the only child of parents whose idol was tennis star John McEnroe. She herself was a nationally ranked tennis player when injuries forced her to choose a different path  – robotics.<--break->

InstaEDU Aims to Bring On-Demand Tutors Within Reach of Everyone

Now the kids are back in school, homework once again hovers over their heads like a large dark cloud – scary and threatening.

Even the best students complain about homework some of the time – it’s too hard, there’s too much of it, or they just can’t figure out this or that problem – often in math or science.

With ChefVille, Zynga Opens Its Doors to Share Tasty Food Values

Not a lot of things have been going right lately for Zynga, the big social game-maker headquartered at 8th and Brannan Streets, after a disappointing quarterly earnings report, a stock price  falling below $3/share, and difficulties connected to its close integration with Facebook.

But a bright spot in the midst of all this was the launch of the latest game in its ‘Ville series, ChefVille, earlier this month. It quickly became the most popular game on Facebook.

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