San Francisco

  • San Francisco Proposes Revised Open Data Legislation, Plans To Hire Chief Data Officer

    San Francisco Proposes Revised Open Data Legislation, Plans To Hire Chief Data Officer

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is unveiling proposed changes to the City of San Francisco’s open data legislation today, creating more structure around how the city’s data is shared with the public. You can read the proposed revisions here, but the big change appears to be the addition of a Chief Data Officer, who will be “responsible for sharing City data with the public… Read More

  • November Is Free Wi-Fi Month In New York And San Francisco Courtesy Of Windows 8

    November Is Free Wi-Fi Month In New York And San Francisco Courtesy Of Windows 8

    Huzzah! Fine denizens of New York and the City Of Saint Francis, Microsoft beseeches you to untether your computing devices and connect to their ethereal Internet for the lofty sum of zero! Beginning today, the so called “Wi-Fidelity” service will be available in various “hot-spots” around both cities including the Wharf of the Fisherman and “Union” Squares… Read More

  • Lyft’s Focus On Community And The Story Behind The Pink Mustache

    Lyft’s Focus On Community And The Story Behind The Pink Mustache

    You ask for a ride, it rolls up, you get into the front seat and you give the driver a fist bump. This sounds like something you do when your best friend picks you up, and that’s exactly the experience that super-hot ride-sharing service Lyft wants to emulate. I sat down with Lyft’s co-founder, John Zimmer, today, to discuss the company’s approach to community and to this… Read More

  • Drive Me: Lyft Just Might Have The Customer Experience Advantage Over Uber

    Drive Me: Lyft Just Might Have The Customer Experience Advantage Over Uber

    I’m not a fan of pitting two or more companies against one another and calling “war,” but the reality is that there’s such a thing as competition and advantage in any marketplace. One of the hottest verticals of interest as of late is transportation. I’m ready to buy a Lit Motors car, which we saw at Disrupt, and I’ve used Uber since it launched. One of… Read More

  • YC-Backed viaCycle Is A Zipcar For Bikes, Coming To San Francisco Soon

    YC-Backed viaCycle Is A Zipcar For Bikes, Coming To San Francisco Soon

    ViaCycle, a new Y Combinator-backed startup, wants to be to bike sharing what Zipcar has become for cars. While there are many cities around the world where bike sharing is a fact of daily life, only a few cities in the U.S. currently offer similar programs and the ones that exist are often expensive to operate. The viaCycle team, which has been working on its platform for three years, uses a… Read More

  • Sprint’s LTE Service Quietly Appears In The SF Bay Area

    Sprint’s LTE Service Quietly Appears In The SF Bay Area

    Sprint is making solid headway with its new LTE network — it’s already live in 15 (mostly Texan markets) with another four slated to light up before Labor Day rolls around and the carrier aims to have 12,000 LTE sites online by the end of the year. Sure, the process has been held up at least partially thanks to some damn birds, but now it seems another region should officially get… Read More

  • It’s Official: Pinterest, SF Mayor Ed Lee Confirm Move To San Francisco, Lee Opens Pinterest Acct In Celebration

    It’s Official: Pinterest, SF Mayor Ed Lee Confirm Move To San Francisco, Lee Opens Pinterest Acct In Celebration

    Pinterest is pinning its name on a new office door: the company today officially announced that it is moving its offices from Palo Alto to San Francisco, confirming our reports from June that were further confirmed this weekend by Pinterest’s international growth executive Sarah Tavel. Pinterest tells us its office will be at 572 7th Street for now. The news was delivered today by… Read More

  • San Francisco Vs. Silicon Valley: Where Should You Build Your Business?

    San Francisco Vs. Silicon Valley: Where Should You Build Your Business?

    When Mark Zuckerberg left Harvard in the summer of 2004, he didn’t move his fledgling company to the mountains, or the Gulf of Mexico, or San Francisco, he moved to Silicon Valley. Well, Palo Alto to be precise. In an interview with Y Combinator partner Jessica Livingston last year, he said of his impression of Silicon Valley, “You get this feeling that you need to be out… Read More

  • SF Climates iOS App Offers Neighborhood Specific Weather Reports

    SF Climates iOS App Offers Neighborhood Specific Weather Reports

    As a resident of NYC, I find little use for the SF Climates iOS app that all of my San Francisco-based friends (read: social media whores) are boasting over today. But a lot of you do live there, so you might find it useful. Let’s say you live in the Marina and for some reason need to go to the Dogpatch or vice versa but you’re unsure what the weather is like. Or maybe the grit of… Read More

  • Austin Tops San Francisco In Study Of Fastest Download Speeds

    Austin Tops San Francisco In Study Of Fastest Download Speeds

    Pando Networks is releasing new data today about American broadband speeds, taken from over 10 million downloads facilitated by the company’s consumer-facing software throughout the course of 2011. The study’s goal was to discover which cities in the U.S. had the fastest average download speeds, and not surprisingly, major tech hotspots like San Francisco, Austin, Seattle and New… Read More

  • Clouds & APIs: Mayor Lee Unveils The San Francisco Open Data Cloud

    Clouds & APIs: Mayor Lee Unveils The San Francisco Open Data Cloud

    With 30,000 tech jobs already in town and more (hopefully) on the way, San Francisco has been making a big push to make its city as friendly as possible to entrepreneurs. In January, we saw Mayor Ed Lee, Ron Conway, and former TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde launched sfCITI, a committee which focuses on hiring — both placing and training competent programmers and just generally bringing… Read More

  • Vienna-based Speedinvest closes $10m fund to bridge the EU/Valley divide

    Slowly, but surely, Vienna is building its own reputation as a startup hotspot and eventually there might be a fight between Berlin, London, Copenhagen and Vienna, although London and Berlin are ahead at the moment. There have been a number of large exits driven by Austrian-born founders (exits from UCP, Jahjah, 3united and last.fm exceed 1 billion USD). Companies such as Wikitude, Runtastic… Read More

  • San Francisco Passes Law Requiring Radiation Warnings For Cell Phones

    San Francisco Passes Law Requiring Radiation Warnings For Cell Phones

    “Cell phones cause cancer.” “No they don’t!” “Yes they do.” “No they don’t!“ Back and forth it goes, like the world’s slowest game of tennis. One study spends 6 months proving that cell phones turn you into a giant walking tumor, and another pops up showing that cell phones cause nothing but an increased need to tell people… Read More

  • Finally! Twitter-Tax Story Explained in Cartoon Form

    Just the antidote for a restless Friday morning: A cartoon rendering of the Twitter-tax controversy complete with a groggy Biz Stone masquerading as Twitter’s CEO, the role of Zynga played by a frontiersman, and a cartoony but pretty realistic view of the Tenderloin. Video on the jump. Read More

  • The Vote Is in and Twitter Gets its Tax Breaks. Now, What about Everyone Else?

    We just got word that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted to approve the Mid-Market incentive plan that would give Twitter– and other companies– a six year payroll tax deferral for net new jobs if they move their headquarters into the city’s most blighted area. The plan will require a second and final vote next Tuesday to be implemented. The area in question… Read More

  • The Big Vote Is Today: Will San Francisco Hang on to Twitter?

    The Big Vote Is Today: Will San Francisco Hang on to Twitter?

    San Francisco City Supervisors are meeting today to vote on whether companies like Twitter moving into the city’s blighted Tenderloin neighborhood will get a generous enough tax break to keep them from leaving the city. It’s an important vote for all of Twitter’s employees, as it will probably dictate whether they start commuting to Brisbane or not. And it’s an… Read More

  • City Tax Battle Isn't About a Two-Year Break. It's About Repealing the Payroll Tax Completely

    City Tax Battle Isn't About a Two-Year Break. It's About Repealing the Payroll Tax Completely

    Not only is the San Francisco Chronicle lacking the professional courtesy to link to TechCrunch for first reporting the tech industry’s fears about San Francisco taxing stock options– the paper is also missing the broader point in the escalating debate. This isn’t about Zynga and Twitter negotiating a special deal, nor is it about a two-year deferral of payroll tax. Sure… Read More

  • San Francisco Wants to Tax Your Stock Options– All of Them.

    San Francisco Wants to Tax Your Stock Options– All of Them.

    Few people are aware the San Francisco has had a tax provision in its municipal code since 2004 that requires companies to pay a payroll tax on gains from employee stock options. No one pays it, and San Francisco hasn’t enforced it to date, but companies are becoming increasingly agitated that the city may change that policy at any time. The number of high profile and high value… Read More

  • The Open Gov Initiative: Enabling Techies to Solve Government Problems

    While grandma flips through photo albums on her sleek iPad, government agencies (and most corporations) process mission-critical transactions on cumbersome web-based front ends that function by tricking mainframes into thinking that they are connected to CRT terminals. These systems are written in computer languages like Assembler and COBOL, and cost a fortune to maintain. I’ve written… Read More

  • Want the G1 early? Live in San Francisco?

    The G1 doesn’t officially hit the streets until tomorrow, but the 3rd and Market store in San Francisco will begin selling the first Android device starting today at 6PM PDT. If you’re not in the area and you didn’t pre-order then you’ll have to wait until tomorrow if, of course, you’re in a 3G market. Otherwise you’ll have to order online or in-store. Said… Read More