San Francisco

  • Cities As Platforms Crunch Network

    Cities As Platforms

    Take a look at the last decade’s fastest-growing companies. You’ll notice they have one thing in common: They’re all platforms.YouTube was not the first video-hosting site, but it was the first to disrupt the stagnating online broadcasting model, creating a platform with digital engagement at its core. And the catalyst for Google’s exponential growth trajectory was when… Read More

  • Lyft Invites Us Into A Fuzzy Van For Outside Lands

    More than 200,000 music lovers are about to don their spirit hoodies and flower crowns for San Francisco’s popular Outside Lands music festival this weekend. That means lots of traffic, congestion and headaches for neighbors near Golden Gate Park. Ridesharing startup Lyft is helping to combat the problem by picking people up in several music-themed vans. Lyft partnered with Outside… Read More

  • Hackaday Acquires DIY Hardware Marketplace Tindie

    Hackaday Acquires DIY Hardware Marketplace Tindie

    Tindie, the marketplace for makers to fund and sell their hardware creations, is being acquired by maker blog Hackaday. Headquartered in San Francisco, Tindie has previously raised $1.7 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz and Slow Ventures, among others. Read More

  • Google Fiber Is Headed To San Antonio

    Google Fiber Is Headed To San Antonio

    While this news isn’t exactly exciting for me just yet, being in San Francisco, Google has announced its next expansion city for Fiber…San Antonio. This is the first announcement since the end of January, when Google announced that Fiber would be heading to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham. Read More

  • Oliver, A New Apartment-Finding App, Cuts Out The Middlemen

    Oliver, A New Apartment-Finding App, Cuts Out The Middlemen

    If you’ve ever tried to find an apartment in a popular city like San Francisco, New York, or Chillicothe you’re probably familiar with magical beings called brokers. These creatures take a cut of your rent while doing surprisingly little and it’s high time they are “disrupted.” How, you ask? Oliver. Oliver is the latest effort to cut out the middleman. The app… Read More

  • Square Launches Dashboard App For iOS So Businesses Can Track Sales In Real-Time

    Square Launches Dashboard App For iOS So Businesses Can Track Sales In Real-Time

    Over the past few years, Square has evolved from being “that payment company with the recognizable dongle,” to an indispensable part of the technology stack for quite a few businesses. It’s not just about accepting the payments anymore, it’s about managing your business with software. Today, Square is releasing its second non-consumer app, a dashboard app for iOS that… Read More

  • Disrupt Alum PartPic, A System That Identifies Replacement Parts, Raises a $1.5M Seed Round

    Disrupt Alum PartPic, A System That Identifies Replacement Parts, Raises a $1.5M Seed Round

    PartPic, which launched at last year’s TC Startup Battlefield in San Francisco, announced it has closed a $1.5 million dollar seed round from a group of 15+ angels, VCs, and strategic investors including Robert Saunders, Joanne Wilson, the Arc Angel Fund, and the Jumpfund. PartPic works like this: After being licensed by a manufacturing company, PartPic obtains 360 degree photos… Read More

  • Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad To Talk Fighting The Establishment At Disrupt SF 2015

    Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad To Talk Fighting The Establishment At Disrupt SF 2015

    After launching at Disrupt NY 2013, the HR management startup Zenefits is taking the enterprise human resources world by storm. Parker Conrad is the co-founder and CEO of Zenefits, and we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Parker will be joining us for an on-stage interview at Disrupt San Francisco 2015. Zenefits is one of the fastest growing companies in Silicon Valley, most… Read More

  • Uber Creates A Mobile Game To Help Drivers Navigate San Francisco 

    Uber Creates A Mobile Game To Help Drivers Navigate San Francisco 

    Ever had an Uber driver that didn’t know where they were going? It’s a pretty frustrating experience, and there are plenty of Uber customers voicing their opinions about the problem on social media. So Uber has created a mobile game for iOS to help drivers figure out how to maneuver through city streets, starting with San Francisco. Called UberDRIVE, the game is meant to give… Read More