San Francisco's South Park neighborhood is centered by a beautiful park surrounded by Victorian homes. Over the past several years, there has been an influx of venture capital firms to the neighborhood. The Re/Code article "Has South Park Finally Become the New Sand Hill Road?" takes a look at this phenomenon. But it's not just South Park - venture capital firms are either headquartered or opening offices all over San Francisco. San Francisco is also home to many venture-backed companies, including Twitter, Uber, and more. San Francisco has become the new epicenter of technology venture.
Each election, I compare the endorsements of the Chamber of Commerce, Democratic Party and Republican Party for the California and San Francisco propositions. In some cases all three of these organizations agree on a ballot measure.
Here's a summary of the endorsements for San Francisco propositions:
Links to SF sites:
Here's a summary of the endorsements for California propositions:
As I've posted about before, San Francisco's technology scene is growing rapidly. Companies including Twitter, Zynga, Yelp, Dropbox, Airbnb, OpenTable, Salesforce.com, Foursquare, Digg, Instagram (and many more) are headquartered in San Francisco. The Reuters article "Chic Geeks Give San Francisco A new Tech Groove" provides some more insight as to why tech start-ups are choosing San Francisco as their base. Here's the link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/01/us-sanfrancisco-siliconvalley-geeks-idUSBRE85007Q20120601
Prior posts on San Francisco:
In another sign that San Francisco is a booming center for technology start-ups, Benchmark Capital is opening an office above the Warfield Theater, a popular concert venue, on Market Street by Taylor Street. The new satellite office will be just blocks away from Benchmark's portfolio company Twitter, when their build-out is completed. Here's the story by the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/twitter-joined-in-san-francisco-by-one-of-its-biggest-investors/2012/05/25/gJQAMnQJqU_story.html
On the heels of my prior post on San Francisco as Tech Central, here's another link to a blog post on medriscoll.com "Start-ups Belong in San Francisco." The post discusses some of the qualities that contribute to making San Francisco such a vibrant and unique place for the start-up scene. Worth a read. Here's the link: http://medriscoll.com/post/18137813025/start-ups-belong-in-san-francisco
Here's a link to my prior post on San Francisco: http://www.allenlatta.com/1/post/2012/02/san-francisco-as-tech-central-uncrunched.html
Michael Arrington has a new post on his Uncrunched blog "San Francisco Or Palo Alto." In this post, he comments that over the past few years San Francisco has stolen the show from Palo Alto as the center of Tech and that The Creamery in South Of Market (SOMA) seems to be where a huge percentage of meetings are happening.
I have lived and worked in San Francisco for a dozen years and I have seen the ebb and flow of tech start-ups here. In the peak of the Internet bubble (circa 2000), SOMA was the home to numerous Internet and New Media start-ups. After the bubble burst, SOMA seemed to be quieter, but in the past five years, my sense is that San Francisco and SOMA have been re-energized.
Here's a link to the post on Uncrunched: http://uncrunched.com/2012/02/21/san-francisco-or-palo-alto/
In the comments to the post, there's a link to a map of funded startups, which is also interesting. Here's the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexmuse/6847577587/in/photostream/
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