2013 was a stellar year for Greater Bay Area companies attracting venture capital investments.
The 100 largest Bay Area VC recipients pulled in $5.7 billion in 2013, up from $5 billion in 2012. Even more notably, the top five companies grabbed a quarter of that money all on their own.
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Fewer men use fewer social media networks for fewer reasons, a new infographic shows.
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The 100 or so tech workers, packed into a Mission District bar with activists and politicians, expected a dialogue about San Francisco’s high-speed gentrification – and how to stop it.
15 minutes in, they had already been told by activist Alicia Garza that the people responsible for the “flavor” that draws people to the city are “the folks who were living here before.”
Fred Sherburn-Zimmer, the next housing rights advocate at the mike, reminded the crowd that the people who give San Francisco its character – think murals, street festivals, and the city’s progressive roots – are being forced out due to the booming tech economy. Sherburn-Zimmer’s voice was shaky as she continued, but she found enough confidence to tell tech workers that they benefit from privilege when it comes to media coverage, since reporters dotted the room that night but are usually absent from activists’ protests.
The “Tech Workers Against Displacement Happy Hour,” led by a union organizer and a tech worker, had advertised itself as a place where tech workers “sick of being blamed for SF’s housing crisis” could come together to find solutions.
Brian Hanlon, a 31-year-old Forest Service employee, told tech workers to leverage their companies’ resources and encourage employers to “do the right thing.” “If your firm is having trouble finding a great new acquisition target and they have tons of money sitting around, maybe you can encourage them to donate some of that to these (housing) nonprofits as well,” he said. Another man who didn’t want to give his name, but said he was from the dot-com boom and called himself “part of the new upper class of Silicon Valley,” encouraged tech employees to “acknowledge our privilege” and “listen to people’s stories of eviction instead of looking at our phones.”
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The Bay Area’s housing shortage seems to be getting worse by the minute. But what if the tech companies could, in one sweeping move, take care of the whole problem?
In a series of new 3D visualizations, Berkeley designer Alfred Twu imagined what Silicon Valley would look like if tech giants replaced the parking around their headquarters with on-site housing. In order to accommodate all of the workers, Twu filled the campuses of Apple, Google, and Facebook with 20 to 50-floor towers, all filled with 800-square foot apartments.
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Techies tired of making the daily pilgrimage by bus to Google’s Mountain View headquarters may soon have another option: the search giant has plans to rent or buy space in the Mission, according to…
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The line between work and play is blurry in the tech world. And as more young people flood into the city for work and look for friends, networking events have become a new sort of party circuit, one that mixes the trending startup lingo (“iterate,” “game change,” ted talks) with more traditional fare (booze, games). The team behind the Startup and Tech Mixer events think the demand for raucous and potentially career-building events is huge, and they might be right: This was their biggest work-centric rave yet, by far.
Interesting take on the tech party circuit.
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If you live in a city and take public transit, chances are you’ve looked at the system map and thought to yourself, “I wish this thing went everywhere.” If so, you’re not alone. There’s a whole group of daydreamers just …
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SAN FRANCISCO — – In case you’ve missed it, Silicon Valley has its own version of Occupy Wall Street.
This culture war lacks rampant arrests, bursts of violence or national media coverage, but the dissent of anti-gentrification groups over income and housing is creating a stir just the same here.
Jon nails it on the head as usual.
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This series of images by architectural rendering studio Hayes Davidson envisages how London’s skyline might look in 20 years time.
Over 200 towers with a height of 20 storeys or greater are planned in the UK capital over the next two decades and Hayes Davidson has visualised how these new buildings will appear alongside existing skyscrapers such as Renzo Piano’s The Shard and Norman Foster’s The Gherkin.
The images were created for an exhibition opening later this year at New London Architecture (NLA) entitled London’s Growing… Up! which will chart the growth of tall building construction in London since the 1960s and look at the impact skyscrapers will have on the city in the near future.
“As London’s population gets bigger and bigger, and new development for London takes place within the constraints of the green belt, we have to increase the density of the city,” said Peter Murray, who is chairman of NLA and the exhibition curator.
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Wealth in itself is not a bad thing. But wealth causing a talent drain as people leave the Bay Area because they can’t get ahead is a problem — and it’s only getting worse.
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