A surge in high-tech start-ups and investment money has drawn recent college graduates who, unlike their peers in other parts of the country, seem snugly protected from any hint of the recession.
(...) At bars in the Mission District or trendy restaurants in the Marina District, they chatter about software upgrades and angel investors and new applications that could change the world — or at least the way people use their iPhones. They go hiking rather than clubbing, look with a hint of impatience at their less social-media-savvy elders, are picky about their sushi and unhappy with iceberg lettuce.
The temples of the valley — Facebook, Google, Twitter, Zynga — loom large in their conversation. Some have already founded companies; nearly all have toyed with the idea.
The results are in. The 2012 Reader's Choice Awards has yielded some exciting results. The biggest shocker is the fact that Delfina lost out to La Ciccia for Best Italian. Newcomers to the city show up everywhere, too.
"My first encounter with a San Francisco parklet was at Four Barrel Coffee on Valencia a while back. I remember looking at it and saying to myself “Wow, what a revolutionary idea.” Parklets have become a fast-growing phenomenon in many of SF’s districts since then, with outside-of-the-box design ideas that make them a go-to hangout spots for city dwellers looking to get some vitamin D.."
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"...there’s some really cool stuff we can learn about San Francisco here. Not only can we get a pulse on the ins and outs of the city, but we can get a feel for how people move from place to place.
Where do people go for fun after work and on weekends? What parts of the city are most tightly connected? A rider is far more likely to head into SoMa from Downtown than they are to head over to Golden Gate Park. There’s a lot more at play here than just population or population density.
We can see how San Francisco works and plays. We can see how the city comes alive...."
"And as if stepping into the fresh, bright interior of The Detox Market weren't inspiration enough, the range of products will definitely motivate you to clean up your act for 2012. For starters, flush out the butter backlog with wellness teas from Kusmi, pamper with organic skincare from Odacité (founded by Valérie and Romain themselves!), and renew with a juice regimen from local San Francisco favorite Can Can Cleanse. It'll be like the holidays never happened!"
(...) In an interview, Norman S. Matloff, a professor at the University of California, Davis, who has studied hiring patterns in the technology sector, said workers over 35 regularly face discrimination by technology companies.
Kris Stadelman, director of NOVA, the local work force investment board, which released a survey of human resource directors at 251 Bay Area technology companies last July, said that in her experience, candidates began to be screened out once they reached 40.
“Especially in social media, cloud computing and mobile apps, if you’re over 40 you’re perceived to be over the hill,” Ms. Stadelman said.
San Francisco Airport had to be the first airport to open a yoga room ! Awesome :
"In Terminal 2, serving Virgin America and American Airlines passengers, SFO’s “Zen Room” is reportedly the first of its kind. The space features dimmed lights meant to soothe weary spirits, a glass wall and door to act as a sound barrier from the busy noises of the terminal, and felt-covered rocks to add to the Zen garden atmosphere. The room will have plenty of yoga mats for travelers to use, and will be open from 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. each day."
If entrepreneurs stay in San Francisco, so do high paying jobs. That helps put more people in the comparatively well-off category. I guarantee you if San Francisco doesn’t want to be home to hundreds of millionaires, surrounding cities will gladly welcome them with better schools, infrastructure and tax-friendly policies. And they will move. And that helps no one. According to SPUR, the Bay Area has been steadily losing jobs or staying flat in nearly all industries except high-tech.
It’s too early for victory dancing here. San Francisco still has massive problems from a startup’s point-of-view that need to be addressed: Chief among them, a permanent fix to those payroll tax issues. But it’s nice to see the city no longer biting the hand that’s creating all of its jobs.
If we could develop Zynga, Yelp, Twitter and thousands of other startups with a hostile political attitude towards startups, think of what this city could create with the local government behind great entrepreneurs?
"The folks over at Hayes Valley Farm were kind enough to give us a tour of their space and a run-down of the farm’s inner workings, from its appropriately unique San Francisco history to its current trials and tribulations. Hayes Valley’s botanic claim-to-fame tests the boundaries of urban agriculture in order to give some of that leafy livelihood back to the community. The farm donates much of its bounty to nonprofit organization Project Open Hand, and offers up gardening workshops and classes for Bay Area youth – as well as discussions on urban permaculture, beekeeping, and fruit tree care for all demographics. Sticking to the farm’s philanthropic roots (pun intended), these seminars along with Hayes Valley Farm-sponsored events like outdoor movie nights and photographic adventures – are free of charge and completely volunteer-organized."
Not surprisingly, our tech-savvy, startup-chasing city was one of the first to embrace the trend of telecommuting togetherness: shared office spaces used by folks who would otherwise work from home or a cafe. On any given day, local coworking hubs brim with otherwise office-less individuals, perched behind their Macbooks and exchanging ideas over free coffee.
Which is why so many people were saddened to hear the news that the Summit, the Mission's most famous coffee-shop-cum-coworking-hotspot, will shut its doors at the end of the month.
Being 30-something in San Francisco means a lot – and it does come with tons of perks – but what it doesn't mean is that you always feel ... adjusted.
Still. I love it here and I have no desire to leave. But I have had to change, or at least I’ve been trying. The thing is, unless you're rich it's nearly impossible to live like "a real adult" in this town. You can't have a big yard, you can't buy a house, and the bars still call your name as loudly as ever. You don't want to leave the city, but you gotta do something. But what? And how?
All over the Bay Area, particularly in San Francisco, thousands of startups are developing innovative products and services that collectively promise to transform the way we live our lives going forward.