Monthly Archives: April 2012

Is San Francisco the “Innovation Capital Of The World”?

Mayor Ed Lee touts tech growth in San Francisco

By: Ari Burack | 04/25/12 7:52 PM
SF Examiner Staff Writer

As the tech company Dropbox opened a massive new China Basin headquarters Wednesday, Mayor Ed Lee touted the news as further proof of The City’s growing image as a tech capital.

Dropbox — which offers cloud data storage services for users of personal computers — joins firms such as Twitter, Zynga and Salesforce as part of the mayor’s effort to portray San Francisco as the “innovation capital of the world.”

The Future of E-Health: A Pharmacist’s Perspective

CALinnovates interviews Robin Bricker-Ford, an Intern Pharmacist at Keck University Hospital of USC about mobile pharmacy apps and the future of healthcare.

FlashPAC Founder: “It’s flash mobs meets campaign ads. It’s Kickstarter meets Karl Rove.”

CALinnovates interviews Leonard Hyman, recently chosen as a Google Policy Fellow, discusses his new startup, “FlashPAC,” which crowdsources advertising funds for nonprofits.

App of the Week: “Citizen Cosponsor”

Featured this week is “Citizen Cosponsor,” a great way to stay engaged with your local electeds!

Interview with John Duffield, JWT Inside

CALinnovates sits down with John Duffield, Senior Digital Strategist for JWT Inside. Hear what he has to say about reaching out to job seekers, increasing broadband access, and the “Pirates of Silicon Valley”

Using Tech to Stay “In Tune:” the Ultimate Guitar App

CALinnovates interviews an Americorps volunteer who uses the “Ultimate Guitar” app to lead campfire sing-a-longs on his outdoor education trips

App of the Week

This week, CALinnovates features two great apps that make gift-giving super easy!

Spectrum Update

CALinnovates latest update on spectrum and the recently released iPad 3:


The Sharing Economy

The San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association’s event called “The Sharing Economy” featured a keynote speech from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.  The sharing economy is a new twist on an old idea.  Sharing.  While sharing isn’t a novel idea, sharing plus technology is novel.  Companies engaging in this line of business, often called  Collaborative Consumption, refer to themselves as the new economy.

Whether we’re talking about car sharing, renting out your apartment, swapping books, bikes, or employing an errand runner, this phenomenon is sweeping its way across the state and beyond.  While the hundreds in attendance were excited about the potential of this emergent group of companies, they were equally as concerned about what ramifications the regulatory environment will have on these new businesses.  As the moderator of the panel said, “We can’t apply 20th Century regulations to 21st Century inventions.”

Enter San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who has championed a new approach through a working group he has formed in order to “develop model policies” for these SF-based collaborative consumption companies.  If this working group is successful, their policies can and will encourage the growth of the tech sector in San Francisco and beyond in order to further support innovation and the economy.


Staying Connected: A Surfer’s Perspective

CALinnovates interviews Matt Williams, an avid surfer who uses the “Surfline” app to get updates on his favorite Southern California surf spots.