OpenVote Launches A Publishing Platform, Crowdvoting Tool For Political Debate

Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 2.13.21 PM OpenVote, the political startup from early Facebook designer Bobby Goodlatte and Sean McCann, is unveiling a larger publishing platform where people can debate policies and pledge their votes. Before becoming a prominent designer at Facebook, Goodlatte grew up with politics in his family. For almost all of Goodlatte’s life, his father has served as a Republican Congressman. While he and… Read More

A Long Game

San Francisco “When do you think people in the Bay Area started to realize that you could make more money from tech than from real estate?” Jed Kolko asked me. We were sitting at Ma-velous, a coffee shop frequented by San Francisco’s political movers two blocks from City Hall and kitty corner from Twitter’s headquarters in the Shorenstein-owned former San Francisco Furniture Mart. Read More

Rwanda’s Not-So-Improbable Ambition To Be A Startup Hub of Africa

kagame It’s an odd feeling to come from California, one of the world’s most prodigious economies where the infrastructure and public systems are simultaneously falling apart in plain view, and arrive in the tiny, landlocked East African country of Rwanda. The first thing you notice is how exceptionally clean the streets of Kigali appear. That’s because of a ban on… Read More

The Last Bus Startup Standing: Chariot

rsz_dsc_5569 In the beginning, there were three. There was Leap Transit, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed bus startup stocked with Blue Bottle Coffee and furnished with plush stool seating for morning and evening commuters. Then there was the Nightschool’s nostalgic take with off-duty schoolbuses for late-night transport between the East Bay and San Francisco after the region’s commuter… Read More

Townsquared Raises $5.3M To Expand A Nextdoor-Like Experience For Local Retail, Small Businesses

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 3.43.28 PM Even though Rohit Prakash was a dual MD and PhD researching optogenetics at Stanford University, his entrepreneurial itch kept returning him to his family’s small business roots. He and his co-founder Nipul Patel began researching the travails of small business owners, interviewing countless entrepreneurs, trying to figure out what their risks were or what caused them to fail. (About half… Read More

Regalii, A Startup In NYC’s Washington Heights, Uncovers Where Immigrants’ Remittances Really Go

regalii It’s not a converted industrial warehouse in Brooklyn. Or a stately, century-old building in the Flatiron. But YC-backed Regalii’s atypical office location up in the Dominican-heavy Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan has given it plenty of insights into its working-class immigrant customer base. The startup, co-founded by several Latino founders who personally knew… Read More

Airbnb Pledges Transparency, Education To Fight Commercial Hosting, But Provides Little Detail

Airbnb Logo (2014) In response to calls for stronger action on hosts that aren’t casual users, Airbnb said it would start sharing some data with governments and getting hosts to agree to a policy of listing only their permanent homes. Here’s what Brian Chesky said in a post today: Today, we’re taking the next step to turn these principles into concrete actions by releasing the Airbnb… Read More

Airbnb Pledges Transparency, Education To Fight Commercial Hosting, But Provides Little Detail

Airbnb Logo (2014) In response to calls for stronger action on hosts that aren’t casual users, Airbnb said it would start sharing some data with governments and getting hosts to agree to a policy of listing only their permanent homes. Here’s what Brian Chesky said in a post today: Today, we’re taking the next step to turn these principles into concrete actions by releasing the Airbnb… Read More

KeepTruckin Raises $8M Led By Index Ventures To Bring Logging Miles For Truckers Into The 21st Century

KeepTruckin_Electronic_Logging_Device_In_Cab For years, truckers have had to keep unwieldy paper log books in order to track their hours, which complicates fleet management for trucking companies because they have to sort through faxes and mailed documents. KeepTruckin is a San Francisco-based company that is trying to automate this with a pair of hardware and software solutions that will log hours in the background. They’ve… Read More