Posts Tagged ‘common’

Yelp Registers for IPO with SEC – Goldman Sachs to Lead – See What Happens When You Kill the Twitter Tax?

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Just after we lose San Francisco’s so-called Twitter Tax (you know, the one former Mayor Gavin Newsom signed into law back in aught-four), comes today’s big announcement.

Deets below.

It’s time to party at Yelp:


Via’s flickrstream

“Yelp Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 17, 2011– Yelp Inc. announced today that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a proposed initial public offering of its Class A common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined. A portion of the shares will be issued and sold by Yelp, and a portion will be sold by certain stockholders of Yelp.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. will be the lead bookrunning manager and representative of the underwriters for the offering. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Jefferies & Company, Inc. will be joint bookrunning managers, and Allen & Company LLC and Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. will be co-managers for the offering. This offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the preliminary prospectus, when available, may be obtained from Goldman, Sachs & Co. at 200 West Street, New York, New York 10282, Attention: Prospectus Department, by calling (866) 471-2526 or by e-mailing; Citigroup Global Markets Inc. at Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, 8th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220, by calling (800) 831-9146 or by emailing; or Jefferies & Company, Inc. at 520 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY, 10022, Attention: Equity Syndicate Prospectus Department, by calling (877) 547-6340 or by emailing

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.”

Know Your 100-Pound Snapping Turtles of Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, it’s a common snapping turtle. See comments.]

This big critter looks to made of 100% muscle.

Take care you don’t run into it in Golden Gate Park on a dread sunny day:

Click to expand

(Just guessing here, alligator snapping turtle Macrochelys temminckii?)

Snap snap!

Twitter Shootout – Are Gavin Newsom’s Tweets More Useful Than a Common Squirrel’s?

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Who has the more useful Tweets out there? Is it San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, with hundreds of thousands of Followers, or is it Common Squirrel, with an amazing 2,115 Updates already and thousands of Followers as well. Some feel the squirrel’s pithy postings are the “best thing to follow on Twitter.”

Let’s take a look and make a head-to-head comparison. First up is the prolific common_squirrel, click to expand: 

And here is Gavin Newsom’s effort, selected randomly:

By the Numbers, the Twitter Shootout:

1. Isn’t it _Tom Ammiano‘s_ Universal Health Care Program? Yes it is. +1 for Squirrel.

2. This entry conjures up the famous City Hall marriages a half-decade back. A timely posting of news. +1 for Gavin.

3. “If you are in D.C.” – that’s a big if, in’nt it? Nevertheless, this could be useful info for a few. Squirrel is going to need to pick up his/her game – ’cause merely relying on the other side to fail isn’t necessarily a winning strategy. +1 for Gavin.

4. Drawing attention to being on national TV – that’s a fair Tweet. +1 for Gavin.

5. Denying Miss California USA (people always leave out that “USA” part) her due, really? The People Have Spoken, so the only appropriate response is to have your people contact her people and book an agreeable date +1 for Squirrel.

6. OTOH, using Twitter to conduct the poll itself is a GUOT (Good Use of Twitter). +1 for Gavin.

7. See #6 Above. +1 for Gavin.

8. Does Shai Agassi really believe he’s going to save the world with his “battery replacement scheme?” His sweeping statements are redolent of Charlie Manson’s as well as other charismatic, messianic leaders’. Refreshingly, Squirrel lacks certainty that A Better Place is the only Path to the Future. Shouldn’t we save taxpayers dollars for more useful things, like subsidizing the real estate industry? A big +1 for Squirrel.

9. Again with teh Agassi? +1 for Squirrel.

10. Are 385,000 Followers really reading this message for just one person? All right, if that’s how Twitter works, that’s how it works. +1 for Gavin.

11. Again with teh Agassi? +1 for Squirrel.

Well, this one was a squeaker, but it appears that Gavin Newsom’s Tweets are more useful than Squirrel’s.

How’s that?

American Kennel Club Announces the Top Dogs of San Francisco, 2008

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

The American Kennel Club released its stats of most popular dogs for 2008. (Sadly, if your pup didn’t come with papers, it might not have been counted. Moving on…)

What were the trends for 2008?

“San Franciscans seem to be moving their preferences from petite pooches to larger breeds,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “The city by the bay added the German Shepherd and Rottweiler to its Top Ten while smaller breeds, such as the Pug and Dachshund, dropped in popularity.”

You see these Puli dogs all over town these days. When will they crack the top ten?   

The results for 2008, here are your most popular San Francisco doggies:

 1. Labrador Retriever
 2. Yorkshire Terrier
 3. Bulldog 
 4. Golden Retriever
 5. French Bulldog  
 6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
 7. Poodle     
 8. German Shepherd Dog 
 9. Maltese
 9. Rottweilers (tied)

Sorry Labradoodle, even though Brad Pitt gave one of you guys to Jennifer Anniston a while back, you’re still not respectable enough to be considered a breed of your own. Maybe next century.

More deets after the jump. Congratulations to the winners.


Attorney General Jerry Brown Takes Down That Airborne Company

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Of course during this season of the common cold, you’ve already heard all about those Airborne Effervescent Health Formula (also known as a “dietary supplement“) tablets. To say the least, San Franciscans are divided on the efficacy of this product

But check out today’s tidings:

“Attorney General Brown Joins Agreement Forcing Airborne to Stop Marketing its Products as a Cure for the Common Cold.”

Snap! But of course, all your school teacher friends won’t care. They’ll go, “Well, I don’t know about that, but it works for me.” Fair enough, but it certainly seems like the Airborne folks feel that they might have gone too far with their claims.

This guy never gets sick. He’s Unbreakable: 

via “Thomas Hawk’s” Photostream

The full skivvy:

SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined with 32 other state attorneys general in announcing a landmark $7 million settlement with Airborne, Inc. that forces the company to stop advertisements that “dramatically misrepresented” its dietary supplements as cold remedies.

“Airborne dramatically misrepresented its products as cold remedies without any scientific evidence to back up its claims,” Attorney General Brown said. “Under this agreement, the company will stop advertisements that suggest that its products are a cure for the common cold.”

Airborne began selling its products as a cold remedy on the Internet around July 2000 and on television in 2004. In its advertisements, Airborne featured people suffering from cold and flu symptoms and made unsupported statements suggesting its products were a cure for the common cold. This included:

• “Airborne Cold Remedy”
• “A Miracle Cold Buster!”
• “Sick of Catching Colds?”
• “Take at the first sign of a cold symptom.”

The company also requested that retailers sell Airborne products in the cold/cough aisle.

To substantiate their claims, Airborne relied upon studies that claimed the major ingredients in their products — Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, and Zinc — prevent colds. However, subsequent definitive studies found that these ingredients do not have any discernable effect to prevent colds. Despite the information, Airborne continued to market its products as cold remedies.

Investigators also raised concerns about the levels of Vitamin A in Airborne products. In older formulations, Airborne contained 5,000 International Units of Vitamin A. If the product was taken as instructed, consumers would ingest up to 15,000 International Units of Vitamin A daily.

This amount of Vitamin A poses potential health risks to vulnerable populations, including children and pregnant women. During the negotiation process, Airborne reformulated its product to contain only 2,000 International Units of Vitamin A.

More after the jump.