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And if they have cheese and crackers and two-and-a-half-buck Chuck, that’ll just be the icing on the cake.
Foodspotting has been sold.
Seems like there’s not a whole lot of money to go around considering all the people involved, but you’d have to call this a pretty successful app.
“OpenTable to Acquire Foodspotting
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 29, 2013 — OpenTable, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPEN), the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Foodspotting, an app for finding and sharing great dishes at restaurants, for approximately $10 million in cash pursuant to a stock purchase agreement. The completion of the acquisition is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
“We’re proud to welcome the talented Foodspotting team to the OpenTable family,” said Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable. “The Foodspotting team is as passionate about dining as we are, and we’re looking forward to leveraging their unique expertise in the areas of imagery and social sharing to enrich the OpenTable experience for diners and restaurants in new and exciting ways. By adding more visually compelling content to help people decide where to dine and discover dishes they’ll love, we hope to make it even easier to find the perfect table for any occasion.”
“We’re so happy to have found a home for Foodspotting where our community can continue to thrive while our entire team continues to focus on creating great dining experiences,” said Alexa Andrzejewski, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Foodspotting, who will be joining OpenTable as a lead user interface designer. “While working with OpenTable as partners we realized we could create more intelligent, seamless and beautiful experiences if we had the opportunity to integrate our products more deeply. We look forward to contributing our mobile, social and design expertise in ways that will delight both diners and restaurants.”
By enabling OpenTable to deliver a richer visual and social experience for diners and provide its restaurant customers with new opportunities to showcase their offerings, the acquisition supports the Company’s focus on continuing to enhance the ways it helps diners discover and book the perfect restaurant table. OpenTable recently added dish photos through a collaboration with Foodspotting, giving diners a small taste of the kind of enhancements that will be coming once the Foodspotting team is on board. In addition to welcoming the Foodspotting team to OpenTable, the Company plans to maintain the Foodspotting site and mobile apps on a standalone basis.
About OpenTable, Inc.
OpenTable is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating approximately 10 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 26,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. In addition to the company’s website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet’s most popular global and local brands. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations and enhance their service levels. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated more than 385 million diners around the world. The Company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and the OpenTable service is available throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico and the UK. OpenTable also owns and operates toptable, the leading consumer destination site for restaurant reservations in the UK.
OpenTable, OpenTable.com, OpenTable logos, toptable and other service names are the trademarks of OpenTable, Inc. and/or its affiliates
“Foodspotting is a visual guide to good food and where to find it. Instead of reviewing restaurants, you can recommend great dishes and see what others recommend wherever you go.
We started Foodspotting in 2009 when we realized that there were many restaurant review apps, but there was no easy way to find or rate specific dishes. We set out to create a new kind of local guide that is unique because:
Find whatever you’re craving, see what’s good at any restaurant and learn what foodspotters, friends and experts love wherever you go.
Browse photos of nearby dishes and see what looks good. We want to make finding good food as easy as looking in a bakery window.
Recommend dishes by snapping photos or simply saying “Loved it!” We don’t allow negative ratings because we’re all about foods people love.
Our goal is to cover the earth with amazing food sightings, from our childhood hometowns in Pennsylvania to food capitals like Tokyo. Since launching Foodspotting in January 2010, over 2.5 million foods have been spotted around the world, but we’re counting on you to represent your city by sharing your favorite local dishes.
In January 2010, Foodspotting launched the first and leading mobile app for finding and rating dishes. Today, you can use Foodspotting to see what foodspotters, friends and experts like Chow, Travel Channel and Wolfgang Puck love wherever you go.
Featured as App of the Week in both the iPhone and Android app stores, Foodspotting has received attention from The Today Show, The Cooking Channel and Inc Magazine and was named one of Time Magazine’s 50 Best Apps of 2012 and a Top Travel Application by Travel + Leisure. Foodspotting is backed by Blue Run Ventures, Felicis Ventures, High Line Ventures, 500 Startups and Zelkova Ventures as well as a syndicate of angel investors including Dave Morin.
Based in San Francisco, Foodspotting has built a worldwide community of foodspotters who love to find and share interesting dishes wherever they go.”
These AC72 boats are pretty tall, huh?
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The Reddit SF hasn’t been this up-in-arms since that whole Cello Thief incident.
Oh, here’s one:
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I’m thinking that whenever somebody gives you or sells to you a tablet and it doesn’t come in the original box, then you just might have this kind of allegation on your hands.
Are the alleged thieves “innocent victims,” you know, like that clown who ended up with the iPad 2 of Steve Jobs?
And will Redditor cokacokacoh ever get his Nexus 7 back?
Only Time Will Tell.
Is this what it would look like if Anne Hathaway / Parker Posey (on the left) and Bobby Flay (on the right) conspired to steal a little violone from San Francisco’s world-famous Conservatory of Music in Civic Center / Hayes Valley?
“Hey Reddit, my son’s very expensive cello was stolen from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music yesterday. Here are the surveillance pics from security that show a young couple making-off with my son’s primary instrument. FWIW, this instrument is one of the most expensive things I have ever owned. It was stolen around 4:05 PM on Sunday, September 16th, 2012. These people are nonchalantly making-off with a full-size cello that was purchased when my son graduated from a smaller cello when he was 12. We’ve owned it for 11 years. He’s in the collegiate division at the San Francisco Conservatory and it is not only the vehicle for his ability to obtain a classical music degree, but is also his sole source of income, as he uses it in performances and recordings. We’ll be doing a media blitz tomorrow with local stations and the SFPD, but I’m hoping the community can help. Any leads are incredibly appreciated.”
Do you have enough Clues? Who will solve this mystery?
Oh, here they are. London, John and Daniel, anyway:
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(Does D5 really have the “best neighborhoods” of San Francisco? Mmmm…)
Oh look, lots of people were there with these signs, regarding the corrupt 8 Washington project.
But I think we’ll get a chance to vote on this issue next year so this isn’t really on the top of the agenda these days.
Here are the introductions:
Andrew Resignato - A “people-powered campaign.” Sort of looks like Ross Mirkarimi.
Daniel Everett – Of Folk Law Radio
John Rizzo - He fixes problems, he has an engineering background.
London Breed – She was born in District Five. She was born in District Five. She was born in District Five. One imagines she’s still turbo-pissed at Mayor Ed Lie for not appointing her earlier this year. She’s raised the most money and has the support of Kamala Harris and Willie Brown.
Christina Olague – Pronounced “oh law gee” with a hard “g?” News to me. (Does she have a cold or is that her voice? Wow.)
“Hello. My name is, uh, Christina Olague. I’m Supervisor of this District. I was appointed in January. And I’m very thrilled and excited to be, uh, serving the community as the district Supervisor.”
And then later, more talk about how this inarticulate person is Supervisor.
And oh, here’s the big pitch for supporters, which I’ll tell you I didn’t see any:
“We need your presence!!! Please come out to hold up signs, wear your Tee Shirts and pass out literature. All the Candidates will be there. We want them to see strong support for Christina Olague. Got Questions? Call 415-724-0136 – Shelley B. Bell”
So, the Olague campaign wants the other candidates to see Olague has lots of support? OK fine, if that’s the way you want to do it.
Anyway, she’s a big fat SELLOUT and that’s why she got appointed over a moderate like London Breed.
And oh, she’s lying about that whole perjury issue with the Mayor and Ross Mirkarimi. Oh well.
Thea Selby - “I am super happy to be here…” Apparently, running for Supe is “hecka more fun” than you can imagine. And, apparently, everybody should consider running.
Julian Davis – “There are pro-development interests that are controlling the agenda of City Hall.”
This was the first attack against the Interim Supe during this forum.
“How do they get away with it? I’ll tell you – they get away with it by choosing your leaders for you. Over the past two years in San Francisco we have seen an appointed Mayor, an appointed District Attorney, an appointed Sheriff, and an appointed District Five Supervisor. Ask yourself is that’s participatory democracy the way we envisioned it? The answer is that it is not.”
Hope Johnson –
“…if those people are really representing you or if they are merely selling out to the highest bidder. And as Supervisor, I would hope to continue to ensure that government acts in our best interests and try to curb the abuse of authority some of which you’ve heard Mr. Davis talk about just a few minutes ago.”
And there you have it.
[UPDATE: Well, surprise surprise, Christina Olague got an endorsement last night. See Comments.]
Here’s, and I’m seriously, here’s MUNI’s Pinterest account:
Now here’s how I see you, MUNI. I see you as the worst large public transit agency in America.
Here’s my submission via David Waggoner and the Fog City Journal:
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Wow, a Pinterest. I didn’t see that one coming.
P.S. MUNI sucks!
I guess I passed through the place early – it looked like a ghost town when I was there.
But the Yelpers, well, they love it.
The entrance at 428 11th:
Les mise-en-scene – reminds me of the spare vehicle lot / junkyard of Veterans Cab Co, which is what this place used to be. Instead of busted Plymouth Gran Furies we now have food trucks:
Open-air communal dining, redolent of the Main Pavilion at Jonestown:
Ah, here are the trees on Division shown in the plans. All this new activity has chased away the under-the-freeway stolen bicycle fences all the way to….
…just across Division Street:
Now, speaking of parking, here’s what you’ll see across the street from the main entrance: “PARKING IS FOR COSTCO SHOPPERS ONLY – Violators Will Be Towed”
So, you’ve been warned.
I don’t know, I’m sure it was a royal PITA to get the SFP up and running. And I know that the gestation period for this new baby was longer than a rhino’s, but of course a lot of that had to do with setting up the handicapped-accessible bathrooms and the pavillion and whatnot.
What I don’t know is how things will shake out for the SFP over the next year or two. This could be a case of a K-selection strategy in an r-selection environment.
M-F: 11 AM to 3 PM and 5 PM to 10 PM
Weekends: 11 AM to 10 PM
People on the street eating chicken and meat
People eating pork with a knife and a fork