Posts Tagged ‘tech’

SFGov Isn’t For Sale But, “GROUP AUCTION: Four Highest Bidders Will Meet With the Mayor of San Francisco Ed Lee”

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Read the news and turn the pages:

SunnyKarma ‏@Sunny_Karma  42m

San Francisco #Mayor Ed Lee is highly interested in tech! Win a meeting, present your company and help a good cause! http://bit.ly/meethemayor 

Sunny* Karma?

The soul is for hire/

And they’ve sold the heart

* I think I know this gal – she’s a realtor, #1 on the west side

CW Nevius, Unpaid Spokesperson for SFGov, Weighs In, Once Again, on Twitter Not Paying Its Taxes – “The Twitter Miracle”

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Chuck is at it once again. At first I thought he was doing a kind of “Day Without  a Mexican” thought exercise, but now I don’t think so. Does he think Twitter will break its lease? The mind boggles.

So here’s a question for the people who keep shouting that tech workers and their money are ruining San Francisco.

ALL RIGHT, WHAT”S THE SIZE OF THE AUDIENCE YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT, NEVIUS? HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE EVER SHOUTED ABOUT THIS TOPIC? IDK, A COUPLE HUNDRED? AND THEN HOW MANY PEOPLE “KEEP” DOING IT? THAT NUMBER’S GOT TO BE LESS, RIGHT? THAT’S A PRETTY SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE TO QUERY, ISN’T IT, NEVIUS?  

What if it all works out just as you’d like? The tech companies decide it isn’t worth the trouble to try to run a business in San Francisco. The workers say they are tired of being hassled and mocked in the neighborhoods where they live.

DO PEOPLE REALLY MOVE FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER BECAUSE THEY’VE BEEN “MOCKED?” NO, SIMPLY. THE ONLY PERSON I CAN THINK OF WHO’S DONE SO IS YOU YOURSELF, NEVIUS. AND ACTUALLY, YOU MOVED _TO_ SF AFTER GETTING MOCKED FOR NOT KNOWING A WHOLE BUNCH ABOUT SF, FOR NOT LIVING IN THE TOWN YOU COVER. AND THEN YOU MOVED HERE A COUPLE YEARS AGO AND NOW, EFFORTLESSLY, YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT YOUR BEAT. JUST BY LIVING HERE. I’M SURE YOU’LL AGREE WITH THAT, NEVE. ANYWAY, IF ANY INDIVIDUAL TECH WORKER MOVED OUT, NOBODY WOULD CARE.

But there’s also Berkeley. And Oakland.

BUT WOULDN’T TECH WORKERS GET MOCKED IN BERKELEY AND OAKLAND TOO? I THINK THEY WOULD.

Suppose the “Twitter Miracle” on Mid-Market dries up.

IS THIS A PHRASE NOW, THE “TWITTER MIRACLE?” I DON’T THINK SO. THE ONLY REFERENCE I CAN FIND IS A SARCASTIC ONE ON MISSION LOCAL. SO OF COURSE I’M QUOTING YOU, BUT WHO ARE YOU QUOTING, NEVE? YOURSELF? OK FINE. BUT WHY IS TWITTER MOVING FROM 4TH AND FOLSOM TO 10TH AND MARKET A MIRACLE, WHICH OF COURSE IS “an event not ascribable to human power or the laws of nature and consequently attributed to a supernatural, especially divine, agency.” BUT IRL, TWITTER MOVED TO THAT LOCATION DUE TO POLITICS, DUE TO GAVIN NEWSOM WANTING TO BECOME US PRESIDENT, CA GOVERNOR, CA LT GOVERNOR. THAT WAS NOT DIVINE INTERVENTION, NEVE.

Of course, part of the reason they came in the first place was that the city offered them a nice tax break for six years.

THAT’S THE STORY, BUT IT’S NOT REALLY PROVABLE. WE SIMPLY DON’T KNOW WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE SUBSIDY. BEFORE TWITTER, WE HAD CORPORATE WELFARE FOR BIG PHARMA. THIS WAS A BIT BEFORE YOUR TIME HERE IN SF, NEVE. IT WAS THE “GENENTECH MIRACLE.” IT DIDN’T WORK OUT.

But now, entering the third full year, the companies are likely to take a hard look at how things are working out.

THINGS WORKED OUT GREAT FOR TWITTER, RIGHT? THEY HAD THEIR IPO AND THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO PAY THE PAYROLL TAX SIGNED INTO LAW BY GAVIN NEWSOM(!) BACK IN 2004; BUT IF TWITTER LEAVES TOWN, WHAT’S THE HARM IN THAT?

What if the companies say: You know, part of the reason we located here was because we thought our employees would love the city and quality of life. But now we’ve been turned into ideological punching bags.

CAN YOU CITE AN EXAMPLE OF SOME FRAGILE SOUL MOVING OUT OF SF FOR THIS REASON? I DON’T THINK YOU CAN.

Our firms are criticized for not doing enough in the community, despite hefty donations. (Twitter, to pick an example, has pledged $388,000 to Tenderloin schools and charities.)

THIS IS ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE LESS THAN WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE PAID IN TAXES TO THE GENERAL FUND. DO YOU GET THIS NEVE? MOST BIG COMPANIES PAY THEIR TAXES _AND_ DO CHARITY

And our employees are being mocked, hassled and trash-talked. It’s unpleasant. They don’t like it.

CITATION? EXAMPLE? HEY NEVIUS! DIDN’T YOU JUST GET THROUGH MOCKING DANIELLE STEEL? WHAT IF SHE MOVES TO FRANCE FULL-TIME?

Efforts are being made to find ways to keep families and blue-collar workers here. 

NICE USE OF PASSIVE VOICE THERE, NEVE. LET’S LET YOUR BUDDIES IN SFGOV KEEP ON KEEPING ON. ALL IS CALM, ALL IS BRIGHT.

Huge Billboard Proclaims “7th ANNUAL AWARDS SHOW” – But What are “The Crunchies,” GIGAOM, TechCrunch, and VentureBeat?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

I’ll tell you, oh, actually, I can’t tell you.

What kind of awards show holds itself out as an AWARDS SHOW in large type and then has the actual show name in greyed-out small type?

IDK, a crappy one?

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(I could prolly tell you more ’bout the Webby Award (the Webbies!) than anything on this billboard.)

Let us, I beseech thee, Software-Americans, maintaineth thy perspective…

What’s This, the NeMA Building Version of The Bachelor? Software-American Kyle Zink Stars in Unusual WSJ Ad

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Here it is, writer Sarah Tilton’s latest in the Wall Street Journal:

How Techies Are Transforming San Francisco - A generation of technology workers is bringing startups, venture capitalists—and high real-estate prices.”

And here’s a Dewar’s Profile of a NeMa Building resident who doesn’t seem embarrassed to live there.

Kicking it on the rooftop with a nice mug of Smitten Brand Ice Cream no doubt:

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Brave Tech Bro Pushes 1000-Something Cans of Mexican Beer Through the Costco #144 Parking Lot

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Plus accoutrements

At least I think he’s a tech bro.

Sure looks like a tech bro anyway.

So many Tecate suitcases, so little time:

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Tech Goes Too Far: Native-Born San Francisco Raccoon Thrown Down Stairs by Non Native-Born Kevin Rose

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

My dog Toaster was attacked by a raccoon

San Francisco’s Sunset District Gets Called “Land of Misery” in National Media: “Fog – Thick, Endless, Depressive Clouds”

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Cover your eyes, avert your gaze, West Bay realtors:

“If you start at the Bay Bridge and head west along most major streets in San Francisco, you’ll eventually get to a magical land of misery known as the Sunset. The name is a joke, and perhaps even a way to trick tourists: The sun rarely visits the Sunset, not even when it sets. The primary weather element in the Sunset is fog—thick, endless, depressive clouds of it that wash up from the ocean to completely saturate the land. I lived in the Sunset for a single, terrible year. Before I moved there, I used to be one of those snobby city-dwellers who’d look down on suburbanites who couldn’t handle San Francisco’s famously capricious climate. I’d heard the Sunset’s weather wasn’t great, but hey, how bad could it be?

It was bad. Too bad for me; after our lease was up, my wife and I moved to the suburbs. Looking back, what bothered me most wasn’t the terrible climate—though I did hate it—but the vast difference between the Sunset’s weather and the weather everywhere else. Whatever meteorological patterns applied in normal parts of San Francisco didn’t seem to apply to the Sunset, which meant that forecasts for the city held no sway there. If the weatherman said it was going to be 80 and sunny, it was probably 55 and cloudy at my house.

Wow, harsh.

Of course, former Supervisor Ed Jew famously claimed to live in the Sunset, but instead of actually doing that he preferred to risk jail, which is where he’s at right now. Oh well.

What a great place for a high-cost, low-productivity photovoltaic power plant using panels costing many times more than the going market rate. Oh well: 

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But it could be worse. The writer could have started talking about the “houses” of the Sunset District. Here they are, in no particular order:

Halfway houses

Cat houses

Grow houses

Oh well.

Keep on keeping on, Sunset District.

If Mayor Ed Lee is All About Creating Tech Jobs in San Francisco, Why is His Website from a D.C. Firm?

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Comes now TigerBeat, who asks:

“If @mayoredlee is all about creating tech jobs in SanFrancisco, why is his website by Washington DC’s bullseyeinteractive.com?”

A fair question, one might think.

Check it:

“Paid for by Ed Lee for Mayor 2011, Greg Sanborn, Treasurer, FPPC # 1340520

info (at) mayoredlee.com

Powered by Bullseye Interactive

Oh, and since I have the floor, was former Mayor Gavin Newsom a “Job Killer” when he signed the notorious and now-dead Twitter Tax into law in 2004? I think so.

I mean, didn’t we have stock options and tech companies back in 2004?

Yes we did.

OMG, “GIT” a Job! Networking Mixer with “Girls in Tech” on Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Now I’ll tell you, I can’t vouch for Girls in Tech ’cause I don’t know much about it, but if it costs only $10 (early-boid pricing) to go to the next networking mixer, well, you don’t have much to lose…

Girls in Tech Founder Adriana Gascoigne:

All the deets:

“This unique networking mixer will connect job-seekers with hiring parties and recruiters, will get your resume directly to relevant interested parties, and will provide some keynotes with advice on the tech-related job market in the Bay Area today.  Representatives from various areas of tech and the surrounding industries will be in attendance, from Cloud Computing to PR, looking for people to fill positions from Engineering to Marketing.

Early birds get the worm with a discounted $10 ticket price, PLUS your resumes will be distributed to employers in advance of the event.  Once GIT publishes the finalized list of employer-attendees, prices WILL go up!  Please note, without advanced tickets your resume will not be distributed to employers in advance of this event.

Buy your tickets here:  http://gitajob2011.eventbrite.com/

*Note, employers still interested in participating may visit the same link for more information.”

Hot Geek-on-Geek Boxing Action in The Richmond – Employees of Yelp, Apple, Google, Saleforce, IBM Fight Nov. 11

Monday, November 8th, 2010

OMG, it’s the Tech Beat Up, brought to you by White Collar Brawler. It’s a charity deal at the Rock It Room on Clement this Thursday, November 11, 2010. (What better way can you think of to honor our military veterans?)

A few of the contenders:

Now, even though they’ll be using inflatable gloves, the techster with the most actual boxing skillz is sure to win.

All the deets:

“Ashkon and White Collar Brawler Team Up For Newest Web Sensation: “The Tech Beat Up”

Local Web Series Hosts Inflatable-Ring Boxing Tournament Between the Most Influential Tech Companies in the Bay Area

The boxing tournament portion of the night will consist of tournament-style competitions between employees from Apple, Google, IBM, Zynga, Yelp, and many more.  For each contest, the boxers will duke it out in a bouncy castle with safe, inflatable gloves for two 45-second rounds. Winners will be determined by audience applause.

Meet the fighters and the companies participating in the Tech Beat Up: http://whitecollarbrawler.com/techbeatup/thefighters/
Nate Houghteling, one of the event organizers and also a star of White Collar Brawler, said the following about the Tech Beat Up: “White Collar Brawler is a show about two friends who escape the cubicle life to pursue our dreams. With the Tech Beat Up, we’re helping people join in on that liberating experience. Plus, who doesn’t want to see a software engineer from Apple and a product manager from Google go at it (safely) for lifelong Internet glory and bragging rights?”
All proceeds from the event benefit ZeroDivide, a nonprofit organization that leverages technology to benefit disadvantaged communities in the Bay Area and beyond.
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White Collar Brawler is a documentary web series set in San Francisco that follows two lifelong friends, ivy league grads, and former white collar workers as they leave the office life behind and train to become boxers. The two will fight each other in December. New episodes of White Collar Brawler are released, in real-time, on Tuesdays and Fridays of every week at www.WhiteCollarBrawler.com.
Tech Beat Up Event Details:
When: Thursday, November 11
Where: Rock-It Room, 406 Clement St. (between 5th and 6th)