Friends in San Francisco

New and Old – Friends with Passion

Our personal and professional lives revolve around entrepreneurship and we are thrilled by brilliant companies — brilliant people! We are consistently inspired by so many of the people we meet, and hearing their passion for life. While in San Fracisco we had many fun adventures, made new friends, and reconnected with old friends along the way. Below is a more info on some of the great companies, organizations, and people that we had the privilege of meeting while traveling and exploring the city.

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

Albert Schweitzer

Pixar – Imagination at Work

Unique ideas. Compelling stories. Visual artistry. Cutting-edge technology. They all come together under one roof at Pixar’s 22-acre Emeryville campus. Pixar Animation Studios has created acclaimed animated feature and short films for over 25 years. And is also home to the RenderMan line of software products.

Pixar has produced fourteen feature films, beginning with Toy Story in 1995. All of the films have received both critical and financial success, with the notable exception being Cars 2, which, while commercially successful, received substantially less praise than Pixar's other productions.

It was truly a privilege to be invited to Pixar, explore their offices, and learn more about the studio. The dedication of the team and their pursuit of excellence in every way is truly phenomenal. The detail and consideration taken with each aspect of every film is stunning – I especially enjoyed the color scripts.



Momentage – A Community for New Creatives

An easy to use app, with Momentage you can craft and experience moments through combining photos, videos and sound images into a single post to create a vivid storytelling moment on your iPhone. Share your moments with the world or with just your friends. Experience new moments every time you open up the app on the Discovery page.

We just started using Momentage recently, and the team connected with us and invited us over to their office while we were in town.



NearMe – Peer to Peer Marketplaces

The future of the sharing economy is quite promising indeed! With new startups cropping up each week focused on sharing, peer-to-peer, and other models, the future is bright for new opportunities.

NearMe is a customizable marketplace solution powering the sharing economy. Global brands and Entrepreneurs now have a turnkey platform supported with go-to market strategy and expert advice for creating peer-to-peer marketplaces. Marketplace owners are empowered to augment the sharing ecosystem with their own branded sites that allow users to share, trade, swap, resell or rent anything. Headquartered in San Francisco with customers globally.



Greenstart – A Venture Design Studio

Startups have the profound ability to improve the world. Greenstart’s purpose is to help them do it better and faster. Great design has proven to be a game-changer for young companies. As the first of its kind venture design studio, Greenstart brings great design to startups.

Greenstart partners at the deepest level. Their team is passionate and stacked with successful entrepreneurs and designers, who have decades of experience. They join the startups they work with and move at their speed to accomplishing great work.

Designing a business model that scales, a user experience that delights, and a brand that resonates is difficult but vital for any startup. Greenstart is passionate about applying the emerging craft of startup design to startups who are improving the world.



TL Made – Creating Jobs in the Tenderloin

TLMade is a social enterprise centered on bringing out creativity, producing quality products, and creating jobs all within the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. Through the support of City Impact, TL Made's purpose is to transform lives through discipleship relationships, and create community through art and work, while creating a sustainable business.

More on TL Made coming soon!



City Impact – For the People in Inner City SF

One early morning in 1984 after getting off the graveyard shift, Roger Huang was waiting for a tow truck in the Tenderloin. He noticed a young boy being picked on by a group of bullies. Torn between intervening to help the boy and not wanting to get involved, he drove away with a heavy heart. On the way home God laid the burden on his heart, “What if that was your son being picked on?” The next morning Roger and Maite made 50 sandwiches, and Roger went back to the Tenderloin to give them away to the homeless that same day. The following week he brought his wife Maite to the Tenderloin to help with the ministry, and San Francisco City Impact was born.

Today, the ministry has grown to five major departments with 16 weekly programs. Everything City Impact does is to intervene on behalf of the people in the inner city of San Francisco.

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