Jeff Hodsdon: New York City

What’s your historical San Francisco and New York connection? I moved away from my hometown in 2007 to San Francisco. Lived, worked, and learned there for 5 years before moving to New York. New York has always been a goal — no family or anything there. Describe your experience in SF and your experience in…

Massdrop: San Francisco

Massdrop is an online community for enthusiasts that provides people across several communities — from audio and electronics to quilting and cooking — a place to connect, discuss their favorite products and activities, and buy those products together. Discuss the products that matter to you and vote to decide what products you’d like to buy…

Jason Shen: New York City

What’s your historical San Francisco and New York connection? After graduating from Stanford in 2009, I moved to San Francisco and lived there for 4 years, till mid 2013. After a short stint in DC, I moved to NYC in Jan 2014 and live there now. Describe your experience in SF and your experience in…

Promolta: San Francisco

A hundred hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. As a musician, how do you get your video seen by the right people? That is the problem Promolta solves. Promolta helps musicians get noticed and gain new fans. With genre- and geo-targeting, Promolta places videos on blogs, sites and social networks to reach…

Dun Wang: San Francisco

What’s your historical San Francisco and New York connection? I lived in NYC for 9 years and worked in VC/startups for the last 5. When the company I was at got acquired by an SF company, I decided to move out west. I have been in SF for almost 2 years and love it here….

Lenda: San Francisco

The home loan industry just hasn’t caught up with the times. Call-centers and telemarketing are standard even though over 80% of homeowners begin their home loan search online. Lenda bridges the online-to-offline gap providing a solution that is easier, faster, and cheaper. “We’ve built a better way to help people make the best decision when…

Emily Dong: San Francisco

What’s your historical San Francisco and New York connection? I was born in New York and lived there until I was about 8. I’ve been on the west coast ever since except for a summer internship in NYC. After college and a year as a consultant in LA, I moved to SF to join an…

Stitch: San Francisco

Match, E-harmony, and the like offer dating to marriage. But what if you are one of the 50 million Americans who aren’t looking for marriage? What if you’ve already had your one love? Enter Stitch.net, which offers romantic and non-romantic companionship for adults over 50. Rather than matching based on eye color, height, and racial…

Cynthia Schames: San Francisco

What’s your historical San Francisco and New York connection? Our roots are in New York, and we’re a New York company. But we’ve been in the Bay Area for a few months now as part of 500 Startups Batch 9, and are succumbing to the considerable charms of California. Describe your experience in SF and…

Teaman & Co: San Francisco

Teaman & Company is building an online luxury brand to serve the growing demand for unique colored gemstone jewelry, and colored gemstone engagement rings. “DeBeers is responsible for creating a culture where people got engaged with diamonds, but the millennials have realized that diamonds aren’t the be-all and end-all gemstone, and people are now buying…

Michael Schwartz: New York City

Michael directs (and frequently produces, sometimes writes, and periodically acts in) theatre, film, and large-scale events. You’ve caught him in the middle of rebranding and building a new website at WhoIsMichaelSchwartz.com. (Know any great web designers?) So for now, you can visit his blog of Everyday Adventures at TheAdventureAddict.com, or you can follow him on…

Pinshape: San Francisco

Pinshape is a community marketplace for 3D printable designs from the top 3D designers around the world. 3D printing is hot right now, and there seems to be a faster, less expensive, higher quality machine announced almost every week, but up until now it’s been difficult to find great designs to print. Pinshape solves that…