Noel Lindsay, the CEO and founder of San Francisco-based Sleep Science Partners, helped create PureSleep to combat excessive snoring and the health issues associated with the night nuisance. The mouthpiece product, which can be seen on TV infomercials for around $60, is approved by the federal government. Read More
Rosemary Gong was named 2011 Woman of the Year by the San Francisco Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society after raising $50,379 for the Man and Woman of the Year campaign. The California native was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia three years ago while on vacation. After various procedures, Gong is in remission and credits her doctors and Chinese culture for keeping her alive.What was it like being named Woman of the Year? Read More
Steve McCallion, the president of Chrome Industries, joined the company at the beginning of the year. McCallion’s work with Chrome’s latest bag series, the Salvage Series, encompasses what the company is all about — taking the toughest materials, including Army tents, and making bags that can withstand anything thrown at them.What inspired you guys to move forward with this series? It was inspired by our obsession in finding resourceful solutions to real-life problems. Our iconic buckle bag, that’s a great example of repurposing something that has become obsolete. Read More
Alan Anderson, the CEO of Imbee, a social media site specifically for kids not quite old enough for Facebook, purchased the company in 2009 and revamped and relaunched it a year later. The site has more than 200,000 users, mostly ages 8 to 14. Read More
As team leader of San Francisco’s Tech Shop, Charlie Nguyen and his group of metal workers, architects and robotics guys are one of 16 teams nationwide that will compete in this year’s Red Bull Creation, a 72-hour maker marathon that kicks off in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thursday.What does it mean for the Tech Shop to be competing in the Red Bull Creation? I’m really excited. It’s a really awesome way to promote the maker scene and community. Read More
Tim Keating, the vice president of marketing at Skyline Solar — a company that offers lower prices for energy, citing that it can charge less than 10 cents per kilowatt hour — is a veteran of the technology startup world.
What kind of need is there for renewable energy? We see the opportunity for solar in general as superbright. The reason, of course, is because the span for electricity is huge and the supply of electricity is limited. Read More
The Conservatory of Flowers’ director of volunteer services is looking for summer help, recruiting docents to help lead tours. For more info, visit the volunteer page at conservatoryofflowers.org.At its root, what is the Conservatory of Flowers all about? The Conservatory of Flowers is a living museum. And it’s a very unique place. It’s historical. It’s been around since 1879. It’s beautiful and it’s really a landmark. Read More
Emily Arnold-Fernandez is a lawyer and the founder and the executive director of Asylum Access, a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated toward granting people refugee status around the world. She has done everything from studying abroad in Zimbabwe and Spain to granting a Liberian child soldier refugee status in Egypt. With offices in Ecuador, Thailand and Tanzania, the organization has directly helped more than 6,500 people since its start in 2008.What is your background? Read More
Paul Gardner, the veteran contractor of 20 years, founded Whole House Building Supply with the intention of not only salvaging reusable parts from old houses, but also keeping materials out of landfills for the sake of the environment. The business recently relocated from East Palo Alto to San Mateo.What is Whole House Building Supply? We’re all about reduce, reuse and recycle. We help out the community as far as giving people jobs and training. We put a lot of formerly incarcerated people to work. We give materials and people a second chance. Read More
Daniel Lurie is the founder and CEO of Tipping Point Community, a San Francisco-based grant organization that combats poverty in the Bay Area. After opening its doors in 2005, the organization now has 1,800 contributors. It had 100 when it started.As the founder of Tipping Point, what is the organization all about? Read More
In the fourth annual “Top Chef: The Tour,” the San Francisco restaurateur beat chef-testant Fabio Viviani 3-1, including a recent cook-off in Justin Herman Plaza.Have you always had a competitive edge and a knack for cooking? I’ve always had a passion for cooking, ever since I was a little kid, and a desire to be in the kitchen as much as possible. At 9 years old, my Christmas list included a wok, food dehydrator and kitchen utensils. I would say that I’m most competitive with myself in regards to maximizing the diner’s satisfaction with a dish. Read More
In the fourth annual “Top Chef: The Tour,” San Francisco restaurateur Ryan Scott beat chef-testant Fabio Viviani 3-1, including a recent cook-off in Justin Herman Plaza.
Have you always had a competitive edge and a knack for cooking? I’ve always had a passion for cooking, ever since I was a little kid, and a desire to be in the kitchen as much as possible. At 9 years old, my Christmas list included a wok, food dehydrator and kitchen utensils. I would say that I’m most competitive with myself in regards to maximizing the diner’s satisfaction with a dish. Read More
Mallika Chopra, the daughter of author Deepak Chopra and founder of a motivational website, Intent.com, will be in Union Square on Saturday helping host a group meditation session. The event runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m.How do you feel about participating in this Saturday’s event? I’m superexcited. I grew up meditating. I teach meditation and I really feel strongly about the power that it has. It keeps you centered, balanced and peaceful. So I think doing public meditation in the midst of a wonderful city like San Francisco is going to be really fun. Read More
It was late September when Dan Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, stared into a video camera and recorded a message, their minds focused on two 15-year-olds who had both taken their lives just months prior.
Savage and Miller thought of Justin Aaberg and Billy Lucas, two gay teens who chose death as a way to escape the constant bullying. They both hanged themselves. Read More
Paul Ash, the executive director of the San Francisco Food Bank, spent the majority of his working life in nonprofit management. But his passion for food distribution began when he was in college, and after a 20-plus-year career at the Food Bank, his appetite for feeding the hungry is still alive and well.Tell us about your background. Read More