For this Zynga employee, the game ended when the cops were called.A temp worker at one of San Francisco’s most successful computer gaming companies is in hot water after allegedly pocketing $100,000 worth of merchandise.Keith Brown, 21, of San Ramon was arrested Tuesday at the company’s headquarters at 650 Townsend St. in the South of Market area, according to District Attorney’s Office spokesman Omid Talai. Read More
Fortune 40 Under 40: On Thursday at Zynga headquarters in The City, some 250 leaders, including many in the tech industry, turned out to acknowledge Fortune’s most influential people under 40 in business. Attendees included Mayor Ed Lee, Mark Pincus of Zynga, Tim Westergren of Pandora and Andrew Serwer of Fortune.
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The TV ads just keep coming in the San Francisco mayoral race, with two new spots this week again focused on — you guessed it — Ed Lee.San Franciscans for Jobs and Good Government, an independent expenditure committee in support of Lee and backed by prolific Silicon Valley investor Ron Conway, put out an ad Monday lauding the mayor for keeping jobs in The City through incentives for tech companies Twitter and Zynga. Read More
A documentary about people who spend their free time painting over graffiti is being promoted with — you guessed it — graffiti.
Department of Public Works graffiti-abatement squads have been cleaning up dozens of wheat-pasted posters and stickers plastered around the Mission district in recent weeks promoting “Vigilante, Vigilante: The Battle for Expression.” The film, made by Bay Area graffiti proponents, opened Friday. Read More
The ink from Mayor Ed Lee’s signature is barely dry on Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s moratorium on stock-option taxes, and now the one company that the legislation will benefit most is talking about going public. Read More
Digg is a pioneer of the social Internet. It was one of the first and best-known online news aggregation brands, a top-100 Internet site with 20 million unique monthly viewers. Its ubiquitous graphics inviting readers to “Digg” this content festoon millions of websites alongside Facebook’s “like” links and Twitter’s “tweet this” buttons. Read More
Oh, to be a fly on the wall at the latest meeting of San Francisco city leaders and the tech companies that have been pushing them for tax breaks. The latest meeting on Monday involved Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisors David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi and Mark Farrell, and a handful of tech CEOs who all expressed their displeasure at being headquartered in a city that not only taxes payrolls but also levies stock options as well. Read More
The invitations are out and the RSVPs are already rolling in from San Francisco tech heavyweights who want to work with city officials to make The City a little friendlier to startup companies.
So far, technology firms and investors such as Yelp!, Twitter, Zynga Inc., salesforce.com, Riverbed Technology, Advent Software, DriverSide, Dorsey & Whitney, Artis Capital Management, and investors Kirk Dizon and Ron Conway have agreed to meet. Read More
A proposed tax break for Twitter has forced San Francisco to examine ways to cut costs for other tech companies. Read More
A unique San Francisco tax on employee stock options has tech companies threatening to leave The City, and now one supervisor is calling for a break on such taxes to keep those companies from fleeing. Read More