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https://www.joinpapa.com/

I use Uber, Lyft, Postmates, Caviar, and several on-demand services these days. On-demand services are already common in my life, and I found a new on-demand service called “Papa”, which delivers grandkids. Papa provides services in Florida, and they will expand to five more states this year.

Papa delivers university students, Papa calls them “Papa Pal”, to seniors who live alone. Papa Pal plays games with seniors, watches Netflix together, brings seniors to the hospital, teaches them how to use social media and so on, but they don’t do the nursing care like giving seniors a bath.

Seniors pay $20 per hour, and Papa pays Papa Pals $12. Premium member service costs $30 a month, and it enable seniors to appoint specific Papa Pals. …


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https://www.anyplace.com/

Do you ever feel moving is annoying? I think everyone says yes. In San Francisco you must make at least a one year commitment and if we leave early, we have to find a subletter or face penalties. Especially, for immigrants like me, it is tough work.

Anyplace solves the problem. The service is “opposite to Airbnb”. Airbnb makes a home a hotel, but Anyplace makes a hotel a home.

For example, a hotel in downtown San Fransisco costs $160 dollars a night. If you stay there for a month, it would run you $4800. …


These days there are a lot of transportation in San Francisco. Especially in March, three share scooter services started.

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1. Shared bike with dock, Ford Bike

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This shared bike has a dock, so we can use it from dock to dock. This service was called Bay Area Bike Share before, but they rebranded and the name is Ford Gobike now.

This service is managed by Motive, which also manages Nike’s brand Biketown in Portland and Citi bike in New York.

After getting Ford Gobike, the stations are increasing and they will start an electric bike soon.

2. Dockless shared bike, JUMP

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We can park anywhere because this service doesn’t have a station. This service was admitted by SFMTA and started its service in February. There are 250 bikes for the first 9 months and they will add 250 bikes later on. …


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I live in San Francisco, and sometimes business travelers ask me about good seafood restaurants because seafood is the signature dish in San Francisco. I would like to pick three seafood restaurant for them.

Sotto Mare

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This restaurant is in the little Italy area in San Francisco. This restaurant is always crowded. I thought I couldn’t make a reservation but you can book if you are more than 3 people. Their cioppino is really good.

Anchor Oyster Bar

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This restaurant is in the Castro, which is famous for LGBT culture, the crosswalk painting is rainbow color. We cannot book this restaurant, so we have to go there directly and write our name on the waiting board in front of the restaurant. Last time we went there around 7pm, we waited for 1 hour. …


I like my activity tracker, and spend a lot of time with activity trackers. I counted how many trackers I used for 2–3 years, and I would like to introduce my relationship with them. I will call activity trackers “he” like my boyfriend.

Nike+ Fuelband

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This was my first relationship. When Nike released him, I was living in Japan, and he was not in Japan, so I had to find him in tricky way, but I wanted to get him! I think this relationship is my longest ever. He had a liquid-crystal display, so it is easy to know what he thought. When I did well, he complimented me a lot, so I sometimes walked to next station to get his compliment. …


Do you know “Kon Katsu(婚活)”? It means searching for a marriage partner.

We have used the word “Shu Katsu(就活)” for over 30 years. It means job-hunting. The word is short version of Shusyoku 就職 (getting a job) Katudou 活動 (searching activity).

“Kon Katsu” has the same structure and imitates “Shu Katsu”. It is short version of Kekkon 結婚 (Marriage) Katsudo 活動 (searching activity). This word was first used in 2007.

Nowadays, many people tend to get married late, or not get married at all. Marriage is not for everyone. …


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I started to use this service, LeTote, in last October, so about three months passed. Letote is fashion rental service from San Francisco, which can use $49 per month. Letote is one of Y Combinator Summer 2013 Alumni, and our company Scrum Ventures’ portfolio startup.

How to use LeTote

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1) I can put clothes and accessories in the online closet as we like.

2) Stylist select 3 clothes and 2 accessories from my online closet considering with coordination. LeTote calls this one set “Tote”

3) Tote is delivered to me, then I enjoy those items

4) After wearing those, I pack thosein the UPS bag which LeTote send with the item. …


I read the Bloomberg article which is about Bill Maris, the president and managing partner of Google Ventures.
He said in this article, “If you ask me today, is it possible to live to be 500? The answer is yes.”. Google has several approaches to immortality.

One is from Bill Maris’s side, Google Ventures is investing 34% of their fund in health and life science companies, which is the biggest part of their investment. Last year, Google lead a $130M Series B In cancer data startup, Flatiron Health.

The second is from Google X, which is called “Moonshot” within the company. Google X established a company called Calico in 2013. When Calico was introduced, Google CEO Larry Page implied that dramatically extending human life is one of Calico’s main goals; not making people immortal per se, but, according to a source familiar with the project, increasing the lifespan of people born 20 years ago by as much as 100 years.


Why is Uber’s market cap $50 Billion? I don’t know the actual reason, but I try to figure it out from some online news reports.

Uber and private information

News Source: Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists

This was the news about the problem between the Uber senior vice president and the journalist last year.

This news suggests Uber has a lot of private data, for example, where the customers live, where they go often, what kinds of place they likely to go, etc. This means there is a possibility Uber will use this private data and customer preferences in the future.

These data are not online behaviors, physical data, and they have a contact point which is in a car, so Uber can make it possible to target customers in the real world like Google and Facebook in the virtual world. …


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I am not good at cooking, and I don’t have a large repertoire, so I tried using “Blue Apron”. Blue Apron is a subscription food service. They deliver ingredients and recipes every week.

They started their business in 2012, based in NY. They raised $58M. According to TechCrunch, they sells 1M meals per month, 1 meal cost about $10, so their revenue is approximately $10M per month, $120M per year.

How to use Blue Apron

  • We can chose a meal for two or for a family (for four).
  • Each meal costs about $10
  • They deliver once a week, and we can chose the day.
  • It includes 3 kinds of meal ingregients and receipts. …

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Akane Yokoo

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