At the Half-Year Mark, Looking Back at Xconomy San Francisco’s Top Stories

12/14/10Follow @wroush

We launched Xconomy San Francisco six months ago today, on June 14. It’s hard to comprehend how fast that time has flown by—and how many stories we’ve published (almost 500). On this six-month-iversary, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at readers’ favorite Bay Area infotech, energy, and life sciences/healthcare stories. The lists of the top 10 stories in those categories are below, ranked by page views, followed by a list of the five most popular editions of my weekly column.

Before diving into the lists, I just want to take a moment to thank everyone in the San Francisco technology, life science, and investing communities for the warm welcome you’ve extended to Xconomy. We look forward to covering the Bay Area’s unique brands of innovation and entrepreneurship for many years to come.

The Top 10 Xconomy San Francisco Infotech & Energy Stories

1. Innovating Where Banks Won’t: Talking with Rich Aberman About WePay’s Vision for Group Payments (July 8, 2010)

2. The Story of Siri, from Birth at SRI to Acquisition by Apple-Virtual Personal Assistants Go Mobile (June 14, 2010)

3. CarWoo Promises Car Buyers Hassle-Free Quotes Online, Raises $4.2 Million (October 13, 2010)

4. Rapportive’s “Social CRM” Gmail Plugin Makes E-mail Social Again (August 23, 2010)

5. StumbleUpon Revs Forward After Exiting eBay; Rivals Facebook As Social Discovery Engine (November 22, 2010)

6. Stipple Gets $2 Million to Help Web Publishers Bring Images Alive (November 18, 2010)

7. Mark Zuckerberg Goes to Startup School (October 18, 2010)

8. InDinero Co-founder Sees “Humungous” Market in Small Business Expense Tracking (August 11, 2010)

9. Tesla Rocks the Nasdaq, But Analysts Skeptical Electric Car Company Can Go The Distance (June 29, 2010)

10. The Fridge: Private Mini-Facebooks that Put Social Networking in Context (September 15, 2010)

The Top 10 Xconomy San Francisco Life Science & Healthcare Stories

1. Genentech’s Souped-Up Herceptin: The Odyssey Toward a More Powerful Breast Cancer Drug (June 14, 2010)

2. Roche Cuts to Hit Hundreds of Genentech Workers; Scientific Staff is Spared (November 17, 2010)

3. Amazon’s Cloud Computing Service Sees Opportunity in Genomic Data Overload (July 6, 2010)

4. Solazyme, Founded on ‘Delusional’ Idea of Algae Biofuel, Stakes Claim as Industry’s First Mover (July 27, 2010)

5. The Mission Bay Biotech Cluster: Antibodies, RNAi, Biofuels, & More (June 29, 2010)

6. PacBio Seeks $200M IPO to Gain Edge in Booming DNA Sequencing Market (August 16, 2010)

7. Affymax Lives to Fight Another Day, In Bid to Challenge Amgen’s Monopoly (August 9, 2010)

8. Keas, Founded by Former Google and Bit9 Execs, Tries to Make Online Care Plans Pay (June 30, 2010)

9. PhyloTech, Corey Goodman’s First Environmental Health Startup, Raises $1.2M in Seed Capital (July 6, 2010)

10. Theranos Raises $45M For Personalized Medicine (July 8, 2010)

The above list of top San Francisco infotech stories doesn’t include my weekly column World Wide Wade, which is published nationally. Here were my five most popular columns from the second half of this year:

1. 26 Apps to Drive Your iPad Wild! (June 25, 2010)

2. The Leaning Tower of Ping: How iTunes Could Be Apple’s Undoing (September 3, 2010)

3. Google Instant Is Anything But a Time-Saver (September 10, 2010)

4. Apple TV vs. Roku: Battle of the Set-Top Boxes (November 19, 2010)

5. OpenAppMkt: The Return of the iPhone Web App? (July 30, 2010)

If you have a favorite Xconomy San Francisco story from our first six months, or if you want to share ideas about what we should be covering in the Bay Area, please leave us a comment below.

Wade Roush is a contributing editor at Xconomy. Follow @wroush

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