17 Months of Stories from Xconomy San Francisco

11/14/11Follow @wroush

The first anniversary of Xconomy San Francisco, back in June, flew by so fast we didn’t have time to commemorate it. But today, November 14, it’s been 17 months to the day since we turned on San Francisco—the fifth city in our network of six hyperlocal sites. I thought I’d take the occasion to look back at the companies and technologies we’ve covered, and give you a bit of a preview of coming attractions.

First, the preview. If you’ve ever invited me to your office or worked with me on a story, you’ve probably heard me say “Thanks for the interview. I’m not actually sure when I’ll publish this story; I have a bit of a backlog of other articles to finish first.”

Well, the photo in the above right corner shows that backlog in graphic form. It’s my Post-It wall, showing all the local companies awaiting coverage in Xconomy. (Click on the image to see a larger version.) These are all companies where I’ve done the CEO interviews and finished the research, but haven’t had time to write the story. I created the Post-It wall about a month ago, in an effort to take to heart this lesson from David Allen, the productivity guru:

You can only do one thing at a time, so at any point in time there is going to be a huge backlog of “work.” Much of what we must do, to gain comfort and control in our knowledge-worker worlds these days, is clarifying what all that work is, objectively, in a format that provides an easy overview. We must continually renegotiate those commitments with ourselves and with others; and that’s impossible to do, unless they’re captured, clarified, and organized in some systematic way outside our psyche.

The wall is my external psyche. The blank spaces represent stories I’ve finished since I made the Post-Its. The rest are still waiting. I figure I can get through most of them by January or February, and after that I should be in a better position to say yes to new story leads. (Meanwhile, though, please don’t be offended if I have to say no to your pitch.)

Now for the look back at what my colleagues and I have accomplished in the last 17 months. What follows is a list of the companies and organizations we’ve covered in the San Francisco Bay Area since June 2010. These aren’t piddly little four-paragraph stories, mind you—for the most part, these are major, magazine-length profile of the sort Xconomy is famous for. We’ve covered many of these companies more than once, of course, but the links generally lead to the biggest story on each company.

If you glance through this list, it’ll remind you what a broad swath of stories we cover—from infotech to the life sciences to energy; from giant companies (Google, Apple, GM, Merck) to tiny ones (Convore, OhLife); from venture firms (Emergence Capital, Scale Venture Partners, Sofinnova Ventures, True Ventures) to dynamic individual entrepreneurs (Tony Coles of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Eric Ries of “lean startup” fame). Quite a few of the companies on this list have been snapped up by other companies since our stories appeared—confirming, I think, that we were right to feature them. (Salesforce acquired Assistly, TripAdvisor acquired EveryTrail, and Dupont acquired Innovalight, just to name a few examples.) Happy browsing.

Ablexis

Abvio (Runmeter)

Achaogen

ACT Biotech

Adchemy

AdGrok

AdverseEvents.com

Affymax

Altius Education

Amazon

Amyris

AngelList

AngelPad

Animoto

Anthera Pharmaceuticals

Anybots

Anyleaf

Apple

Apture

Arch Venture Partners

Ardian

Assistly

Astia

AT Dynamics

AudioPress

AvidBiotics

Babson College

BayBio

Baydin

Beautylish

Blinkx

Box.net

BrightEdge

BroadVision

Bo.lt

Bookrenter

Bump

Calibra Medical

Canaan Partners

CarWoo

Castlight Health

Catch

Celgene

Cerus

Chegg

Chirply

Chomp

Cleave Biosciences

Climate Corporation (formerly Weatherbill)

Cocrystal Discovery

Codexis

CollabRx

Complete Genomics

Convore

Crescendo Bioscience

Crocodoc

Cyterix Pharmaceuticals

Cytokinetics

Cytomx Therapeutics

D-Rev

Digital Chocolate

DNAnexus

Doximity

E la Carte

Emergence Capital

Engine Yard

Enphase

Epocrates

Eventbrite

Evernote

Everytrail

Evri

Exelixis

Experience Project

Facebook

Facecash

Fandor

Fate Therapeutics

Five Prime Therapeutics

500 Startups

Flickr

Flipboard

Flite

Floodgate Fund

Flowtown

Fluidigm

Foodily

Fotopedia

Fridge

GazeHawk

Genentech

General Motors

Genomic Health

Get Satisfaction

GiftRocket

Gigamon

Gilead Sciences

Google

Google Ventures

GravityEight

Greenstart

HealthTap

HealthTech Capital

Hearsay Social

HelloFax

Heroku

Hewlett-Packard

Hipmunk

Hyperion Therapeutics

I-Corps

Illumina

IndieGoGo

InDinero

Inkling

Innovalight

Instructables

Intarcia Therapeutics

Intuit

Ion Torrent

iPierian

Jelli

Jennerex

Jumio

KaloBios

Keas

Khosla Ventures

Kilimanjaro Energy

Klip

KQED

Lanyrd

Latham & Watkins

LawPivot

LearnBoost

Life360

LinkedIn

Lithium Technologies

Livefyre

LiveScribe

LookSmart

LS9

Magoosh

Marketo

Marvell

Massive Health

Maveron

Meebo

Merck

Microsoft FUSE Labs

MobileWorks

Mohr Davidow Ventures

Morgenthaler Ventures

mSpot

MyPad

Nanosys

Nebula

New Venture Partners

NextBio

Nodality

Noteleaf

Novartis

nPario

oDesk

OhLife

Okta

1000memories

ON24

Onyx Pharmaceuticals

OpenAppMkt

Optimizely

Optivia Biotechnology

Pacific Biosciences

PARC

PariSoma

Path

PayNearMe

Pearl Therapeutics

PhyloTech

Pinnacle Engines

Plexxikon

Portola Pharmaceuticals

PowerReviews

PracticeFusion

Prysm

QB3

Qwiki

Rackspace

Rapportive

ReadyForZero

Recurve

Rentjuice

Ries, Eric

Rigel Pharmaceuticals

Rock Health

Rockmelt

Roku

Room 77

Ruckus Wireless

Sage Bionetworks

Salesforce.com

Sangamo Biosciences

Say Media

Scale Venture Partners

SearchReviews

Second Genome

SecondMarket

Sequenta

Shopkick

Shopwell

ShowYou

Sidereel

Siluria Technologies

Siri

Solazyme

Sofinnova Ventures

Sorbent Therapeutics

Splunk

Stanford Biodesign

Stipple

Streetline

StudentMentor

StumbleUpon

Sungevity

SunRun

Sutro Biopharma

SV Life Sciences

SwipeGood

TaskForce

TaskRabbit

Taulia

TechCrunch

TechShop

10gen

Tethys Bioscience

Third Rock Ventures

Thrutu

TIBCO

Tibion

Tilera

Tokbox

Traackr

Transphorm

TrapIt

Triangulate

TripIt

True Ventures

TRUSTe

TuneUp Media

23andMe

Twitter

UCSF

Udemy

VChatter

Vega Therapeutics

Viglink

Viewdle

Violin Memory

ViralHeat

Vivus

Vook

Walden Ventures

Walmart Labs

Waze

WePay

Whereoscope

WiseStamp

Wordnik

XDx

Xenoport

Y Combinator

Yammer

Zeachem

Zendesk

Zoho

Zurb

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

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  • http://www.practicefusion.com Emily Peters

    Happy belated anniversary!

  • http://www.pr-vantage.com Rob Adler

    Quality doesn’t punch a clock. :-)

    Does “c” stand for cool?

  • http://www.dailygrommet.com Jules Pieri

    Not just “piddly little four-paragraph stories”. You tell ‘em Wade. And congrats!

  • http://www.xconomy.com/author/wroush/ Wade Roush

    Jules, Emily — Thanks for the good wishes!

    Rob — The “c” stands for cool, of course, but also consumer. The “h” is for healthcare IT, and the “e” is for energy.