When tech, food and fashion companies open their doors to the public for free open houses, people come. On September 11 and 12, 125 San Francisco start-ups and innovative companies will host one-hour free tours and interactive sessions as part of the NewCo.co Festival.
It all sounds great, but there’s two huge challenges: 1. selecting only a handful of companies to visit from the vast selection; 2. how to get from one company to the next in only 30 minutes—the travel time allotted between visits to the likes of Pinterest, Airbnb, Twitter, and more.
Don’t have a Star Trek beam-me-up style transporter? There are other options.
Here are some tips on how to move about town, fast:
Join NewCo Co-founder John Battelle who is taking the eco-friendly option of riding a bike. BYOB (Bring your own bike) or rent one for the day. Many NewCo host companies have bike parking.
● Map your route with the SF Bicycle Coalition’s printed SF bike map, or find biking directions online at sfbike.org/maps.
● City Ride Bike Rentals Your designated rental bike for two days. Sign up early for 20% off. Lock, map and helmet included.
● Faraday makes electric bikes exclusively, and festival goers can win a chance to use one for free during NewCo. For contest details, follow @faradaybikes and @NewCoFest on Twitter.
● RideScout A mobile app that helps you get from point A to point B with real-time information about transportation options. Get all transit, bus, bike, taxi, car share, rideshare, parking and walking directions in one view, instantaneously.
The Road Less Exerted
Daunted by the hills? You can let others do the driving, or scoot around town. Here’s some tips to navigate the streets of San Francisco.
● ScootNetworks Grab one of Scoot Networks' electric scooters from over 30 locations all around SF. No motorcycle license needed and rides start at about $3/hour. Signup with promo #NewCo14 to get a 3-day trial for $10.
● Routesy provides up-to-date schedules for Muni, Caltrain, BART, AC Transit, etc.
● Sidecar, Uber, Lyft –The taxi alternatives. NewCo host company Sidecar is ramping up drivers for the festival. Select a “Shared Ride” and Sidecar will match you with a nearby rider headed in the same direction and automatically split the cost. First time riders can use promo code “NewCo” during the festival for a $15 credit of their first ride.
Remember that almost all of these options require registration and downloading each company’s app prior to the event.
NewCo Festival is a free event where the public is invited to visit innovative startups and high-growth companies. While Inside company headquarters attendees get to tinker with new technologies, listen to visionaries, discuss trends, and learn from company leaders. NewCo crosses disciplines and celebrates companies focused in technology, the arts, food, education, fashion and non-profits. NewCos share a mission to create positive change for customers, partners and their community.
Host Companies NewCo San Francisco 2014 include: Twitter, Airbnb, Pinterest, Bloomberg West, Code for America, DODOcase, Hightail (formerly YouSendIt), Instructables, Lit Motors, SoundCloud, SV Angel, yerdle, Comcast Ventures, CRAVE, Backplane, Innovate SF (Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation), PUBLIC Bikes and Rickshaw Bagworks.
NewCo takes place across the US on the following dates:
NewCo San Francisco – September 11-12, 2014
NewCo Detroit – September 18, 2014
NewCo New York – October 1-2, 2014
NewCo Boulder – October 8, 2014
NewCo Los Angeles – November 19, 2014
TICKETS: The events are free to anyone who wants to attend, but space is limited. Sign up now at http://newco.co.
Cynthia Traina, 415-418-0541
Michelle Madrid, 415-489-0844