About a month ago I set out to review SF coffee shops. Today I have 2 reviews to post, and both shops are awesome. Thoroughly enjoying this review process. If you recall, I’m rating on people, latte, & internet. Here goes…Coffee Bar - Coffee Bar’s dual level layout makes for a seriously awesome vibe. Some of the Uber team worked from Coffee Shop yesterday and overall it was awesome. The latte was pretty solid, and the people watching was amazing. This classic Mission roastery (I’ve always wanted to say that) made for a cool place to hang & actually be productive. We spent almost the entire day there and with plenty of power outlets it created a great office for the day.People Watching: 10/10 > I love hipstersLatte: 7/10 > Got the job done but out of ceramic cups.Internet: 6/10 > Bad. Went out about 5 times in 1 days, once for 30 mins.###Mercury Cafe - Sitting in Mercury Cafe as I write this…it becomes very easy to give this shop a stellar rating because of the beautiful weather outside. But I would only be able to comment on that because of the huge glass windows which make the tables along the wall priceless on a day like today. The people are “SF normal” here so there isn’t much that stands out in that vain, however the internet is rad here. I’ve never had issues at all and I’ll definitely be back. The latte is $3.25 and well worth it, even though Blue Bottle is only a block away. Ratings below:People Watching: 4/10 > just decent
Latte: 8/10 > rockin at $3.25Internet: 9/10 > internet is VERY STRONG, however, beware of power outlet scarcity###Previous reviews.Epicenter - I started with Epicenter which I really enjoyed. Latte: 6/10 Internet: Free & strong People: Strong french contingent & awesome startup vibe (ie. lots of engineers & MacBooks)Coming soon:ArlequinSugar CafeFour Barrel Coffee RadiusSFHausSugarlumpMaxfield’sDolores Park Cafe
So, I’ve been saving up some of my favorite tweets about Uber. After this one came in yesterday about the luxury of Uber being secondary to our ability to avoid the fear of death on a ride, I decide to post a few. Every time I see a tweet like this it reaffirms that we’re building a safer, more efficient travel alternative (to those yellow cars). And frankly, it feels damn good to know that our product is something that people need and enjoy…Keep the great feedback coming. We’re so motivated by the support & feedback of the Uber riders. 1 of 4
This answer on the Quora thread titled, "Why is Dropbox more popular than other tools with similar functionality?"
###Well, let’s take a step back and think about the sync problem and what the ideal solution for it would do:
They built that.
Why didn’t anyone else build that? I have no idea.
"But," you may ask, "so much more you could do! What about task management, calendaring, customized dashboards, virtual white boarding. More than just folders and files!"
No, shut up. People don’t use that crap. They just want a folder. A folder that syncs.
"But," you may say, "this is valuable data…certainly users will feel more comfortable tying their data to Windows Live, Apple Mobile Me, or a name they already know."
No, shut up. Not a single person on Earth wakes up in the morning worried about deriving more value from their Windows Live login. People already trust folders. And Dropbox looks just like a folder. One that syncs. "But," you may say, "folders are so 1995. why not leverage the full power of the web? With HTML 5 you can drag and drop files, you can build intergalactic dashboards of stats showing how much storage you are using, you can publish your files as RSS feeds and tweets, and you can add your company logo!"
No, shut up. Most of the world doesn’t sit in front of their browser all day. If they do, it is IE 6 at work that they are not allowed to upgrade. Browsers suck for these kinds of things. Their stuff is already in folders. They just want a folder. That syncs.
That is what it does.
This answer on the Quora thread titled, "Why is Dropbox more popular than other tools with similar functionality?"is the best example of why simple product are better, ever. I pasted the answer below, but you should check out the rest of the thread here… <link> http://www.quora.com/Dropbox/Why-is-Dropbox-more-popular-than-other-tools-with-similar-functionality
Every ant knows the formula of its ant-hill,
every bee knows the formula of its beehive.
They know it in their own way, not in our way.
Only humankind does not know its own formula.