Silicon Valley Sightings: South Park’s Oval of Innovation

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South Park in San Francisco is home to some of the most creative and innovative companies in this modern web movement. It derives it’s name for the small oval park in the center of the area (Google Map). If you take a look at an innovation map (such as this outdated mashup) you’ll find many companies that employs today’s thought and practice leaders.

Companies who have called South Park home:

Adaptive Path (birthplace of MeasureMap, sold to Google, they hosted a Flickr party, and book launch)
Frog Design
Ruby Red Labs
Citizen Agency (my visit)
Satisfaction (why they matter)
Six Apart
Twitter
Technorati (a quick tour)
Pownce
LaughingSquid (or at least their mailbox)
Blogger (sold to Google)
Odeo
Wired Magazine
VideoEgg
Podshow
Mule Design Studio
LookSmart
Loomia
Sputnik SF
Leverage Software
BuzzLogic
(missed any companies? Leave a comment)

This 2006 article from Dan Fost of SFGate is still talked about as a defining moment in the area’s resurgence. Also read the Wikipedia entry on SouthPark, ValleyWag’s coverage, and Scott captures a moment in time, and remembers when this was called “multimedia gulch” about a decade ago. This area is quite desirable, a quick search in MLS listings yields a 2/2 condo that’s 1321sqf is a mere million dollars!

This area carries a special place in my family’s time, my wife has fond memories of being going through this park as a kid, and you can learn of my family’s long legacy in San Francisco.


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(Silicon Valley Sightings is an ongoing PhotoBlog that captures the intersection of Tech Culture in the San Francisco Silicon Valley Bay Area, check out the archives. All photos by Jeremiah Owyang. A special thanks to Thor Muller for the great tour yesterday