Silicon Valley: Most Inspirational Startup Stories

Sam Zaid, CEO of Getaround

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Getaround just moved into a swanky new office and is one of the startups everyone is talking about in Silicon Valley.

Unlike adding more cars to the road to initiate a car-sharing program, Getaround uses cars that are already on the road that owners are willing to share.

Justin Kan, CEO of Exec

Exec

Exec is Justin Kan’s third company after he founded Justin.tv ā€” which has been on fire.

He left things in the hands of Justin.tv CEO Emmett Shear to go through Y Combinator once again and start Exec, a task-completion startup.

You hire a specially-selected Exec, picked by the company, to complete your task for $25 per hour.

Bastian Lehmann, CEO of Postmates

Since launching at TechCrunch Disrupt last year, courier network Postmates has branched out into a number of new areas.

The latest is “get it now,” in which Postmates couriers will buy anything within San Francisco and deliver it to you in an hour.

Steve Felter, CEO of GameSalad

GameSalad

If Steve Felter has his way, programming will be a thing of the past.

His startup GameSalad specializes in creating games for any platform ā€” like the iPhone or Android devices ā€” by using flow charts and visual objects instead of coding.

Eventually it’ll move toward app development, but GameSalad started with games because that’s the most complicated problem.

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