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Shaving bucks off your ride: Lyft's pink mustache cars roll into Pittsburgh

Lyft, an app-based ridesharing program popular in several U.S. cities, has come to Pittsburgh, providing competition for other forms of transportation and excitement for residents looking for a ride. 

The next Airbnb? From sculpture gyms to Parking Panda, it's a national movement

The rise of the sharing economy has created a new class of entrepreneurs. Their startups are monetizing everything from tool swaps to unused parking spots in cities, and one of them might just be the next Airbnb.

Behind the 2013 Carnegie International

It's more than bringing international art to Pittsburgh; it's bringing the artists to Pittsburgh, too. The 2013 Carnegie International is a sensation on its own but this year the CI is tying into the community with cool ventures, from an Art Lending Library to photo portraits of 200 residents in Homestead.

The City of Play and the playful guy behind it

What began as a friendly pastime became a profound exercise in community-building. Adam Nelson is the force behind the City of Play which brings to town The Best New Games in the World this Saturday.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Geek Art/Green Innovator's Festival (aka GA/GI) occupies Penn Avenue

Geek out and go green at this weekend's fourth annual Geek Art/Green Innovator's Festival (read: GA/GI) along the Penn Avenue arts district. Test out new video games designed right here in the Burgh, purchase eco-fashions from local designers and find out what exciting plans are in store for the roof of Downtown's USX Tower.

Q&A: Kacey Wherley, TEDxGrandviewAve

Pittsburgh now offers several local TEDx events, from TEDxCMU to TEDxPittsburgh. After a successful debut downtown, we caught up with the person who got TEDxGrandviewAve together and got the inside scoop. What does it take to pull one off and what's next for this one?

Pop Star: Gisele Fetterman

Meet Gisele Fetterman, the real deal in Braddock who's giving her famous mayor husband a run for the money. From opening The Free Store, a shipping container filled with donated goods to adding a DIY bike shop and signage project, both coming soon, the native Brazilian is making a big difference.

Pittsburgh and beyond: How anchor institutions are shaping our cities

Oakland has long been a hub of commerce and spinoffs due to the concentration of universities, hospitals and research centers. Now the influence of these anchor institutions' is being felt in many other neighborhoods. We take a look at what's  happening in other cities, as well as Pittsburgh, as public-private partnerships increase and neighbors are getting more of a say in the shaping of their communities.

The Top 10 Tech Companies to Watch in 2013

Pop City launches the first of a two-part feature on home-grown companies poised to hit their stride in the coming year. Among our brightest tech stars, one helped both presidential campaigns while another just added Dallas Maverick owner and Mt. Lebanon native, Mark Cuban, to its board. Find out who they are and what's next for them in 2013.

A Pittsburgh welcome: One Young World

Pittsburgh shined in hosting One Young World, an impressive summit featuring 1300 dynamic young people from 183 countries. The message of inspiration and change permeated throughout, from talks from Nobel Laureates and presidents to 50 breakout sessions throughout the city.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: VIA Music & New Media Festival

There's nothing like VIA in Pittsburgh and there never has been, say those who program the cutting-edge audio and visual festival. What's new this year? Everything.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Just DIY It at the Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire!

There's no better place to nurture your inner inventor--or yarn bomber--than at the Mini Maker Faire, setting up shop on September 22nd at Buhl Community Park and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: WYEP's special evening with Dar Williams at Google

High tech meets high fidelity on Friday, August 24th, when WYEP hosts an exclusive live performance by acclaimed singer-songwriter Dar Williams at Google's theater in Bakery Square. While Williams feeds your soul with her personal songs, Google's head chef will treat your taste buds to local organic fare.

Rebuilding Pittsburgh's Entrepreneurial Economy: Part 4

How hard is it for startup companies to grow and stay in Pittsburgh? While there are advantages, from university research to low overhead to good quality of life, the lack of venture capital and a weak transportation system are challenges. In part four of a seven-part series, we look at companies that have left and some that have stayed and why.

The city as a startup

Would our perspective of our city change if we viewed it as a startup? The ingredients are similar: great talent, sufficient capital, and a top-notch culture. A recent conference of CEOs for Cities explored this theme of City as a Startup and we report on some of the big themes and interesting ideas.
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