From the emails and voice mails, Super Bowl lament edition:
HAPPENS IN PAIRS In Sunday's column, I wrote about Modesto native Anthony Fassero, a 2000 Davis High graduate who in 2006 co-founded a 3-D mapping company, earthmine, and recently sold it to Nokia.
Today, another former Modestan formally will announce the sale of the company he co-founded, Kip Solutions, which uses social media to aid social causes.
Patrick Ip, a 2009 Modesto High graduate, sold his company to Post+Beam, a New York-based communications firm, even before he receives his bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in June.
Ip and several other Modesto High grads including Ben Kaiser, Ben Truong, Erica Lee, Jacklyn Rodriguez and Cynthia Haas were among those who formed the company in 2011. Former Modesto High Principal Hugo Ramos signed on as a member of Kip Solutions' advisory board.
It is a consulting firm for social causes and it quickly raised $10,000 for a nonprofit client in the African nation of Cameroon. Then, during a five-week campaign, it generated $50,000 for a nonprofit client in Cambodia.
In February 2012, Kip Solutions was named among the 50 most innovative college startups by the Kairos Society.
Initially, Ip and his partners intended to keep the company as an individual entity.
"It's still pretty surreal. To start a company and sell it while I'm still in college is pretty crazy," Ip said. "With consulting, you never think about acquisitions."
But midway through 2012, Ip began chatting with Post+Beam CEO Roland Hobbs about merging their companies.
"We worked with some clients together," Ip said. "We started talking about our (companies') futures, and that's how it lined up."
Post+Beam is a communications and innovation firm, Ip said. "They do (public relations), but also develop applications and websites for clients," he said. "They were planning on bringing on social and nonprofit clients."
Ip and possibly some of the others will stay on with Post+Beam, transitioning into its operations in July.
Certainly, it's been a joyride through the world of startups and a rush Ip wouldn't mind experiencing again sometime. "It's definitely the start of something," he said. "I don't know where it's going to go, but it's definitely the start of something."
MARTY'S MARCH The family and friends of Marty Kent, a 17-year-old who was shot and killed Jan. 2 in a west Modesto neighborhood, want something good to come from his death. They're organizing Marty's March, which will take place March 16 at 11 a.m. at McHenry Bowl, 3700 McHenry Ave. in Modesto.
Stanislaus County sheriff's investigators arrested 19-year-old Richard Lionheart Teputepu, who faces a murder charge.
"Take a stand with us against violence and unite our community," reads the flier for the event, which also has a Marty's March page on Facebook.
SUPER FAN, INDEED With Turlock's Colin Kaepernick starting at quarterback for the 49ers in Sunday's Super Bowl, there were so many intriguing fan stories that all simply could not be told. Here's one that merits a note in the game's aftermath:
In 1967, Trudi Tillner lived in Kansas City and rooted staunchly for the Chiefs. She paid $12 for an end zone seat to attend the first NFL-AFL World Championship Game (it didn't become the Super Bowl until the next year) at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
"They should have given us better seats," she said. "There was hardly anybody there."
Indeed, only 61,946 attended the inaugural game, which Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers won 35-10. The Coliseum seated 94,500 at the time.
She's watched every Super Bowl since on TV.
After moving to Turlock in the 1970s, Tillner converted to the 49er faith and is now a Kaepernick fan like just about every other Turlock resident.
"Pretty good for 101 years old," she said. "I'll be 102 in October."
Oct. 6, to be exact and on a Sunday. Week 5 of the NFL's 2013 regular season.
Jeff Jardine's column appears Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in Local News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, @jeffjardine57 on Twitter or at (209) 578-2383.