Archive for February, 2011

HackNY Marks One Year Anniversary

HackNY did more than it’s bit for the Big Apple tech scene last year when it became a bridge for students to find opportunities in the growing startup environment through a helpful fellowship program. Launched by two professors and a data scientist, HackNY addressed a problem before it even sent ripples across the local scene. Back then, [...]

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Hyperpublic Hires Coders Who Survive Rigorous Challenge

The challenge itself doesn’t involve physical feats of herculean daring. It’s actually straightforward, albeit time consuming, and will keep the prospective developer riveted to their seat. Dubbed the ‘developer challenge,’ this out of the box approach to attracting talent seeks to bring a clever few into Hyperpublic’s orbit. According to founder Jordan Cooper, the whole [...]

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Neighborhoodr Spreads Far And Wide

Crowdsourced neighborhood feeds are proving such a great idea, purveyor Neigborhoodr has branched out the service to 25 cities outside its New York stomping ground. The wonderful news has been posted on Neighborhoodr HQ, whose avowed mission is to: “Neighborhoodr is a local neighborhood blog network where anyone can quickly and easily post about what’s happening in [...]

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New York By Southwest Rallies For SXSW

Hot on striking it big like Twitter and Foursquare, a lot of New York startups are banding together for the upcoming SXSW mega-event next month in Austin. Rather than just troop to the Lone Star State individually, a rare alliance has brought together a who’s who in the tech scene. Thus came to be New [...]

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DreamIt Ventures Reveals Its Entrepreneur Advisory Board

A month after it opened shop in the Big Apple, accelerator DreamIt Ventures is going to launch its first entrepreneur program that will mentor and harness local tech talent. Those tasked with mentoring duties form the advisory board whose membership comprises a colorful list of scene veterans who’ve cut their teeth in different startups. The [...]

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Square Drops Transaction Fee

Square has grown exponentially since the last time a story on it ran here at NY Tech Blog. Hardly four months since a huge funding round that grabbed headlines, Square has now shaved off its client charges, a move that may disrupt the whole business of mobile payments. The previous numbers used to be Square [...]

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SeatGeek Scores New Funding

It would be an understatement to say SeatGeek is on a roll. the Ticket Forecaster are on fire is a more fitting description. Barely half a year since their huge infusion of VC cash, SeatGeek has done it again, this time with a celebrity. Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary of A Grade Investments have just [...]

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Charity Ping Pong Showdown At General Assembly Happens This Saturday

A veritable Who’s Who of the tech scene will be battling it out on table tennis for Backspin 2011 come Saturday afternoon. The Backspin NYC event is a collaborative partnership between Techies Give Back and Peter Ha, who ‘s an editor of The Daily when he’s not rallying the troops for a good cause. The [...]

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J.P. Morgan Has Ambitious New-Media Fund In The Works

In the aftermath of the historic Goldman Sachs-Facebook deal, another legendary Wall Street firm is prepping a new-media fund to get in on the action. J.P. Morgan Chase has set aside at least half a billion dollars to invest in social media startups. This current infatuation with tech could be a sign that the local [...]

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Darren Herman Wants To Be An Ad-Sensitive Startup Investor

Tech veteran, serial entrepreneur, and advertising specialist (not exactly a title, but more a description of his current job) Darren Herman will be at the forefront of KBS+P’s latest evolution. The ad agency is breaking new ground as it plans on funding startups. In a post on his website four days ago, Herman announced the [...]

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