Archive for March, 2011

This Is How Atavist Was Born

What happens when two journalists and a freelance web designer launch a site dedicated to great non-fiction writing found in old-school magazines? Why, stuff that would make for great non-fiction is what happens. At least this is the back story of the Atavist, an app dedicated to “long-form journalism” that’s more at home in the [...]

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NYC Startup Job Fair Kicks Off Friday Noon On April 8

With startups spreading like mushrooms and reaping much investor cash, it wouldn’t be difficult for strapping young graduates to find work. To better facilitate this transition, the NYC Startup Job Fair is waiting around the corner to suck in fresh recruits for the tech trenches. The action will be in AOL HQ at 770 Broadway. [...]

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TechStars Raises Lotsa Cash

Eight million dollars of it, to be specific. Thanks to generous venture funds and more than two dozen angels. The money boost will allow TechStars to expand its programs across several U.S. cities, including New York. This just weeks after TechStars rolled out its summer program, itself a vaunted three month course where entrepreneurs get [...]

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Say Hello To Nerd Collider

Sure, naming a startup Nerd Collider is, well, kinda nerdy. Worse, visiting the homepage reveals an intense Harry Potter debate. Oh wait, no. It’s about some MIT grad who recorded his son’s infancy. What is going on? Just another Q&A discussion, apparently. But Nerd Collider isn’t another Quora, as some folks in the press have [...]

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So Much For A Talent Exodus: Stanford NYC Branch Coming Soon?

If Stanford moved to New York, would there still be endless moaning about a shortage of engineering talent? Unlikely. Stanford, arguably the mother of all technology incubators (see Hewlett Packard, Google, Silicon Valley, etc.), has “expressed interest” in opening an engineering campus on Roosevelt Island. The initial tremors of this earth shaking bit of news–the [...]

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OnSwipe Will Bring Tons Of Blogs To The iPad

The simplicity and usefulness of OnSwipe is it allows bloggers to reach tablet readers. OnSwipe will be doing this at a greater scale than ever before thanks to it being embraced by WordPress. This means from now on, every single WordPress powered blog (there are 18.6 million of them) is available on a tablet and [...]

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Gilt Groupe Just Gobbled Up Decorati

What happens when a platform for homeowners to access designers is acquired by a bastion of online luxury commerce? Gilt Groupe’s Susan Lyne thinks her company’s purchase of the interior design hub will be great for business. She and her counterpart at Decorati, CEO Shane Reilly, fielded interview questions to explain why it happened the [...]

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Even At Closed Invitation Only Beta, Canvas Is Pretty Weird

Canvas is a weird place. It works by allowing users to doodle around with an uploaded image. It’s equal parts colossal waste of time and all-consuming passion. This seems to be the talent of Christopher Poole, whose cult discussion board 4Chan started as an anime haven that became the spawning ground of lolcats and rickrolls. [...]

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Foursquare Braces Itself For Epic Funding Round

Foursquare might be the unofficial ambassadors of the Big Apple tech scene, but whatever they’ve achieved so far is quite modest. Modest funding rounds, modestly sized userbase (compared to the reigning social new media giants), and a moderately sized staff even by Silicon Alley standards. All this is about to change thanks to a funding [...]

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CoWorking Space WeWorkLabs Is Open For Business

Considering how many entrepreneurs-to-be and assorted tech people will be enrolled in summer programs come June, opening a new coworking space in SoHo is a sensible move to anticipate the enlargement of the labor force. So far, Consmr, StoryStack, Citypockets, and “many more” are already occupying some of the desks.The space, which includes a fully [...]

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