Archive for April, 2011

Square Intent On Growth Thru Apple Deal

Perhaps one of the biggest coups by a young company from the scene (namely Square) is a new partnership with Apple. Square, those purveyors of smart phone credit card payments thanks to a small swipe gadget, are now available in physical and digital Apple stores. The even better news for Square is the Square card—their [...]

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Is There A Ground Zero For Silicon Alley?

There is. Not exactly ground zero, but a strip of real estate where most of the action happens in the scene. According to columnist Jonathan Vatner, the Flatiron district and neighboring Chelsea is where it’s at. What makes them special? For starters, Google is there. Second, all the big VC offices are a short walk [...]

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Kohort Raises Lotsa Cash In New Seed Round

It seems being an ex-VC yourself has its uses when swimming into startup waters. Kohort should be a name to watch in the coming months and weeks for good reason: Nobody knows what its product is. The mystery is compounded after news broke that it scored $3 million in seed funding from a battery of [...]

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Kickstarter Enjoying The Limelight

Since launching in 2009, Kickstarter has become a haven for underdogs who need to access funds outside traditional patronage. Of course, anyone with a passing familiarity with Kickstarter is aware it still relies on patronage to make its product work: collecting money for anyone with  a mission. With Kickstarter however, it’s patronage from people who [...]

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SAY Media Has A Grand Plan To Become Huge

According to columnist Dan Frommer, SAY Media wants to do something along the lines of Gawker without ending up like Gawker and still staying an ad hosting company. Sounds strange but this is the grand plan mentioned in the title of this post. Its architect? Matt Sanchez, current CEO and previously CEO of VideoEgg.  How [...]

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The Greenest Places In NY Tech

As the tech environment grows, so does the ecosystem. Green/clean tech is making great strides here and it comes as no surprise to learn of a few incubators in town. Thanks to the growing prominence, technology companies with an eco-conscious bent are raking in more venture cash than ever before. By this month, more than [...]

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FYI, Three Days Ago TechCocktail NYC Happened

It’s really great that even after long days at the office/co-working space, the people waist deep in the tech scene can still mix business with pleasure. Such duality was at the forefront of the recently convened TechCocktail NYC, where nerds and their like-minded ilk attended in encouraging numbers for free demos and drinks. Organized by [...]

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Spark Capital And Bnter: A Troubled Romance

The following should serve as a poignant lesson about the pitfalls of the startup game. Spark Capital has a sterling reputation in the investment world. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Bnter is a great idea in full swing, silly with enough irreverence to attract interesting people. (Bnter was featured here in NY Tech [...]

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OnSwipe Wants To Make A Difference In Tablet Publishing

This isn’t the first time OnSwipe have been featured here at NY Tech Blog. A month earlier news of their WordPress coup that allowed WP powered blogs to be made tablet ready gave them a much deserved boost. OnSwipe’s conversion software could not have come sooner, with a huge scramble among publishers to catch up [...]

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SignPost Wants To Make A Difference In The Dealmaking League

More than just doing a Groupon, SignPost is a wonder of a pivoted service.What makes it different is users get access to deals in their neighborhood that aren’t hassled by expiring since this feature is set by the businesses. Six months after launching in October last year with capital from Google Ventures and Spark Capital, [...]

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