Archive for May, 2011

GraFighters: A Startup Oddity

There exists a particularly critical segment of the tech scene who lament the low standards that often drives investors these days. Playing right into their fears is GraFighters. Not to knock them down, but the idea of a fighting game involving hand drawn characters is plain ridiculous. It’s also worth quite a bit, going by [...]

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From Arts And Crafts To Tech

This is the journey Karen Schoellkopf has taken these last eleven years. Her experience, shared in a recent interview, mirrors the career path of a surprising multitude. Not everyone who’s really active actually come from a technology background. Karen shares: “Prior to working at Harvest, I spent 10 years working in the arts, and none [...]

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Journalists Are Hopping Aboard Startups Like Crazy

The fact that Business Insider’s Dan Frommer has vacated his post to go down the entrepreneur route should be the most positive indicator for the tech climate. Such a seemingly drastic career move fals under an ongoing micro-trend where tech journalists in New York have finally decided to become more than just privileged observers. They [...]

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A Nice Keith Rabois Anecdote To Tell Friends

Long story short, Keith Rabois opined that blogging wasn’t all that important. For entrepreneurs at least. For those not in the know, Keith Rabois is the COO/general manager of credit card innovators Sqaure, who’ve been doing a lot of great business. In fact, here’s a glimpse of their recent activity from an earlier post: “Perhaps [...]

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Lerer Ventures Preps $25M For Seed Funding

The family duo of Ken and Ben Lerer (father and son, respectively) have much to be proud of. Not only are they neck deep in the raging, pulsating Big Apple tech scene, but their earnest venture in broad VC-ing is pretty prosperous. Lerer Ventures was launched in 2010 by the dad and son duo who [...]

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Jibe Just Got A Major Series A Boost

Almost a year old, JIBE (or/alternately Jibe) is more than just a portal for job listings. Nor is it a collection of resumes from job seekers. What JIBE does is improve the process of getting a person’s resume to the right company. This idea has propelled its steady growth since being founded early last year. [...]

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Is There A Foursquare-Groupon Alliance In the Works?

It’s true; at least according to the unverified sources who leaked the news. But don’t expect anything concrete or even a press release anytime soon. As far as Foursquare and Groupon are concerned, they’re still courting each other. Or in startup parlance, engaged in “partnership talks.” Aside from the excited speculation, both parties are keeping [...]

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Techcrunch Gives Two Tickets For Hackathon Teams

News of Techcrunch’s highly anticipated Disrupt Conference (happening now) has already been featured here at NY Tech Blog. To spice up the pre-con mood, Techcrunch organized a 24 hour Hackathon on the eve of the event, with free tickets for participating teams and demo rights for the winners. Turns out plans needed last minute changing [...]

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A Glimpse Into The Green Of The Tech Scene

For proof that the city government is lending the tech scene a hand, look no farther than the Municipal Entrepreneurial Testing System  (METS for short). What it does is accept proposals from green tech companies to test their products in city owned buildings. This couldn’t have come at a better time since the Big Apple [...]

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These Four Guys Are Running An App Factory

“Factory” would be rather ill-fitting, to be honest. It’s too industrial a word to describe less than a handful of guys cramming a lot of work over a weekend. But no other word would suffice to describe 48hourapps, who build apps over weekends for a smooth ten grand. Ludicrous? Not for John Britton, who traveled [...]

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