Archive for June, 2011

In Just 8 Months, Square Is Now Valued At $1 Billion

Perhaps this is an opportune moment to declare that never in the history of capitalism has a small company grown so fast in so little time, at least in valuation terms. Okay, that was a tad dramatic, but it drives home the awesomeness of Square. They’re the small company that allows for credit card transactions [...]

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eAmore NYC Innovation Summits Kicks Off Today

No worries, it’s still several hours from the big event. If you’re mystified by the name, don’t be. It’s all about amore—love. Online dating, to be specific, or innovation within the boundaries of online dating. The eAmore Summit should be of interest to anyone who’s ever a.)  been active in the online dating scene and [...]

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HackNY Expands To Accommodate Flood Of Applicants

It’s that time of year when incubators galore are training tech talent. HackNY is at the forefront and their avowed goal, as written previously here at NY Tech Blog is: “More than just an incubator contributing to the local tech ecosystem, HackNY is a trailblazing program dedicated to solving the startup manpower shortage, itself a [...]

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NY Ladies Start Digital PR Firm

Pictured to the left are Bianca Caampued and Mallory Blair, two ladies behind Small Girls PR. What they specialize in isn’t circulating press releases but organizing events that cater to the tech scene. Founded in 2010, Small Girls PR (Bianca and Mallory are just a hair above five feet) the backstory behind the business reads [...]

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FiftyOne Boosts Foreign Ops Of Online Retailers

There are some companies that are born for word of mouth popularity and significant exposure. Then there are some companies that quietly perform an essential service. FiftyOne belong to the latter. FiftyOne’s specialty is online retail. Not so much the retail itself but getting the product to the customer without the hassle of uncontrollable factors [...]

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Foursquare Awash With Lots Of Beautiful Money

In a highly secretive funding round of unprecedented proportion, Foursquare was just endowed with enough dough to grow itself. The whole amount is a healthy $50 million, the sum being poured onto strategic areas that allows the check ins champion to be more competitive at grabbing new users. On top of this singular achievement, its [...]

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Rachel Sterne Speaketh On Tech Road Map

A while ago but not too far of, Rachel Sterne became the city government’s face. Or should it be ambassadress? Don’t bother, she’s got a real title anyway: Chief Digital Officer. To kick off her new role, she and her team compiled a comprehensive report titled ‘Road Map for the Digital City.’ Here’s what was [...]

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Miss Hand Written Letters? Check Out MeebleMail

Call it email stationery. Or dressed up messaging even. MeebleMail’s reason for being  is the return of the personal touch via frilly borders and a nice font. While perfumed emails aren’t feasible (who knows?), MeebleMail at least goes halfway by letting users pay dirt cheap for a customized email template for yearly use. Founded last [...]

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Yipit Rakes In Big Bucks In Series B Round

On top of the hefty $6 million they just made, the daily deals aggregator have announced expansion plans. That and the 7-person startup is growing its ranks with engineers and programmers. Yipit’s profile has always been rosy and even if they don’t get the kind of exposure that’s lavished on Foursquare, these guys have gone [...]

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Foursquare To Embark On New User Expanding Strategy

Okay, so Foursquare are the poster boys (and girls) of the tech scene. Mayor Bloomberg even gave them an award during Internet Week. They’re also snagging a million users a month with no signs of slowing down. But the awful truth is they’re nowhere near as big as the ‘established’ giants Facebook and Twitter. Sure, [...]

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