Archive for June, 2011

Why Zaarly Is Having A Tough Time Right Now

For starters, the buy and sell portal that’s been dubbed a ‘real-time Craigslist’ launched in the Big Apple last month and has since made some sort of difference. An interesting factoid about Zaarly is it being a venture that’s received investment cash from Ashton Kutcher and Mike Arrington. Despite this, it seems to be having [...]

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Tumblr Is Growing At An Astonishing Pace

So astonishing, the news just leaked about it now being as big as WordPress. Of course, this special occasion for popping the champagne to celebrate the big numbers—think 20 million active blogs over at Tumblr, which is a blog platform with a healthy dose of social networking features. A certain Adrienne Jeffries has objected to [...]

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Hackathon For Humanity Happens In A Posh Place

And it doesn’t get any posher than the Hamptons. For several days no less than two dozen girl hackers will be developing tech for a cause in a secluded hideaway. (it’s not that secluded.) The cause:  Human Trafficking. Or the combating of such. There’s been a rash of anti-trafficking drives as of late, but this [...]

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NYC Government On An App Frenzy

To ultimately bridge the yawning divide between city government and the tech scene, Mayor Bloomberg will soon be invading every smartphone in the Big Apple. Okay, maybe not Mike Bloomberg himself, but the tentacles of the government’s app initiatives, which have mushroomed at an alarming rate. By the time government sponsored apps have embedded themselves [...]

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A Briefing On the FriendsList-SocialListing Issue

By issue is meant a rather commonplace occurrence where great ideas are turned into separate  potentially viable companies by a group of enthusiastic techies. The problem is this minor non-event has been elevated to the heights of a potential  ‘Winklevoss’ situation after the whiny Ivy League twins going after Mark Zuckerberg. At least it didn’t [...]

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An Internet Week Debriefing

To describe the just concluded Internet Week as bustling with activity is an understatement. So much happened within the short span of days that it would take a whole series of posts to over the minutae that transpired. That’s not going to happen so in lieu of a comprehensive blow by blow account, here’s Steve [...]

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Mysterious Israeli Startup Taykey Scores $9M In Second Funding Round

Maybe it’s because all its founders were previously involved in an ‘elite military unit’ that suspicions are immediately raised. No worries, however, since Taykey’s product involves a ‘proprietary algorithm’ whose function will be of great value to advertisers. How come? Read on. Taykey was launched in 2008 by three Israelis. What CEO Amit Avner and [...]

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Canvas Nets $3M Funding In New Round

It’s great to be Moot right now. By Moot of course, is meant Christopher Poole, the strapping young lad behind hacker haven and anime trove 4chan. But 4chan isn’t the only thing in Moot’s plate these days.  Since landing a spot in Lerer Ventures as some sort of adviser, Christopher/Moot wasted no time launching Canvas. [...]

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Level Equity Opens Its Doors To The Tech Scene

There’s a new kid in the block and they’re a really small outfit hungry for some action. Called Level Equity, their presence was felt at the start of the month after it became known that they’ve raised $120 million in funding. Woah. A quick perusal of their website reveals a few startling details. Divided among [...]

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NYSE Joins The Cloud With Its Own Platform

At the beginning of the month, the technology wing of the NYC Stock Exchange partnered with three other high tech companies for a one-of-a-kind venture: a cloud platform that is ‘industry specific.’ The backstory goes: “NYSE Technologies, in partnership with EMC and VMware, has launched the first capital markets industry-specific cloud platform, dubbed the Capital [...]

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