Archive for July, 2011

Kickstarter Reaches New Milestone

10,000 crowd funded projects as of Tuesday. Quite a feat, considering it launched a mere two years ago, so the Kickstarter crowd should definitely be in a celebrating mood. Hugs and fist pumps abound, no doubt. The milestone was commemorated in a lengthy data-driven and graphic-laden blog post that analyzed Kickstarter’s success. What’s interesting about [...]

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Proust Comes Out Of Private Beta Cocoon

Call it a digital repository for a lifetime. This is Proust, which was co-founded by an Italian American, Tom Cortese, and is part of the IAC media empire. What sets it apart form other social networking sites is novelty. The novelty of Proust—and yes, it’s named after that Frenchman—is creating an interactive album of your [...]

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Contently Launches Anti-Content Farm Crusade With Generous Funding Round

Thanks to Founder Collective, Contently has $335,000 for its pool of content specialists. Okay, make that writers. See, Contently’s purpose is to reduce by-the-numbers content farms to obsolescence. Kind of a final kick in the teeth after places like Associated Content and Ezine Articles got cracked down on hard by Google a while back. Anyway, [...]

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Co-Working Goes Mainstream: A Freelance Paradise?

Apparently, the biggest drawback of working at home is the overwhelming solitude and the messy combination of private/work life. That’s pretty obvious, but thanks to the burgeoning tech scene and a flood of penniless hackers and other professionals, co-working spaces have become the new normal. The last time co-working spaces were written about here at [...]

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A Webgrrrls NYC Debriefing

Webgrrrls are an interesting group. They’re a regular meetup association who discuss what’s relevant in tech at the moment. For this month’s installment (happened on July 13) an epic forum on useful apps took place. It turns out women often use mobile apps for infinitely more practical ends, like keeping tab of their social networking [...]

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Ever Heard Or Read About Subjot?

It was founded by a husband-wife partnership. While others might claim starting a business with your spouse is a bad idea, Chris Carella isn’t the type who listens to such crazy talk. Recently featured in We Are NY Tech, Chris discussed Subjot and his origin story, which is pretty riveting. Riveting in the sense that [...]

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Speculation About NY Tech University Gets Hotter

As of this writing, the rumored runner ups are Stanford (no surprise), Cornell, and Israel’s Technion. No word yet on that South Korean uni that was also jostling for the coveted prize The last time a news piece ran on the city’s bid for an honest-to-goodness tech college, it went: “Stanford, arguably the mother of [...]

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About The City Hackathon

It all starts with NYC.gov, a city portal that’s deemed hideous by many. It’s also a sprawling mess at over a million pages. To further ingratiate itself with the tech scene and local hacking talent, a hackathon is going down at the end of the month at general Assembly. Strangely enough, it’s not very popular. [...]

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Foursquare News Of The Week: Targeted Deals

Targeted what? Think of this as Foursquare’s first step toward a historic alliance with Groupon. Thanks to new partnerships with Zozi, LivingSocial, Gilt City, At&T Interactive, and Buywithme, fresh new deals are available thru Foursquare on iPhones, Android, and Blackberry’s. The deals feature is limited though as it’s only available in North America, the U.K., [...]

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Worries About Etsy Growth Continue To Grow

Aside from the police, ‘New York’s finest’ also applies to Etsy, the game changing handicrafts retail space that has brought back 19th century style independent livelihood entrepreneurship. Here at NY Tech Blog, the last post on Etsy read: “Such is the winding narrative of what’s perhaps the best startup in the East Coast. (So much [...]

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