Archive for August, 2011

Swapping Is The New Bartering

Thanks to a sagging economy and limited incomes, an underground movement has come alive throughout the Big Apple. While those reading this might be braving hurricane Irene (stay strong, stay safe), it might be small consolation that some of the stuff around the house can be bartered for other stuff once the weather clears. The [...]

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Making Websites Becomes Easy With Onepager

This is a terrible comparison, but imagine website design as easy as using WordPress. Not believable? Believe it. At least in the subgenre of one-page websites that are a favorite among service-oriented businesses. This week Onepager officially launched to aid the vast multitude out there who don’t have websites yet. Onepager was founded by a [...]

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Vizibility Rakes In $1.3 Million In Seed Funding

Considering that what Vizibility provides is accomplished in a large scale across various social media, the almost two year old startup has made serious headways thanks to a generous seed funding round. Launchpad Venture Group, Boston Harbor Ventures, New York Angels, TiE Angels, and even European investors have all pitched in for the $1.3 million [...]

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Cole Stryker: The Man Who Wrote A Book About 4Chan And Anonymous

A little perspective never hurt. This month Cole Stryker is proudly releasing his first book and nervous about it. How come? The book is Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan’s Army Conquered the Web. The problem is 4chan and the anons who lurk there aren’t very susceptible to publicity. In fact, Cole Stryker expressed his [...]

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Non Profit Couchsurfing.com Scores $7.6 Million

The sudden cash infusion doesn’t really qualify as a straight up funding round, but it’s still a major boost for a non-profit group. What Couchsurfing.com does is allow a community of users to rent couches by finding willing owners. The idea is to make travel anywhere a colorful experience where pure non-paying hospitality is the [...]

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Crowdsourced Learning Becoming A New Wave

Skillshare isn’t alone. This may sound a little pompous but not since the School of Athens has unrestricted knowledge on a teacher-student basis been so readily available. Whether it’s an indictment of the current school system or just what everyone needs in these uncertain economic times, learning from others for a fee (or none at [...]

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Union Square Teeming With Tech

Union Square is a strange place. The office space here  is actually more expensive per square foot and high speed internet access isn’t readily available. Despite these drawbacks it’s the beating heart and de facto capital of the NYC tech resurgence. Other than the big names such as Apple and Union Square Ventures HQ that [...]

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ZocDoc Aspires For Greatness

Interesting factoid: every time there’s a new hire over at ZocDoc, a bull horn announces the occasion. It’s indicative of the rapid pace that’s electrified the medical listings startup ever since it launched four years ago. To think ZocDoc’s founding happened amid an economic meltdown and a sinus infection. ZocDoc, which was founded by ex-consultant [...]

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Foursquare Outs Check Ins For Events Feature

It means that whenever you walk into a movie or a concert venue you can just as easily check in. This latest Foursquare reveal went live on Thursday and so far, it’s expected to make the Foursquare experience even more comprehensive. Turns out Foursquare already tested this latest during SXSW, to broad acclaim and general [...]

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Drchrono Rolling In Yuri Milner Money

The Russian billionaire is sure making serious headway in the tech scene. The latest recipients of his generosity are Drchrono, a startup who’ve been getting a fair amount of coverage here at NY Tech Blog. A month after a hefty $600,000 plus funding round (happened back in July), Yuri Milner has injected the company with [...]

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