Archive for August, 2011

Accel Partners Gives Birchbox Huge Series A Boost

There’s no way to adequately describe the novel service Birchbox extends to subscribers. Rather than deliver cosmetic samples to clients, Birchbox makes sure it curates special packages delivered each month with products courtesy of its partner brands. So far, the business model is working and Accel Partners have just boosted the startup with $10.5 million [...]

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NYC Government Launches STEPS Program To Boost Technology Jobs

It stands for Support Training and Employment Preparation Services. In what ranks as the most ambitious program to bridge the divide between local government and tech, a jobs training course is now being made available for the Queens Family Justice Center. Also, keep in mind that the city still maintains distressing unemployment percentages. The real [...]

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Parking Auction Puts Fresh Spin On The Touchy Urban Parking Issue

It’s common knowledge that finding a decent place to park in a crowded city is a royal pain. The statistics are proof enough of this terrible reality. Now one app is trying to make a difference: imagine auctioning off your parking space to another driver. This is called Parking Auction. Founders Brian Rosetti and Nick [...]

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MyCityWay Gets New Blood Thanks To Ex-Zagat Staffer

A short while ago it was reported here at NY Tech Blog that a lot of people from various fields where ditching their comfy day jobs for the startup world. That was right on target as more and more ‘suits’ want a career boost in the ever-in-flux world of tech. On Wednesday news broke that [...]

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Social Commerce Startup Scoop St. Bought By BuyWithMe

As part of its massive expansion drive BuyWithMe purchased Scoop St. to grow its commerce-oriented service. Scoop St. is a buying portal where things are sold if groups of people are interested in the deal. It even had a social aspect called ‘Experiences.’ Apparently the Scoop St. model has grown irresistible for BuyWithMe, which is [...]

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Mobile Q&A Hub Opinionaided Raises Big Series A Round

Opinionaided has a lovely niche to grow in. It’s a mobile app where users get their queries answered by other users. Sounds great, but what’s better than a unique core feature is hefty Series A funding. Last week, Opinionaided announced on its blog that a pool of VCs and investors had endowed it with $4.3 [...]

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Gojee Is Growing At Breakneck Speed

Of course by ‘growing’, we meant sheer momentum. Since launching on June—two months ago—more than 70,000 users have hopped aboard. What does Gojee do? It’s a food platform. Sounds vague but the basic user experience is that, upon creating an account, Gojee helps aid in self-directed culinary learning. Put less fancy, it encourages the person [...]

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SinglePlatform Awash With Cash After generous New Funding Round

Comes as no surprise that the food space in the tech scene is getting a lot of love. Not to come off as a little too prideful, but New York has more better places to eat than most cities. It’s true, at least for many New Yorkers. Anyway, the superior quality of local restaurants aside, [...]

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GigaOm Pro Launches, Subscription Cost Is $299 A Year

The price is high but seems reasonable, considering that the content being paid for are briefings written by the GigaOm staff who’ll be browsing blogs and news sites to access high value research. The tech news blog unleashed Pro as a new revenue stream aside form the usual ads and event sources. Downloadable files are [...]

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Foodspotting Is Becoming Really Popular

The iPhone, Android, and now a Windows Phone app has reached a new milestone: 1 million downloads since it’s founding a year and a half ago. At the time of its inception, Foodspotting was meant to be a photosharing app for food. The impetus behind it was the excessive food picture exchange occurring at popular social networking [...]

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