Archive for September, 2011

Unigo Gets Funding Boost From Publisher McGraw-Hill

Unigo is a unique space (forgive the alliteration). Think review aggregator and feedback loop for the university set, i.e. prospective students. In a rare display of generosity and foresight, publishing heavyweight McGraw-Hill have just boosted the startup with $1.6 million in capital. Unigo does aspire to become more than just a place to interact with [...]

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Andy Weismann Exits Betaworks, Hops Aboard Union Square Ventures

That’s right. No less than the co-founder of business accelerator Betaworks has made a graceful exit. The real shocking part is Andy Weismann, who allegedly had a conflict of interest with Betaworks’ own VC backers, has now joined Union Square Ventures. Thankfully, there’s not much of a hubbub or the slightest hint of awful controversy. [...]

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Cornell To Submit Proposal For Its Own Tech Campus Next Month

A new contender has entered the ongoing competition between various schools for an NYC tech campus. So far, Stanford appears to be in the best position to snag the real estate. But Cornell has suddenly thrown down the gauntlet and made known its intent for the same bragging rights. Ivy League institution Cornell University is [...]

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Gojee Snags $1.2 Million Funding Round From Kapor Capital

Guess what? Like everyone else running startups in the NY tech scene, Gojee is looking for additional engineers. Now they can better pursue their manpower needs thanks to a fresh infusion from Kapor Capital. Gojee is a food startup that received much appreciation earlier last month. The glowing post on Gojee read: Sure, there are tons of [...]

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10Gen Secures Huge Series D Funding Round

It’s worth $20 million. That’s a lot for a young startup with just 400 customers and 100,000 downloads. 100,000 downloads? The MongoDB NoSQL database software. It’s the cutting edge in the world of storage solutions. So cutting edge, in fact, that it’s still considered a small market. Wait, it’s still considered to have a small [...]

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Canvas Officially Launches Amid Much Hoopla

The main difference between 4chan and Canvas is the latter is exclusively dedicated to meme creation via photosharing. It’s a certified meme-factory in all but name. For months now, Chris Poole has been circulating in various news outlets as he prepped his new darling for ultimate release. The good news is Canvas has just hatched [...]

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Zagat Gets Bought By Google

The interesting part is Zagat itself, a 32-year old company that offers customer reviews for numerous restaurants here and abroad, is suddenly snapped up by Google. Founded by a husband and wife team way, way back, Zagat started in print format and only went digital a couple of years ago. Its sudden purchase by the [...]

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Jeff Bezos And Yuri Milner Boost General Assembly In New Funding Round

General Assembly is a constant presence in the New York tech scene, which of course merits its extensive coverage among media outlets. News has just broken that a sizable funding round (reportedly worth $4.5 million) involving several big names in tech have just injected General Assembly with the needed cash for further expansion. As indicated [...]

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New Coworking Space Grind Opens At Union Square

Thanks to a turbulent economy, a new era of work is shaping how regular people earn a living. At least this is the undercurrent driving coworking spaces, which are getting quite popular these days. A new one called Grind just opened at Union Square and true to the coworking ethos, it’s a non-corporate space devoid [...]

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New App Gives E-Books Cinematic Feel

Booktrack aren’t the first at what they do. In fact, more than a few authors have tried to push the ebook envelope by incorporating sonic ambience and even sound effects into the reading experience. It’s an obvious result of groundbreaking technology. To think as early as a couple of years ago, nobody (not even major [...]

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