The Start-Up Rundown

Start-Up News: TechStars, Hackathons and More Hackathons

xkcd minecraft Start Up News: TechStars, Hackathons and More HackathonsThis week! In New York start-ups!

MINECRAFTATHON. Calling all hackerz! NYHacker Andrew Chin is organizing a Minecraft hackathon on Friday. Make teams. Build the most tricked-out possible structures in a friendly monster-free environment. “The event is supposed to be an informal and fun way of getting together and playing Minecraft,” Mr. Chin said. NYHacker will pick winning teams for the following categories: Community, epic, outrageous, style, and intricate. At Meetup HQ. Get in touch with Mr. Chin @nyhacker to sign up. They’re giving away five copies of the game to newcomers.

IN ALPHA NEWS: Okay, so VHX launched this week, but other New York social video channel curator Shelby.TV is zooming along in alpha over at TechStars. The app started by pulling in shared videos from users’ Twitter graph; on Monday, the company added Facebook integration.

SPEAKING OF TECHSTARS: The first NYC TechStars demo day is on Thursday at AOL Ventures and “expecting more than 500 Angel Investors and VCs to be there for the event,” the incubator announced. Demo Day is followed by a lofty Bloomberg-hosted event that is… something about entrepreneurs! It’s at Webster Hall, where Brad Feld, Charles Best and Ben Lerer are slated to speak, among others.

THE AR GOLD RUSH: You may know mobile AR shop GoldRun from such lame applications as the Barnes & Noble Brooklyn Decker app. They’ve raised $1.1 million in angel funding.

ASMALLWORLD CONTINUES: “Elites-only” social network ASMALLWORLD announced branded travel deals, “new way of jet set living at members-only prices.” Weee! Luxury discounts are really a thing now, aren’t they? Eh, VillageVines?

UNFAIR: At last count, more than 110 companies had registered for the alternative start-up job fair provoked by a mistaken bcc on the NYC Start-Up job fair rejection email. They dropped the cutesy name, though–it’s now Silicon Alley Job Fair.

NEVER-ENDING HACKATHONS: If you’ve recovered from Lean Startup Machine and HackNY, Startup Weekend is back in New York at General Assembly this weekend.

SNACK-SIZED NEWS: “GetGlue has hit a major milestone and crossed over 1 million users, and is now a clear leader in the entertainment check-in space.” “FindTheBest.com launches its user-generated slideshows.” Hiring: Yodle: Software engineer. Red Rover: Lead engineer. Shapeways: Web developer. OMGPop: HTML/CSS.

YOU KNOW ABOUT THE BROOKLYN TECH AND START-UP MEETUP, DON’T YOU?: Well?

FOURSQUARE DAY!: Meetup at Sidebar, 7 p.m., 4/16, and locales all over the world.

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