The Start-Up Rundown

Start-Up News: Disrupt, the Rapture and a Few Good Launches

zaarly rocks Start Up News: Disrupt, the Rapture and a Few Good LaunchesThis week in New York tech news and associated items:

DISRUPT APPROACHETH. The TechCrunch mega-conference starts with a hackathon at Pier 94 on May 21, which anyone who has walked through Times Square in the last three days knows is the Rapture. Actual “conference” conference starts Monday and ends with an afterparty Wednesday. Here’s the agenda. Lots of NYC celebs–Arianna, Moot, Kevin Ryan, Fred Wilson, Kickstarter, Tumblr, Foursquare, etc., plus Californians Ron Conway, Paul Graham, Ashton, Sequoia Capital–doing fireside chats and things.WHEN THE RAPTURE COMES, WE WILL BE AT MICROSOFT. The free demofest BarCampNYC6, held at Microsoft, is sold out for Saturday but has 76 tickets left for Sunday.

ZAARLY IS GNARLY. The location-based, real-time marketplace is now available in New York, but no one delivered the gum we offered $10 for.

WANDERFLY 2.0 LAUNCH: Facebook Connect integration, “Wanderlists” trip management tool and new buttons, plus Facebook-powered forums and an even slicker redesign.

B2B DEAL SITE LAUNCHES. “New York-Based MarketSharing Launches B2B Deals Ranging From Office Necessities to Lifestyle Services… MarketSharing provides businesses with high quality, deeply discounted (50-80%) daily group deals on products and services ranging from necessity items and supplies to lifestyle products and services.”

OFFICE MASCOTS. Just when you thought their office space couldn’t get any cuter. A puppy chihuahua crashing at the Etsy HQ needs a home.

NERD FETE. For the bookish entrepreneurs: Book Expo America Opening Night Party at Le Bain, hosted by Electric Literature and Flavorpill.

MEANWHILE, IN BROOKLYN. A mobile-friendly Digital DUMBO is next Thursday at 6:30, at the Dumbo Loft, featuring AT&T reps, pretzel crisps and PBR, and a Samsung Infuse 4G giveaway. Also, Digital DUMBO is started a workshop series at reBar; first one is on community management next week.

AND MEANWHILE, EVEN FARTHER. Shorty-winning tweeter Cory Booker, mayor, is hosting a mini-conference–iBreakfast–tomorrow, May 19; Hoboken Tech Meetup on Monday, May 23.

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