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Startup News: Donteat.at Freshplac.es

 Startup News: Donteat.at Freshplac.es

Every startup's gotta start somewhere (National Archief | flickr.com)

KNOWLEDGE. Max Stoller, the developer of Don’t Eat At, an app that uses city data to warn Foursquare users when they’ve checked into a restaurant that’s run afoul of city health inspectors, has found another cool way to use that same data set. Mr. Stoller and fellow crafty hacker Tal Safran created freshplac.es, a bi-weekly email of new drinking and dining sports near you. “We found that by analyzing the restaurant inspections data set for new records, we can identify brand new bars/restaurants, often before news publications get to them.” (Techies! Stop scooping us newsies!) Sign up but please, don’t forget about us!

EBOOK BINDING. Vook, the self publishing ebook tool from serial entrepreneur Brad Inman, just spent the past three months with 500 beta testers as they completely reengineered their platform. They’ve eliminated 200 bugs and added 31 brand new features including easier file conversion, and real time title rendering and even easier electronic distribution to Barnes & Noble and Amazon with the push of a button.

MIC CHECK. The winner of  last week’s Investor’s Feedback forum were Nihal Parthasarathi for CourseHorse, an online app that helps users find classes that interest them in New York City. The two other winners were Rob Caucci for SpaceSplitter, an online tool designed to make living with roommates less stressful and Julian Barnes of Body Local, the one-stop shop for classes, news, advice, a local directory and marketplace for everything to do with keeping fit. The next Investor Feedback Forum is March 8.

TRISTE NOTICIA. The guy behind the group emailing service Fiesta have announced the end of the party. In a blog post, cofounder Mike Dirolf said after thirteen months he’s “lost the enthusiasm that is necessary to continue to work tirelessly on solving the problem” of group communication online. The website will remain active until March 1 so current users can login to collect their information. After that, the servers will be shutdown, emails will no longer be receivable and all personal data will be deleted.

MAKE FRIENDS. Tonight the NY Enterprise Technology Meetup will feature demos from Revolution Analytics, Thrupoint, Infragistics, and CB Insights. The meetup runs from 7-9. RSVP and pay $5 if you want to know where.

DESAYUNO. Hubitat wants to show you the benefits of reinventing the wheel over breakfast this Thursday at their HQ. RSVP here for $15 or pay $20 when you arrive.

WORK AND PLAY. Projective Space, the “community-centered coworking space for tech startups and entrepreneurs” is kicking off the opening of their brand new space by partnering with fundraising platform IndieGoGo for a “HUGE DANCE PARTY!” The bash is Thursday night at the new PS space at 72 Allen St. in the Lower East Side. RSVP and say hello to Reyka and Sailor Jerry for us.

ADOPT EARLY. Check out the new “powerful publishing optimization technology” from Betaworks.

INNOVATE.  Snap Interactive needs a Javascript expert.
Conductor is looking for a technical recruiter
HealthPrize wants a new project manager
Foursquare, HealthPrize, Conductor and Rent the Runway are looking for interns.

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