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Startup News: Classes at MakerBot, a Birchbox for Valentine’s Day and Lady Makers on PBS

What about a V-day date at MakerBot? It could work.

What about a V-day date at the MakerBot store? Nerd love at its finest.

Your heart-shaped Birchbox. Tired of cellophane-wrapped boxes full of chocolate-flavored fat? On February 7, Birchbox is launching a limited edition V-day box—the “We Heart” Collection. For $36 you can have goodies like nail polish, bobby pins and some mascara product advertised as “triple action,” in case you’re not getting any this year.

Newsreels Tonight at 6 p.m. marks the premier of “MAKERS: Women Who Make America,” at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. This video and broadcast initiative is a collaborative effort between AOL and PBS that aims to communicate stories of revolutionary women who help shape today’s world.

How do you hail? Former Starbucks exec Tom Barr is now on board for the expansion of Hailo, a mobile app that obviates the need to stick your bare leg into the street by hailing a cab for you, into New York City. He’ll be serving as President and COO USA. “We now have the senior team, resources, and the investment and corporate partners to deliver our vision of bringing Hailo to New York City, Tokyo, and every street corner in every major city in the world. We have shifted into overdrive,” said Hailo CEO Jay Bregman.

Take your friends/kids/wives to MakerBot MakerBot is launching a series of workshops, classes and lectures for anyone eager to learn the nuances of 3D printing. The company’s retail location at 298 Mulberry Street will feature lessons like “Setting Up and Maintaining Your New MakerBot” on Friday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., when your OKCupid inbox looks like this. At $35 per class (this varies depending on which one you attend) space is limited, so register in advance.

America’s Got Hackers As if computer science majors weren’t already the only grads grabbing real jobs with real salaries and real benefits, Readyforce is making it even easier for them. The career network for college students has acquired Umeqo, a platform created and run by MIT students that connects said students with prospective employers. Student groups nationwide can now use Umeqo (for free) to organize career fairs, create events, track RSVPs and share resumes with companies that would generally prefer to only hire from a pool of top-tier tech school graduates.

Your couch as front row at Fashion Week. For everyone still mourning the absence of presidential debate drinking games, there is now a classier cause for belligerence. From February 7 to 14, IMG Fashion and Rightster will be delivering live streams of all Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week shows at Lincoln Center at this site and via Facebook. Title sponsor Mercedes-Benz is joined in sponsorship by companies like Maybelline New York, TRESemmé, Style Network New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily and Getty Images, but the real winners here are the alcohol distributors. The official schedule can be found here.

Tapiture adds tastemakers Tapiture is growing big and strong as it leads male-oriented social discovery by helping people buy and share content from all over the web. And by strong, we mean the company is freshly flush with $825,000 in cash. New social media plans, including a mobile app, are currently in the works as part of the site’s expansion. Leo Resig, CEO of Resignation Media and Tapiture Board member said he stands “committed to supporting their effort in becoming the web’s leading male-centric social discovery and sharing site.”