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Startup Rundown: Google Glass Gets Fancy, and MakerBot Open Up (Another) Shop

Cutting the Ribbon at MakerBot's new Sunset Park facility

Cutting the Ribbon at MakerBot’s new Sunset Park facility

New Tech City gets new managing editor WNYC announced yesterday that Manoush Zomorodi will become managing editor of New Tech City, the weekly tech podcast and segment on Morning Edition. According to the press release, Ms. Zomorodi—who co-created and currently hosts the program—“will oversee a new phase of New Tech City, in which WNYC plans to expand the weekly segment into…a digital media enterprise with videos, live events and other components that break from traditional radio programming.”  Keep your eyes and ears peeled, folks!

Google Glass gets Fancy Oh you fancy, huh? This week saw the release of Fancy, a new shopping app for Google Glass. Users can take a photo of whatever they’re looking at, and Fancy will connect them with “the coolest stuff” that matches their snapshot. Take a photo of your kitchen cabinets, and Fancy will match you with the sweetest new silverware set. Grab a shot of your Real Housewives DVD collection, and Fancy will hook you up with a life. Just kidding. But you get the idea.

Brooklyn techies prepare for battle Watch out, Silicon Valley. This week, the Brooklyn Tech Triangle announced plans to make New York the new “global epicenter of the innovation economy.” Next week, leaders of the initiative will propose changes to workforce development, real estate, transportation and public environs that will hopefully “help New York surpass Silicon Valley as the nation’s top tech hub,” according to a statement. Maybe New York should just equip all its tech offices with two-story slides—that might help.

MakerBot makes moves Last week, 3D printing powerhouse MakerBot announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The 55,000 square foot factory will house the manufacturing of various 3D printing, replicating, and scanning technologies, as well as a “Bot Farm,” where 3D prints are produced for MakerBot’s Manhattan store. They might be high-tech, but MakerBot would like to specify that skilled humans—not robots—are responsible for manufacturing their futuristic products.

NYCResistor hosts a high-tech drinkfest This Saturday, party it up ‘till two in the morn with NYCResistor at their 4th Annual Interactive Show. At 8p.m., head on down to the NYCResistor’s headquarters at 87 Third Avenue in Brooklyn, where “hackers from around the region [will] show off their cool interactive projects with beats and beers provided.” This year’s theme is “Digital Archaeology”—in other words, see if you can put a new spin on an old piece of technology. Let me just dig up my old Tamagotchi…

Learn to fundraise like a pro Have a startup idea, but no cash? No problem—check out General Assembly’s Assembled Capital workshop this Saturday from 10:30a.m. to 6p.m., where a team of industry pros will turn you into the next fundraising aficionado. Learn “fundraising strategies for early-stage startups, common misconceptions and best practices in fundraising, the future of crowdfunding, honest stories from entrepreneurs on successful (and less than successful) capital raises, and more,” according to the event page. Tickets are $299, but who knows? Maybe you’ll run into Zosia Mamet. 

Gym, Tan, Laundry with NJ Tech Meetup Heading to the Jersey Shore this weekend? Check out Friday night’s Summer Social at the Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park, hosted by NJ Tech Meetup and Jersey Shore Tech Meetup. Show off your Google Glass or chat about your latest startup idea over cheap drinks and live music. “This meetup is to welcome summer, have a drink, and meet some new people. Bring biz cards and a smile,” the event page says. Spray tans not included.

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