#FollowFriday Well, well, well–look who’s on Twitter! Apple CEO Tim Cook took the bluster out of everyone’s #FF today and tweeted for the first time.
Internet sleuths hopped on the case, parsing the clues to determine whether the profile (“Fan of Auburn football and Duke basketball,” his bio reads), was the real deal. Two Apple employees and a Twitter worker were Mr. Cook’s first follows, for instance, but he also followed Anderson Cooper and Kings of Leon. What did it all mean??
The case is closed, though. Apple confirmed the account was real, and Twitter promptly added that precious blue checkmark. Now, we’ll wait patiently see how much he’s going to reveal. Cough, cough. So far, it’s just a single braggy Apple tweet:
Visited Retail Stores in Palo Alto today. Seeing so many happy customers reminds us of why we do what we do.—
Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 20, 2013
Miley’s mad Speaking of Apple, the company’s eagerly anticipated iOS7 came in like a wrecking ball and, to be honest, screwed up a lot of people’s phones. The childish color scheme, dopey icons and weird swipes were enough to make twerker-in-chief Miley Cyrus hate it. She expressed her disgust on Twitter, declaring “I hate the iPhone update.” Maybe taking off the foam finger will help?
Ball so hard In the coming weeks, we hear, Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley plans to tie the knot. And so of course, like so many dudes before him, last weekend he gathered together his best bros for a bachelor party. However, if social media is any indication, there was nary a hijink to be found. No strippers, no slot machines, no drugs.
Instead, it seems, Mr. Crowley’s brother “arranged an 9vs9 soccer game (90 mins) w my Bachelor Party crew vs random southern VT Sunday league team.” Very sporty. The custom shirts are apparently a reference to “a startup from 2000 that hugely inspired me (google it, yo!).” They also played some golf, rode bikes through “Sherwood Forrest” and stacked a lot of wood. We cannot imagine a more appropriate send-off for Mr. Crowley.
Pull up to the scene with my ceiling missing Last night, midtown coworking space AlleyNYC celebrated its one-year birthday with a rowdy bash, featuring flowing liquor, obligatory photobooth and music by Cipha Sounds (of Hot 97 morning show fame). Apparently, the DJ is family–AlleyNYC founder Jason Saltzman told us he actually rents an office in the 7th Avenue location.
Betabeat grabbed a cocktail and passed several offices still occupied by people doing actual work. Almost immediately upon hitting the dance floor, a complete stranger grabbed this reporter’s waist and sort of flopped over, before righting himself with a big “woo!” and stumbling off. Cipha cycled through several of the summer’s most popular songs; seemingly the whole room chimed in with A$AP Rocky on the “at least Hilfiger riiiich” line.
Finally, the brash Mr. Saltzman took the stage for a few words. Starting the space has “made my life,” he confessed. “Like, I’m sitting here, helping people build their businesses, and it’s absolutely amazing.”
He continued, carried away by the moment: “Fucking New York City, baby. Woo! You know they say a lot about California, like the Valley–” “Fuck that,” someone in the crowd cut him off. “No, no, it’s cool. It’s cool!” Mr. Saltzman insisted, before continuing with his potty-mouthed paean to the New York City startup scene: “The businesses that we build in this place, it’s a cathedral. This is a fucking cathedral. And we’re going to build businesses that change the fucking world.”
This morning, we noticed Cipha had tweeted at Mr. Saltzman: “Last night already gave me some sick ideas.”
The kids are coming up from behind Last night, several Silicon Alley types gathered at the Flatiron offices of AppNexus for the second-ever NYC Generation Tech demo night. Local high schoolers who learned to code this summer demoed apps for judges including Alexis Ohanian and Warby Parker CEO Dave Gilboa. Fast Company reports that the winner was SproutEd, “an education network for students to collaborate and discuss homework and assignments.”
They took home a cash prize and a shot at pitching Union Square Ventures. No, you cannot pose as a high schooler for your own chance.
Press tour Quirky’s Ben Kaufman just made his fourth appearance on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The zany startup was excited to show off its Egg Minder, a Wi-Fi connected gadget that tells how many eggs are left in the fridge, since opening the door and looking inside is so hard.