Ben Weitzenkorn

the startup rundown

Startup News: Time’s NYC 10 in Tech, Rx Sunglasses Online and Amazon’s Hot Sister

(Source: Warby Parker)

PERFECT TEN. Last Wednesday Time Inc. brought together editors from many of their news properties to bestow upon us the “10 NYC Startups to Watch.” Only in the startup picking game since lat year’s Internet Week, Time Inc. has already picked winners like GroupMe, which was purchased by Skype for a supposed $85 milion.

The startups that made the cut for 2012 are Adaptly, a social advertising platform; Art.sy, the Pandora of art; Codeacademy, an interactive self-paced tool to learn to code; Enterproid, a mobile platform to segregate work from personal information on a single mobile device; Fab—you already know what Fab does; Fancy Hands, a provider of virtual personal assistants; Loosecubes, a matchmaker for workers and workspaces SideTour; a community marketplace for booking and hosting adventures, Stamped; a five-star-only mobile rating app and Truth Art Beauty; an online platform where users can custom-create skincare blends.

FOUNDER POWER. This Friday Women 2.0 is hosting their New York Founder Friday at 16 East 34th Street. Featured founders Cheryl Yeoh of CityPockets and Eloise Bune of GraciousEloise will begin speaking at 7 p.m. but the event will kick off at 6 p.m. with an introduction by Matt Wolfrom of Makovsky and Company, the event’s sponsor. Founder Friday is free, and open to people of all genders, unlike the LOL-inducing “Jews against the Internet” rally, which is $10 and closed to women. Unfortunately, Founder Friday is already at capacity. Add your name to the wait list and cross your fingers.

RALLY IN THE ALLEY. The Association for a Better New York Foundation and Mayor Bloomberg honored the city’s technology leaders in Union Square last Thursday including Foursquare cofounder Dennis Crowley, Greycroft’s Alan Patricof, ideeli CEO Paul Hurley and NYTM cofounder Dawn Barber. The Lew Rudin Founder’s Award went to New York City deputy mayor for economic development Robert Steel. Read More


Booting Up: Map Data Edition

Google at 111 8th Avenue. (Source: Wikipedia)

FCC: engineer internally disclosed plans to improperly collect data on Google’s Street View project two years before it was stopped [Wall Street Journal]

App search engine Chomp strips Android from its homepage shortly after Apple’s acquisition [Engadget]

Australia announces inquiry as to why software and apps are more expensive there than in the U.S. [The Next Web]

Greylock Partners backed Wrapp makes gift cards social with The Gap, H&M and Fab [TechCrunch]

Philip Falcone of LightSquared to step down in exchange for week-long debt-term violation extension [Wall Street Journal]

Google creates Cube, a game to highlight the lesser known features of Maps [Technorati]


Booting Up: When CISPA Got Serious Edition

Samsung Sanghoe Headquarters in Daegu, Japan in the late 1930s. (Source: Wikipedia)

CISPA passes the House despite threat of veto [Huffington Post]


“Regardless of what EFF says about this (unfortunately, I personally believe EFF’s interest in CISPA is largely about fundraising), you probably should be careful about cheering CISPA’s demise.” [Hacker News]

Samsung has overtaken Nokia as the world’s largest phone maker [Bloomberg]

3D X-ray imaging may answer mysteries of the heart [CNET]

David Pogue has a thought [New York Times]


Booting Up: Phone Tag Edition

(Source: Wikipedia)

Samsung owns way 4G patents than Apple [Bits]

Onion Browser for iOS connects to the Tor network for anonymous mobile browsing [Gizmodo]

TED-Ed website is live in beta [Engadget]

Xolo, the first Intel-based phone, holds its own next to ARM-based competitors [CNET]

LinkedIn finally gets an iPad app [VentureBeat]

Hasbro obtains blogger’s address with promise of free Nerf guns, immediately sues for IP theft [TechCrunch]

the startup rundown

Startup News: Startups Are the New Grungy Nineties Garage Bands

Walt Mossberg with Steve Jobs in 2007. (Source: Wikipedia)

DIA DE TECNOLOGIA. New York Tech Day was full of NYC based startups—from the established to the unfunded—all stages in the NYC tech lifestyle were represented. The companies that follow really stuck out to NY Tech Day Judges. Best use of Location – BiteHunter, Best Design – Chartbeat, Best Educational Startups – Three Ring, Best Social Startup – GiftSimple, Best Booth Design – Cannonball, NY Tech Day Staff Choice – Snakblox, Best use of Data – Hoppit, Best Mobile App – Uber, Best Business Model – Temboo, Best Enterprise Startup – SendGrid, Best Unfunded Startup – Unroll.me.

KICK BUTT. Everything Butt Art, the adorable drawing app for iPad, just launched a Kickstarter campaign. As of this writing, the founders have raised just over $1,000 and still have a ways to go towards that $20,000 goal. Read More


Booting Up: Diaper Delivery Edition

Storks. (Source: Nationaal Archief via Flickr)

Chinese users report being able to get onto Facebook despite ban [TechCrunch]

New service, Google Drive will let users store content in a searchable cloud system with an initial 5 gigabytes free [Reuters]

Skype’s memory hungry mobile app is now compatible with the entry-level Nokia Lumia 610 [Engadget]

Facebook finally updates its Windows phone app [TheNextWeb]

Windows will release its Windows 8 preview in early June [CNET]

Citrus Lane, a baby care package subscription service, just raised $5.1 million in its first funding round [AllThingsD]


Booting Up: Creative Complacency Edition

Adobe Systems Headquarters in Silicon Valley. (Source: Wikipedia)

Are Silicon Valley perks stifling innovation? [Bits]

Adobe releases CS6 and cloud-based subscription service [Engadget]

News.me’s Paper Boy will allow commuters to read the latest news without an Internet connection [TechCrunch]

Just-Eat, the world’s largest online food-ordering service, is insatiable; acquires Fillmybelly.com, its ninth acquisition in 12 months [The Next Web]

Intel announces 20 percent higher performance with 20 percent  less power consumption [Electronista]

Skype is now officially on Windows phones [Gizmodo]

All the jobs

Don’t Worry If You Missed the NYC Startup Job Fair, There’s Still The Internet

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7 World Trade Center

The NYC Startup Job Fair was packed with tons of New York City tech companies and startups on the hunt for that oh-so-hard-to-find tech talent, specifically engineers and developers. Hopeful applicants, some fresh-faced, some not so much, squeezed past each other picking up job descriptions and dropping off resumes and business cards.

All photos by Ben Weitzenkorn. Read More

Startup Faire

Photos From New York Tech Day

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New York Tech Day

Yesterday hundreds of startups from New York City and beyond descended on the 69th Armory in Gramercy Park for New York Tech Day. At least three dating sites—not including one for doggies—and a ton of gaming, niche social networking sites, educational and financial planning services rounded the day out. Here are some photos and quotes from some of our favorites.

All photos by Ben Weitzenkorn.  Read More


Booting Up: Come On Big Money, Big Money Edition

The Cardsharps by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Source: Wikipedia)

The United States Playing Card Company is teaming up with Digi117 to bring online gambling to mobile devices [VentureBeat]

Big data company Splunk doubles IPO on its first day [Wall Street Journal]

The dating site Badoo poaches Benjamin Ling, formerly of Facebook, from Google [The Wall Street Journal]

Cisco’s $850 million spin-in [The New York Times]

Qualcomm is out of chips for Android and Windows phones [Gizmodo]

Estonian man extradited to U.S. to face charges related to a huge click-fraud scheme [Ars Technica]

Regal Entertainment and Sony have subtitle glasses [Engadget]