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New Video Skewers All Your Melodramatic, Vague Facebook Statuses

Sammantha Anderson, accused "Vaguebooker." (Above Average)

As anyone with angst-ridden Facebook friends knows, there’s nothing more annoying than coming face-to-face with someone’s vague, depressing status updates.

“Life sux so much right now”; “Can’t believe u did this 2 me”—you know, the kind of statuses that don’t give you nearly enough information, but give you just enough dramatic details to make you desperate to know the full story of why Kaitlynne might “never get out of bed 4ever.” Read More

Q&A

What Does ‘Product’ Even Mean? Complex Exec Lays It All Out

Ms. Barazany (jjdigital PR)

When Complex hired Ayalla Barazany, it was the first time they’d hired someone to work in “product.”

Now, as VP of Product, the Israeli-born Ms. Barazany works to ensure the company’s business goals are in line with what its tech department is capable of producing. She also makes sure Complex’s user experience, or UX, is as strong as possible.

On top of it all, Ms. Barazany has excelled in a series of predominantly-male departments.

“I’ve never focused on [being the only woman],” she told Betabeat. “I’m doing what’s best for me.” Read More

jet set

Startup Hands Out Free Private Jet Flights for Christmas and New Year’s Eve

So much better than Megabus. (Facebook)

Are you making last-minute travel plans for the holidays? Are you the jerk in your friend group who likes proving how much swankier and classier he is than everyone else?

JetSmarter, the app perhaps best described as the Uber for private jets, recently debuted their new #TisTheSeasonToFly campaign.

On Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the company’s offering free empty leg flights on private jets to anyone with the app. To clarify, by “free,” we mean YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING FOR A RIDE ON A PRIVATE JET. Read More

Holidays

Does Your Partner Make Less Than $60K? They Might Be About to Dump You

Your current BF's future girlfriend? Sorry. (iTunes)

Dating app Clover is apparently not interested whatsoever in spreading Christmas cheer, because the company just released a bunch of  depressing stats about break-ups in the holiday season.

Clover is like a combination of OkCupid and Tinder. Like on OkCupid, you can scroll through potential matches, and filter them by categories like age, height, and location. Like on Tinder, you can check off people you like, except you can see people who’ve liked you without you having to like them back. Read More

health alert

Android Users Can Now Get On-Demand Therapy With ‘Talkspace’

Talkspace is now available in the Google Play Store. (Google Play Store)

Stressed because your parents, their four dogs and your weird aunt are all coming to stay at your place for the holidays? The app that provides on-demand therapy sessions is now available to a broader range of customers.

Founded in 2012 by Israeli husband-and-wife duo Roni and Oren Frank, Talkspace lets users text with licensed therapists for way cheaper than it’d be to see one in person. Users can either be billed quarterly, at $19 per week, monthly, at $25 per week, or weekly, at $49 per week.

Originally only available for iPhones, the app announced today they’re also available on Android. Read More

dirty filthy money

Bitcoin-Based Poop Delivery Service Earned $10K in a Month

This is apparently how ShitExpress collects all the horse poop. (ShitExpress)

As you slave away at your entry-level job earning barely enough to afford Netflix, think to yourself: there are people out there earning thousands of dollars a month by selling people horse poop.

Remember ShitExpress, the aptly-named site that lets you use Bitcoin to anonymously send poop to people you don’t like?

Well, people must really have a lot of enemies, because the company made $10,120 in sales over the course of 30 days, according to a blog post published earlier this month. They’ve also shipped poop—it’s horse poop, not human poop, F.Y.I.—to 36 different countries. Read More

Kickstart It

Ingenious Dress Lets You Change in Public Without Getting Naked

Undress co-creator April Estrada models the ingenius invention. (Kickstarter)

Rompers for dudes are cool, but we’re now officially with a new addition to the world of crowdfunded fashion.

Prepare to be amazed by the Undress, a garment that bills itself as “the world’s first fashionable and functional mobile changing room.” The duo who created it set out to raise $22,000 on Kickstarter; on November 1, they completed the campaign with a total of $615,663. Read More

Tech for the Holidays

Jewish Techies Launch Hanukkah-Themed Hackathon

(Wikimedia Commons)

Donny and Oren Kanner had always wanted to go to a hackathon. But since the events tend to fall between sundowns on Fridays and Saturdays, the brothers—both observant Jews who honor Shabbat—were never able to attend.

“As observant Jewish people, we wouldn’t be able to make it until Saturday night,” Donny, an agile project manager at the Hackerati, told Betabeat. “I’ve attended portions of hackathons, but we’ve never really had the opportunity to go to the beginning of one.”

So Donny and his brother Oren, a PhD candidate in robotics at Yale, decided a few months ago to create a hackathon that catered to their religious schedules. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

Tired of Tinder? Dating App ‘Hinge’ Scores $12 Million in Funding

Hinge shows you people with whom you share a mutual friend. (Hinge)

Dating app Hinge has just hooked up with some serious cash.

The app, which some have called the “new Tinder,” today announced the completion of a $12 million Series A, bringing their total funding to over $20 million. The funding round was led by Shasta Ventures, with participation from previous investors Lowercase, Great Oaks, Eniac and CAA Ventures, a press release stated.  Read More