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Delivery From Inconvenience

This Startup Delivers Ingredients For Top Chef-Worthy Meals to Your Kitchen

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Step 8: Put Everything Together

Trying new recipes — it’s a pain in the butt, right? You have to pore over a cookbook, schlep to the grocery store, and then spend a small fortune on full jars of saffron and garam masala when all you really need is a single tablespoon of each. The whole process is also really time consuming, especially if — like me — you work till 6 p.m. and then have to commute back to Queens before you can even think about preparing food.

That’s why I was compelled to test out Blue Apron, an online service that delivers fresh, perfectly portioned-out ingredients with accompanying recipes directly to your door. For $9.99 per person per meal, customers can subscribe to receive the ingredients for three meals per week, each catering to their personal tastes and — as much as possible — dietary restrictions. (To my dismay, Blue Apron hasn’t started intentionally making gluten-free meals, but I did find some that were naturally gluten-free, or that could be tweaked, slightly, to accommodate my allergy.) Read More

App for That

Travel App Lets Users Create Their Own Tours — And Get Paid

A sample Stray Boots tour. (Stray Boots)

Stray Boots, the travel app that lets you download interactive tours, is now making room for user-generated content.

Founder Avi Millman started the company back in 2009, after a family trip to Rome.

“We were visiting a bunch of different locations like the Pantheon, the Colosseum — I felt like I was sort of on a scavenger hunt, checking spots off on my list,” he told Betabeat. “It struck me that tour guide experiences are just extremely passive experiences, and not particularly social. If you could turn exploring a city into a game, you could make it a lot more fun, engaging and social.” Read More

All the jobs

Hired.com, Huge Online Marketplace for Tech Jobs, Moves to NYC

Here's what a Hired applicant's profile might look like. (Hired.com)

Hired, the online marketplace where companies compete to hire people with #tech skills, has just expanded from San Francisco to New York.

The company was founded in April 2012 under the name DeveloperAuction. The cofounders — all serial entrepreneurs — started the online marketplace because they’d all had trouble finding the right talent to hire for their companies in the past. Read More

Funding

Flatiron School Scores $5.5 Million in Funding, Vows To Become ‘Super High-End Vocational School’

Students at the Flatiron School learnin' stuff. (Flatiron School)

The Flatiron School announced this morning that it closed a $5.5 million funding round, led by Charles River Ventures (CRV) and Matrix Partners. Additional investments came from Box Group and other angel investors.

The money will allow the school —  which offers intensive twelve-week courses in web and iOS development — to really focus on improving the quality of education it offers its students.

“Where most companies take capital to grow, we took it to slow down and make sure we could really get the product right,” Flatiron dean Avi Flombaum told Betabeat. “We can continue our interesting classes, and focus on quality and experience of education — and not just stamping out into other cities and homogenizing our brand.” Read More

Jesus died for our selfies

NYC Apartment Listing Promises Rooftop Is ‘Perfect For Selfies’

Imagine all the smizing you could do up here! (Screengrab: StreetEasy)

Renting an apartment to today’s youths poses a unique challenge. It must be close to the subway. It must be bright, and not located in a basement dungeon. Most importantly, it must be great for taking selfies.

At least, that was the thought process behind a recent listing on StreetEasy for an East Village apartment at 269 10th St. After describing the “5 to 10 minute walk from 6 & L trains, Union Square, NYU” and the “Modern kitchen, queen-sized bedroom with large closet & skylight,” the listing says: Read More

Kim Jong Ummm

North Korea’s ‘National’ Smartphone Is Really Just a Chinese Knockoff

And on the fifth day, Kim Jong Un created the selfie. (Getty)

Remember last summer, when Kim Jong Un visited a factory to give the new “North Korean” Arirang smartphone his blessing? Well, much like EVERYTHING in North Korea, this was probably a big fat lie.

When we first reported the news, we — along with just about everyone else — suspected the smartphones were actually being manufactured in China, and then shipped to North Korea, despite Kim Jong Un’s assertions that the phones were homegrown and reflective of “patriotic enthusiasm.” Read More

App for That

Add Some Tech to Your Seder With New Bronfman Haggadah App

The Bronfman Haggadah, in app form. (Screengrab: iTunes store)

At traditional Passover celebrations, participants read from the Haggadah: a book that tells the story of Passover and outlines the steps of the seder. It’s a time-honored tradition, but with kids these days being into their “technology,” a member of the famed Bronfman clan has decided to turn her family’s Haggadah into an app.

Around this time last year, the Bronfman family (yes, that Bronfman family) celebrated the release of the Bronfman Haggadah, written by the late Edgar M. Bronfman and illustrated by his wife, Jan Aronson. The hardcopy Haggadah was very popular amongst Jews of all different levels of religiousness, Ms. Aronson told Betabeat. Read More

hbo's silicon valley

‘Silicon Valley’ Ep. 1 Recap: This Is Basically ‘Lord of the Rings’

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Last night, sandwiched between a brand new Game of Thrones season opener and a delightful Veep premiere, HBO regaled viewers with Silicon Valley, Mike Judge’s new show about the eponymous tech epicenter.

Few have tried to present America’s tech scene on TV or film, and even fewer have succeeded. Combine that with the fact that Mike Judge, of Beavis and ButtheadOffice Space and Idiocracy fame, is the show’s creator, and you have one of the most highly anticipated series premieres of the year.

The half-hour comedy is showing Sunday nights at 10 p.m. (or any time after 10:30 if you’ve managed to date someone with an HBOGO password in the last year or so). Betabeat will be watching each episode and recapping it with a conversation between Molly Mulshine, Jordyn Taylor and Jack Smith IV. Read More

XXX in Tech

These Two Are Seriously Trying to Get College Bros to Pay For Porn

Mr. Glass and Ms. drake, crime fighting duo. (Photo used with permission from Mr. Glass and Ms. drake's PR)

Nate Glass and jessica drake aren’t your average guest lecturers at college. Together, they’re visiting college campuses in different parts of the country, spreading the word about the harmful effects of pirating porn, beyond just a sore right arm. That’s right — they’re trying to get broke college kids to start paying for porn.

What’s in it for them? Mr. Glass is the creator of Takedown Piracy, an organization that combats the illegal piracy of porn. Ms. drake — who prefers that her name remain in lower case — is a porn performer, and has written and directed porn and sex-ed videos. She’s experienced countless instances of piracy firsthand. Read More