This week on Silicon Valley, Jared Dunn dropped by to congratulate Richard, but Erlich told him to take a hike. Then, someone ordered a stripper named Mocachino, making the guys (and everyone else with a pulse) highly uncomfortable. Richard and Erlich met with Peter Gregory and blew it. Richard then decided to bring Jared aboard since it seems nobody in the “incubator” actually knows how to run a business. Read More
By Molly Mulshine 4/11 9:00am
By Molly Mulshine 4/10 9:00am
Liquor stores are overwhelming, and not just when you’re already drunk. There are just so many choices that, let’s be honest, are damn near impossible to differentiate.
Many imbibers will be swayed by the smoke and mirrors of clever bottle design and inflatable pirate displays. But for the more discerning customer, there must be a better way to try out new bottles without fear that they’ll suck. Read More
By Molly Mulshine 4/09 5:59pm
Finding a new job — what could be more of a drag? Between the résumé-tweaking, cover-letter-writing, endless interviews and uptight-professional dress code, seeking employment is the worst.
But New York City startup Uncubed is looking to change all that with the help of puppies, booze and startups that are cool enough to snag you a Tinder date, at the very least. They host job fairs for grown-ups throughout the U.S., with a New York City event set for April 17. Tickets cost $35 for attendees and $549 and up for companies. Half the companies walk away with at least one new hire, a rep told us, and many more offer jobs to people they’ve met at Uncubed in the following weeks. Read More
By Molly Mulshine 4/09 3:28pm
Social media fame is strange. Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube celebrities are kind of like reality TV stars, but with even more of an everyman feel. They’ve got low budgets and lower inhibitions, and they play characters online who are an extension of their own identities. Reading tweet after tweet, we begin to feel like we know them.
But we don’t. And meeting them in real life can be awkward. They’re not professional socializers, after all, or even traditional entertainers. They’re just people who, from the privacy of their homes, consistently craft tiny bits of entertainment for our consumption. They’ve mastered the art of connecting with people bit by bit, every day — but only when separated by the distance between two given iPhones. Read More
By Molly Mulshine 4/08 4:29pm
We overheard a lot of interviews about social media last night at the Shorty Awards. A hell of a lot. But there was one statement that really caught our attention.
Betabeat was standing next to Andrew W.K. while he was being interviewed by a video crew when we heard him say, “I really like Pinterest.”
Um, what?! Pinterest, the aspirational DIY site for former sorority girls? Pinterest, the fitspo mecca? Pinterest, the go-to destination for millennial bridezillas? We had to investigate. Read More
By Molly Mulshine 4/08 2:23pm
Last night’s Shorty Awards ceremony certainly wasn’t short on hyperactive Internet people jockeying for attention. All that manic energy can exhaust a gal, so we were thrilled when we spotted the comparably calm Matt Walsh, who plays beleaguered PR guy Mike on HBO’s Veep.
Relaxed and friendly, the founding Upright Citizens Brigade member stopped for a chat before presenting the awards for Vine of the Year and Vineographer. Read More
By Molly Mulshine 4/07 4:30pm
Because sometimes you just have to have a cupcake from that one artisanal bakery that pretends it doesn’t know what Seamless is, Uber has debuted a courier service.
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 Butthead, Office 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
By Molly Mulshine 4/07 11:19am
The White House is mulling a selfie ban so that President Barack Obama will never accidentally end up in a Samsung ad again.
Here’s the back story: Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz tweeted a seemingly innocuous selfie with the prez last Tuesday, the New York Daily News reports. It appeared to be spontaneous and charming — until the White House realized Mr. Ortiz has a deal with Samsung that includes PR photo ops like the Obama selfie. Read More