FedEx Ask an Expert

David Fudge


David Fudge is the Director of Brand Marketing for Bonobos, the largest Internet-launched apparel brand in the U.S. He leads the brand’s marketing efforts across all consumer touch points from social media to emails and brand campaigns developing new and innovative marketing practices that engage customers.

Friday, February 22nd at noon

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James Wahba


James Wahba is the co-founder and CEO of Projective Space, an entrepreneurial community and coworking space for over 60 tech startups, with two New York City locations. Mr. Wahba’s background includes real estate development, business investments and launching tech startups. He is currently an investor in the Brooklyn-based restaurant, ISA.

Friday, March 1st at noon

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Jennifer Berrent


Jennifer Berrent has been working with emerging companies in particular for more than 15 years and is focused on serving as trusted advisor to entrepreneurs and the NYC entrepreneurial community. She represents first-time and serial entrepreneurs, as well as early stage investors and venture capital funds.

Friday, March 8th at noon

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Jonny Bauer


Jonny Bauer is Chief Strategy Officer at global advertising agency Droga5, a three-time Agency of the Year winner and one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies for 2013. He is responsible for building and overseeing the strategic function at Droga5, including all brand, digital, media and IP thinking for the agency. With a career spanning four continents, Jonny has helped create some of the most effective and innovative marketing of the past decade.

Friday, March 15th at noon

Tech Blogs

As Tech Blogs Turn: Will AOL Sell Engadget and TechCrunch?


When it comes to tech blogs, your granny’s favorite dial-up provider, AOL, is always good for some surprising news. Tonight Sarah Lacy’s PandoDaily is reporting possible new drama in the offing. According to Ms. Lacy, “two independent sources” have confirmed that AOL is considering selling off both Engadget and TechCrunch. “The two would likely be sold together as AOL Tech,” writes Ms. Lacy, “possibly including smaller assets like TUAW and Joystiq.” Read More

Manhattan Transfers

Google Exec Strategizes Way Into $4.1 M Pad On Central Park West

An old-fashioned home for a high-tech woman

We bet that Laura Nissenbaum Slabin googled 239 Central Park West as soon as she saw the listing for the Upper West Side co-op.

The head of global brand strategy and commercialization for the benevolent internet behemoth must have liked what she found, because she and her husband Andrew Slabin, who works at hedge fund GLG Partners, just bought an 8-room co-op from Leigh Butler for $4.17 million, according to city records. Read More

TV on the Internet

Seth Meyers Gets Animated During Hulu’s Upfronts

Seth Meyers unveils 'The Awesomes' for Hulu (Getty Images)

As an increasing segment of the population cancel their cable subscription and subsist on a diet of television and films streamed through their laptops, Internet video sites like Hulu and Netflix have hastily bid on a slew of original series in the hopes that one day soon, nobody will use their televisions unless Roku is involved.

While Netflix is funding series that appeal to a cult fan base–a new season of Arrested Development, House of Cards, Lilyhammer (already renewed for a second season), and Hemlock Grove– Hulu’s recent acquisitions point to a wide-net marketing strategy:  accessible shows for an audience of TV viewers who want more of the same.

Today, during Hulu’s upfronts, viewers got a brief glimpse of The Awesomes,  an animated series by Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers. Read More

Lease Beat

Appssavvy Doubles in Size at 594 Broadway

594 Broadway

The online advertising company Appssavvy has doubled its space at 594 Broadway The Commercial Observer has learned.

A source with knowledge of the lease said that Appssavvy took about 10,000 square feet on the second floor of the roughly 210,000 square foot building. Asking rents at the property are in the mid $40s per square foot. Read More


Francis Bean Cobain on Supposed Dave Grohl Seduction: ‘Twitter Should Ban My Mother’


In a barrage of barely legible Tweets, Courtney Love recently (hysterically, sadly) told followers of her locked Twitter account that former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl had "hit on" her 19 year-old daughter, Francis Bean Cobain. This is scandalous because Grohl was once the drummer in a band you may have heard of (Nirvana) with Ms. Cobain's deceased father (Kurt Cobain).

In statement emailed by her representatives, Ms. Cobain—an artist who shows under the name Fiddle Tim—has denied her mother's accusation, explaining: Read More

Lease Beat

eBay, Hunch, Take 35,000 Square Feet Office at 625 Avenue of the Americas

625 Avenue of the Americas.

eBay has completed a deal to take the entire third floor of 625 Avenue of the Americas, a 35,156-square-foot space.

The online auction and shopping company plans to use the office as an outpost for the online information-sharing website Hunch it recently acquired.

eBay signed a deal to take the space for 10 years for rents in the low $50s per square foot. The company was able to secure about seven months of free rent in the deal and a $45 per square foot contribution from the landlord, Chelsea Green Associates, to help cover the cost of outfitting the space with an office installation.

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