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Uber is on something of an acquisition spree in New York, but it doesn’t involve companies. Instead, l’enfant terrible of ride-sharing is acquiring people, and a specific type of people—those with government experience. Last week, the Daily News reported that the company had hired Matthew Wing, the former press secretary to Gov. Cuomo. And now Betabeat has learned that Uber has tapped another politically minded pro, Michael Allegretti, to be Director of Public Policy for New York. Mr. Allegretti will start next week with three goals: managing political relationships in New York, analyzing policy proposals and doing community-level hearts and minds work to “work Uber into the civic fabric of the city.”
“I’ve been watching Uber and the broader sharing economy for the better part of four years,” Mr. Allegretti told Betabeat, “and I think it represents the absolute best in tech, innovations, and the power of competition to improve services.”
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Remember that one startup “Hooli” that was peddling a weaker version of Slack, only with their name stolen from HBO’s Silicon Valley? Turns out, that’s not all they stole.
Team messaging app Opp.io said on their blog this week that Hooli.io has stolen their entire product concept. Check out this demonstration for Opp.io below, and then pop open Read More
Imgur’s come a long way from being the pet project of a redditor to being a massively lucrative company of over a dozen employees. But now that they’ve got a titanic VC from Andreessen Horowitz, those first five years are starting to look like a quiet first act.
In order to fill those $40 million boots, they’re building out a new advertising arm of their business. They’ve put up half a dozen listings for sales directors and creative strategists, and they’ve brought on Steve Patrizi, who recently took on native ads for LinkedIn and Pinterest, as the new VP of Market Development.
Late last year Morgan Stanley estimated that Facebook would generate over $1 billion via video ads. This estimate was made was before Facebook ever had a video ad product. In light of this information, its not surprising to see Facebook prioritizing its video player and aggressively encouraging brands to invest in their platform. Read More
For the Love of God Think of the Interns
The Kickstarter campaign’s been up for less than a week, but these smart earplugs have already almost doubled their $100,000 fundraising goal.
Created by three engineers at UCSD, “Hush” are purportedly the “world’s first smart earplugs.” With 28 days remaining in Hush’s Kickstarter campaign, the gadget has already raked in $195,003 at the time of publication.
When most kids decide on their summer internship, they have to ask themselves tough questions: Can I afford to take an unpaid internship? And which potential offer is most likely going to lead to a job down the road?
Young coders, however, are more likely to wonder if $20,000 for the summer is really that much better than $19,000.
When Jessica Shu, a 19-year-old wunderkind at Cornell, was weighing her options for the summer, she wanted to be damn sure of her options. After digging around Reddit, asking colleagues and messaging around, she compiled a list of what Silicon Valley’s hottest companies are offering their interns — or at least were last summer — and posted it to Hackathon Hackers, a student coder community.
Rise of the Drones
There’s something about ebook reading that’s still icky for some finicky readers who fancy themselves intellectuals. Maybe it’s that the ~handfeel~ of an iPad doesn’t stand up to the deckled edges of a Penguin Classics Deluxe edition, or that there’s no street cred from reading Capital in the Twenty-First Century if no one in Caffe Reggio can see the book jacket. But that doesn’t mean these readers can’t be won.
Oyster, an app that’s most often described as being “Netflix for Books,” is launching a literary magazine called The Oyster Review.
The new digital mag is the first brainchild of writer, editorial remixer and famed Internet Person Kevin Nguyen in his new role as Editorial Director for Oyster. Mr. Nguyen joined the startup a few months ago after he was poached from Amazon, where he put together the Best of the Month picks as a books editor.
Every college graduate has poured through entry level job listings that ask for “5+ years experience” and wondered, probably aloud and to his or her nagging family, “How is anyone supposed to get experience if every job already requires experience?” Listen, consider yourself lucky — consider how that conversation goes for drone pilots, whose entire industry didn’t even exist five years ago.
Amazon has open job listings for a “Flight Operations Engineer” who would be based in Cambridge, England. In the truly meaningless fashion of job boards, the job requires “5+ years of relevant aviation experience.”
Data crunchers over at Alibaba have discovered an unusual trend.
While looking at underwear sales earlier this summer, the e-commerce mega company’s analytics team noticed a correlation between women’s bra sizes and their spending power.
Well, this is terrifying, if true.
Two UK women are claiming their Halloween selfie at a London bar was photobombed by the ghost of an old woman, the Mirror reports. The so-called ghost appears to be an elderly woman in Victorian-era clothing, the women observed.