Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.
Congrats to NYC’s new mayor Bill de Blasio! Will he continue Bloomberg’s legacy as champion of Silicon Alley? A few proposed initiatives give cause for optimism … $150 million for STEM scholarships at CUNY, $100 million in seed money for startups, continued support of NYC tech campus projects, embracing Brooklyn Tech Triangle, and creating an office of talent acquisition and broadband for everyone.
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Goodbye to All That
Tumblr Goes Hard Taking a break from reblogging, faving and figuring out when their shares are going to vest, Tumblr employees threw themselves a cute little Halloween party. We spotted them sharing some photos on rival social network Twitter, but it looked like they were having a good time. The sales team dressed up as the cast of Spring Breakers, Betaworks’ golden child Poncho was spotted in the crowd and some jokester decided to be a Yahoo! employee. That forced smile and suit looks rigid enough to fit in the corporate world, so well done.
Today is my last day at Betabeat. I’m going to miss the site, the team and our lovely readers terribly, but there are a number of things I won’t miss about being a “tech blogger.” A few things that come to mind:
1. The words “pivot,” “disruption” and “game changing.”
2. Guys who try to hit Read More
Space the Final Frontier
Sometimes, when news is slow, Betabeat likes to imagine what the tech elite would be like should they appear on Bravo’s hugely successful reality TV franchise The Real Housewives. Would Sean Parker throw a glass at Zuck? Would Brit Morin flip her arts and crafts table in a fit of rosé rage? Will Elon Musk disappear for Read More
Finally, the final ingredient for our plans to go full Flight of the Phoenix. The New Scientist reports that NASA is currently seeking someone to come and get three 3,700-ton mobile launcher platforms, once used for Saturn V rockets then the space shuttle.
When the Department of Homeland Security seized the funds from Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox’s Dwolla account, we were unsure just how much was taken; now, according to court documents, that number totaled $2.9 million. [Gigaom]
Yesterday Twitter added “related headlines” to tweets, and everyone momentarily freaked out. [PandoDaily]
If you’re building an app that connects to Instagram, better not put “Insta” or “gram” in the title or else you’re gonna have a bad time. [Techcrunch]
Internet citizens, typically reasoned and level-headed when it comes to these sorts of things, freaked the fuck out yesterday when Amazon temporarily went down. [Fast Company]
Elon Musk’s Tesla Model S achieved the highest safety rating of any car. Ever. We like to imagine Mr. Musk celebrating with a lavish party on Mars. [Tesla]
Elon Musk’s Hyperloop plans are due to drop today. [BBC]
Twitter has hired a lobbyist and formed a PAC. [Washington Post]
LAX is the most checked-in place on Facebook. Airports dominate the top 10, except for Disneyland (no. 7) and Times Square (no. 10), which is no surprise to anyone trying to cross 42nd Street. [Skift]
God bless HTC’s marketing department for thinking an ad campaign starring Robert Downey Jr. and a cat can pull the company out of its nosedive. [Engadget]
“Can the Minerva Project do to Ivy League universities what Amazon did to Borders?” Keep dreaming. [Wall Street Journal]
Here’s audio of Tim Armstrong seemingly firing a man for taking his picture mid-layoffs. [Romenesko]
Follow the Money
Remember Ashton Kutcher, the huggable moptop from such comedy hits as Dude, Where’s My Car?, and That ’70s Show? Well, forget him. Forget he ever existed. Because the real Ashton Kutcher eats, sleeps and breathes tech and he always has, dummy.
You might have heard about the rollicking farce Mr. Kutcher is currently promoting, a film called Jobs. His part as the eponymous Steve Jobs “marks the all-in moment” solidifying his involvement in the tech world, CNet tells us. His foray into the industry began, of course, with his stint as “a popular Twitter user,” because that’s how all the greats get their start in tech.
Tesla Motors, the electric powered Hot Wheels for the rich, is having its stock elevated on the NASDAQ.
Bloomberg reports that the “worlds-best performing automotive” stock of 2013 is being added to the NASDAQ-100, an index of the largest non-financial stocks on the exchange, on July 15.
Grouper get together Last night Betabeat ventured to Chez André at The Standard for a popup speakeasy for Grouper, an online “social club” that matches groups of friends up with each other for a night out on the town. The crowd appeared to be populated by the well-groomed facet of the technology sector–maybe it was heavy on the fintech and fashtech arenas?–with besuited bros and well-dressed ladies sipping drinks from the open bar and swaying along to Icona Pop.