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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]

Maker Week ==> Sep 16 H/w Startups, Sep 17 MakerCon, Sep 20 MakerFaire.

Fashion Week ==> Loved Carrie Hammer fashion show last wk w/ friends Heather Marie, Rachel Sklar, Nithya Das, Dina Kaplan & Leah Hunter rocking the runway! :) Sep 10 Nolcha Fashion Week (indie designer runway shows), 3 Free VIP Passes to Fashion Lounge + am hosting closing party @ Empire Rooftop.

In middle of 36th St in Astoria / LIC is awesome QNS Collective, FIRST coworking space in Queens / LIC :) Its run by my friends Argentina Flores & David Sanders. Fri is their Launch Party & next wk they’re hosting QNS Cowork Week (1st coworking week in NYC) w/ FREE coworking, Street Crawl, Whiskey & Drones, Convo w/ Frank The Butcher, Film Screening Starla by Rik Cordero & more. Y’should go, yo! :) Read More

hbo's silicon valley

New ‘Hooli’ App Is Just Begging For an HBO Lawsuit

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What is Hooli, exactly? In the words of Gavin Belson, “Hooli is about people. Hooli is about innovative technology that makes a difference. Transforming the world as we know it.” Thing is, Gavin Belson isn’t real, and until today, neither was Hooli.

A small team led by Techstars veterens has created an app called Hooli, named after the Google stand-in from HBO’s Silicon Valley. The new IRL Hooli, which launches today, is a collaborative chat app that allows you to manage teams and meetings — a familiar pitch to anyone who’s familiar with Stewart Butterfield’s meteorically popular Slack. It could even have a shot at success, if Slack wasn’t already the favorite unicorn app in the team management space. Read More

Quantify Yoself!

If You Want to Know What Keeps You Happy, This App Could Help You Find Out

Happyness will show you how happy you are day-to-day. That is, if you actually stick to it. (Image via formatbrain)

There’s an app to quantify, measure and keep track of every facet of our lives: our schedules, our bodies, even our vital signs. But at the end of the day, isn’t your well-being the only thing that really matters? No sweat, we’re gonna quantify that, too.

Happyness is a free iOS app that serves as an analytics dashboard for your state of mind. The app was made by a trio of U.C. Berkeley students who wanted to make something useful instead of slogging through a summer internship. Read More

An App for That

This App Schedules Your Coffee Dates Without Dozens of Awkward One-Line Emails

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Scheduling a coffee date can be a logistical nightmare, a whirling dance of quick back-and-forth emails: “Where should we go?”; “What neighborhood are you in?”; “Do you have a favorite spot?”; “You pick the place, I’ll be there!”; “What time is best for you?”; and finally the sociopathic, “I’m up for anything!”

Up For Coffee is an app that wants to streamline the whole process so that you can skip the chatter and save time for more important daily hassles. It was created by founder Brian Mitchell, who bootstrapped the production costs to build the app as a side-project. Read More

The Future Will See You Now

Monkeys Have Their Own Version of YouTube Where They Teach Each Other Tricks

It's the monkey how-to series. (YouTube)

Humans have been watching videos to learn how to fishtail their hair and photoshop their heads onto others’ bodies for quite some time, but a recent study shows that we’re not the only ones who can learn this way.

A group of Brazilian marmosets learned to open boxes for rewards after watching how-to videos of other marmosets performing the same actions, Nature reports. Read More

XXX in Tech

Gerbils and Gay Bombs: 10 of the Most Obscure Sex Articles on Wikipedia

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With Wikipedia providing 24/7 access to information about  everything, chances are you’ve used the site to build up your wealth of sexual knowledge at least once. From pages on the basics looked up by preteens to articles on the type of arcane sex move you first heard of in a movie staring Russell Brand, Seth Rogen or someone of that sort, it’s all there. While on an adventure through the depths of Wikipedia, Betabeat discovered some of the most obscure and little-known articles relating to sex. Here they are: Read More


Guess What: You Don’t “Implement” Innovation. It’s Created Through Principles.

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Let’s talk about innovation and creativity, a topic that is on my mind in the lead up to my Re:Think Innovation workshop later this month.

When I talk to business executives, conversations inevitably get on to the topic of innovation. Before they can ask me about innovation, I ask them what they are developing and how they are going about it? They hear an innovation question and respond with a list of what they are doing to foster innovation. Read More

This Means War

Uber Who? Gett Slashes All Manhattan Cab Prices to $10 Flat

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When two companies like Uber and Lyft battle it out in loud debates about allegations of sabotage, it can be easy to be distracted from the other contenders. That is, until one of them fires a warning shot in the air to remind everyone that they’re not happy playing third wheel.

Black car app Gett told Betabeat that as of this morning, all rides within Manhattan will cost $10 for the rest of 2014, no matter how far they are or how long they take. Read More