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10Gen’s Brandon Diamond Tells Us Why New York City Needed a Hackers Union

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At a town hall for NY Hackers this week, its founder Brandon Diamond announced the creation of the Hackers Union, a unifying non-profit resource for all engineers in New York City.

“We’re still sort of in the early stages of a self-sustaining engineering culture like you might find in San Francisco,” said Mr. Diamond, who also serves as associate director of NY Tech Meetup and a database kernel engineer at 10Gen (the company behind MongoDB). “Our goal is not to become the next big meetup. We want to consolidate all the activities into a central hub.”

The effort has already attracted a potential sponsor–a hedge fund, no less. Read More

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Dwight Merriman’s 10Gen Raises $20 M. From Sequoia and Union Square

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10Gen is not a startup you hear discussed often at cocktail parties, even the kind full of engineers. But Kevin Ryan has told Betabeat on more than one occassion that he believes 10Gen –which provide commercial support for MongoDB,  the increasingly popular open source NoSQL database– is the AlleyCorp company with the most potential in the long term.

10Gen has just raised a $20 million series D from Sequoia, FlyBridge and Union Square Ventures. Read More

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Renegade Silicon Alley Job Fair Getting Serious

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This thing has got legs. Just one day after meeting each other on the CC list of a rejection email, about 60 New York startups are making their own job fair a reality with a face to face meeting tomorrow.

In the meantime they have attracted support from heavyweights like Fred Wilson. “The renegade startup Read More