Office Space

Square To Open East Coast Headquarters in SoHo

375 W. Broadway (Screengrab: Google Maps)

Square, the company that makes those little white devices that enable small businesses to accept credit card payments, has just announced they’ll be opening East Coast headquarters in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, at 375 W. Broadway.

Since expanding to the city in October 2012, Square’s New York staff have been working from the offices of 80/20, the design agency Square acquired, at 121 Greene St. The new office will enable the company’s New York team to expand to more than 350 employees, a press release said. Read More

Going Mobile

Governor Cuomo Introduces New Traffic Tracking Mobile App for When Google Maps Isn’t Sufficient

No texting and driving for you! (Photo: Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

Betabeat has recently gotten into the habit of pulling up Google Maps’ traffic layer to see just how backed up the West Side Highway is when we stay long enough at the office to rationalize grabbing a cab back to Brooklyn. It usually works like a charm, and by using it we manage to avoid the all-red avenues, ratcheting down our fare.

But for those who prefer their traffic information state-sponsored, yesterday Governor Cuomo introduced a New York state mobile traffic app that can keep you up to date on jams in real time. Read More

Silicon Alley U

From Albany, With Love: Cuomo’s Council Wants to Help with Bloomberg’s Tech Campus

Cornell's rendering on Roosevelt Island.

Mayor Bloomberg isn’t the only one with a gleam in his eye when it comes to plans to build an applied sciences campus in the five boroughs. Albany wants to help the mayor get the project (a shining achievement in a troubled third-term) under way before he’s out of office.

To that end, the state economic development council Governor Cuomo put together to promote economic growth in New York City has declared the campus a “priority project.” Crain’s New York reports that the council of two dozen leaders in business, labor, and government plans on asking Albany for $40 million.

None of that money has been earmarked for the campus specifically, but the state might be able to assist in other ways. Read More