A startup accelerator is not so different from a reality TV competition, when you think about it. And no one can say Betabeat hasn’t.
You have a set period of time, an overeager stable of contestants (co-founders), a panel of judges dangling your future in their hands (investors), a big fat prize at the end (financing), oh yeah, and the pressure-cooking anxiety. The appeal of that built-in framework was not lost on Bloomberg reality TV producer Cameron Casey, who earlier this year tried to remake David Tisch and David Cohen into the Tyra Banks and Miss Jay of seed stage mentorship with TechStars reality show.
Perhaps do some pushback from entrepreneurs about having their late night ramblings and embarrassing pivots reduced to snippets on national TV, Mr. Casey is moving on to a city a little more primed for the vagaries of the small screen, if lacking a certain entrepreneurial cache. Read More
Although the tongue-in-cheek excitement of a reality show that substitutes David Tisch for Heidi Klum and Bloomberg for Bravo was lost on some people, exactly no one in the packed house at Fiddlesticks in the West Village last night seemed to give a hoot. They were too busy watching their friends–and themselves–show up on teevee for the New York tech scene’s illustrious small screen debut.
RRE Ventures footed the bar tab for a breathing-room only crowd that included the grinning founders of TechStars companies like OnSwipe’s Jason Baptiste and Shelby.tv’s Reece Pacheco, along with the usual suspects like GroupMe’s Steve Martocci and Jared Hecht and Aviary’s Alex Taub, and the adorable “Bubby” Tisch, the eldest of the three generations in attendance, who gamely sat near the screen in over-sized glasses watching her grandson getting the f7$%ing bleep bleeped out of him on Bloomberg TV. Read More