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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]

I recently visited a friend at her offices in Union Square. As she gave me the grand tour, she pointed at a room: “That used to be Andy Warhol’s office.” I paused. THE Andy Warhol? Yup! Apparently the building became home to Warhol’s Factory back in 1973. It struck me that in today’s world of Twitter and Instagram and fans and followers and micro-celebrities, Warhol’s “15 minutes of fame” quote had finally come true. Read More


Booting Up: Oh, to Be a Googler

Utopia? (Photo: Office Snapshots)

The Roosevelt Island campus is still in progress, but Cornell NYC Tech officially had its first day of classes yesterday at 20,000 feet of donated space at Google’s Chelsea HQ. Oh you fancy huh? [New York Times]

Now you can apply for a job at Google with just one click–as long as you have an actually updated and functional Google+ profile. So… nevermind. [The Next Web]

People are still getting fired for their social media presences so maybe keep that in mind next time you comment on a BuzzFeed article, Curtis Dee, manager at the Olive Garden. [New York Times]

How does Google keep its employees so happy? Its HR team, called People operations, uses data and social scientists to figure out which perks employees respond to the best. Yeah? Well… at Betabeat we have free coffee… [Slate]

You can no longer purchase gun-related promotions on Groupon, at least for now. [Business Insider]

Silicon Alley U

Eric Schmidt and Qualcomm Founder Irwin Jacobs Join Mayor Bloomberg As Advisors To Cornell NYC Tech

(Photo: CornellNYC Tech)

Cornell NYC Tech, the Ivy League school’s Technion assisted expansion onto Roosevelt Island, just got a huge PR boost from three big names. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Qualcomm Founder Irwin Jacobs, and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt have all been tapped to be advisors to the new tech campus.

Now they’re like the super-important ultra-rich white guy Avengers of Cornell.  Read More

Teach Me How to Startup

Cornell NYC Begins Accepting Applications for ‘Highly Selective’ Beta Class

Artist's rendering. (Image: Cornell University)

The starchitect-designed Roosevelt Island campus won’t be ready ’til sometime in 2017, but that doesn’t mean the embryonic staff of Cornell NYC Tech plans to sit around for the next half decade, twiddling their thumbs. A rolling stone gathers no moss! Time and tide wait for no man! Haven’t you heard there’s a tech talent crisis on?

Today Cornell University (with Mayor Bloomberg, naturally) announced that applications are now being accepted for the “beta class” of the school’s one-year Master of Engineering in computer science program. Classes commence in January 2013, in space borrowed from Google. So if you’ve been kicking the tires on a graduate degree, today could very well be your moment of glory.  Read More