Jersey Shore

Sorry, NYC: Hoboken has a ‘Hip and Young and Hungry’ Tech Scene of Its Own

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“What’s a joke about Hoboken?” we mused aloud upon sitting down to write this post. “What isn’t a joke about Hoboken?” shot back our news editor, without missing a beat.

Fast Company thinks Hoboken has its own tech scene on its hands,” we responded.

“When have they ever had anything on their hands?” retorted The Observer‘s real estate reporter.

“If I write this I’ll never be able to go to Hoboken,” we considered.

“As if you’d want to,” spat the same reporter.

We weren’t just soliciting jokes about Hoboken for the fun of it. In fact, we were doing so for a very important reason–namely, a Fast Company piece published recently that rallies around Hoboken as a burgeoning “hip and young and hungry” tech beacon. Read More

The Third Degree

Quidsi Co-Founder Marc Lore on What Happens After Amazon Buys Your Company and His New Site YoYo.com

Mr. Bharara and Mr. Lore (right) via NJ.com

If you’ve seen the ads for BeautyBar.com (cosmetics) and Wag.com (pet care). Soap.com sends you stuff you don’t have time to pick up from the drug store.

It’s e-commerce play in an app economy that may be more closely associated with the dotcom era, except, you know, with much better margins. Quidsi, launched by friends Marc Lore and Vinit Bharara, is also known for its Zappos-rivaling customer service and rapid-fire delivery times, a particular obsession of Mr. Lore’s. That might be why Amazon, which owns Zappos, purchased Quidsi for $545 million last November. Read More