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Rumor Roundup: Katy Perry Wins Twitter and Somebody Likes Venmo Lucas

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ROAR. Our imaginary girlfriend Katy Perry has just become the first person to hit the 50 million follower mark on Twitter. She’s followed closely by the Biebs, at 49.2 million followers, and Barack Obama, at 41.2 million followers.

#H8rs will point out that a bunch of Katy’s followers are reportedly fake, spam or inactive accounts, but those people are probably just depressed that nobody retweeted their snarky Dark Horse Grammys joke. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Northside NExT, S.H.E. Summit, PandoMonthly Fred Wilson, NY Tech Meetup, Portuguese Tech Night, dd:Collective)

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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] garysguide.com.

This season of Game of Thrones may be over, but I’ve got ya covered. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Foursquare’s Game of Cones! Summer is coming and the Battle for the Iron Cone is upon us!

This Thursday is the Northside Festival NExT Conference (featuring Uber’s Travis Kalanick and Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal). Register here for the FREE expo and also check out the hackathon on Friday. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (World Science Festival, Angelhack, Venture for America, dd:IMPACT, TechDrinkup, Public Hackathon, EDesign Hackathon, BigApps)

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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] garysguide.com.

As y’all know, today is Memorial Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Lemonade Heroes Yacht Party, DreamIt Health Road Show, Decoded Fashion Hackathon, Startup City, Digital Dumbo, Brooklyn Tech Meetup)

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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] garysguide.com.

Happy Community Manager Appreciation Day to all ye community managers out there! You guys ‘n gals are on the front lines engaging with customers every day, putting out fires, making your customers smile, fostering conversation. Community is important and you guys are making it happen. Stay awesome! :) To celebrate, bitly is organizing a breakfast this Friday and later this month is the Community Manager UNconference.

My buddy Eyal and the good folks at WIN are organizing a must-attend conference later this month on February 21: Funding the Best in Global Innovation. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Mashable Media Summit, BI Ignition, Dwolla Derby Jackpot Party, Sanitation Hackathon, TechDrinkup)

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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] garysguide.com.

A couple of months ago, while attending the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to chat with a ton of upcoming startups, and I noticed a surprisingly higher-than-usual number of enterprise-focused companies. Yesterday Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson wrote an interesting post highlighting how the consumer web might be entering a stage of maturation as the action shifts from the desktop to mobile, where it’s becoming increasingly harder to reach scale. 500 Startups’ Dave McClure has an excellent rebuttal post on the topic. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Smash Summit, DreamIt Tech Olympics, Social Retail Summit, Queens Tech Meetup, Digital Dumbo, Fashion 2.0)

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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] garysguide.com.

So you all probably know about the High Line. But have you heard about the LowLine? Cofounders Dan Barasch and James Ramsey are aiming to convert an abandoned trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street into an extraordinary subterranean public park. That’s right–it’s an economic revitalization opportunity.

But it’s more than that. It also represents cutting-edge design and a new generation of green technology and  lies at the heart of a broader global discussion about the potential of remnant urban infrastructure and the need for cities to reinvent the meaning of space–above and below ground.

So go check it out, get involved and if you’re living it up in the Hamptons these days, make it out to their Cocktail Fundraiser at Water Mill on August 4, organized by Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital and others.

Don’t forget to sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom, either–that is, if you haven’t already done so. It’s being signed by all of us folks who believe that a free and open Internet can bring about a better world!

And now let’s see whats going down in the Alley this week… Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Entrepreneurs Roundtable, Digital Dumbo dd:Impact, BMWi Future Mobility, Women 2.0 Founder Friday)

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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] garysguide.com.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and a chance to catch your breath after all the craziness of the past few weeks!

In case you missed it, here are my highlights blog posts for Internet Week (nerd proms, rooftop parties, Will Arnett DJ’ing, Michael Stipe sightings) and The Webby Awards (Steve Jobs tribute, Richard Dreyfuss, Bjork, Patton Oswalt, cat memes).

The Annual User Experience Awards #UXAwards is coming up soon on June 12. It’ll showcase great user experience in digital products and services. An all-star jury including Union Square Ventures, Google, AOL, Razorfish, Huffington Post, Creative Good, UPA and IXDA and followed by a cocktail reception. Get your tickets now.

And now let’s see whats going down in the world of Silicon Alley tech this week… Read More

Office Space

Has Digital Dumbo Reached Maximum Capacity? Techies Drive Down Vacancy Rates for Office Space

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At an industry breakfast yesterday, the commercial real estate brokers at Cushman & Wakefield announced that New York City has reached a tipping point: For the first time since 1999, the information and media sector (including technology) beat out financial services terms of office leasing.

In the first quarter of 2012, information and media accounted for 27.8 percent of office leasing by square footage, compared to the financial sector’s 26.3 percent. “New York is not just a financial town anymore,” Cushman’s managing director Ken McCarthy told the Real Deal.

You don’t have to tell Dumbo. Yesterday, the Brooklyn Paper reported that commercial vacancy rates in the neighborhood are down to 2 percent, prompting city planners to try to make Downtown more appealing to Brooklyn’s creative class. “Everyone in the tech industry wants to be in DUMBO,” said the paper. And here we thought the ideal spot was spitting distance from Union Square Ventures. Read More

Digital Dumbo

Oh So Digital! Web Dev Shops Flock to Dumbo

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Dumbo—the quasi-acronym for “Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass”—is the former manufacturing neighborhood in Brooklyn that’s recently taken on the nickname “Silicon Beach,” and it continues to rack up digital cred. Despite slim pickings for good restaurants and coffee shops, the sleepy neighborhood is looking more and more like a sliver of the Bay Area nestled within the better borough. Trailblazers Etsy, Huge LLC and Wireless Generation have expanded their leases and new tenants are signing on, including Armchair Studio, LLC, a graphic design, communications and computer programming company and Type/Code LLC, an interaction design and development company.  Read More