5 Minute Pitches
Unless your company is driven by big-name investors, it can be difficult to get press coverage for your fledgling startup until you’ve raised a significant amount of funding or kicked up some controversy. At least that’s the theory behind 5in5NYC, a new web series from entrepreneurs Eric Skiff and Kunal Shah that spotlights some of New York’s most compelling budding companies.
If you hadn’t heard, office space in New York is increasingly hard to come by. The Hatchery, the startup advisory firm behind the infamously rigorous pitch events “Are You Serious?” and The Gauntlet, wants to help with that–and a whole host of other problems early-stage startups have to deal with, such as finding customers and growing revenue.
To that end, Hatchery founder Yao-Hui Huang is launching the Hatchery 500, named after the space’s address at 500 Seventh Avenue at 37th Street. The 16,000 square foot space offers shared desks ($450/month), dedicated desks ($850/month), and offices (starting at $3,100/month). There are plasma-enabled conference rooms and a 1 gig+ fiber connection. But the real draw is likely the collaborative milieu, which includes events, workshops and the chance to apply to something called the Sweat Fund. Please allow Ms. Huang to explain.
It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It
Of the many announcements to emerge from F8 –Spotify is now integrated with Facebook! Netflix is now integrated with Facebook! You can “watch” and “read” things instead of just “like”ing them! Things are just really different, okay?Good luck not friending your Mom, because she’ll be on there soon!– was Facebook’s Timeline.
Rather than having to hit “Older Posts” again and again, Timeline lets you stalk with the greatest of ease by arranging a user’s information in chronological order. As AllThingsD‘s Ina Fried notes, it also lets you pick a big, About.me-like cover photo for your life story.
Mark Zuckerberg introduced the feature with pictures of a toddler Zuck in pink tie and suspenders–and nary a thought about privacy in his head. But from the looks of the Facebook blog, it was former Brooklyn boy Drop.io founder Sam Lessin (now a product manager at Facebook, which acqui-hired him in last October) who was in charge of the feature.