The Start-Up Rundown
Full disclosure: This reporter lives in the East Village. Which is how she knows the neighborhood is a total hotbed of tech hangin’. Venues in the area are teeming with Foursquare tips left by Naveen and Caro. Free wifi abounds. Techies spotted serendipitously after hours in the East Village include Dennis Crowley on multiple occasions, as well as GroupMe co-founder Steve Martocci and Chris Poole.
Summery/summary news from New York’s start-up scene.
OYSTER REVIVAL. Oyster.com, the start-up that flamed out after its model of sending reviewers to photograph and secret shop hotels one-by-one proved hellishly expensive and unscalable AND THEN recently bounced back with new funding and partnership with the Travel Channel, has launched the “first-ever photo-powered hotel search engine.” Oyster Shots “is a seamless way to explore Oyster.com’s quickly growing database of exclusive, high-resolution, undoctored photos of vacation destinations around the world.”
INAUGURAL EAST VILLAGE TECH MEETUP: Betabeat runs into founders and techies in the East Village on the regular and it’s arguably the neighborhood with the richest Foursquare data, so we’re surprised that this never existed before. So no surprised that 71 techies have RSVP’ed. Little worried about the capacity at d.b.a., where the meetup is happening Thursday at 6 p.m., though.