Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!
Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a relatively young industry, and like anything that makes the jump from analog to digital — gaming, print news, television, social interaction — the rules for teaching courses in the ol’ brick-and-mortar classroom don’t always apply online.
So, in order to find out how people are really using online Read More
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.
Holy kryptonite, Batman! Superman vs. Batman, the movie, is really happening. Snyder and Cavill are in, but the big question is, who’ll play the Dark Knight? Also, my money is on a Justice League film by 2017.
Don’t miss this week: Wednesday is Decoded Fashion’s Anniversary Startup Showcase with Firstmark’s Lawrence Lenihan (and I’m giving away five free passes). Thursday is the New York Times‘ Open Source Science Fair. Also on Thursday is the Art Directors Club Presents: Startup, with folks from Charity:Water, Piccolo, BKRY, Flixmaster and Barnum (and I’m giving awaythree free passes). Friday is BUZZtheBar Happy Hour (mention GarysGuide and get in free).
Fab is reportedly raising over $100 million, at a $1 billion valuation. That’s a jump from the $600 valuation the last time the company raised. [TechCrunch]
Netflix now has (just barely) more American subscribers than HBO. [Variety]
“Apple Inc. is facing an identity crisis on Wall Street.” Sounds dramatic. [Wall Street Journal]
Matthew Keys, who was indicted in March for allegedly conspiring with Anonymous to hack the L.A. Times website, has been fired from his job at Reuters. Apparently they didn’t like a parody Twitter account he created, or his tweets about the hunt for the marathon bombers. [Atlantic Wire]
There’s a startup that wants to disrupt raising your hand in class, FYI. [GigaOm]
New Education for the New Economy
No Sleep ‘Til Back in July, Betabeat revealed that Williamsburg-dwelling coworking space The Yard would be launching a General Assembly-like roster of classes–and at “Brooklyn prices,” no less. Well, the curriculum site is now live, with a full list of offerings. Examples include iOS app development for beginnings and Intro to Makerbot. A course on Kickstarter makes the joke about would-be creators of mason jar cocktail shakers almost too easy.
Your Digital Newsstand Now live: DuJour, an ultra-luxe magazine targeted to the rich and fabulous. Glossy photo shoots are all well and good, but DuJour hopes to distinguish itself by thoroughly integrating print and digital–meaning readers can finally click through to featured items that strike their fancy. Giving the pub a long leg up: A partnership with Gilt Group, which’ll allow the magazine to launch with a subscriber base of three million.
The latest edutech startup to see a cash infusion from eager investors: Schoology, which has raised $6 million in a round led by FirstMark Capital. Founded in 2009, the company–currently clocking in at one million users–peddles a collaborative learning platform available in a free version for teachers and a paid version for school districts. The investment brings their total funding-to-date to $9.3 million.