Vending Machines in Taxis and Fitting Rooms on the Web Win NYC Next Idea Contest

Margarita Shinder of Ana Lyse Technology

Two crazy, brand new startups each won $17,500 and six months of free office space at the NYC Next Idea competition held yesterday at Columbia University.

Both businesses have big ideas to disrupt already established markets, but in very different ways. TaxiTreats, a New York City two-man four person startup with 18 followers and zero activity on Twitter, wants to put vending machines in taxis.

Stylsize, based out of Queen’s College in Kingston Ontario, uses augmented reality to better guess out of how clothes will fit when shopping online. A quick Google search with any combination of “Stylsize,” “fashion,” “Kingston, Ontario” and “Queen’s College” yields not even a whisper, not even a landing page. Apparently when cofounder Dan McCann told Betabeat Stylsize was operating in secret, he really meant it. Read More

Metro Tech

New York City Gets Its First Ever Entrepreneur In Residence, Steven Rosenbaum

The man in the middle

Ahhh, the EIR. It’s one of those amazingly vague and flexible positions that only exist in the tech industry. Part liaison, part networking hub, part founder, part investor (typically). As Mayor Bloomberg continues his quest to cuddle up to Silicon Alley, the New York City Economic Development Corporation has announced its first ever entrepreneur in residence, or in the EDC’s case “entrepreneur at large” Steven Rosenbaum, the founder and CEO of Magnify.net and creator of the recent 9/11 memorial app. Read More

Tech and the City

This Is Good: City Hiring Entrepreneur-At-Large to Help It Get a Clue

city hall

The government of New York City is hiring an entrepreneur “to act as our liaison in the NYC tech startup community, providing thought partnership and industry expertise, as well as attending events and gathering feedback from the community on our programs.” It’s a six-month, part-time gig–the city wants its EAL to keep working on his or her start-up while explaining how to make more internet jobs.

Brad Hargreaves from General Assembly; Dawn Barber of New York Tech Meetup, David Tisch of TechStars, David Rose of New York Angels and Charlie O’Donnell of First Round Capital will help the city make its choice.