Ride or Die
Last year, the New York City Economic Development Council gave a local business school student a $17,500 grant to fund what was basically the best idea ever: Miniature vending machines, sized to fit snugly in the backseat of a taxi, ready to dispense items that New Yorkers on the go really need.
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.
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.
Tech and the City
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.