Keeping On

Uber Gets New Logo, Preps for Europe Launch. But Is the Startup Phoning It In in New York?


On-demand car service Uber has had a bit of trouble seguing into New York and now even has competition on its tail in the upstart Groundlink. Betabeat broke the story that two of the three Uber employees resigned in September, just four months after the office opened. Now the company is gearing up for a launch in Europe (a landgrab for the mobile app enabled car service market) and this morning revealed a new logo. “Words that come to mind:¬†Distinguished, Efficient, Elegant, Convenient, Modern, Luxurious, Quality, Service, Baller, Like-Woah,” says Uber in the announcement. Read More

Sounds of the City

The NYC Nomad Heads to Berlin on a SoundCloud ‘Fellowship’

Mr. Nomad.

SoundCloud, the Berlin-based audio platform that keeps showing up at hackathons and partnering with various New York start-ups, is piloting a Community Fellowship Program–an effort to cultivate its community by bringing highly-active users to hang out in Berlin.

The delegate from New York?¬†Edward Casabian, better known as the NYC Nomad, who has been crashing on couches in different New York neighborhoods and blogging about the people he meets for more than a year. So far he’s been to 41; his goal is to do 52 of the 250-some neighborhoods in the city, one for every week in a year.

About a month ago, Mr. Casabian started using the SoundCloud mobile app to add an auditory element to his diaries.  Read More