Secondary Markets

Startup Takes Your Personal Data, Forces Brands To Compete To Sell You Stuff

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We know that Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, and other services leverage our data to benefit from marketers and advertisers. But a new startup called OwnOut wants to help you get in on the action by leveraging your own data to pit brands against each other in a fight for your loyalty.

“We help brands steal customers,” OwnOut Founder Mike Grassotti said yesterday — nine times actually — at a presentation for ERA Demo Day.

It works like this: customers give over their email account so OwnOut can go in and examine their purchasing habits. If that seems scary, consider: you’ve likely already given that data away to other online services — OwnOut just wants you to benefit directly. Read More

Demo Day

Now We’re Disrupting Juice and Coffee: Meet ERA’s Graduating Class of Startups

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Down by the frigid waterfront in Chelsea this morning, investors, engineers and entrepreneurs convened on IAC Headquarters to listen to the latest batch of startup superstars pitch their companies at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator’s Demo Day.

The startups of ERA’s Winter 2014 class presented their services and business plans to a crowd of over 800. Each company spent about fifteen minutes on stage giving their pitches — prepared for with the help of presentation coaches — to a packed room of techies and potential investors. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week — Tribeca Film Festival Innovation Week, Mobile Week, Data Driven, SendGrid

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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.

Solve big issues in Education, Healthcare, Sustainability & Transportation? ==> Verizon Powerful Answers Award. $1 million / winner! ;) Apply by June 30. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (NYC Tech Holiday Party, Startup Weekend Holiday Party, Data Driven, Startup Battles, NJ Tech)

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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.

This Thursday, I’m co-hosting 3rd Annual NYC Tech Holiday Party with my buddies Michael Gold (Empirically) & Graham Lawler (Ultralight Startups) at Mister H @ Mondrian SoHo. I am giving away 25 free passes! And on Friday, I’m cohosting another holiday party with StartupWeekend, Swill, StrategyHack & others!

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Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Decoded Fashion, Silicon Harlem Summer Soiree, Brooklyn Tech, Entrepreneurs Roundtable, Girl Geek Dinner, Civic Hack Night)

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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.

Don’t miss this week… Decoded Fashion: Connecting Shoppers Offline & Online (with Greycroft’s Ellie Wheeler, demos by Nomi and Styloola, and I’m giving away five FREE passes) on August 29. Silicon Harlem Summer Soiree on August 29. And #CivicHackNight on August 29. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Queens Tech Meetup, Ladies Who Code, Venetian Masquerade Ball, Enterprise Tech, Entrepreneurs Roundtable, SLC Camp)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of Gary’s Guide 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.

Hi folks,

The Worldwide Investor Network (WIN) is organizing a first-of-its-kind two-day event on November 13 and 14, bringing together global ecosystem in which 10 top overseas accelerator graduates and exceptional startups will be engaging and pitching the New York venture community. If interested in applying, here’s the link (the deadline is October 18). And for any local entrepreneurs who want to attend, use the promo code “win2012″ for 30 percent off (valid until October 31).

The good folks at Taap.it are providing startup founders with free iPhone 5 cases custom engraved with their names and those of their startups. Nice! Interested? Go sign up here. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Cleanweb Hackathon, Queens Tech Meetup, Entrepreneurs Roundtable, NYC Startup Job Fair, Maker Faire, Open Hardware Summit)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of Gary’s Guide 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.

K-pop singing sensation Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video (you know, the one with the horse dance) just blew past 250 million views and recently set a Guinness World Record for most-liked video on Youtube–and yet it shows no signs of slowing down. So some of my Silicon Valley friends decided to join in on the fun and create their very own “Gangnam STARTUP Style!” version :)

This West Coast reinterpretation stars Ben Parr, Dave McClure, Danielle Morrill, Seth Bannon, Kate Click, Chris Saad, Heather Meeker, Amy Higgins and a whole bunch of folks. Highlights include Dave McClure wearing a giant bowtie and a skirt (or is that a kilt?), David Hornik’s cameo appearance on a bicycle and the inimitable Ben Parr channeling Psy (outside Google’s Android building) so well he just might have a new career on his hands! Read More

Accelerators

The Graduates of ERA’s Demo Day Want to Solve All Your Problems, from Paperwork to Catering

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Well, here we are again: Time to unleash a new class of freshly minted accelerator graduates upon the New York tech scene. This morning investors, reporters and supporters gathered in the Starfleet Academy-like environs of IAC’s Chelsea headquarters for Demo Day.

But first, a few facts and figures from managing director Murat Aktihanoglu re: the state Read More

Accelerators

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Announces Class for Second Accelerator

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The first class to graduate from the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator summer 2011 program nabbed funding from venture shops like First Round Capital, ff Venture Capital, High Peaks Venture Partners, Lerer Ventures, Lightbank and RRE Ventures. Today ERA announced its second class, a group of ten young companies, some of whom Betabeat has met before. (Although Dibsie, an interactive shopping catalog, was a finalist on Betabeat’s first original webseries, The Pitch.) You can meet all the new startups and find their websites below. All the companies get a $25,000 investment, office space in Times Square and access to ERA’s group of more than 200 mentors. Read More