If you’d looked for Anastasia Leng five years ago, you’d find her on Google’s New Business Development team in London, working on products like Google Wallet and Google Chrome years before they were released to the public.
But when we found Ms. Leng, it was in the tiny Manhattan office of Hatch, the ecommerce company she founded with fellow ex-Googler Ryan Hayward. Ms. Leng is also Hatch’s chief business officer. Launched in November 2012 — just a few months after Ms. Leng quit her job at Google — the site lets users commission personalized gifts from vetted makers, artists and designers.
Ever wonder what it would be like to quit your high paying job to start a company, then watch it get rejected by five rich strangers on Shark Tank?
Us, too. So we caught up with Lori Cheek, the entrepreneur whose dating service, Cheek’d, met exactly that fate on the network TV show last Friday.
Sex Drugs and Code
Austin Kleon has just released his latest book, Show Your Work, which is a manual for artists and entrepreneurs that hate the idea of self-promotion, but want to find an audience for their work. If you want your work to get discovered, here are Austin Kleon’s 10 rules for sharing like an artist. Read More
Law and Order
Provigil, the Adderall-like drug used to combat sleepiness, is experiencing a resurrgence fit for our maximum-efficiency lifestyle. Back in 2008, TechCrunch cofounder Michael Arrington penned a post about how Silicon Valley entrepreneurs were increasingly using the prescription pill to stay awake for long periods at a time and focus better. Now, New York Magazine reports Provigil is making a comeback among traders and entrepreneurs, some of whom affectionately refer to it as “Viagra for the Brain.”
It might be election season, but whatevs, why not go ahead and flirt with a third rail? The Wall Street Journal reports that several senators are introducing legislation that would create a visa strictly for entrepreneurs, as well as making it easier for those with post-grad STEM degrees to stay in the U.S. Hey, it is going to take some time to get CornellNYC Tech up and running, even if Google is loaning them space. And if the developer perk wars are any indication, every engineer helps.