Tech for the Holidays

Confuse Your Grandma This Christmas By Giving Her One of These Internet Meme Gifts


Back Friday, Cyber Monday and the entire month of December are right around the corner, which means it’s almost time to exhaust both your energy and your expendable income buying gifts.

Rather than choosing generic holiday presents like scarves, bathrobes and chocolate this holiday season, consider something a little more viral — we’re talking about memes. Read More

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Getting A Tech Job: Advice From Brooklyn’s Startup All-Stars

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Advice for young techies and entrepreneurs is often cliche and abundant: ‘start something’; ‘fail early and often’; ‘don’t rely too much on your degree’. But when you hear it from the top tech leaders in New York City, it’s enough to make you stop and listen.

This morning in DUMBO, Brooklyn Tech Triangle kicked off Tech Triangle U, a series of talks, “speed dating” sessions, and hackathons to connect soon-to-be college graduates with the tech scene in Brooklyn. For the opening keynote, Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s New Tech City, asked Brooklyn’s top names in tech about what they consider when hiring. Read More


Etsy Sellers Are Allowed to Mass Produce Their Sepia-Toned Wares Now


Etsy has always been the Hannah Horvath to eBay’s Lena Dunham–kinda similar to the shiny successful one, but more disheveled and without anything valuable to offer besides spunk and quirkiness.

Well, now Etsy’s DIY vibe is giving way at least a little bit. The fake-bird-glued-to-a-stick marketplace said on Tuesday that its sellers are now permitted to sell items that are produced by “manufacturing partners,” USA Today reports, meaning your bedazzled bridesmaid undies might be–gasp!–mass produced from now on. Also, sellers are now allowed to hire staff and have other companies ship their goods. Read More

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Startup Rundown: Food52 Doles Out Provisions and Etsy Makes it Virtually Impossible Not To Online Shop

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Blippar crosses the pond Introducing Blippar: the new advertising tool that’s kind of like a QR scanner, but cooler. The UK-based augmented reality app—now with offices in New York—helps companies create sweet, interactive advertisements. Using the Blippar app, consumers can scan (or “blipp”) special images, and watch as they instantaneously convert into videos, polls, Read More


Booting Up: Etsy is Big In Alaska (and Everywhere Else)


Etsy community sales topped $895 million last year, according to CEO Chad Dickerson. Who bought? The knit scarf-wearing citizens of Alaska and Massachusetts more than pulled their weight. [Etsy]

Meanwhile, pour out a little bit of Earl Grey for Regretsy, as the craft-snark blog is shuttering. Wrote founder April Winchell in a blog post: “After three and a half years, I’ve said everything I have to say about it, and now we’re just Bedazzling a dead horse.” [The Daily Dot]

The nice thing about a Yahoo earnings call, if you’re Kara Swisher, is that you don’t have to hide in the vents to hear what Marissa Mayer is saying. The good news: Yahoo beat Wall Street estimates. The bad: Revenue was flat, and oh, can someone do something about that pre-call elevator music? [AllThingsD]

That was a short-lived experiment: Months after Tumblr gave users the option of paying $5 to pin content to the top of followers’ dashboards, the pay-to-pin feature has been abandoned. [The Daily Dot]

This hardware will self-destruct: the Pentagon is interested in military hardware “capable of physically disappearing in a controlled, triggerable manner”—the better to keep enemies from collecting and reverse-engineering the detritus of war. [Wired]

Less than a week after Twitter launched Vine, the video-sharing app it acquired last year, the company went back to the acquisition well, announcing a deal for Crashlytics, which tracks bad code when apps fail. [Business Insider]

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Startup News: Etsy Goes Shopping for a Twee App Maker and Dwolla Goes to the Gov

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Shopping Site Goes Shopping Back in 2011, Khoi Vinh, the former design director for The New York Times’s website, attempted to launch an iPad collage maker called Mixel that even Taylor Swift would love. The interface was kind of clunky, and the company soon pivoted to a smoother iPhone product, which became fairly successful. And now Mixel has been acquired by the custom product giant Etsy.

No, you won’t be creating any collages of your twee collectables any time soon. According to AllThingsD, The Mixel team is being acquired for its stellar mobile talents. Mr. Vinh and his cofounder Scott Ostler, along with employees Akiva Leffert and Roy Stanfield, will all make the move to Etsy’s Brooklyn offices. Mixel will be shutting down the social side of its app, but will leave up its collage-making tool. In an email to Betabeat, Etsy CTO Kellan Elliot-McCrea explains, “We expect our mobile traffic to surpass desktop traffic by the end of 2014.”  Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (The “Sponsor Gary’s Red Tie @ SXSW” Edition!)


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]

Sooooo…it’s that time of the year again. SXSW (a.k.a. Spring Break for Geeks) is right around the corner, running March 8 to 12 in Austin, Texas. And you know what that means: Parties, parties ‘n more parties!! :) So, once again, we’re putting together what we hope will be THE definitive guide to all this year’s SXSW Interactive parties. We’ll be updating this list regularly, so check back often. And email me if you’re organizing an event or a party. Read More