the startup rundown

Startup News: Fitocracy Mobilizes, Exfm Extends and Blueprint Health and Facebook Both Want You

Fitocracy goes mobile.

FITOCRACY MOBILE. “After what seems like an eternity, we’ve finally released the very first version of our mobile web app. That’s right, you can now log your workouts on the go if you have an iPhone or an Android phone!”

INCUBATE ME. Blueprint Health recently closed its fund and opened for applications.  “The program will be launching on Jan 9, 2012 with an application deadline of November 13.”

FACE ME. Facebook is hiring in New York. Via Inside Startups, the company is seeking a “Strategic Partner Development, Media” with “high levels of creativity and strategic thinking, extensive experience in the media industry, eight-or-more years experience, including 5 years of related partner or partner facing experience, a proven track record of initiating and successfully driving new business opportunities, exceptional communication and presentation skills.”

NEW MUSIC. Exfm is about to release its next major version, due out this afternoon. Look for a “push play music experiences available at ex.fm, new extensions for Firefox and Safari, plus a completely revamped one for Chrome” as well as a new embeddable site player for music blogs.

NEW GILT CITY. “Gilt City is excited to announce that we have acquired Joe Bastianich and Jeff Zalaznick’s upscale private dining booking engine, DinePrivate.com. Gilt City’s acquisition of DinePrivate.com will allow members access to over 90 of New York’s top private dining accommodations in restaurants such as Del Posto, Bluefin, Megu, Marc Forgione and Da Silvano.” Read More

the startup rundown

Startup News: Skillshare Shares New Courses and Tentative.ly Tentatively Launches

SHARE AND TELL. Skillshare is testing out “courses,” similar to the multi-part classes and certification programs at General Assembly. The first trial course is being run by CEO Mike Karnjanaprakhorn called “Launching Your Startup Idea.” “We’re looking to expand our class types so it’s not just one-off-classes,” he said.

IDK WE MIGHT GO. Does anyone else here hate Plancast? Betabeat does! We also hate Google Calendar! So much clicking! So it was of great interest to us to see that WeWork Labs-based startup Tentative.ly has soft launched to let you easily bookmark events across the web.

CAPTURE THE FOURSQUARE. From New Work City and New Zealand startup Snapr: “We are launching a new app – Capture the Flag “The Mobile Photosharing Game of World Domination” that’s built off our API and takes advantage of our soon to be announced location based gaming features. You can see a demo for the game and download the app here: http://capturethefl.ag/. In the game people join teams and then check in photos to win territory.” Read More

The Start-Up Rundown

Start-Up News: Summer Parties! Plus Oyster.com, GroupMe & Fanbridge

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Summery/summary news from New York’s start-up scene.

OYSTER REVIVAL. Oyster.com, the start-up that flamed out after its model of sending reviewers to photograph and secret shop hotels one-by-one proved hellishly expensive and unscalable AND THEN recently bounced back with new funding and partnership with the Travel Channel, has launched the “first-ever photo-powered hotel search engine.” Oyster Shots “is a seamless way to explore Oyster.com’s quickly growing database of exclusive, high-resolution, undoctored photos of vacation destinations around the world.”

INAUGURAL EAST VILLAGE TECH MEETUP: Betabeat runs into founders and techies in the East Village on the regular and it’s arguably the neighborhood with the richest Foursquare data, so we’re surprised that this never existed before. So no surprised that 71 techies have RSVP’ed. Little worried about the capacity at d.b.a., where the meetup is happening Thursday at 6 p.m., though. Read More

shameless rumormongering

Rumors & Acquisitions: Baths, Roofs and Garages

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And raises!

OKAY, OKAY, IF YOU’RE GOING TO LECTURE US… LigerTail, which powers a promoted topics-esque widget, raised $50,000 from one anonymous investor after trundling along for three years. We reached founder Leonid Kozhukh, who did not want to talk about money. “None of these details are pertinent right now. We’re focused on getting publisher adoption,” he said when Betabeat asked who the investor was and where he plans to direct the funding. “All we want to talk about is the product and the ongoing problems in advertising that we’re trying to solve.” We scheduled an interview to talk about the idea, which is pretty cool, tomorrow. “Do me a favor and show LT to whoever is in charge of bizdev at Betabeat,” Mr. Kozhukh added. We’re going to spend the interim sorting out our feelings about indie movie references as start-up names.

MOAR RAISES. FanBridge raised a zillion dollars from 12 investors! Wait. Co-founder Noah Dinkin talks us down. “Just a delay in filing the form” from their January raise Consmr, which launched today, will be raising funding soon. “I’m going to take a day to relax, and then we’ll start raising,” founder Ryan Charles said. Read More

Music

Some Start-Ups Want to Share Music, Some Want to Lock It Away

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“TuneSat LLC, an audio fingerprinting technology company that enables music rights holders to track the usage of their music on TV and the Internet, announced today that it has raised over $6 million in a funding round led by General Electric Pension Trust, advised by GE Asset Management… ‘TuneSat is revolutionizing the music industry by giving content owners the tools and business intelligence to take total control of where and when their music is performed,’ said Scott Schreer, CEO, TuneSat.” Read More