Gentlemen, have you been feeling a bit bored at the urinal lately? You know–you’re a couple drinks in so it’s time to tap a kidney, but you’re not quite drunk enough that standing is a struggle. Perhaps you could use a little light entertainment, something that’ll make you whistle while you wiz?
Well, good news. Wired reports that a company is working on a gaming system that works not via joystick or touchscreen, but rather by stream. You score by aiming your pee according to the demands of the game.
Welcome to the third episode of our web series, The Pitch. The latest installment introduces Julie Fredrickson and Philip Bjerknes, co-founders of PlayAPI, who originally met through their respective blogs. “It was very 2005.” Together, they founded Coutorture, a fashion blogging network that eventually sold to Sugar Inc.
The pair went on to gain Read More
Hack Hack Hack Hack It Apart
We had our suspicions when we heard that the city was hosting a hackathon to transform its creaky, outdated 1.0 website, but minus a hackathon’s trademark scrappy flavor (Interested participants had to submit portfolios in advance and it helped if they had designed a website with over 1 million visitors a month.) Developers were likewise suspicious. One local representative, Mike Caprio, wondered if the city wasn’t just creating “a no-bid process for giant design firms in the city to compete with each other to create designs for no pay.”
But although the developer teams selected to participate skewed toward the larger side–the New York Daily News reports teams representing companies from Google to Victoria’s Secret– it sounds like the winners were inspired by the start-up world. Among the five awardees chosen by judges like Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne and Meetup co-founder Scott Heiferman were an team of expats who developed a Q&A site in the same vein as Stack Overflow and Quora. They suggested seeking out “super-experts” to answer everything from where to eat on the LES to how tricks for getting your kid into kindergarten.
Our Modern City
Investors are becoming addicted to non-game startups that leverage game mechanics, VentureBeat writes:
The notion of engaging consumers using game thinking and game mechanics has transformed both startup pitches and later-stage company strategies. Investors have taken notice and are ramping up their funding in what they perceive as a major, multi-billion-dollar Read More