A Very Brooklyn Incubator
In the offices of Urban Future Lab, high above Brooklyn’s Metrotech Center, there’s a screen covered with charts and graphs over the receptionist’s head. A light bulb is turned off, and a bar graph dips in response. The air conditioning kicks on, and another chart jumps. On the screen, a dollar amount, now reading “$79” slowly ticks upward.
The graphs are monitoring the energy use of the tech incubator, which houses over a dozen startups focused on clean tech and infrastructure. One of the startups hosted here is Enertiv, who are unrolling a system that is giving us a look at how we’re using our energy, more closely than we’ve ever had.
Teach Me How to Startup
Urban Future Lab, wants to do more than design better dating and delivery apps – it’s on a mission to revolutionize New York City’s energy infrastructure. The new tech startup incubator, which is a project from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and NYCEDC, opened its doors this morning in the heart of the Read More
Paul Graham’s plan to give away his best billion dollar ideas? That was so last week. The man who pioneered the practice of the startup idea freebie has taken his “Don’t worry about coming up with your own concept” theory to its logical extreme. Now, you don’t even need an idea. At all.
On the Y Combinator blog yesterday, Mr. Graham, a partner in the prestigious incubator, let the world know about a little experiment they’re trying with this the next cycle of applicants: “If the only thing holding you back from starting a startup is not having an idea for one, now nothing is holding you back. If you apply for this batch and you seem like you’d make good founders, we’ll accept you with no idea and then help you come up with one.”
New York’s advertising industry is increasingly interested in spurring young entrepreneurs. The latest is a Launch Lab from OMD and GE which brings 12 students from top universities for a 10-week summer program. The whiz kids get a paid stipend as they work on their business plans and the best project walks away with a $10,000 scholarship.
David Tisch was chatting recently with venture investor Mark Suster, about what led him to embrace the accelerator model for start-ups. He was working at KGB and eventually spun a start-up out of the larger organization. “I had my own little group within this big company. Trying to innovate within a big company sucks, Read More
Coworking is a growing trend among New York’s freelancers, especially for the tech set. Instead of plugging away in their pajamas or snagging a spot at the wi-fi cafe, coworker prefer a more organized, office atmosphere.
But how much does it really save, or cost, to rent a desk in this kind of co-working space? Read More