The Start-Up Rundown

Start-Up News: Dashing Hackers, Rockstar Devs, Internet Weak and Some Events That Sound Like a Lot of Work

Foursquare hacker Pierre Valade: Dashing.

Happy IPV6 day, to steal the New York Times’s line, and a merry Internet Week to all. Did you know Judah Friedlander is a Webutante? Or that $1,500 is enough to convince a former Facebook employee to dive into a decorative pool? Some other things that happened this week in New York start-ups:

THE WABBYS. Betabeat won a Webby! Just kidding. The Pulitzer of blogs eludes us. Go and congratulate our brothers in content creation as they rub shoulders with Daniel Radcliff and OKGO’s Damian Kulash at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday, June 13.

IGNITE TONIGHT. That is all. FORTNIGHTER IS ALIVE. Customized travel itineraries. MADE IN NYC(TM). HOWABOUT WE LAUNCH AN IPHONE APP. And have 35,000 people download it in the first week. FOURSQUARE HIRES HACKATHONER. It is Pierre Valade, creator of the Twttr-outlawed Agora App who ReadWriteWeb calls “dashing,” which uses the Foursquare API to recommend people to meet in the vicinity based on who you follow in common. Read More


The City Plans to Give Local Companies Access to the .NYC Domain Name


In a chilly, temperature-controlled auditorium at Time Warner headquarters, insulated from steam gathering outside, the top representatives of the New York City’s efforts to make good on that Road Map to a Digital City gathered to discuss the recently-released plans. How often do Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne, NYC EDC President Seth Pinsky, and DoITT Commissioner Carole Post really get together—when not on stage to demonstrate city’s newly-streamlined approach to tech? Actually, all the time, assured Ms. Post.

In a nod to Sterne’s emphasis on social media as the first steps in digitizing New York, Twitter’s Adam Sharp, who was just celebrating his “halfaversary” as manager of government and political partnerships, was also on stage. The conversation naturally dovetailed into other Internet Week memes, like the suddenly-ubiquitous “Made in NYC” label. Read More

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Cool: Browse Ancient Websites on Old Computers at This Internet Week Exhibit


“Want to check out The Project (1991), the first-ever Website created by World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee?” the press release asked us. “Or experience the self-destructing website for the film Requiem for a Dream (2000)? Or play with early NYC-based websites like The Blue Dot (1995), the pioneering art and design site created by Razorfish, or (1995), one of the Web’s very first e-zines?” We have a thing for dot-com nostalgia here at Betabeat, so we’ll definitely be hitting up Digital Archeology, a project cataloging watershed web design that will be showcasing two dozen websites, some rebuilt with the defunct code and displayed on its contemporary hardware at the Metropolitan Pavilion from June 6 to 9. More info.


Webutante Ball Opens Secret Presale Because Last Year Sold Out Too Fast

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“In about one week, tickets to the Webutante Ball will be on sale. If you haven’t heard of it, the Webutante Ball is a big party for tech nerds, with all proceeds from tickets going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation,” organizer Simon Kirk of TechiesGiveBack writes in an email blast. “Last year the event sold out in five hours, which meant that some of our friends didn’t get to come. This year we are secretly opening up ticket sales to our friends one week ahead of the general public. You can share the link but please avoid the tweets.” Buy now, he cautions, or you may not get to go. General admission tickets are $35.