The Start-Up Rundown
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.
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.
“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 Word.com (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.
We Are NY Tech/Simande team
We Are NY Tech, the blog that has featured a profile of someone in the New York tech scene every day since November 13 and which was praised as “democratic, wonderful to look at and read, and is exactly the kind of service we need in NYC” by Fred Wilson, just hit 2,000 followers on Twitter.
The Onion, Michael Ian Black’s Witstream (the 24-hour comedy ticker!), Buzzfeed, BBDO, HowAboutWe, Adkeeper, Fashism, and Hashable are among the panels selected by a combination of Internet Week organizers and the popular vote after more than 10,000 clicks were cast on more than 250 proposals.
“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.