the startup rundown
Maybe it’s the revelation that Facebook’s IPO might happen as soon as the third week of May (at least according to 143 phone calls made by Kara Swisher and, yes, she’s counting), but it seems like even the local press has Mark Zuckerberg on the brain.
The New York Daily News, a paper about as known for its tech coverage as Zuck is known for his formal wear, decided to pick out 12 tech folks to watch and led with the portentous line, “The next Mark Zuckerberg might be right here in the city, sharing space with a dozen other startups in a loft near Union Square.” HE WALKS AMONG US!
So the big news from the last week: TechStars is now 100 percent more Y Combinator, having raised a new fund from investors so it can give every graduate a $100,000 convertible note. But, did anything else happen?
3-D WHAAAT. “MakerBot Industries announced today the launch of yet another innovation to 3D printing, the MakerBot Stepstruder MK7. The most compact and reliable extruder to date, the MK7 produces the most detailed prints ever created on the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic.” Woot!
OPENING UP. Canv.as is, the second image-based startup from Christomoot Poole, is in public beta now (as is Google+). Alpha invites went out for Diaspora, that New York expatriated startup still occasionally poking at the fringes of our awareness. But Canvas still has a complex domain and the Twitter handle is @canv_as. Ick!