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Last Week in Betabeat: Stanford Peaces Out

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Too busy to check your daily Betabeat? Here are the highlights from last week, as selected by the editors.

REQUIRED READING: As Banks Start Nosing Around Facebook and Twitter, the Wrong Friends Might Just Sink Your Credit

Let’s take a trip with the Ghost of Christmas Future. The year is 2016, and George Bailey, a former banker, now a part-time consultant, is looking for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage for a co-op in the super-hot neighborhood of Bedford Falls (BeFa).

REQUIRED READING: Stanford Pulls Bid for New York Tech Campus
It appears Stanford’s decision took both the city and the other contending schools by surprise.

SUPPLEMENTAL READING: Hours After Stanford Drops Out, Cornell Announces $350 M. Donation For Tech Campus

REQUIRED VIEWING: The Pitch Finale: Olapic, Dibsie and Markover Compete For The Big Prize
We sifted through hundreds of eager startups to find some of New York’s top prospects to pitch Lerer Ventures. Watch Ben Lerer and Jordan Cooper talk about them after they’ve left the room.

VITAMINS:
-Bye-Bye to the Billable Hour? Rash of Legal Startups Offer a Dot JD
-Pay-to-Pitch Comes Creeping Back: How Much Is Too Much?
-Exclusive: Jake Lodwick Raises $1-2 M. To Build Elepath, a Software Studio

MILK AND COOKIES:
-The Real Startup Dogs of Silicon Alley
-Hashable Pivot is Not A Pivot, Just a Supposedly Massive, Game-Changing ‘Better Product’ of an Update
-In Which Eben Moglen Like, Legit Yells at Me for Having Facebook

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Last Week in Betabeat: City Did Not Sweeten the Deal for Facebook

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Trying something new this week. Let us know which you prefer: the top five stories of the week? Or the top 10?

Mayor Bloomberg’s Office: Facebook Did Not Receive Any Incentives to Open an Engineering Office in NYC
Facebook’s decision was so glaringly aligned with the city’s digital aspirations that it was hard not to wonder if New York had tried to sweeten the deal.

Scott Kurnit’s AdKeeper Pivots to Keep.com, Where Users ‘Follow Brands’ [UPDATED]
The $100 million valuation startup will be launching at Keep.com with “a unique offering that serves the AdKeeper mission in new and exciting ways.”

The Pitch: Salido, a Point of Sales Service (Plus ‘Props’)!
We sifted through hundreds of eager startups to find some of New York’s top prospects to pitch Lerer Ventures. Watch Ben Lerer and Jordan Cooper talk about them after they’ve left the room.

Electioneering at New York Tech Meetup
At New Work City Monday night, 15 candidates gave their vision of what should change about the largest meetup in New York, which last year incorporated as a nonprofit 501c(6), giving it the power to lobby government, among other things.

Passing The Torch: TechStars Moving into Foursquare’s Old OfficeThe long time home of foursquare will now be the new office for TechStars New York, helping to incubate the next generation of Silicon Alley startups.

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Last Week in Betabeat: Founder Depression, eBay Buys Chris Dixon and the Goverment Spends $200K. on a Sucky App

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REQUIRED READING: U CAN’T HAZ SADZ: The Hushed Dangers of Startup Depression
“In the startup community, there’s a real stigma to depression. Every time someone comes around and asks ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ you’re always like ‘Best day ever, man! Killing it! We’re crushing it!’ You have to do that.”

REQUIRED READING: New Frontiers for Government Waste: The $200K. Mobile App
“Pardon my French, but I really cannot stress how bad this application is. Firstly, it isn’t actually capable of the function it is supposed to do.

REQUIRED VIEWING: The Pitch, Episode 7: Yumety, a Social Network for Your Dreams
We sifted through hundreds of eager startups to find some of New York’s top prospects to pitch Lerer Ventures. Watch Ben Lerer and Jordan Cooper talk about them after they’ve left the room.

VITAMINS:

-First Interview: Chris Dixon Talks eBay’s Purchase of Hunch
-Technical Difficulties! Virgin America Borked After Switch to New Reservation System
-Did Turntable.fm’s Traffic Fly South for the Winter or Forever?

MILK AND COOKIES:

-Caught in the Webb: Let’s Not Party Like It’s 1999
-New Samsung Commercial Mocks Urban Apple Fan Boys, Baristas [VIDEO]

RECYCLED:

-As Apple Cracks Down, White iPhone Kid Hopes to Go It Alone (May 27, 2011)

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Last Week in Betabeat: Poaching Etiquette and New York’s 20 Most Poachable Techies

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Did you get too busy to read your daily Betabeat last week? Here are the highlights, as selected by the editors.

REQUIRED READING: Poaching Etiquette: As Talent Tightens, New York Startups Try to Stay Civil

Of the 184 startups that have “Made in NYC” emblazoned on their websites, no fewer than 130 are staffing up—which means if you want to make a startup, you’re going to have to poach some devs.

REQUIRED READING: Betabeat’s Most Poachable Players in Tech: The 20 Devs, Designers and Hustlers to Steal for Your Startup

Who’s really good, but working at a lousy place? Who are the allstars who could kick ass anywhere, and even be fun to be around? Are they bored, underpaid, or underutilized? And who is in line, or should be, to score a raise?

REQUIRED VIEWING: The Pitch, Episode Six: Get-A-Game–Toying With Your VCs

We sifted through hundreds of eager startups to find some of New York’s top prospects to pitch Lerer Ventures. Watch Ben Lerer and Jordan Cooper talk about them after they’ve left the room.

VITAMINS:

-What I Learned Running My First Successful Kickstarter Project

-Q&A with Avner Ronen About Boxee’s New Live TV Feature and Why, For the First Time, It’s a Real ‘Alternative to Cable’

MILK AND COOKIES:

-Rumors & Acquisitions: An Address to the General Assembly

-Last Night’s Raise Cache Fashion Show: No One On the Corner Have Swagger Like Us [Video]

-Sources: Rich Tong Out at Tumblr

RECYCLED:

-VCs are Encouraging Their Portfolio Companies to Trade on Private Markets (April 28, 2011)

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Last Week in Betabeat: An Amorous VC, The Fancy Raises Funding and a Tech Campus Update

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REQUIRED READING: Charlie Hit On Me! One Silicon Alley VC’s Quest for Love and Other Startups
Venture man Charlie O’Donnell wants to take you on a meeting.

REQUIRED READING: World’s Biggest Fashion Brands Invest $10 M. in The Fancy at $100 M. Valuation
Interestingly, the big bucks don’t come from a typical venture investor, but from a new lead investor PPR, the $16 billion French multi-national corporation that owns the globe’s biggest fashion brands. PPR has earned a reputation for its smart, aggressive acquisition strategy and saw its stock jump after an impressive third quarter, but is little known in the tech world.

REQUIRED VIEWING: The Pitch, Episode Five: WanderPlayer – Get Your Game On
We sifted through hundreds of eager startups to find some of New York’s top prospects to pitch Lerer Ventures. Watch Ben Lerer and Jordan Cooper talk about them after they’ve left the room.

VITAMINS:

-Does Mayor Bloomberg Hold All the Power When It Comes to Deciding Who Will Build the Tech Campus?
-How to Get Health Insurance as a Startup Founder in New York

-Congress Could Empower Crowdfunding Sites to Become Proper Mini-Investor Platforms

MILK AND COOKIES:

-Rumors & Acquisitions: Poach Motel and More @FakeDaveTisch Guesses
-Tumblr on NASDAQ? Not Yet. NASDAQ on Tumblr? Oh Yes.

RECYCLED:

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Last Week in Betabeat: Dave Tisch, The Verge and Groupon Goes Public

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REQUIRED READING: Tisch Out of Water: David Tisch Navigates Startupland and Comes Out a TechStar

Overcoming the hurdles of privilege with the New York tech world’s new crown prince.

REQUIRED VIEWING: The Pitch, Episode 4: Markover–Growing a Young Startup

We sifted through hundreds of eager startups to find some of New York’s top prospects to pitch Lerer Ventures. Watch Ben Lerer and Jordan Cooper talk about them after they’ve left the room.

SUGGESTED READING: The Verge: How the Engadgeteers Broke Free of Aol and Built the Site They’d Been Dreaming Of

“I wanted to build the perfect tech site.”

MILK AND COOKIES:

-Betabeat Exclusive: The Groupon Investment Flow Chart!

-Rumors & Acquisitions: Fake Twitter Edition

-Jason Goldberg Is Not Hiding His Devs

VITAMINS:

-Startup News: Fitocracy Goes Freemium, SNAP Hires a CFO, And Tonight’s NYTM Will Be Collegiate

-Chartbeat Labs Keeps the Innovation on Refresh -Stop Keeping Things, Only AdKeeper Can Keep(TM) Things

RECYCLED:

-Tumblr Gave Danah Boyd’s Tumblr to a Social Media Marketing Agency (April 27, 2011)

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Last Week in Betabeat: Tech Campus Crunch Time, Foursquare Eyes Soho, and Codecademy Meets NYC

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REQUIRED READING: Foursquare Moving to Soho, Beats Out Tumblr for Sunny Office on Broadway
It’s not easy to find office space to accommodate the needs of a fast-growing startup and several companies are on the hunt. But it looks like Foursquare has beat out Tumblr for this supercool Soho space.

REQUIRED READING: NYU Wants the Tech Campus to Transform Brooklyn, But Is It a Match for StanfordNYC’s $2.5 B.?
As we expected, with proposals come due, this week turned into something of a PR blitzkrieg to win a chance to build on an applied sciences mecca on city-owned land. After all, once the proposals are in, the competing schools are forbidden to speak publicly about it.

SUPPLEMENTAL READING: Betabeat’s Nitasha Tiku has been all over the tech campus story like white on rice; peep the Silicon Alley U topic for all the latest.

REQUIRED VIEWING: The Pitch, Episode 3: PlayAPI’s Gamification Nation
We sifted through hundreds of eager startups to find some of New York’s top prospects to pitch Lerer Ventures. Watch Ben Lerer and Jordan Cooper talk about them after they’ve left the room.

MILK AND COOKIES:

-Rumors & Acquisitions: Foursquare Vs. ZocDoc! Groundlink Vs. Uber! And Pinterest Vs. America
-The ‘App Gap’ is Your New, Digital Class War (or: ‘Breaking, Poor People Don’t Shop On The iTunes Store!’)
-Rainn Wilson Made a Hilarious Joke on Twitter Last Night

VITAMINS:

-Startup News: Skillshare Creep! Forrst Recruiting! And Happy Birthday Wanderfly
-Codecademy Lands $2.5 M., Plans Headquarters In New York
-Findings Launches Out of Betaworks to Transform the Digital World’s Marginalia

RECYCLED:

-Girl Scout Named Managing Director of New York Tech Meetup (April 4, 2011)

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Last Week in Betabeat: BuyWithMe Death Watch, TheLadders Layoffs and Techies on Occupy Wall Street

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REQUIRED READING: The Full Story Behind BuyWithMe’s Big Layoffs: Debts Come Due For Daily Deal Industry

Betabeat has been covering the layoffs at BuyWithMe since Wednesday, when more than half the staff–at least 100 people–were laid off without warning or severance. There has been almost no word from the company or its management. What happened?

REQUIRED READING: Beta Test! New York Startups Think Occupy Wall Street Has a Bad Pitch

New York startups compete fiercely with the finance sector for programmers and MBAs–and while they can’t match Goldman’s salaries, they do make the social argument. Knewton wants to transform education, Sulia wants to reinvent news, and the mobile payments app Venmo wants to replace credit cards. Meetup is “starting a local community revolution”; Etsy’s mission is to “empower people to change the way the global economy works.” The lofty talk of startups is not unlike the rhetoric of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, who are advocating–albeit vaguely–the most radical agenda of any political movement in recent memory.

REQUIRED VIEWING: The Pitch, Episode 2: Don’t I Know You?

Betabeat’s new web TV series about how to make it in Silicon Alley. We sifted through hundreds of eager applicants to find some of New York’s top prospects. This series profiles them and captures the process as they pitch Lerer Ventures face-to-face.

VITAMINS:

-Cornell Partners With Israel’s Technion and Unlike Stanford and CCNY, This Collabo’s 50/50
-Layoffs at TheLadders: Jobs Site Lets Go of About 30 Staffers

MILK AND COOKIES:

-Owner of Occupy.com Selling It for Six Figures
-Randi Zuckerberg Is Crunk: Facebook Founder Sister Gets Snub, Wonderfully Passive-Aggressive Times Treatment
-Rumors & Acquisitions: Public Relations Edition

RECYCLED:

-Night at the Hatchery, an American Idol for Startups (March 24, 2011)

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Last Week in Betabeat: Email Overload, the Wesleyan Digital Mafia and the New York Tech Council

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REQUIRED READING: Mayor Bloomberg Makes His First Trip to NY Tech Meetup, Announces New Tech Council
“Hello innovators, entrepreneurs, or as I call you, my peeps,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who likes to break the ice with a little slang for the youths. “It took us three years from starting Bloomberg to signing our first real customer. The day it happened I sat down and wrote on the back of an envelope. I multiplied our monthly fee by 12, times 20 for selling 20 terminals, minus our expenses, and there it was, we we breaking even.”

REQUIRED READING: Read Me! Our Inboxes Runneth Over, and We’re About to Go Postal
“I also have two BlackBerrys and two email addresses and they all forward shit everywhere, so sometimes I get the same email four times,” she said. “I sometimes contemplate how much time I spend deleting junk emails, and how I’ll be thinking that when I’m on my deathbed, like how many hours or days that will eventually add up to, and it’ll sort of just make me want to kill myself while I’m dying.”

Supplemental reading: 10 Startups Tackling Email Overload

REQUIRED VIEWING: Welcome to ‘The Pitch’
Betabeat’s new web TV series about how to make it in Silicon Alley. We sifted through hundreds of eager applicants to find some of New York’s top prospects. This series profiles them and captures the process as they pitch Lerer Ventures face-to-face.

VITAMINS:

-Where NY Tech’s Culture Comes From (and Why We Owe Amit Gupta Our Bone Marrow)
-Foursquare’s Alex Rainert Talks iOS 5: The Technology Has Finally Caught Up With Our Vision
-New Data Show Why the Wall Street Journal is Confused About the Startup Cash Crunch

MILK AND COOKIES:

-How Wesleyan’s Counter Culture Came To Rule New York’s Tech Scene
-The Political Operative Managing Stanford’s Bid for Tech Campus Also Ran Mayor Bloomberg’s Last Election
-The Steve Jobs Play Starting Previews Today Will Keep Its Acid Tongue

RECYCLED:
-We Need a New Word for Coworking (March 16, 2011)

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Last Week in Betabeat: Erick Schonfeld Profile, NY Tech Remembers Steve Jobs, and the Tech Team of Occupy Wall Street

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REQUIRED READING: Can Erick Schonfeld Keep the TechCrunch Swagger Alive?
As the veteran editor steps into the top job, his departing colleague is torching the fields behind him.

REQUIRED READING: Rumors & Acquisitions: Bnter Takes Over the Makery
What will become of The Makery now that Matt Langer is gainfully employed?

REQUIRED READING: Occupy Wall Street’s Web Team Finds Anarchy Ain’t Easy
The ragtag protest’s ragtag IT department.

Supplemental reading: Twitter: ‘We Are Not Blocking Terms Related To #OccupyWallStreet In Any Way, Shape or Form’

Extra credit! More About Vibe, the Anonymous, Anarchist Twitter That Doesn’t Know Anything About You Except Your Location

VITAMINS:

-The Winners from HackNY’s Biggest Hackathon Ever and the Debut of the Hacker League
-Yipit’s Vinny Vacanti On the Problems Plaguing the Daily Deals Market
-Jack Dorsey Offers Mayor Bloomberg a Job at Twitter’s First New York Office
-Startup News: Fitocracy Mobilizes, Exfm Extends and Blueprint Health and Facebook Both Want You

MILK AND COOKIES:

-New York’s Tech Community Remembers Steve Jobs
-For Soho House, The Tech Set Is The New Clubbable Class
-YouAre.TV Moves Back to New York After Fallout With Flaky Co-Founder-to-Be
-This Week In TechStars!: Mark Suster Gives Good Insult

RECYCLED:
-New York’s It Startup Throws a Party (January 14, 2011)

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