3D printing

In 2013, Investors Finally Figured Out That 3D Printing Is Going To Be Huge

(via Makerbot Industries)

3D printing has been talked about for years as a potentially groundbreaking technology, and it looks like investors finally got the memo. Funding for 3D printing companies in 2013 was 319 percent higher than the previous year, says a report on the CB Insights blog.

“Previously, consumers didn’t really know how to get things printed with their 3D printers,” CB Insights founder Anand Sanwal told Betabeat. “By having a growing marketplace to lead the space, the applications will be more clear and usage will have a lower barrier of entry.” Read More

All the jobs

Getting A Tech Job: Advice From Brooklyn’s Startup All-Stars

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Advice for young techies and entrepreneurs is often cliche and abundant: ‘start something’; ‘fail early and often’; ‘don’t rely too much on your degree’. But when you hear it from the top tech leaders in New York City, it’s enough to make you stop and listen.

This morning in DUMBO, Brooklyn Tech Triangle kicked off Tech Triangle U, a series of talks, “speed dating” sessions, and hackathons to connect soon-to-be college graduates with the tech scene in Brooklyn. For the opening keynote, Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s New Tech City, asked Brooklyn’s top names in tech about what they consider when hiring. Read More

shameless rumormongering

Rumor Roundup: Tumblr’s Spooktacular Halloween Party and Techies Flee to the Emerald Isle

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Tumblr Goes Hard Taking a break from reblogging, faving and figuring out when their shares are going to vest, Tumblr employees threw themselves a cute little Halloween party. We spotted them sharing some photos on rival social network Twitter, but it looked like they were having a good time. The sales team dressed up as the cast of Spring Breakers, Betaworks’ golden child Poncho was spotted in the crowd and some jokester decided to be a Yahoo! employee. That forced smile and suit looks rigid enough to fit in the corporate world, so well done. Read More

startup rundown

Crowdfund Your Hat Designs and Watch Someone Else Test Your Electronics

I have no idea what I'm doing. [photo: hatmatic.com]

Hat tricks The newly launched Hatmatic site does for hats what Converse did for me in ninth grade – it lets users meticulously design every part of their own hats. But it’s also a crowdfunding platform so people can “tip their hat” (a.k.a. vote) for their favorite designs to get a limited run. If a design manages to get 36 hat tips within 72 hours, it’ll go into production. And since they’re partnered with New Era, you know you’re getting some sweet headgear. But that also means that, right now, Hatmatic is limited to the MLB logos they’ve licensed. Hope you like baseball teams in technicolor. Read More

startup rundown

Startup Rundown: You Can Now Get A Degree In “Connective Media” And Spin Is Yet Another Group Video App

Cornell Tech's Connective Media class of 2016 (photo: flickr user whiteafrican)

Tech training Mayor Bloomberg joined Cornell NYC Tech earlier this week to announce a new degree program: a two-year master’s in “connective media.” Cool kids Tumblr, WordPress, Facebook, betaworks, and Medium as well as old fuddies The New York Times and Hearst have all joined in collaboration with Cornell Tech to guide the tech innovation and entrepreneurship-centered Read More

Meet Your Maker

Kids, Hackers and Geena Davis All Shared Space at Maker Faire This Weekend

Mousetrap havoc. (Photo: Andrew Kelly for NYSCI.)

This weekend, tens of thousands of DIY enthusiasts, families and plain old nerds packed inside the 7 train for the trip to Maker Faire, held as always at the New York Hall of Science. It was a jumbled lot that poured out and onto 111th Street.

There were kids everywhere. On skateboards and razor scooters, in strollers and on their mothers’ hips. They couldn’t get their hands on the exhibits fast enough. They waved to robots and crawled all over the museum’s exhibits and painstakingly assembled their own projects. Read More

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Startup Rundown: Shake App Makes Contracts On Your Phone And Wi-Fi Comes To NYC GroundLink Cars

Imagine all the fun of these contracts on your phone! (Photo: flickr user NobMouse)

Lawyer up on the go A new app from minds like BuzzFeed’s president Jon Steinberg and Spotify’s Jared Grusd lets you create, sign and send legal documents from your smartphone. Shake, released last week, includes template documents for independent contractors, personal loans, and NDAs. After you’ve chosen your document and answered a few quick questions, the contract can be signed on the spot or emailed. It’ll also be stored away in the cloud so you can get to it later. “Agreements don’t need to be long and complicated to be legally binding,” says Grusd. Yes, let’s leave lots of room in there, okay? Read More

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Startup Rundown: Find Your Tech Soulmate Over Muffins, and Then Invite Them to Your Nextdoor Network

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Nextdoor moves to Android town Remember Nextdoor, the super fun app that lets you connect with the people who live in your area, because getting to know your neighbors is something you definitely, totally want to do? Today, TechCrunch reported that the app is now available for Android users, meaning that Nextdoor is now available to 91 percent of all American smartphone users. Also meaning that hardly anyone will miss out on the next screaming 4 a.m. Amber Alert. 

Usablenet is on a roll A little over a year ago, we were asking why nobody’s heard of Usablenet—a leading technology company that helps businesses create mobile experiences for their customers. Today, it looks like people are taking serious notice. This week, Usablenet announced it’s grown 30 percent year over year since 2009, and that it earned a spot on the Inc. 500/5000 list for the fourth year in a row. Usablenet CMO Carin van Vuuren directly attributes the growth to the company’s “technology, innovation and strategic client partnerships…Usablenet’s strength continues to be our unmatched ability to create mobile experiences that achieve user and client goals.” Read More

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Startup Rundown: 3D Printing Puts Birdhouse Makers Out of Work, and High-Tech Underwear Gets a Boost

Check out the winning 3D-printed birdhouse creation. Can we move in?

MakerBot spreads its wings It looks like the future of 3D printing is heading skyward—literally. MakerBot’s Thingiverse.com recently hosted the Birdhouse Challenge, wherein more than 160 competitors used the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to make some serious avian swag. Top entries included a birdhouse shaped like the turret of a medieval Read More

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Startup Rundown: Betterific Improves the Future of Bed Sheets, and GroupMe Lets you Communicate Via Images of Squirrels

GroupMe's collection of summer-themed emoji

GroupMe ups the Emoji factor It’s hard to text your friends about brunch plans when you don’t have a bacon emoji, you know? So maybe it’s time to download GroupMe, the group messaging app that now offers users a delightfully broader array of emoji than ever before. There’s a red Solo cup; a taco; an iced coffee; a freaking squirrel perched on a branch, people. There’s even a special summer pack that includes a sweat-stained t-shirt (ew?) and a fat dog wearing sunglasses—endless fun! Already have GroupMe? Access the new range of emoji by downloading the latest update. Read More