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Meet Your Spring 2012 TechStars NYC Class: ‘They All Take Big Swings’

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It’s that time again, boys and girls. TechStars NYC managing director David Tisch just announced the 14 companies who got the golden ticket to the accelerator and seed fund’s Spring class. Unlike the previous two programs, which operated out of Pivotal Labs, this class will call 36 Cooper Square home. (TechStars recently moved in to Foursquare’s old office in the Village Voice building.) “They’ll be able to sleep there easier,” Mr. Tisch quipped to Betabeat over the phone.

Last year, TechStars NYC funded 23 companies, 21 of which went on to raise $50 million after they graduated. According to Mr. Tisch, you can expect even bigger things from this class. The common element among all 14 newbies? “They all take big swings,” he said. “I think the ideas are all going for something big.  I don’t think there are  lot of safe bets or small bets.” Read More

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The Pitch, Episode Four: Markover – Growing Up Startup

It’s time for the fourth installment of our first original webseries, The Pitch. This episode features Markover, a startup founded by Kelsey Falter, who is making her way in the New York tech scene and finishing her undergrad at Notre Dame to boot, completing a degree in graphic and product design.

Ms. Falter grew up in a entrepreneurial household watching her mother run a small business. Now she is working on Markover, a service that allows users to comment anywhere on a page, creating a layer of live conversation around online media. Read More