Made in NYC
It’s a good day for Fever, the event discovery app that launched last year in Madrid. The company announced today that their service is now available in NYC, and that they’ve just raised $3 million in funding, to boot.
We made our way down to Tribeca last week, where the Fever team was hosting a launch party at Paul’s Baby Grand, part of the Tribeca Grand Hotel. There, we grabbed a drink with Pep Gomez, Fever’s 21-year-old founder.
An App for That
If there’s one thing real New Yorkers love, it’s setting themselves apart from imposters. Between now and June 20th, New York City businesses can send in applications for a “.nyc” domain name.
Since domain regulator ICANN started approving thousands of new top level domains, everyone from cities to web giants like Google and Amazon been applying. Neustar, the company that maintains the “.us” and “.biz” domains, are handling the wholesale of the “.nyc” domains, and the City of New York will take a 40 percent cut of the sales.
Delivery From Inconvenience
We’re in manic weather swing-season here in New York City, which means that the sun will soon shine on the Eastern seaboard and someone will have the bright idea of bringing you to Central Park for an afternoon.
Luckily, the Central Park Conservancy has relaunched the official Central Park app, so that you Read More
“I left my phone in the cab last night” — it may be a good excuse for dodging texts, but it’s a sucky situation to actually find yourself in.
The NYC 311 app is making it a little easier to find the phones, wallets, purses and other flotsam and jetsam that people leave behind in cabs.
ICANN AND SO CAN YOU!
Cloud storage titan Dropbox announced this morning that it will be opening an NYC office before the end of the year, and has already begun the process of moving.
“We’re seeing enormous growth across the board, and New York is a great because it’s a microcosm of the broader market,” Ross Read More
When Lawyers Send Letters
Break out the pompoms: the long-awaited .nyc domain names have finally been approved, according to a press release sent to Betabeat by the mayor’s office. Along with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the Mayor’s office is hoping that by scoring .nyc top-level domain names New York can continue to establish itself as a technology and small business capital.
A 20-year-old student named Chad Seegars was visiting someone at Riker’s Island when he was grabbed from behind by a stranger and slashed in the face. The gash, which his mother said split his face “open like a pear,” required 90 stitches. But to add insult to injury, a corrections office on duty at Read More
Apple in Your Eye
A billboard in the Union Square station is kind of like the Inception of Internet references, collecting every advertiser’s notion of what is cool/hip on the web and slapping it onto one delightful subway ad.
Silicon Alley U
Holding the new iPhone in your hand on launch day feels really special. It’s dumb to say that, but it’s true. Eyes dart in your direction, you get smiled at by strangers. It’s kind of awesome. An Italian tourist approached us and asked, with a sparkle and a hint of desperation in his light blue foreign eyes, “How is it?!” Unfortunately, honesty compelled us to shrug and say, “eh, it’s okay.” He looked back at us like we stole all of his luggage and killed his first born.
The truth about the new iPhone is just that, it’s okay. It’s fine. But as a poor miserable college student who doesn’t make that much money, we wondered if it’s worth the upgrade? Let’s say you’re not a stat-obsessed freak and you’re not that addicted to upgrading–you’re just a regular iPhone owner. Is it worth it for you to make the switch?
Cornell NYC Tech, the Ivy League school’s Technion assisted expansion onto Roosevelt Island, just got a huge PR boost from three big names. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Qualcomm Founder Irwin Jacobs, and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt have all been tapped to be advisors to the new tech campus.
Now they’re like the super-important ultra-rich white guy Avengers of Cornell.