So Refined

Refinery29 Raises $20 Million to Keep Making Aspirational Rain Boot Slideshows

(Screengrab: Refinery29)

To survive in this materialistic, stuff-oriented world, one must have an arsenal of beauty and fashion websites at the ready. One such site, Refinery29, has just raised another $20M, in a Series C round of funding. The company will use the cash to expand its mobile offerings, which means it’ll soon be easier than ever to take in endless hair how-tos and moody street-style pics from the comfort of your iPhone. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Beyond Beta, NY Tech Meetup, PandoMonthly with Dennis Crowley, Music Tech, Film Hackathon, Investor Feedback Forum)


This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of Gary’s Guide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at]

Last week was all about hacks, hacking and hackathons. But guess what? We aren’t done yet! There’s much more hacking goodness coming your way. :)

First up, my buddy Greg Gopman is bringing AngelHack back to New York City next month, on November 17. This time, Angelhack is bigger than ever (2,500 hackers across 11 cities). Winners will be put through AngelHack’s six-week Hackcelerator program and flown to Silicon Valley to present to A-list judges like AngelList’s Naval Ravikant, Robert Scoble, and Google Venture’s Wesley Chan, competing for over $650,000 in prizes. So go sign up! Read More

Teach Me How to Startup

Charlie O’Donnell and David Tisch Really Don’t See the Point of Pivoting [Updated]

From left to right: Mr. O'Donnell, Mr. Tisch, and Mr. Penenberg

New York University’s premier tech club, Tech@NYU, is in the midst of its annual Startup Week. This year’s series of panels featuring familiar faces from Silicon Alley are all organized under the theme “Hacking as a mentality.”

Hence last night’s event starring Charlie O’Donnell, partner of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, and David Tisch, the former Read More

New Media

Paul Carr’s NSFW Corp Picks Up 3,000 Subscribers and Hires ‘The War Nerd’–All to Help Save Journalism


In case you haven’t been keeping up with the antics of rapscallion writer Paul Carr since he dropped that resignation bomb on TechCrunch last year, here’s a little refresher: After accusing his former editor of being a man without hap, Mr. Carr migrated across the tech blogosphere to PandoDaily, where he and his charming British accent cohost a video series called “Why Isn’t This News?” with the ever-righteous Sarah Lacy.

A few months ago, Mr. Carr did one better than just questioning others’ news judgement. He founded his own online magazine: NSFW Corp. Mr. Carr raised a mid-six-figure seed round to launch the site, which describes itself as “the future of journalism, with jokes.” Read More

Tech Blogs

As Tech Blogs Turn: Will AOL Sell Engadget and TechCrunch?


When it comes to tech blogs, your granny’s favorite dial-up provider, AOL, is always good for some surprising news. Tonight Sarah Lacy’s PandoDaily is reporting possible new drama in the offing. According to Ms. Lacy, “two independent sources” have confirmed that AOL is considering selling off both Engadget and TechCrunch. “The two would likely be sold together as AOL Tech,” writes Ms. Lacy, “possibly including smaller assets like TUAW and Joystiq.” Read More