Visiting Dignitaries

Randi Zuckerberg and AIPAC Celebrate NYC Tech at Gansevoort Hotel

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Ms. Zuckerberg discusses her background as a cantor-in-training. (Photo via AIPAC)

If anyone’s got a busy schedule, it’s Randi Zuckerberg. The 32-year-old just wrapped up a guest-starring run in Broadway’s Rock of Ages; authored a best-selling book, Dot Complicated, and a children’s tome, Dot.; works as founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media; and is mother to a son.

Somehow, she took time off on March 31 to help promote AIPAC’s new technology division, along with Betabeat.

Ms. Zuckerberg got her start in the tech industry thanks to her brother, Mark Zuckerberg, who started Facebook, a social networking company you might have heard of by now. Read More


Randi Zuckerberg Wants a Few Minutes to Talk About Your Tech Addiction

(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Webby Awards)

“The car sitting there—it’s not good or bad. It’s the driver that gets in it,” Randi Zuckerberg informed the Transom, explaining her philosophy of how to behave online. “I think for every opportunity that technology creates, it also creates other problems,” she added. “It’s up to us to figure out how we put some etiquette and some rules around this Wild West.”

We were in a small back room in the Union Square Barnes & Noble with the author, who had just finished a Q&A withArianna Huffington about her new books, Dot Complicated for adults and a picture book simply titled Dot. (She also runs a website of the same name). Decked out in polka dots, Ms. Zuckerberg was both chipper and stubbornly on-message about the importance of tech/life balance. Read More


Randi Zuckerberg Has Written a Picture Book About How Kids Should Step Away from the Internet

Cool dog. (Dot Complicated)

Start-ups: Silicon Valley didn’t exactly set the world on fire, but that doesn’t mean Randi Zuckerberg has limited her endeavors to blogging at her own site, Dot Complicated, and bumping into Rick Ross at launch parties. She announced today that she’ll be releasing a children’s book about how kids maybe shouldn’t spend all their time on the Internet.

Your signed copy is in the mail, Mark. Read More

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Rumor Roundup: Somebody Crashed a Drone Into a Williamsburg Rooftop and Techies Celebrate the Fourth


Look out below Anyone lost a drone? It seems recently a GoPro Helicopter crashed onto photographer Joey L.’s roof in Brooklyn. In an attempt to get the device back to its rightful owner, he posted a video on Instagram, complete with crash footage and then himself, holding up the helicopter. So if you’ve managed to lose your drone somewhere over Brooklyn, well, you know who to call.

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Launch Day

Last Night Randi Zuckerberg Met Rick Ross, Because Startups

Luckily, no one made any "Can you GIG IT?" jokes.

Last night, a varied crowd of rappers, rappers’ entourages, music industry types, and startup folks gathered downtown at Capitale, for the launch of Gig It.

A new Facebook game–bold timing, considering the current dismal state of Zynga–Gig It allows gamers to create custom concerts using 3D avatars. It’s basically The Sims Social crossed with Guitar Hero, but starring famous rappers. More than 50 artists have cut deals with the company to lend their faces to the project.

On a giant screen behind the stage: #THIS AINT NO FARM. (Get it? Because it’s concerts, instead of agriculture?) In between introducing the acts, emcees DJ Khalid and La La hyped the game constantly, going so far as to call it a “movement.” Read More

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Rumor Roundup: Eric Schmidt Had a Long Talk With Julian Assange, Plus Randi Zuckerberg Went to Japan


Cold as Schmidt Here’s a little digital memento from AllThingsDigital’s D: Dive Into Mobile conference: This is what it looks like when, rather than answering your question, Google chairman Eric Schmidt slices to the proverbial bone.

Speaking of Mr. Schmidt, goodies from his upcoming book, The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business are beginning to trickle out. Today WikiLeaks released the transcript of a five-hour conversation between Mr. Schmidt and Julian Assange, used for the book. It opens with some really riveting stuff. Mr. Schmidt: “Well do you want us to start eating?” Mr. Assange: “Well, we can do both.” Guess there’s not much time for leisurely meals in the life of a WikiLeaker. Read More


Booting Up: Ashton Kutcher Helps Beat Off Winter Doldrums With Release Date for jOBS

So method.

Feeling blue about missing Sundance? Cheer up. Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs biopic is slated to arrive April 19 at a theater near you. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Apple set a company record for iPhone sales last quarter, but it wasn’t enough to placate investors, who sent shares falling in late trading after Apple announced its quarterly results. [AllThingsD]

It wasn’t all bad for tech stocks. Netflix soared after the company announced better-than-expected profit on the strength of new subscribers. [Bloomberg]

Careful. The NYPD has a new device that detects the energy emitted by the rocket in your pocket. [NYDN]

“While I haven’t seen hard data on how this plays out across the industry, my personal experience has been that women in tech are primarily found in these emotional labor-heavy departments, even in the tiniest companies.” [Quartz]

Raaaaaaandi! [Fast Company]


Here Is Randi Zuckerberg’s Broadway Debut

(Screencap: YouTube)

Today Bravo producer and famed Facebook sibling Randi Zuckerberg tweeted a YouTube video that captured a very exciting moment for the spotlight-hungry entrepreneur. Not content to be outshone by her brother Mark, who debuted a new Facebook feature just an hour prior, Ms. Zuckerberg announced that she’d had a walk-on role in a Bay Area edition of the Broadway musical Anything Goes, arranged by the theatrical company SHN San Francisco. Read More

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Rumor Roundup: Artsy’s Art Basel Bust and the $50,000 Tip That Wasn’t


Basel Bust? Artsy’s invite for its Art Basel party this year–thrown by Chanel–was positively littered with enticing cohosts. “On behalf of Carter Cleveland, Larry Gagosian, Wendi Murdoch, Peter Theil & Dasha Zhukova, we invite you to a beachside barbecue on Wednesday, December 5th in Miami Beach,” the invite said. Perhaps too enticing. “I ended up not going because it was such a shit show,” said one would-be guest. The tipster blamed the venue, noting that “the same thing happened last night at Amfar. It was a mess trying to get into the after party and there were 400 people waiting outside and inside it was a crowded mess.”

Typical for Art Basel, said the source, brushing off complaints. “Less so for tech startups :)” Too bad they missed Demi Moore’s highly gif-able turn on the dance floor next to Lenny Kravitz. Perhaps our partier will have better luck with Tumblr, which is hosting its own Art Basel extravaganza tonight. Read More

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Rumor Roundup: Randi Zuckerberg Isn’t the Only One Casting for a Startup Reality Show in New York


Randi, Can You Hear Me? Yesterday evening, Betabeat attended a Bravo casting call masquerading as a networking event. An email passed around the technoscenti sought locals “who have a full time career and full time lifestyle” to possibly maybe star in an New York spin off of Randi Zuckerberg‘s much-maligned show.

But we hear Ms. Zuckerberg may have some competition. A source mentioned that MTV is also working on a startup reality show rumored to be produced by peripatetic Foodspotter Soraya Darabi and “a Reddit cofounder.” Ms. Darabi told Betabeat she was “not involved” in the project and Reddit cofounders Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman did not immediately responded to our inquiry, so it’s hard to say if that was just wishful thinking. However, an independent New York City-based casting director–not the lovely gentleman from last night!–confirmed that “There’s a bunch of networks” currently testing reality programming about startups, including MTV and possibly CNBC. Read More