The Tao of Steve
After the news about Apple founder Steve Jobs death broke last night, Betabeat reached out to a few members of the New York tech community and asked them to share their thoughts and impressions of the ultimate CEO. Here’s what they had to say:
Hack Hack Hack Hack It Apart
We had our suspicions when we heard that the city was hosting a hackathon to transform its creaky, outdated 1.0 website, but minus a hackathon’s trademark scrappy flavor (Interested participants had to submit portfolios in advance and it helped if they had designed a website with over 1 million visitors a month.) Developers were likewise suspicious. One local representative, Mike Caprio, wondered if the city wasn’t just creating “a no-bid process for giant design firms in the city to compete with each other to create designs for no pay.”
But although the developer teams selected to participate skewed toward the larger side–the New York Daily News reports teams representing companies from Google to Victoria’s Secret– it sounds like the winners were inspired by the start-up world. Among the five awardees chosen by judges like Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne and Meetup co-founder Scott Heiferman were an team of expats who developed a Q&A site in the same vein as Stack Overflow and Quora. They suggested seeking out “super-experts” to answer everything from where to eat on the LES to how tricks for getting your kid into kindergarten.
The first photo posted by Scott Heiferman at the beginning of his decade-long photo-posting experiment. Mr. Heiferman first posted at heiferman.com, then moved to Fotolog, and now posts at heif.com and Twitter. Also, check out his fake family photo album!
One site redesign and a few thousands angry comments later, Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman has finally issued a public response.
The big news for angry organizers who wanted their old site back is that Meetup is listening to users and will be making changes to the redesign.
“Over the weekend, our team Read More
UPDATE: Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman Responds >>
Any time a popular web service undergoes a major redesign, there is a loud and angry response from unhappy users who liked the old version better.
Often a small but vocal minority can make a big stink. It’s the power user paradox. The folks who do the most Read More
Meetup.com is announcing something big next week.
They’re calling it “New Meetup,” and more than 1,000 people have RSVP’ed to a secretive event at Irving Plaza.
The coming of “New Meetup” means the site you see today could soon be referred to as “Old Meetup.”
And Meetup is old—about nine years Read More
Change is coming to Meetup.com.
The site, founded by Scott Heiferman in 2002, is not as sexy as Foursquare or as hyped-up as Twitter. But Meetup was a social network before social networks were cool, and it’s still going strong—which is more than a lot of proto-social networks can say.
In fact, Read More
New York Tech Meetup had its first meetup of 2011 last night at its usual spot, the Skirball Center at New York University off W. 4th, and attendees seemed glad to be home after community board elections forced the December meetup to an away venue.
“Skirball!” hecklers shouted, when the audience was Read More