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Startup News: Lerer Ventures Looks for a Hustler, Branch Steals From Twitter, BaubleBar Gets Brick and Mortar

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Non Hustlers Need Not Apply Lerer Ventures is looking to hire a new analyst. The job requires one or two years of experience at a venture backed startup or major tech company. You have to also be “a sweet and cool person,” so no mean losers need apply. According to the listing, they’re looking for “A hustler and/or hacker who works smart.” We’re sending this to Cassidy right away.

Playing Hooky Not Cool On Friday, AT&T and NYC Digital will kickoff a hackathon designed to help Mayor Bloomberg’s Truancy Task Force. Designers and coders will be given the challenge to create a mobile app to keep kids in school. The first prize is pretty sweet and includes $2,500 in Gift Cards for the team to split, a $5,000 donation from AT&T to the team’s choice of non-profit organizations, and one year of the “Small” service from Github for each team member. No word on whether college dropouts are allowed to compete. Read More

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Startup News: Opening Ceremony and Brit Morin Get Apps; Charity Water Saves the World

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Opening Ceremony There hasn’t been much fashion fun in tech since last year’s Raise Cache fashion show, but now Opening Ceremony has partnered with Gin Lane Media to create an interactive iPad application as a companion piece to Opening Ceremony’s new annual print magazine. Here’s a video of what this thing looks like (très chic!) and if you’re iPad-less, then you’re free to try it out in all of Opening Ceremony’s stores. Note: Chloë Sevigny still not available for download.

Back to School It’s September, which means the kids all over the country are hitting the books once more. Despite the gnashing of teeth over the importance of STEM education, however, many students are returning to schools with shaky or nonexistent computer science programs. That’s where Codecademy comes in. The company recently debuted After School Programming, a package allowing schools to, at the very least, get an extracurricular club up and running. Read More

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Citizens of the Internet Gather IRL for a Picnic in Prospect Park

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On a mild, sun-dappled Sunday, Betabeat applied our sunscreen and ventured to the Long Meadow in Prospect Park for an event aptly named “The Internet Picnic.” A few weeks ago, a friend of ours named Nicole He had won the Listserve lottery and was tasked with sending an email out to 20,000 random Internet strangers. Ms. He works in community at the crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter. “What should I write??” she frantically gChatted us, before eventually deciding to invite all 21,288 subscribers to a picnic yesterday in Brooklyn.

“I have a mole under my eye and I’ll be wearing red,” she wrote, and then posted the same invitation to her Tumblr, where it received almost 300 notes. Read More