Dash goes deeper No, we don’t mean the Kardashian store. We mean the other Dash—the one that lets restaurant and bar patrons pay for their food and drinks through their phones, at designated establishments. The company has just released DASHboard, which they describe as “an iOS app for bartenders and waiters that works in conjunction with Dash—like the back-end app that Uber drivers use.” Using DASHboard, restaurants and bars can learn all sorts of strategically helpful information about their customers, like visit frequency and date of birth, so they can bring you free molten chocolate lava cakes and stuff.
Using Liz Lemon’s school of philosophy, ticketing service SeatGeek acquired competitor FanSnap and is shutting it down.
SeatGeek, a New York-based company that describes itself as the “Kayak for event tickets,” announced today that it has purchased the assets of FanSnap for an undisclosed price. Since both sites basically do the same thing, SeatGeek’s first acquisition knocks out a major competitor.
the startup rundown
Right off the vine It’s almost five o’clock here, so why not check out the brand new wine site Grape Collective? Launched by former New York Observer president Christopher Barnes and former editor-in-chief of the Tasting Table Nick Fauchald, Grape Collective helps users find wines at the right price and educates them about those vinos Read More
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SHUTTER. Luminance is not your average photography conference. Instead of focusing on the latest gear, this two-day program will bring together experts at the forefront of the technology we use to create, manipulate and share our images. Among the speakers are Behance founder Scott Belsky, Hipstamatic cofounder Lucas Allen Buick, Google’s Chris Chabot, Pulitzer prize winning photographer Barbara Davidson, Tumblr
CEO president John Maloney, Facebook Photos engineer Srinivas Narayanan and the School of Visual Art’s David Ross. All speakers will present a 20-minute TED-style lecture.
TOE, HEEL, TOE, HEEL. What Not to Wear‘s Stacy London is the cofounder of a just-launched site that aims to connect personal stylists with the stylistically clueless. Style For Hire stylists will perform a “closet audit,” provide personal shopping services or create new outfits out of clothes a customer already has—that’s called closet shopping. Now women who aren’t lucky enough to be on the show can still have their closets—and lack of fashion sense—torn apart, but without the benefit of a judgmental, national audience.
Finally, there’s a feel-good reason to keep the Jeremy Lin puns coming. SeatGeek and Breadpig have teamed up to give away two tickets to the Knicks-Cavalier’s game at Madison Square Garden next Wednesday, February 29th . . . aaaaaand the chance to experience the Linsanity alongside Reddit cofounder and “all around good guy” Alexis Ohanian. (Those aren’t scare quotes, Mr. Ohanian really is the nicest, but we like that goodness is listed as part of his appeal.)
The philanthropic collabo is being facilitated by DonorsChoose.org. Mr. Ohanian told Betabeat that he will soon be joining the startup’s advisory board. “WOO for NY startups,” he emailed. Since this is for a good cause, we’ll refrain from asking him to step away from the pom-poms. Anyone who makes a donation of $10 or more towards physical education projects in New York City schools is eligible to win the tickets. The initiative, which did a soft launch last Friday, has already raised $1,561. Deadline for donations is next Monday at midnight.
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TiqIQ, the Times Square-based aggregator for live event ticketing, just announced a funding raise today: $1.7 million led by Contour Venture Partners, with Inovia Capital participating. The site, which has six employees in New York and another nine in Tel Aviv, was started in 2009. Until now, it’s been chugging along on angel investment and the revenue it’s now generating from partnerships with 1,000 publishers including SBNation, the Washington Post and New York Post, which CEO Jesse Lawrence says comes out to between $2 and $5 million.
We give you the heads up on SeatGeek’s stealth project Columbus back in October. The service, which recommends sports and concerts to users, kind of like a Pandora for live events, launched today to the public.
Betabeat was working this morning and not looking for Knicks tickets on company time when we wandered over to SeatGeek, the hometown sports tickets aggregator, and typed in a search for NBA games. In the event you haven’t heard: NBA players and team owners recently announced a tentative agreement to restart the season on December 25 after a long contract negotiation stalemate ended. Imagine our surprise when we saw what appeared to be a normal season.
First Hand Advice
Ticketing site SeatGeek has been on a tear recently, announcing big traffic growth and a partnership with Yahoo. Now the startup is taking the rich data set it built up selling tickets for sporting events and concerts and branching out to recommendations, creating a service called “Columbus” to help users find games and concerts they didn’t know about but might enjoy.
This is a guest post from SeatGeek co-founder Russell D’Souza.
Prior to moving offices in early June, SeatGeek worked first out of Soho Haven (now Projective Space) and then at General Assembly, two shared office spaces in New York. In the early days of SeatGeek, shared office space was a complete no-brainer, but what was much less clear was when to “graduate” to our own office space. Since many startups have been asking us about this of late, I thought we’d break down some of the criteria we evaluated when making this decision.