Disrupting Innovation

Real Life Storage Wars: Makespace Beefs With Manhattan Mini Storage

The offending ad. (Screengrab via Manhattan Mini Storage)

When a startup comes along and rattles the corporate powers that be, those big companies rarely go down without a fight.

In the case of successful disruptors like Uber and Airbnb, the startups are punished with investigations and regulations. But in the case of storage startup Makespace, the new company is the one taking legal action — and, of course, publishing an angsty 2,000-word blog post about the situation, dramatically entitled, “When Goliaths Roar.”  Read More

Office Space

SoundCloud Opens NYC Office as an International Rally Point

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Another international tech giant has put down roots in Silicon Alley. This morning, Berlin-based audio platform SoundCloud opened their New York City offices — their largest office in the United States.

In the new 5th Avenue location, engineers and audio technicians will work alongside marketing and sales staff. New York City has the kind of talent pool that allows a company like sound cloud to hire both technical staff and creative professionals, which is vital for a tech company that offers a platform for artists. Read More

Silicon Alley

Tech Boot Camp: Dutch Startups Will Learn to Make It in NYC

Pauline van Dongen, a Dutch designer that makes tech-influenced couture, will be among the startups  visiting New York in June to pitch their companies. (Photo via Pauline van Dongen)

London, Beijing, Tel Aviv — these are the cities most commonly associated with thriving startup ecosystems abroad. But one country demands not to be left out of the running as a top-of-the-list hotbed for global innovation: the Netherlands.

In two weeks, the nation that claims such inventions as WiFi and the CD-ROM is bringing a group of their top startups to New York City to convince the world that Amsterdam is the next destination for tech innovation. The Dutch Consulate in New York is sponsoring 11 companies for a five day tour. They’ll meet with VCs, tour the offices of major New York tech companies, and spend two days at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival. Read More

Wired City

Introducing Wired City, a New Channel Where Commercial Real Estate and Broadband Come Together

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New York City is inching ever closer to rival Silicon Valley as the epicenter of the tech world—and commercial real estate has to match its pace. With more tech start-ups moving to New York, and requiring high-speed Internet to do their jobs—or at least watch cat videos with minimal buffering—the presence of a broadband Internet connection can transform a pedestrian property into a hot commodity.

That’s why fellow Observer Media property The Commercial Observer has launched Wired City, a savvy new channel that explores the intersection of infrastructure, real estate, and broadband Internet. If you enjoy Betabeat’s coverage of New York’s quest for world domination, we think Wired City will be right up your alley. Read More

SOPA Opera

Techies Waiting to See How Big of a Pain Regulators Will Be in 2013

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It’s cold as a witch’s tit, the Port Authority was evacuated this morning thanks to a rank gas smell, and one Betabeat reporter just burnt her arm on the heating pipe in her bathroom. Clearly 2013 is already off to a great start.

Oh, and throw one more thing on the pile: After a banner year for startup types getting their way in Washington, the New York Times reports that regulators are expected to tighten the reigns on tech companies in 2013. That means Alley and Valley types alike are looking uneasily in the direction of D.C., trying to figure out what the swamp things in the capitol district will be cooking up this year. Read More