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Startup News: Dev Bootcamp, Incubator Deadlines, Closet Monsters From TV and Free Food

Stacy London of What not to Wear has a new startup called TKTKTKTKTK (Source: Phil Plait

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. Read More

Seed Stage

Brooklyn Startup Co-Founded by Stacy London from What Not to Wear Raises $1 M. Seed Round

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Style for Hire, a Brooklyn-based startup co-founded by Stacy London (the “Shut up!” half of TLC’s “What Not to Wear”) announced today that it picked up a $1,075,000 angel round from Golden Seeds. The three-year-old online platform connects consumers with a network of trained and certified personal stylists who offer in-home wardrobe consultations and shopping assistance. Sort of like Zaarly meets Gilt Groupe?

Style for Hire says it will use the money to launch nationally and build its relationships with stylists, partners, and clients. Read More