Stuff White People Like
BuzzFeed’s FWD tech blog has stepped forward to answer one of the most burning questions of our time: where do you find white guys on the Internet? As a service to the caucasian XY-deprived populace, FWD focuses its survey on three somewhat similar bloggy or social networking-related start-ups: Svbtle, Medium and App.net:
Class Is in Session
There is nothing Betabeat likes better than squeezing into a tightly packed mob of investors and watching a cattle call of young start-ups strut their stuff on stage (more metaphors, please! –ed). The tweets are flying fast and furious while handshakes and checks are being exchanged. At least that was the scene at our first rodeo, when we attended TechStars NY Demo Day at Webster Hall. Today Philly-based DreamIt Ventures will unveil their first class of New York start-ups.
Dear Prof. Harris – There seem to be a ton of new tech incubators and accelerators opening up. How do I know if one of these programs is right for me and which one will be the best fit?
Sincerely, Freshman Founder
Tom Formesky bills himself as the first journalist to leave a major newspaper to make a living as full time blogger. Today he penned a lengthy post about the need for neutral coverage of tech start-ups, admonishing without ever directly naming TechCrunch editor Mike Arrington, who has decided to begin investing in the companies he covers, again.
Tech Bubble Watch
Local computer scientist turned entrepreneur Brandon Diamond vented a little bit on Twitter this afternoon about the superficial aspects of start-up land.
“What went wrong with tech, it became about fashion, not value,” Diamond wrote, before posting a link to this ad for AirBnB featuring a fetching hipster spokeswoman.
There is a complex fan dance that goes on between start-ups and the institutions that support them. VCs and investment banks want to find and befriend the most promising start-ups before anyone else. At the same time, few of these promising young candidates will mature into profitable clients in the near future. Read More