Tech and the City
New Startup On the Block
From standing out on Kicktarter to vying for VC, startups have to work so hard to get noticed that you could call the whole tech industry a competition.
On November 20, NYC will host a literal startup competition — Challenge Cup 2015, wherein startups focused on solving some of the world’s biggest challenges in education, energy and health care will compete for prizes and meet with mentors, partners and investors.
Kids These Days
Everyone is looking to found their own startup nowadays. It’s totally cool and basically the 21st century equivalent of starting a band — except with slightly more potential.
A number of hopeful entrepreneurs and many, many goofballs have taken to a Facebook group called One Sentence Startup Pitches to share their ideas.
For any parent who’s dreamed of their precious little Kale, Khaleesi or Katniss growing up to become a startup billionaire one day, this new board game’s for you.
In StartUp, released July 31, players compete to take their burgeoning companies from launch date to the opening of a corporate headquarters, a press release said.
Internet of Things
Besides the headline-winners like Google’s Nest, clean tech companies have trouble getting any love in the startup world. They’ve had a roller coaster ride in terms of funding the past few years, and the only companies that pull in any mainstream appeal are bizarre pipe dreams like Solar Roadways. But every once in a Read More
Now that heating oil Santa is dead, a crew of plucky coders might be poor New Yorkers’ only hope for staying warm in winter. Read More
A Very Brooklyn Incubator
In the offices of Urban Future Lab, high above Brooklyn’s Metrotech Center, there’s a screen covered with charts and graphs over the receptionist’s head. A light bulb is turned off, and a bar graph dips in response. The air conditioning kicks on, and another chart jumps. On the screen, a dollar amount, now reading “$79” slowly ticks upward.
The graphs are monitoring the energy use of the tech incubator, which houses over a dozen startups focused on clean tech and infrastructure. One of the startups hosted here is Enertiv, who are unrolling a system that is giving us a look at how we’re using our energy, more closely than we’ve ever had.
Urban Future Lab, wants to do more than design better dating and delivery apps – it’s on a mission to revolutionize New York City’s energy infrastructure. The new tech startup incubator, which is a project from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and NYCEDC, opened its doors this morning in the heart of the Read More
Startups From the Stars
Now that winter is coming, there are a lot of annoying things that make us miserable (looking at you, slow-walking tourists), but perhaps there’s nothing more aggravating than the steam-heated radiators commonly found in pre-war apartment buildings. They’re loud, annoying and very inefficient.
Marshall Cox, a graduate student from Columbia University, hopes to change that with his new startup called Radiator Labs. The company is currently piloting a thermal insulated helmet-like device that fits overs existing steam heat radiators and controls the heat output using a fan. Users can control the temperature using an app.
Play Your Video Games
When you write about tech, invites to startup launch parties promising logo stickers and an open bar are pretty much an everyday occurrence. But you aren’t usually promised that Pharrell Williams will be performing.
Such was the scenario at last night’s launch party for YPlan, an app that got its start in London and is available in NYC starting today. Pharrell is an advisor to the app; cofounder Rytis Vitkauskas said he signed on after many of the artist’s uber-chic London friends recommended its services. Mr. Vitkauskas added that the 10-month-old app is already on 15 percent of London’s iPhones.
Hey startups, if the space next to your iced coffee kegerator is looking a bit lonely, then we suppose the best solution is to rent a vintage video game machine. That’s what the cool kids in San Francisco are doing with a new service called All You Can Arcade. It’s best described as Netflix for bulky, dust-collecting arcade machines.