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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.
Delivery From Inconvenience
On last night’s Silicon Valley, the Pied Piper team fought through the insurmountable creative nightmare of having to pick a logo, which, second to choosing a name, can be one of the most terrifying branding decisions a startup makes at its birth.
When Jared Dunn suggests two lowercase P’s in an attempt to save the company thousands of dollars, Erlich Bachman loses his shit on him.
A new startup aimed at college bros is trying to promote safe sex through the creation of an “exclusive” club: a subscription-based condom delivery service called the Cocksman Club.
Proving that all truly great ideas come from the deepest bowels of Reddit, the couple made famous by that Reddit proposal last summer has just launched a website for commissioning personalized artworks. Welcome to 2014.
Cyber Monday out of the box That glorious, pajama shopping-enabled holiday, Cyber Monday, is less than a week away now. And Birchbox is rolling out several ways to take advantage of their deals for the occasion. First up, they launched their shopping app last week so you don’t even need to support the weight of a laptop while buying presents from your couch. Next, Birchbox is generous enough to give you a Rebecca Taylor-designed makeup pouch when you spend at least $55 on other stuff. So, not every present has to be for someone else. And finally, they’re instituting a points system for the day that can get you up to a $30 value when you spend $100. Sounds like it’s time for some extra fancy smelling face goop!
Start Me Up
Startup founder Peter Shih ignited a West Coast firestorm yesterday after publishing a rant to Medium (now deleted) entitled “10 Things I Hate About You: San Francisco Edition.” It was a clumsy, failed attempt at “humorous satire” that read like an entitled douchebag flippantly complaining about serious systemic issues like homelessness. (We’re sure the defunding of San Francisco mental health facilities hasn’t contributed to the amount of mentally ill homeless citizens at all, for example.)
For the techies prowling around and anxiously consuming bagels on the second floor of the McGraw Hill building on Wednesday, today was the culmination of an entire summer spent programming their keen little faces off: finally, the Dreamit New York 2013 Demo Day had arrived.
Following three months of mentoring, 11 startups displayed their goods and opened their change purses to a room swarming with investors at TechStars’ Demo Day today at Webster Hall.
Take it to the Streets
Who says majoring in English is worthless? A leaked job listing from a Columbia English major listserv obtained by Salon proves that even professional wordsmiths can delve into the star-studded startup world. You could toil away at a publishing company for $25,000 a year, or you could work at the hot new startup from self-described brainiac and actor/investor Ashton Kutcher.
Tonight is the premiere of the Public’s revival of Sondheim’s In the Woods, which means free tickets were distributed at 1p.m. yesterday. Because New Yorkers love nothing so much as an excuse to stand in line at a park (see also: Shake Shack), Gothamist reports that the queue was hundreds of people long by midday.