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Startup News: Warby Parker Ate Way Too Much Salad and Sold a Lot of Monocles This Year

Katie Couric in Warby Parker (Photo: Facebook.com)

Rose-Colored Glasses Warby Parker just released its annual report for 2012, and it’s a pretty fun slideshow to click through. The glasses empire now has 113 full-time employes and 42 part-time employees. Of those bespectacled folks, 108 have company-sponsored gym memberships. In other Warby Parker health news, 2,507 pounds of salad were eaten in the office this year. Although there are not too many exact sales figures in the package (besides the fact that 296 monocles were sold this year) a diagram on the last page shows that sales from the first quarter of the year to the last one have nearly tripled. Warby Parker says it gave out 250,000 pairs of glasses this year, some of which went to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Read More

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Startup News: Sailthru Sails On, Quincy Gets Cash and Gamers Gather

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Instapaper proper Good news, Android users: No more workarounds for you. You can finally have for-real Instapaper, rather than the next best thing. The reading app is now available for the platform that’s not iOS. (That is, unless you’re unwilling to cough up the $2.99.)

Ever better Meanwhile, Sailthru is iterating all up in here. They’ve added new features including zip code radius, so users can now find subscribers within a certain geographical area. Plus you can now label templates with custom tags (simplifying search) and include data feeds in transactional emails.

Gamify your life The NYC Gaming Meetup is moving on uptown. The gathering has outgrown GA, so next Monday, June 11th, will be the first demo night at Microsoft’s offices, their new home. RSVPs due tomorrow, June 7th; holler at the organizers if you’ve got something you’d like to show off.

Gathering in Gotham Heads up for later in the month: The Gotham Ruby Conference is June 23. Here’s the speaker lineup for all you curious hackers. Also, we should probably mention that a yacht party is included in the cost of admission.

Just for me Quincy reportedly just closed a $950,000 seed round, led by Great Oaks Venture Capital. The company aims to offer better-fitting women’s clothing at a non-couture price point. Here’s how: Ditching the traditional S/M/L categories but eschewing the ultra-tailored approach, Quincy has developed its own, more customizable sizing system based on length, bust and cup size. Read More

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The Tech Accelerator Epidemic Has Hit New Jersey

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It’s fair to say that tech accelerator programs are launching, well, frequently now, all with the same basic template. Between Blueprint Health, DreamIt Ventures and Entrepreneurs Roundtable, Betabeat can barely keep up with the demo days just here in New York. It’s difficult to say who started the craze; Y Combinator may have pioneered the form, but TechStars put its version on TV and open-sourced the term sheets. Either way, everyone wants to launch or join a 12-week program that offers a seed investment and features meetings with mentors and a demo day with investors. Everyone including the state of New Jersey.

Applications are now open for a new accelerator called TechLaunch, funded in part by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Why? Because entrepreneurs were leaving the state to go to cities with tech accelerators. Now entrepreneurs from 10 to 12 startups can receive between $18,000 and $20,000 of seed investment and stay at Montclair State University “following a vigorous selection process,” according to a press release. “TechLaunch provides a select group of emerging portfolio companies early seed-stage funding, mentorship, key services and exposure to qualified investors, most notably during Demo Day.” AUGH MAKE IT STOP.