the startup rundown
In the Venn diagram between techies and Terminator 2 fans, we’re guessing the overlap is oh, let’s say 100.00 percent. But a new iPhone app built by Silicon Alley’s Rich Cameron and Haris Amin might be the first time the two have officially merged.
Cyborg Vision, which made its App Store debut for the iPhone and iPad 2 this morning, uses the Face.com API and Facebook to let see the world around you like a cyborg assassin sent from the future. Its best trick is actually recognizing your Facebook friends and returning a red-screen in real time with their Facebook data that would make Skynet proud. Mr. Cameron and Mr. Amin, who both work at the health and fitness app DailyBurn, first developed the concept at the video hack day, where the app took first prize. They then spent weekends getting it Apple-ready.
On The Calendar
FUNDING FUN. Who is surviving the seed stage slaughter? General Assembly, obviously, which raised $4.25 million from some Russian billionaire and other folks. Crowdtap, the on-demand user testing service, just raised a $7 million Series A financing round led by the Foundry Group. “The funds will be used to help continue the rapid growth we have experienced in our first couple years and continue to build a world class platform to help brands connect to, manage and market with their influential consumers.” AppFirst, the “next generation application problem resolution system for the application performance management market,” announced it closed its Series A for $4 million, led by Javelin Venture Partners. “FirstMark Capital and First Round Capital, original backers of AppFirst, also participated in the financing agreement.”
STEALTH RUMBLINGS. Philip Kaplan, a.k.a. Pud of FuckedCompany.com, just sold his startup TinyLetter to MailChimp and is banging away at another, Fandalism, which is some kind of tool for musicians of all types. Fandalism has 197 fans on Facebook, but when’s it coming out? “Within the next 4 weeks-ish, hopefully. Sorry for the delay.”
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide, mentor at ER Accelerator and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over forty red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.org.
Hot Girl in Conde Nast elevator: “Gary! Will I be seeing u and ur red tie at any FNO events this week?”
Me: “Ummm, what is FNO?”
Girl: “Omg, srsly?? FNO is Fashion’s Night Out!”
Me: “And that is…?”
Girl: “Only the coolest night ever! Designers, models, fashion editors, celebrities and shoppers flock to their fave stores for an extravagant night of shopping, champagne and fun events!”
Me: Uhh, it does sound cool.
Girl: You bet it is! It was conceived by Anna Wintour.
Me: Anna who?
Girl: She’s the editor-in-chief of … oh never mind. But u better tell your readers all about it. Or else…
Me: I will, I will.
Me: (nervously looking at elevator doors and wondering why this thing isn’t moving faster)
Ahem. Fashion’s Night Out.
And now onto whats happening in the tech parts of town this week…