Office Space

Coworking Space ‘The Yard’ Opens New Locations in Upper West Side, NoMad

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Between the accelerators, coworking spaces and incubators, there are so many choices when considering where to set up shop for your startup — and the pool of options just grew. Coworking space The Yard is officially opening two new locations in sought-after NYC neighborhoods.

The new venues will be an Upper West Side location near Lincoln Center, and a NoMad location at 27th Street and 5th Avenue, right around the corner from Ace Hotel. The NoMad location is starting to take applications for spaces as of today. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Hasbro-a-thon, WeWork Summer Camp, Ruby Science Fair, Cryptocat Hackathon, Enterprise Tech Meetup, StartupGrind, Design Evenings)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

First of all: Thanks for all the birthday wishes–and red ties! :)

Now, this week you don’t want to miss: Startup Grind (with Aereo Founder Chet Kanojia) and the Enterprise Tech Meetup (demos by Inktank, Bromium, Quandora and Pymetrics and I’m giving away 10 free passes) both on Augugust 14, followed by the Hasbro-a-thon (Toy+Game Hackathon) on August 17.

Coming up: NYC Tech for Reshma (candidate for public advocate) event on August 20. Spotify Hackettes Coding Competition on August 24. Beekman33 Salon (artist showcase + music startups + party! and I’m giving away five free passes) on September 7. Popular Mechanics DIY Hackathon on September 14. And Georgetown Angels VC Pitch on September 19. Read More

Cover Story

The Co-Work Generation Takes NYC

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For eight months, since the inception of the co-working space Alley NYC in Midtown, Harry Raymond was hard at work on the 17th floor of 500 Seventh Avenue with his team developing Shindig, an iPhone app that helps users identify liquors, wines and cocktails. Mr. Raymond, co-founder and chief executive of the company, is now working out of Hamilton, NY, as part of the Entrepreneurs of NY Fund.

Shindig represents a success story for New York co-working and an achievement of the goal of space providers: for members to outgrow their space.

“We are successful if we help companies outgrow us,” said Jesse Middleton, co-founder of WeWork Labs, during a tour of WeWork’s 175 Varick Street space last month. Read More

shameless rumormongering

Rumor Roundup: Softbank Gets a Panty Dropoff and Fred Durst Did It All for the Diggs

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Airbnb Is a Belieber Early this week, CEO Brian Chesky tweeted out a photo of Justin Bieber, whose startup cred apparently extends to Airbnb renter. The Instagram shot was taken by Mazy Kazerooni, cofounder of #DominateFund, Ben Parr’s still hush-hush, celebrity-focused micro-VC. Gee, wonder who their LPs are?

Friday flashback This week the revamped Digg got an unexpected celebrity thumbs-up: Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit fame (infamy?) tweeted at developer Robert Tolar Haining, “I love Digg. Great job and beautiful interface.” “Why thank you sir!” Mr. Haining replied, because what else are you going to say when Fred Durst compliments your UI? Read More

Teach Me How to Startup

Scott Stringer Questions What New York’s Tech Boom Has Done for the City’s Working Class

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Earlier today, Betabeat dropped by WeWork, a coworking space filled with techies diligently laboring away, to watch as Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer debuted a new report titled, “Start-up City: Growing New York City’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for All.” As you can probably tell from the name, it’s an attempt at cracking how the city can broaden access to the city’s booming tech economy and make sure everybody’s boats are still bobbing away on the rising tide.

“I think it’s important that government officials don’t get stuck in the century we’re in, but rather think about the century of the future,” Mr. Stringer told Betabeat. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Greenspace Hackathon, Queens Tech Drinks, Websdays Rooftop Pool Party, Reddit Meetup, Beer & Social Media)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

R.I.P. and Godspeed, Neil Armstrong–a pioneering astronaut, American icon and international hero, who on July 20, 1969, became the first man to set foot on the moon, making history and instilling a deep sense of pride in every man, woman and child on earth. As Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted: “Neil Armstrong was the spiritual repository of spacefaring dreams & ambitions. In death, a little bit of us all dies with him.”

In more earthly concerns, it looks like a ton of Silicon Alley folks have submitted panels for consideration for SXSW 2013 this year. Here’s the comprehensive list we’ve compiled, based on your emails and feedback. Go show some love for these panels with your valuable votes. Remember, the deadline for voting is August 31.

And now let’s see whats going down in the Alley this week… Read More

Work It WeWork

WeWork Labs Opens San Francisco Incubator, Starts Offering Health Insurance to All WeWork Members

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WeWork Labs, the coworking space for early-stage startups, which moved to 17,000 square foot space in March, is planning on doubling its size. By July, the incubatorish offices will occupy both the third and fourth floor of 175 Varick Street. Applications are welcome for June, but it’s already at capacity now with more than 100 startups, including Longreads, Fitocracy, Scrollkit, and Material Wrld.

As suspected, WeWork Labs also officially announced its expansion into San Francisco, eWork cofounder Matt Shampine told Betabeat. The two-floor space, at 156 2nd Street, will hold about 100 people and open its doors May 14th with applications open immediately. Three directors have already been named: Kaitlin Pike, a RallyPad Mentor and the “charming host of #sfnightowls,” Seth Blank, founder and CEO of Trove, and Dave Nugent, a freelance Drupal developer who runs the SF JavaScript Meetup and GamesJS. Read More

Work It WeWork

WeWork Raises $6.85 Million and Moves West, Young Man

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WeWork, the cooperative workspace that cofounder Adam Neumann calls “the world’s first physical social network” just raised $6.85 million as they prepare to open yet another space in New York and their first in Los Angles.

The company, which rents office and desk space to startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses for as low as $275 a month is already up and running in California with their San Francisco office.

Mr. Neumann told Betabeat that this second round of capital was raised over a short period of time and explained that WeWork has had had various investment offers, but are picky about who they choose to work with.

“We try to choose only ‘we’ investors. Not just anyone we who offers us money— investors who have a ‘we’ mentality which means they care about the bigger picture… and think collaboration is the future of innovation,” said Mr. Neumann. Read More

Coworking

Is WeWork About to Open the Largest CoWorking Space IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD?

Too many techies, not enough desk.

Leave it to Observer friend and alum Laura Kusisto to rectify the cold shoulder The Wall Street Journal has been turning toward Silicon Alley’s very own co-working movement with some big news, potentially of the world historical variety.

WeWork has apparently locked down 74,000 sq. ft. on 175 Varick Street near the Holland Tunnel to give techie types a shared space away from home.  It boasts a ridonkulous 700 desks and all the proper startup accountrement: scooters, pool tables, and video games.  Read More