Fashion, turn to the left Wednesday night, Betabeat ventured down to the Bowery for a party celebrating the launch of Zady, the anti-fast-fashion startup founded by Soraya Darabi and Maxine Bédat. Attendees tended toward the leggy, and the bar was serving “moonshine” cocktails. At one point, we watched a meticulous mustachioed man line up an iPhone shot of a piece of paper on the wall, printed with the party’s official hashtag.
“‘Stealth’ mode is such a terrible word,” said Ms. Bédat (a patterned clutch from their holiday line-up tucked under her arm) when we asked about the company’s hush-hush birth. “Working on things quietly!” she corrected.
#RealTalk Dave McClure, our favorite giver of zero fucks, went on a bit of a Twitter tear the other day. It started with the admission that he’d “just had really hard tough love talk w/ startup founder. fucking sucks, but better harsh truth than bullshit ‘you’ll make it work’ lies.” He didn’t stop there, adding that ”what really sucks is none of other investors (incl big lead VC) have the balls 2 tell them its not going 2 fucking work & shut it down.”
He concluded: “the Silicon Valley story is indeed the 1% story of Instagram $1B win, but also 99% broken dreams, shattered hopes & try, try again. sigh.”
Alley vs. Valley vs. Beach
As residents of Silicon Alley (a clever knockoff of California’s original Silicon Valley), we don’t have much room to mock other cities around the country for attempting to claim a piece of the tech pie all for themselves. But we couldn’t help but notice in a Wall Street Journal real estate feature that Los Angeles–despite the fact that it’s already well-known for being the entertainment capital of the world–is still trying to make “Silicon Beach” a thing. SMH.
How does Google stay dynamic? It’s all about the acquisitions. [The Verge]
Speak of the devil: Google just purchased Instagram challenger Snapseed. [PC Mag]
The Winklevoss twins are giving this social network thing another go, investing in SumZero, ConnectU cofounder Divya Narendra’s new site for investors. We can only assume developers are being vetted very carefully. [Wall Street Journal]
The ludicrous looking Ostrich Pillow is now on Kickstarter. How long before this is yet another standard-issue startup perk? [TNW]
An Iraqi American plans to found a hackerspace in Baghdad, because he is way more hardcore than you. [Wired]
Long Island City is being overrun with “artisanal food businesses and tech start-ups.” [New York Daily News]
Apparently 34 percent of people have used their iPad naked. Naughty! [VentureBeat]
Law and Order
Facebook has been largely poised throughout the Winklevoss saga–Mark Zuckerberg and the twins even had a cordial conversation the last time they met face-to-face about two years ago–but the company has decided wood pellet salesman and upstate New Yorker Paul Ceglia, who says he has the right to half of the company, merits less diplomatic messaging, the New York Times reports.
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s earth-shaking revelations about the Winklevii, we’ve compiled 10 MORE things the media either gets wrong or doesn’t know about the world’s most famous identical twins (with apologies to Billy and Benny McCrary).*
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Sorry for the late rumor round-up, New York techland! Maybe if you all knew how to use the firstname.lastname@example.org email, we might be able to get these things up more quickly in the future! Without further ado, some nuggets from Twitter, Bnter, Gmail and the field.