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BE SEEN WITH CAFFEINE

BE SEEN WITH CAFFEINE

Startup Will Give You ‘More And Better Coffee’ in Exchange For Starbucks Gift Card

A Tonx billboard in San Francisco. (Photo: Tonx)

Ah, Starbucks. We keep going back, but we all love to complain about it, from the lines to the shoddy coffee quality.

A new startup has taken notice and is leveraging your disappointment into its bottom line. Tonx is offering coffee subscriptions in exchange for Starbucks gift cards, which they say will result in you getting “more and better coffee,” a release from the company explains. Read More

BE SEEN WITH CAFFEINE

The Great Coffee Shop Boycott

Coffee Shop (Will M., foursquare.com) vs. Friend of a Farmer (Fred W., foursquare.com)

Coffee Shop (Will M., foursquare.com) vs. Friend of a Farmer (Fred W., foursquare.com)

The Coffee Shop in Union Square, located on the bustling corner of 17th St. and Union Square West, is famous for several things: the waitresses are models, it turns into a Brazilian dance club on the weekends, was voted Best Bar for Modelizers in the Village Voice, and New York says it boasts a “high risk of poor service and unpleasant encounters with attitudinal (but often pretty) people” but praised the crayons and puzzle place mats for kids. This noisy, WiFi-less den is famous for something else within the tight-knit community of Silicon Alley: it serves as the de facto meeting place for VCs and founders such as Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson and IA Ventures’ Roger Ehrenberg. “Pitch your startup to First Round Capital here. They’re right across the street,” says the Foursquare tip left by Charlie O’Donnell.  Read More