Done, the New York City startup that wants you to get to know your neighbors by employing them to do things for you, has decided to spend $5,000 for a lucky couple to have the perfect New York wedding as a demonstration of the power of Done. “Really, we have everyone who could contribute to making an amazing wedding,” Done’s community lead, Rachel Amondson, told Betabeat. Read More
In advance of of the release of his new book, “The Ultralight Startup: Launching a Business Without Clout or Capital,” Onswipe CEO and cofounder Jason Baptiste is letting readers access the entire thing for free for the next 24 hours. Onswipe, which has picked up $6 million in funding from Yuri Milner, SV Angel, Thrive Capital, Betaworks, Lerer Ventures, and more, offers a nifty platform that lets publishers make their web content iPad-ready in a flash. Starting at 10am EST today, book will be available here . . . and in tablet form via Onswipe, naturally. (You didn’t think Mr. Baptiste got a book deal by being a wallflower about his product, did you?)
The book is being released by Penguin, the same publishing house that backs Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki, and Nick Bilton’s recently-outed Twitter project. “It’s essentially the hands-on guide I wish I had five years ago to know how to go from idea to launch to traction to funding,” Mr. Baptiste said of his book, which will feature cases studies from Onswipe, as well as Twitter, Foursquare, and Dropbox. Read More
Betabeat first alerted you to the phenomenon of investors giving away their best ideas like so many party favors last June. But it appears repeat offender Paul Graham is at it again!
Back in 2008, Mr. Graham kicked off the practice by posting a list of startups Y Combinator would like to invest in. “We don’t like to sit on these ideas,” he noted, “Because we really want people to work on them.” But his latest offering to the shared pool puts that list to shame.
On his personal blog recently, Mr. Graham posted seven (count ‘em, seven) different “Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas” that could make you (yes, you!) a billionaire. Read More
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Betabeat has already documented the phenomenon of VCs forgoing the usual pitch process and urging you to steal their ideas instead. Spark Capital’s Bijan Sabet didn’t go that far. But wantrepreneurs with innovator’s block might want to take note of a post on his Tumblr this morning where he suggested that the proliferation of consumer electronics devices, the “multiple floating iPads” around Mr. Sabet’s home, could really use a way to distinguish between multiple users. Read More