Want to work at a hot New York startup? Of course you do! But you’ll do yourself a favor if in the course of emailing dozens of resumes to companies like Foursquare, GroupMe and Etsy, you think to double-check the greeting. “Every week Kickstarter gets resumes that begin, ‘Dear Tumblr’ or ‘Dear Foursquare,'” Kickstarter’s Yancey Strickler writes today in a blog post about how to not get a job at Kickstarter. “We know you’re applying for other jobs. You don’t have to rub our face in it.” Read More
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BCC Fail: Health Start-Up Thirsty Off to a Rough Start By Exposing Its 381 Beta Users’ Email Addresses
Thirsty, a Palo Alto-based start-up that is “revolutionizing healthcare with simplicity,” has not launched yet. But the start-up just blasted the 381 people who signed up via a Launchrock teaser splash page, and, oops, included everyone in the “CC” field so that their email addresses were visible to each other, and anyone the email was forwarded to (including Betabeat).
Considering general decorum dictates you stand a few feet behind the person in front of you at the pharmacy, you’d think a health start-up would be more careful about privacy–especially when asking for personal details from its users before they’ve even used the website. Read More
UPDATE: Mike Arrington personally apologized for the blunder on TechCrunch: “Yes, there is nothing you can say to make us feel worse. And, yes, we can never make fun of anyone doing this again without pointing back to this post.”
ORIGINAL POST: Exactly 452 people applied to the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. How do we know? The organizers just sent out a blast email thanking applications for their submissions, everyone cc’ed in plain sight. “Our industry-wide nightmare of publicly disclosed email addresses continues,” says the source who passed the email along. Applicants have now been flooded with reply-alls from others joking and venting about the massive bcc fail; more than 27 responses and growing, we hear. Read More