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Introducing the Nextablishment

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You don’t need an inbox full of breathless press releases trumpeting identical calorie-counting dating apps with free weather alerts to know the start-up scene can be monotonous.

Ironpants and Guess the 90’s are today’s sparkly flakes at the bottom of the millrace, and every would-be Jack Dorsey with a beta and fancy card is joining the stampede. 

For that reason, it takes a lot to catch Betabeat’s hype-weary eye. But every once in a while, we come across an app or a website that looks like it could actually—yes—improve modern life (or at least insidiously colonize another lobe of your brain).

Here, we’ve assembled our annual list of tech visionaries based in New York City, a group of innovators, impresarios, paradigm-twisters and all-around entreprenerds leading the city’s tech scene. Read More

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Call For Entries: 2014 Tech Insurgents

It’s a brand new year and time to take stock of what’s happening in our world.

Has Snapchat effectively eliminated the need for all forms of verbal communication? Almost. Do we now spend more time taking selfies than any other activity? Yes. Is Juan Pablo the hottest Bachelor in the show’s 17-season history? Definitely yes.

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Tech Insurgents 2012: Mike Karnjanaprakorn

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The Principal of New York

Before Mayor Bloomberg signed up for Codecademy, before General Assembly signed its first lease in the Flatiron—even before Peter Thiel started paying kids to skip school—Skillshare founder and CEO Mike Karnjanaprakorn was trying convince New York investors to finance his peer-to-peer learning startup. He billed the company as the Etsy of education, since it set up a market for anyone to teach—and learn—practical skills through an affordable hands-on class, starting at $25 a night. (The hybrid online classes that Skillshare launched this August, with Livestream office hours, start at just $20 a night.) Read More

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Tech Insurgents 2012: Daniel Loeb

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The Poison Pen

Six months ago, Yahoo was a tech dinosaur, a moribund dot-com bypassed by the evolution of the social web and seemingly oblivious to mobile platforms. Kara Swisher had all but written the company’s epitaph when Yahoo made a headline-grabbing hire: Marissa Mayer, an early Google employee who had played a key role in such varied projects as the design of Google’s iconic landing page and the development of Google Maps and Gmail. Read More

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Tech Insurgents 2012: Ryder Ripps, Jonathan Vingiano and Jules LaPlace

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The Merry Pranksters

From Old Spice’s viral “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” campaign to the contentious Skittles spot that made One Million Moms cry bestiality, bizarre or aggressive advertising has become commonplace in our internet-addled society. To nab the attention of customers toggling between screens, advertisers frequently toe the line between inappropriate and outrageous, but few are as unabashedly controversial as the Queens-based OKFocus. Named to AdAge’s Creativity 50 in July, OKFocus is a rebel brand’s dream, equal parts design snob and attention-seeking internet troll. And as advertising moves online, OKFocus clients like Google and the Museum of Contemporary Art have taken note.

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Tech Insurgents 2012: Marleen Vogelaar

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The Manufacturing Maven

When 3D-printing startup Shapeways held a ribbon-cutting for its new “factory of the future” last month, more pols were in attendance than at a Hurricane Sandy press conference: Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and Empire State Development Corporation President Ken Adams all made the trip to the cavernous building that will house 50 3D printers, churning out as many as 5 million products every year. Read More

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Tech Insurgents 2012: Phineas Barnes

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The Bottom-Up Investor

Gone are the days when New York’s venture capital game was dominated by a few large players; competition for deals is increasingly fierce. So what does a VC do to get ahead? For First Round Capital partner Phineas Barnes, it’s less about sharpening elbows and more about making sure founders feel like they’re getting good service. Read More

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Tech Insurgents 2012: Alex Taub and Michael Schonfeld

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The Credit Card Killers

With an ever-crowded financial tech market and companies like PayPal and Google Wallet elbowing for industry dominance, the race to kill the credit card is heating up. But among the standouts is Iowa-based mobile payment startup Dwolla, thanks to an innovative pricing structure and a growing New York presence helmed by Michael Schonfeld and Alex Taub. Dwolla has raised money from two New York venture capital firms, Union Square Ventures and Thrive Capital. (Josh Kushner, a Thrive principal, is also part-owner of Observer Media Group.)

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Tech Insurgents 2012: Anil Dash

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Amiable Agitator

The day after Barack Obama won his second presidential term, @FakeDorsey, a satirical Twitter account mocking serial entrepreneur Jack Dorsey’s precious worldview, tweeted, “Pretty incredible to think we made any progress at all in this world before we had twitter, and @anildash telling us all what we should do.”

As the adage goes, it’s funny because it’s (partly!) true.

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Tech Insurgents 2012: Rick Webb

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The Undercover Ad Man

Of all the “if you build it, they will come,” social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, Tumblr seemed the most advertising-averse. Floppy-haired founder David Karp memorably betrayed a visceral distaste for the stuff. It “really turns our stomachs,” he said in 2010, following that up with a vow not to become “wildly profitable” by slapping an AdSense ad on the otherwise elegant dashboard of all 80 million Tumblr blogs. But it seems as though the microblogging site’s methodical approach toward making money has paid off—thanks in part to guidance from Rick Webb, a 20-year veteran of the ad industry and co-founder of digital consultancy Barbarian Group, who was attracted to Tumblr for its aversion to the “crap” ads that permeate the web. Read More