Launch Day

Launch Day

Last Night Randi Zuckerberg Met Rick Ross, Because Startups

Luckily, no one made any "Can you GIG IT?" jokes.

Last night, a varied crowd of rappers, rappers’ entourages, music industry types, and startup folks gathered downtown at Capitale, for the launch of Gig It.

A new Facebook game–bold timing, considering the current dismal state of Zynga–Gig It allows gamers to create custom concerts using 3D avatars. It’s basically The Sims Social crossed with Guitar Hero, but starring famous rappers. More than 50 artists have cut deals with the company to lend their faces to the project.

On a giant screen behind the stage: #THIS AINT NO FARM. (Get it? Because it’s concerts, instead of agriculture?) In between introducing the acts, emcees DJ Khalid and La La hyped the game constantly, going so far as to call it a “movement.” Read More

Launch Day

Stealth Startup FiftyThree Launches Suddenly Out of the Dark


It was back in January when we first heard rumblings of hype around a new startup called FiftyThree coming out of New York. The startup, a five-man product shop in the West Village, makes “tools for the creative space—the 53 centimeters that magically link head, heart and hand.” The first product is Paper, a powerful drawing app that reminds us of the artist David Hockney, who has drawn at least three cover illustrations for the New Yorker using an iPhone, an iPad, and the $8 app Brushes.

Paper hit the Internet today hard as the Apple blogs salivated over its versatility. The app lets you keep discrete digital sketchbooks and create paintings, notes and drawing in a remarkable approximation of pen, paint, paintbrushes, calligraphy pens, charcoal and so on. The basic app is free, with individual features available as in-app purchases including additional brushes for $1.99 each. Read More