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Kara Swisher Gets Glossy: Graydon Snags Scooptress for Vanity Fair

Shades on. (Photo: Google+)

If tapping Annie Leibovitz to shoot David Karp and his sidecar wasn’t enough to convince you that Vanity Fair is serious about covering the tech sector as part of the power elite, how about this coup from the top of the masthead? Wired‘s Ryan Tate broke the news that Kara Swisher has pried herself out of Marissa Mayer’s air vent to contribute part-time to the Conde Nast title, with some convincing from Graydon Carter, of course.

Mr. Tate reports that the tenacious AllThingsD cofounder agreed to “write profiles and other technology-related features,” for Vanity Fair only after “overtures” from Mr. CarterRead More

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Betaworks Poaches Another NYC Startup Exec, Aviary’s Paul Murphy, for Entrepreneur-in-Residence Role

Mr. Murphy (Photo: Twitter)

Looks like startup non-incubator Betaworks is in a hiring frenzy. Days after announcing it had snapped up former Tumblr VP Andrew McLaughlin, the company is making news again with another Entrepreneur-in-Residence hire.

Paul Murphy, COO of Aviary, is leaving his post at the photo editing startup to join the Betaworks folks at their sweet Meatpacking office. Read More

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Betaworks’ New Entrepreneur-in-Residence Andrew McLaughlin Reminisces About His Time at Tumblr

Mr. McLaughlin

On his blog this afternoon, Andrew McLaughlin, vice president of Tumblr, revealed that he would be leaving the micro-blogging platform after just nine months to join Betaworks, an early Tumblr investor, as an entrepreneur-in-residence. Investment firms often tap employees at portfolio companies for that role. Recently, for example, Andreessen Horowitz poached Foursquare vice president Tristan Walker for an EIR position out in Silicon Valley, although Mr. Walker had clocked almost three years at Foursquare at that point.

In an interview with Betabeat, Mr. McLaughlin assured us that the move was “on friendly terms.”  Read More