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Introducing The Roger, the Mini Design Mag Obsessed With Your Office Space

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We first noticed The Roger Magazine when The Huffington Post included it as a source in a roundup of interesting startup office spaces. We were confused about why we’d never heard of it– the online magazine, distributed via Issuu, is gorgeous and professional looking, even on our cracked, dirty Macbook screen.

Turns out we’d never heard of it because it’s actually a small side project from four New York City women, all of whom have full time jobs, and who work on the magazine in their free time. You’d never know that just by looking at it, though–the whole thing looks so damn professional. Read More

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Has Digital Dumbo Reached Maximum Capacity? Techies Drive Down Vacancy Rates for Office Space


At an industry breakfast yesterday, the commercial real estate brokers at Cushman & Wakefield announced that New York City has reached a tipping point: For the first time since 1999, the information and media sector (including technology) beat out financial services terms of office leasing.

In the first quarter of 2012, information and media accounted for 27.8 percent of office leasing by square footage, compared to the financial sector’s 26.3 percent. “New York is not just a financial town anymore,” Cushman’s managing director Ken McCarthy told the Real Deal.

You don’t have to tell Dumbo. Yesterday, the Brooklyn Paper reported that commercial vacancy rates in the neighborhood are down to 2 percent, prompting city planners to try to make Downtown more appealing to Brooklyn’s creative class. “Everyone in the tech industry wants to be in DUMBO,” said the paper. And here we thought the ideal spot was spitting distance from Union Square Ventures. Read More

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Inside Accel Partners’ New Office on the 16th Floor of Googleplex East

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The Balcony

With the recent news that prolific investment firm Accel Partners finally hired David Eisenberg as their first New York ombudsman, Betabeat figured it was time to survey the scene at the company’s NYC HQ, located on the 16th floor of 111 8th Avenue, better known as “The Google Building.” Not much photographic evidence of the office exists online, but we’ve compiled a few images that will give you a peak into the luxurious digs of one of the world’s foremost venture capital firms. Aside from modern-looking glass conference rooms and a prime location near Chelsea Market, the view from the office balcony is worth the click alone–we don’t typically use the word “breathtaking,” but it truly is. Read More

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Tech and Media Companies Accounted for 28 Percent of Manhattan Office Leases Last Year

205 Hudson St. via Trinity

Trinity Real Estate, a division of Trinity Church located near the World Trade Center site, has had a pretty good run. In the past 14 months, Trinity saw occupancy rise from 84 percent to 92 percent and watched rents ratchet up 26 percent. According to Crain’s, a big part of that growth is thanks to tech companies, or at least tech-driven startups like e-commerce site One Kings Lane, which is co-founded by Mark Pincus’s wife Alison Pincus, and moved into 205 Hudson St. in May.

Trinity owns 18 former industrial buildings in the Hudson Square area and startup types, it seems, dig the “loftlike spaces, with large windows and big floor plates.” But it’s not just Trinity:

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It’s Official! Foursquare Inks Office Deal

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Betabeat broke the news no less than six weeks ago: Foursquare is moving to Soho. And today, The Wall Street Journal confirms the deal is done. “The company, which makes a smartphone application that lets users ‘check in’ at bars, restaurants and other locations, will sublease the space from Scholastic Corp. for just under 10 years,” the paper reports.

Foursquare has had to try working in the kitchen and eating area in its overstuffed office at 36 Cooper Square, operations manager Derek Stewart told the WSJ. No longer! Read More

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Google’s Chelsea Building Inspires Condos, 38-Foot Flower Pot

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When Google first moved to 111 Eighth Ave. in Chelsea, developers expected to see the neighborhood turn into another Silicon Alley, with office tenants providing ancillary services to the tech giant. But that’s not quite what happened. Instead, what Chelsea got in the vicinity of the GOOG were condos, reports The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Kusisto, and the developers are attempting to mimic some of Google’s funky, hip, startup-style design tics. Read More

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Foursquare Moving to Soho, Beats Out Tumblr for Sunny Office on Broadway


Foursquare will soon say goodbye to its longtime office mates at 36 Cooper Square, Betabeat has learned. The startup, which raised a $50 million round of funding over the summer, has vastly outgrown the 7,600 sq. ft. at the hip East Village digs it shares with Curbed and web design shop Hard Candy Shell, and is negotiating a sublease for the top two floors at 568 Broadway.

Nothing has been signed, but the deal has been in the works for more than two weeks and appears set to close soon. “We’re in the process of drafting the lease with Foursquare,” said Richard Pierpoint, real estate manager for Scholastic, which leases the space from the building’s owner. Read More

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Productivity Levels Plummet After Yale Student Makes Facebook Look Like Excel

When Bay Gross created a quick program to help his friend check her Facebook page at her summer job without her boss noticing, he had no idea it would become an instant online hit. Forty-eight hours later, the wittily-named was featured in The Atlantic. Within a week it was splashed across the web pages of the Life Hacker, Mashable, Life Inc, and the Huffington Post. After two and a half weeks, it hit 1.5 million page viewers and 600,000 unique users. Now, the service is being used 160 countries and has become particularly popular with cubicle jockeys in Indonesia and Romania. gets past your manager’s watchful eye by reformatting a Facebook news feed into what looks like an Excel spreadsheet. Users can click on friends’ names to view their profiles within the spreadsheet. They even can hide the trick from their bosses by pressing the spacebar, which fills the spreadsheet with random numbers and professional-looking column headers like “Earnings” and “Case index.”

The button to activate the site’s function is labeled, “Gimme dem spreadsheets!”, and while the spreadsheet is loading, the page reads, “Hang on you little corporate warrior you.” Read More