This should make some nerds rejoice: Forrst, the Tumblr for coders, just announced an overhaul of its highly-exclusive invite system. “Folks who should be in the community have been subjected to increasingly unreasonable waits—sometimes up to a few months,” the New York-based start-up blogged this afternoon. The wait list had stretched to 13,000 strong–almost half Forrst’s 27k userbase, founder Kyle Bragger told Betabeat. Read More
Chris Poole-founded, Lerer-backed start-up Canv.as is still in private beta but nudging toward the spotlight with new features and public threads–still, the image editor/meme generator can’t shake its connection to its founder’s widely-loathed and misunderstood first start-up, 4chan. “Canvas isn’t a ’4chan-related’ site. 4chan is 4chan. Canvas is Canvas,” the company tweeted last week at a user who complained that it was “heavily censored” and “we have to behave like school kids.” Read More
You remember all those mainstream media stories about crafty people who make a living or a healthy second income selling on Etsy? Shapeways, the 3D printing company that sells raw and semi-finished customized materials in small batches, is seeing the same thing happen in its handmade goods marketplace, Shapeways Shops. ”We are beginning to see more and more micro-businesses built upon Shapeways, using Shapeways to handle the financial transaction, production and distribution,” the company wrote on its blog today in a post about a user who has sold 4,000 miniature figurines through the site. Read More
Hashable just announced it’s hired a power user, Katie Felten from Milwaukee, WI, to do community management. “When we first launched and our user base was largely in NYC, we were able to engage with the community as a ‘side job’ for various members of our team. We now have fledgling user communities popping up in over 126 countries,” the company said on its blog. So is that like, 127? Or 126 plus Puerto Rico? Read More
A new survey from New York-based AdKeeper (Scott Kurnit of About.com) and 247realmedia.com reports that the primary reason people don’t click banner ads is because they do not wish to be taken away from their current online activity. Not exactly a big reveal. The results would be good news for AdKeeper if users had also Read More
Canv.as, still in invitation-beta, just dropped a feature dump that will make the image-editor more social while introducing us to new web vocabulary. Groups are like categories or verticals–subforums would also be an appropriate analogy. ”Pins” allow users to track the thread of a specific image being remixed.
Many users of Canvas have found this chart very helpful, especially since the trend lately has been to put monocle stickers on everything. “For me, part of the enjoyment is not being sure what exactly other people meant by the sticker that they attached,” commented one user. This chart is also good.
Sam Rosen, former New Yorker, just presented his start-up Speakergram, a platform for organizing and booking speaking engagements, at the 500 Startups Demo Day in Mountain View. He started the hunt for funding a week ago and already has commitments from New York investors including Alexis Ohanian (Reddit), David Tisch (TechStars), Jason Finger (Seamless Web) and Mike Yavonditte (Hashable) totaling
$500,000 $250,000–half of what he’s looking for.
Don’t call it 3D printing. Shapeways does on-order production of computer-generated 3D shapes in plastic, silver and other materials, which CEO Peter Weijmarshausen hopes will become the antidote to mass production. Customers submit designs and Shapeways creates objects out of them, and maybe paints or glazes them. The objects can be toys, furniture parts, pieces of art, or useful household items like the best-selling plastic iPad stand. Customers can also sell their designs in Shapeways marketplace. “I like to call it personalized production,” he said. “You only produce when someone buys. It’s evolutionary design. It’s not like mass production where if you find a mistake, you have to sell all the rest before you improve it.”
Shapeways is a Dutch company that spun off of an initiative by the electronics giant Philips; they moved to New York City because it’s the design capital of the world and their investors, Union Square Ventures, are here. (Some of its $5 million in funding came from Index Ventures, in London, and Philips is still a major shareholder.)
Having been here for three months, Shapeways is now a team of nine in New York with two more hires are on the way. A team of sixteen employees handle customer service in The Netherlands and sixteen printers scattered around Europe are running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, churning out customers’ orders for custom parts. Last month, they printed 13,000 products.
The company just moved into an office on Park Avenue South in Flatiron, not far from
Union Silicon Square, where they hosted a small gathering last Thursday to show off their shapes.
A new startup touched came to town ten days ago. The Shared Web hightailed it from Seattle to found their curation service, The Shared Web, in the media capital of the world. Read More