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Teach Me How to Startup

‘Dog-Focused-Thinktank’ Demands Credit After DogVacay Secures $25 Million in Funding

These dogs are running straight into the riviting world of tech startups.(Flickr/Mike Baird)

Yesterday, the Internet was plastered with headlines announcing the news that DogVacay—the startup better known as “Airbnb for dogs”—secured $25 million in funding.

It turns out that they’re not the only one who have noticed a gap in the doggy sitting industry. The concept was actually the first startup idea of “One Sentence Startup Pitches,” the amusing Facebook group we wrote about last month. Read More

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Cornell Tech Unveils The Jacobs Institute, Next Step Toward Full NYC Debut

Cornel's future tech campus on Roosevelt  Island. (Photo via Cornel Tech)

Tech workers are in serious demand in New York City, and Cornell Tech is getting set to build a tech campus that will bring a new generation of webutantes to NYC. This morning at Google’s offices in Chelsea, Cornell unveiled their plans for the Jacobs Institute, the next step in their build-up toward the opening of their NYC campus.

The Jacobs Institute, a collaboration between Cornell and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, is a small graduate program, providing custom-tailored degrees to address problems facing industries in New York. The first programs focus on the way information technology can be combined with connective media and health services. Read More

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New York, San Francisco Mayors Team Up to Form Unholy Axis of Disruption

Just a couple of mayors, mayoring out.

Today, after a day of bopping around Silicon Valley, with stops at Y Combinator and Yahoo, Mike Bloomberg headed to the Square HQ to meet with San Francisco mayor Ed Lee for an announcement: They’re teaming up to co-host the second annual Bloomberg Technology Summit.

(Not that they bothered renaming the event.)

Would-be mayor Jack Dorsey introduced the pair. How he managed not to pass out from sheer childlike excitement is anyone’s guess. Read More

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Peter Thiel Talked 20 More Kids Into Dropping Out of School

All 2013 finalists. (Photo: Thiel Foundation)

Get ready to feel like you frittered your youth away on terrible entry-level jobs!

Peter Thiel and co. just announced the latest class of “20 Under 20″ Thiel Fellows. In exchange for foregoing traditional higher ed, each of these baby Einsteins gets $100,000, some mentors and the mandate to start a company.

Let’s hope they also get a crash course in life skills and also how to tell their bewildered parents why they did this. Read More

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The Flatiron School Teams Up with Skillcrush to Offer a Summer Coding Program for High Schoolers

Mr. Enbar (Photo: Twitter)

If Mayor Bloomberg’s billions of initiatives to help boost S.T.E.M. activity in our city didn’t tip you off, New York suffers from a dearth of talented engineers. The Flatiron School, launched last year, has established itself as a coding mecca for professionals with no development experience hoping to break into the tech world and fill some of those empty coding gigs.

With a 10 percent acceptance rate, Flatiron has been pretty successful in placing applicants in jobs:  Last September, 100 percent of graduates scored fulltime developer gigs at places like Conde Nast, Universal and Contently, according to Adam Enbar, the school’s cofounder. Read More

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Qualcomm Cofounder Showers Cornell Tech With $133M., Gets His Name on a Building

Someday! (Photo: CornellNYC Tech)

Cornell Tech’s coffers are a little fatter this morning. Yesterday, Qualcomm cofounder Irwin Mark Jacobs and his wife Joan announced they’re donating $133 million to the project. And so the joint program designed by Cornell and the Technion (a project within the Roosevelt Island campus, it’ll allow students to earn dual masters degrees) will now be known as the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute.

That’s a useful data point if you’re trying to get your name on a major NYC landmark. Read More

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The Chef from Lure Fish Bar, a Techie Power Lunch Spot, Now Has His Own Startup


If you’re looking to fact-check whether Lure Fishbar is indeed the “the Michael’s of downtown,” as one publicist recently told Betabeat, you could do worse than the Soho hangout’s Foursquare page. There, you’ll find tips from Reuters’s Felix Salmon, ex-Googler Caroline McCarthy and even defoundered Foursquare exec Naveen Selvadurai, who recommends Lure’s private side room for meetings—and the lobster Read More