Angry Nerds

Let’s Play a Game: Everyone Look Up Your Startup on Glassdoor!

Secretly seething? rosiesays.com

While browsing our Google Reader this morning, we came across this list of wacky interview questions compiled by Glassdoor.com. You know the drill: “How many cows are in Canada?” (Correct answer: Who cares?) However, we were reminded of our favorite party game, which we haven’t played in quite some time, wherein we investigate God-only-knows-how-reliable Glassdoor reviews of our favorite startups.

Let’s just say there are some very unhappy underlings running around Silicon Alley. Read More

Medicinal

ZocDoc Wants You Ahead of the Curve on Those Medical Forms

Adorable ZocDoc mascots. (Photo: Screencap)

We’ve all been there: You dash down to the doc’s office on your lunch break, hoping you can squeeze a checkup into your lunch hour. Instead you’re handed a stack of forms you’re pretty sure you filled out on your last visit, but the receptionist doesn’t seem to have them.

Good news! ZocDoc‘s got your back. TechCrunch reports that starting today, the company is gradually rolling out a new feature called Check-In, which will allow you to fill out that sheaf of forms in advance.  Read More

the startup rundown

Startup News: Motivational Social Networks Edition

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Steps to success Moteevate, formerly known as Fitango and self described as “the motivational social network,” went live last week. The site makes achieving your goals sound really easy by breaking them down into three steps: choosing from over 600 action plans (or making up your own), inviting your friends to “motivate and cheer you on,” and, finally, following the plan to accomplish your goal.

Keep running Fitocracy, the fitness social network that lets you track your workout progress and compete against your friends, has made some changes to their team. Cofounder and former CTO Richard Talens is now the Chief of Growth and Analytics, and senior engineer Daniel Roesler is stepping in as the new CTO. The company has also hired Jay Patel as a new backend developer.

New and improved The Tumblr app for iOS just got a makeover and is now faster and also looks better, with support for higher resolution photos as well as redesigned notification tabs which make navigation much easier. The improved app also includes offline support, which allows users to write blog posts, reblog, and leave comments while offline, which will be posted automatically the next time the iPhone connects to the Internet. Read More

Vitamins

Zeel, the Crunchier Zocdoc for Alternative Healthcare, Now Lists 2,300 Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, and More

Mr. Hamadeh

Betabeat first met Zeel, a Zocdoc-type appointment-booking service, last month when the mentoring program Startup “Don’t Call Us An Incubator” Health announced its inaugural class. The New York-based company vets alternative healthcare providers like specialized massage therapists, chiropractors, registered dietitians, acupuncturists. Users can search listings by price, location, years of experience, and certification.

The company makes money if you book an appointment through Zeel. Service providers are charged a 12 to 13 percent fee, inclusive of credit card fees, which ends up netting Zeel about $9 per transaction. Zocdoc, on the other hand, makes money by charging physicians to be listed on its site. Read More

the startup rundown

Startup News: Dev Bootcamp, Incubator Deadlines, Closet Monsters From TV and Free Food

Stacy London of What not to Wear has a new startup called TKTKTKTKTK (Source: Phil Plait

SHUTTER. Luminance is not your average photography conference. Instead of focusing on the latest gear, this two-day program will bring together experts at the forefront of the technology we use to create, manipulate and share our images. Among the speakers are Behance founder Scott Belsky, Hipstamatic cofounder Lucas Allen Buick, Google’s Chris Chabot, Pulitzer prize winning photographer Barbara Davidson, Tumblr CEO president John Maloney, Facebook Photos engineer Srinivas Narayanan and the School of Visual Art’s David Ross. All speakers will present a 20-minute TED-style lecture.

TOE, HEEL, TOE, HEEL. What Not to Wear‘s Stacy London is the cofounder of a just-launched site that aims to connect personal stylists with the stylistically clueless. Style For Hire stylists will perform a “closet audit,” provide personal shopping services or create new outfits out of clothes a customer already has—that’s called closet shopping. Now women who aren’t lucky enough to be on the show can still have their closets—and lack of fashion sense—torn apart, but without the benefit of a judgmental, national audience. Read More

the startup rundown

Startup News: Size That Matters and a New Mobile Music Concierge

Quincy cofounders Christina Wallace and Alex Nelson via Quincy

WAITING ROOM. ZocDoc just became active in Austin, the company’s 16th market. Available to over one-third of the U.S. population, ZocDoc is continuing its mission to make scheduling doctor’s appointments really fucking easy with well over one million unique visitors each month.

DINERO. Integrate, a New York-based company that helps businesses “plan, execute, track, analyze and optimize their multi-channel marketing strategy” just raised $11 million in Series B funding. Comcast Ventures and Liberty Global joined Foundry Group, a repeat investor.

VERTICAL BUZZ. Last week BuzzFeed launched two new verticals—Sports with Jack Moore and Kevin Lincoln and Shift, aimed at female readers, with Amy Odell of New York Magazine.

MEASURE UP. Harvard Business School bffs Christina Wallace and Alex Nelson are tall girls who were looking for tall girl pants. Enter their new fashion startup, Quincy, which rethinks women’s apparel sizing by assigning sizes based on bust and height. The site launched yesterday with a collection of five blazers, and will roll out more highly-tailored items over the coming months. Read More

the startup rundown

Startup News: While You Were Gone, It Got Warm

Columbus circle as seen from CityMaps

WICKA WICKA. Turntable.fm is in the big leagues now as the young music based social platform signs deals with Sony BMG, Universal, EMI and Warner, TechCrunch reports. Turntable has over one million users now and a new mobile app since September.

HIPSTARTER. San Francisco based Indiegogo, a crowdfunding platform with offices in Soho that competes with Kickstarter, announced the perfection of their “gogofactor,” a proprietary algorithm that ranks projects based on popularity and viability. This makes Indiegogo the only crowdfunding platform with this type of merit-based ranking functionality. Your move, Kickstarter. Read More

the startup rundown

Startup Threads Wants To Be Your Friend

Making threads. For your startup.

WEAVE. Startup Threads, a merchandising site for startups from local newletter mogul and startup founder Frank Denbow, just launched a new monthly program where consumers can subscribe to receive new startup gear each month. The company will partner with a different startup each month to create interesting merchandise. Right now that lucky startup is Hipmunk, the company behind the new flight finding tool. Startup Threads hopes to become a “marketing channel for startups.”

ALL ABOARD. StartupBus is now accepting applications for the hackathon-on-a-bus competition in March and this year New York will be represented. To get invited you’ve got to shine like the brightest star in the sky… or look on social media to see if people are offering invites. StartupBus said they are expecting way more applications than they can handle. You’ve been warned. Read More

Experimental Treatments

Growing Pains! ZocDoc Customer Support Squeezed, Calls Going to Voicemail

zocdoctors

Doctor appointment booking service ZocDoc is expanding into new markets, and growing, and growing. The company used to demur when asked how many users it has, but earlier this month it announced the site is “used by more than 800,000 patients each month,” the first time Betabeat has seen that metric released. But as ZocDoc explodes, it’s facing a common startup problem: scaling.  Read More