Product Launch

Get Personalized, SMS-Based Recommendations From Cloe

By | Feb 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm

We can all agree that the best way to discover a new city is by following tips from the locals. But what happens when you don’t know anyone? Meet Cloe, an SMS-based recommendation engine that provides users with personal tips curated by real people. Cloe is very…

Breaking News

Is Web Hosting a Crime? Silk Road Founder Convicted

By | Feb 4, 2015 at 4:57 pm

It’s a question that has a lot of individuals, legislators, and web site operates scratching their heads as a Manhattan courthouse today found Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht guilty on all charges. If you’re unfamiliar with Silk Road, here’s a bit of background. It was…

Funding

VC Firms Commit $9.2M to AI Company x.ai

By | Feb 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

The New York based x.ai, a leading artificial intelligence company that schedules meetings over email, recently announced that they have completed a successful Series A funding round. Led by Pritzker Group Venture Capital, along with FirstMark Capital, IA Ventures, Softbank Capital, and CrunchFund, x.ai…

Funding

Tracx Raises $18M Series C Led by Edison Partners

By | Feb 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm

This morning, it was announced that the New York, NY-based Tracx, which offers a Cloud-based social media management platform for enterprises, has closed an $18 million Series C round of funding led by Edison Partners. Edison’s investment made up $10 million of the round,…

Acquisition

Smart Home for Photos Picturelife Gets Acquired

By | Jan 29, 2015 at 4:45 pm

In an email sent out to users early this morning, Picturelife cofounder and CEO Nate Westheimer announced that the company had been acquired by StreamNation, the Cloud storage platform that allows people to securely store, stream, and share their media content online. According to…

Trends

Thanks to Juno, NYC and Boston are Drunk

By | Jan 27, 2015 at 9:00 pm

In case you weren’t aware (or you didn’t care), Winter Storm Juno began its movement across the Northeast yesterday, not-so-gently allowing its icy, white hexagrams to fall on the insignificant human beings. Mondays are already terrible as they are, but having to face a winter blizzard on…

Startups & Apps

Amidst $6M Series A, TriggerMail Rebrands as Bluecore

By | Jan 22, 2015 at 9:00 am

Since participating in the Techstars 2013 New York Class, life for TriggerMail has been busy – or should I say Bluecore. They today announced that they’ll officially be rebranding as Bluecore, previously TriggerMail, and the team was excited to jointly announce the close of…

Communication

WiFi Map Hits 7 Million User Milestone

By | Jan 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm

WiFi Map has made it their mission to crowdsource data in an effort to help people find access to WiFi hotspots around the world. Users go around to public WiFi hotspots, rate the strength of the network, share the passwords, and leave additional helpful comments….

Data

NYC Students Use IBM Watson for Apps Improving Society

By | Jan 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm

By now, I think we’re all familiar with IBM Watson. First made famous through its appearance on Jeopardy, during which the supercomputer competed against humans, the cognitive technology has become an arguably necessary tool for the future. Yesterday, the City University of New York…

Entrepreneur

The Average Tech Entrepreneur is 31 and Didn’t Study STEM

By | Jan 16, 2015 at 12:29 pm

We’re all familiar with the various stereotypes associated with tech startup founders: they’re young, they were educated at schools like Stanford and MIT, and they likely studied computer science or a related field in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). In an attempt to validate…

Business

Fear Not, This AI Personal Robot Means Humanity no Harm

By | Jan 14, 2015 at 7:00 am

At this point I’d be surprised if you didn’t know how Stephen Hawking feels about artificial intelligence – potentially, it’s life-threatening. But despite his warnings, the tech community is still seeing advancements and innovations in artificial intelligence sector inherent in companies like JIBO. Most…

Real Estate

RentHackr: Know Before you Rent

By | Jan 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm

As the first rental data platform to be powered by renters, RentHackr is quickly redefining the rental marketplace.  People share their address, rent amount, and what they intend to do when their lease is up. This information takes the guessing game out of finding…

Business

Warby Parker Lets You Make Your Own Annual Report…Except More Fun

By | Jan 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Warby Parker – the New York, NY-based eyeglasses startup that has every traditional, prescription eyeglass retailer fearing for survival – released its 2014 annual report yesterday, but in a way that’s a little more atypical from other companies. Rather than releasing a digital packet…

Business

Smart-Lock Company OKIDOKEYS, Launches Concierge App RentEZ

By | Jan 5, 2015 at 11:07 am

Mobile Key solution provider OKIDOKEYS, announced today during CES 2015 the launch of RentEZ, a virtual concierge app that gives home sharing hosts and rental property owners a convenient way to offer a professional menu of amenities and services to their guests. OKIDOKEYS will…

News

Watch the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration via Live Webcast!

By | Dec 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Just in case you’re not lucky(?) enough to find yourself in Times Square tonight for the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City (or if you do happen to live in the city and just, you know, don’t want to bother having to…

Business

Diapers.com to Give Free Rides Home for all NYC Newborns

By | Dec 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Way to start 2015! Diapers.com will give free diapers to the first baby of 2015 and free rides home to new parents from Manhattan hospitals through January 31. Diapers.com provides users with overnight delivery of baby care essentials, announced today that it will give a year of…

Education

A Beautiful iPhone Game Lets Your Kids Learn How People Live Around the World

By | Dec 26, 2014 at 4:30 pm

With Christmas behind us and the New Year to look forward to, we’ve found ourselves in that period of reflection, self-evaluation, and worldly observance throughout which we’ll aim to gain a greater understanding of life and the world in order to improve upon ourselves…

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