Your week in New York start-ups:
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE FACE. Facebook has [edit: not acquired, hired the people behind] pretty, pretty Daytum, the two-person New York-based start-up that has been helping users organize and make spiffy all that data we create: check-ins, runs, hot dogs eaten. The app will live, the company said, but the team is moving out West.
THAT WAS FAST. Is there a talent crunch? We thought we had heard something like that. But the engineer-centric, General Assembly-headquartered start-up Nodejitsu, which just raised its $750,000 Series A, has hired three developers and one social media junkie. Three of the hires are in New York. “Spend funding, acquire ninjas,” said co-founder Marak Squires. “And I got one in Texas and one in SF, so thats five total… It’s easy to hire good developers when you have cutting edge technology and you are awesome.” And they’re still lookin‘.
OBLIGATORY HACKATHON NEWS. Betabeat quoted designer Cemre Güngör in a post about hackathon fatigue this morning. About an hour later, we received word that Mr. Güngör is involved in organizing one! “I’m helping launch an awesome event (way more awesome than any of the hackathons running in NYC),” he said. “Basically a hackathon for designers.. nobody’s doing it yet. It was very successful in SF so we’re trying to bring it here.” The hackathon will bring together experienced designers in product, interaction and web to co-work on hacks or personal projects for a full day in small groups. May 7, Pivotal Labs, apply here at the Product Design Guild.
DEALS. New York-based deals site BuyWithMe announced that it has hired a new CFO, Scot Rosenblum. Scot comes from Brightcove.
“YELP FOR HOTNESS.” Talent Fare uses geo-location to find the “talent” or attractive people at local bars using crowd-sourced ratings. Available for Android and as of today, the Apple App Store. Apple rated it 12+ for Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content or Nudity, Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References, Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor and Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes. Dunno, we use Color. Siiiike. We don’t use anything, because this is shameful!
ALSO: Location-based Leetto launches new beta with “blasts.” Bravo creates Top Chef tour on Foodspotting. Crisp Media launches platform for building HTML5 ads and will announce funding soon for expansion to Asia.