THE KICKSTARTER IS NOT ENOUGH. Turf Geography Club, the app that takes Foursquare and Monopoly and pronounces them man-and-wife, was oversubscribed for its Kickstarter round: $17,375 on a call for $15,000 from 185 backers, including RRE’s Adam Ludwin and the angelic Dave Tisch. Now the start-up has raised a real seed round, numerous sources told Betabeat, and has hired a developer and a freelance artist. Creator Michael Tseng declined an interview. “We’re going into stealth mode, heads down in the aero-tuck if you will. Let’s postpone our chat until we’re prepared for launch,” he said in an email.
ZUCK GETS RETARDED. Mark Zuckerberg was partying in Midtown Saturday night, and no one tweeted us? Page Six says Zuck was at Lavo with the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am and apl.de.ap and 10 male friends, “and the Peas bandmates joined them a short time later,” and they all ran up a $4,000 tab on Moet & Chandon Rose, Patron and Grey Goose.
OH REALLY? Free wifi is coming to major New York City parks this week, courtesy a big carrier, a source tells us.
ANNOUNCEMENT: AN ANNOUNCEMENT IS COMING. Lot18, the members-only website for wine and epicurean products from “coveted producers at attractive discounts,” is gearing up to make a “major product announcement” on June 16. The start-up expanded to ~50 employees and moved into a new office following a $10 million raise in the beginning of May.
TURNTABLE.FM HOT IN THE VALLEY. “There are now (full) Turntable.fm rooms for Facebook, Zynga, Path, 500Startups, Uber, StumbleUpon, VMWare, OMGPop, etc etc etc. Hot damn,” according to developer and man-about-Turntable Tal Safran.
SLAMMING OUT START-UPS. “Launch a startup in a week? Challenge Accepted,” Disrupt disruptor Mark Webster, co-creator of joinable.org, the hackathon project that launched and demo’ed at TechCrunch Disrupt, tweeted today. Whatcha talkin’ bout? we asked. “A working prototype of one, yes. Will keep you posted as it unfolds,” he said.