Around the town
Al Jazeera America has “declared a fatwa on using the F-bomb in the newsroom,” the New York Post not-so-subtly reports. Apparently, a new hire who comes from a newsroom where “saucy language is dished out like tea in England” (so, uh, England?) was reprimanded for swearing in the newsroom. ( Read More
Oh You Fancy Huh?
Everybody praise Tumblr founder David Karp, for he has managed to complete a bajillion dollar renovation on a stunning Williamsburg loft, all the while avoiding the tacky Star Trek vision that most people conjure when picturing the abode of a tech founder. That is the takeaway from a design story in the New York Times, which spotlights Mr. Karp’s recently completed spacious loft apartment in the heart of South Williamsburg.
Sometimes, when news is slow, Betabeat likes to imagine what the tech elite would be like should they appear on Bravo’s hugely successful reality TV franchise The Real Housewives. Would Sean Parker throw a glass at Zuck? Would Brit Morin flip her arts and crafts table in a fit of rosé rage? Will Elon Musk disappear for Read More
I'll Tumbl For You
Now that Tumblr’s been welcomed into Yahoo’s purple bosom, David Karp’s days of wheedling venture capitalists are over. If the company hadn’t sold, though, Mr. Karp would’ve been doing a lot of door-knocking with his hat out, because it turns out the company had just $16.6 million left at acquisition. (It’s also a question just how much ads were bringing in.)
Pretty sure there are rinky-dink jungle airstrips with longer runways.
I Tumbl For You
Moments before American Eagle employee/Tumblr creator David Karp appeared on last night’s The Colbert Report, he blogged that “this is going to be a disaster. YOLO.” It wasn’t that bad–the visibly nervous Mr. Karp made it through the six-minute interview without twirling off the side of his chair.
Internet Week 2013
Hundreds gathered for the 17th Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street last night in a ceremony that honored excellence on the Internet–fart jokes, GIF pronunciation debates and all.
Patton Oswalt began by observing, “Look at all these people taping this. By all means, record this shaky iPhone version, because this will never be on the Internet.”
“This whole thing was Kickstarted, but we didn’t quite make our stretch goal, so instead of Louis C.K., you have me as your host,” he added.
Q & A
Yesterday, the New York Times broke news of blogging platform and social media network Tumblr’s new editorial project. The project was characterized as something that will be “documenting the Tumblr service and marketing it to users.”
In the same article, the project’s editor-in-chief—(2011 NYO Media Poachable) Chris Mohney, who will be leaving his post as the Vice President of Content at BlackBook—explained that it will avoid “forced attempts at corporate boosterism.” This is odd, because a forced attempt at corporate boosterism is exactly what this nebulous project sounds like. Then again, Mohney (who, before BlackBook, was an editor at regular Tumblr-antagonist Gawker) will be manning the project with Jessica Bennett, a journalist leaving her post at Newsweek/The Daily Beast to jump on board.
Apparently there wasn’t nearly enough blogging material in the West Village to suit Tumblr founder David Karp. So what’s a shaggy-haired techy to do? Move to Williamsburg, of course! Mr. Karp has purchased a $1.6 million condo in Brooklyn’s tony Esquire loft building.
Earlier this year, microblogging service Tumblr was the toast of Fashion Week. The company’s fashion director, Rich Tong, negotiated access for influential Tumblr users to cover swanky events. Bloggers got access to A-list fashion shows and in return big brands got access to an online community of fashion enthusiasts that were active on one of the edgier platforms to emerge in the social media landscape in the last few years. And the industry took notice. Now fashion luminaries are on the platform, too. Stefano Gabbana has a Tumblr. So does Terry Richardson.
WORK IT GIRL.
If you thought all Tumblr wonder boy David Karp could do with being “tall and skinny, with unflinching blue eyes and a mop of brown hair” who “speaks incredibly fast and in complete paragraphs” was invent the hottest microblogging social network on the planet, think again. Because now he’s moving in on the male modeling game.