Startups From the Stars
Now that winter is coming, there are a lot of annoying things that make us miserable (looking at you, slow-walking tourists), but perhaps there’s nothing more aggravating than the steam-heated radiators commonly found in pre-war apartment buildings. They’re loud, annoying and very inefficient.
Marshall Cox, a graduate student from Columbia University, hopes to change that with his new startup called Radiator Labs. The company is currently piloting a thermal insulated helmet-like device that fits overs existing steam heat radiators and controls the heat output using a fan. Users can control the temperature using an app.
For the Masses
When you write about tech, invites to startup launch parties promising logo stickers and an open bar are pretty much an everyday occurrence. But you aren’t usually promised that Pharrell Williams will be performing.
Such was the scenario at last night’s launch party for YPlan, an app that got its start in London and is available in NYC starting today. Pharrell is an advisor to the app; cofounder Rytis Vitkauskas said he signed on after many of the artist’s uber-chic London friends recommended its services. Mr. Vitkauskas added that the 10-month-old app is already on 15 percent of London’s iPhones.
Art may be deemed democratic in theory, but that doesn’t always hold as true in practice. Collectors ran up a $5.7 billion bill at Christie’s in 2011, a notable 14% higher than its 2010 sales. It appears that the affluent have turned to Picasso and Warhol now that Morgan and Goldman are no longer dutifully holding up their end of the bargain with returns from stocks or other investments.
Collecting art has always been earmarked for a select few, typically reserved for those who tend to their Arabian horses or oceanside estates on the weekends. But Indiewalls, a new startup venture, is looking to change the way people think about art.
When the good folks at Dunder Miflin start pitching web startups, you know the world’s got a tech bubble on the brain.
“The first lesson of Silicon Valley actually,” says Ryan, “Is that you only think about the user, the experience, you actually don’t think about the money, ever.”
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Funding, Power Players
Fred Wilson, the prominent New York venture capitalist, declared last week that warnings signs of a dangerously overheated market were building in the world of tech investing.
Prominent VC voices weighed in, for the most part seconding Wilson’s assessment, touting their own credentials as far-sighted naysayers and amplifying the alarm.
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John Borthwick, CEO of the technology incubator Betaworks, is the man behind some of NYC’s hottest web properties. Today he shared his thoughts on creating great products with Read Write Web, and it wasn’t pretty.
For Borthwick, success these days is all about speed. “Innovation is changing. The costs of starting a company Read More