Shaquille O’Neal: star of basketball, that weird movie Kazaam and also, according to SXSW, the world of wearable tech.
Bow before Dominique Ansel’s latest dessert creation. Read More
Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!
Science, comedic pop songs and memories of parody Twitter accounts past will merge in Austin, Texas, this Saturday when Bill Nye and Andy Samberg grace the same stage.
On Saturday, March 8, Mr. Nye, a Science Guy, will open the evening with a live Quirky Product Evaluation with Mr. Samberg and Quirky founder Ben Kaufman.
Little Deuce Cute
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com. Read More
off the record
In the conference room at a Brooklyn shared work space called Williamsburg’s Secret Clubhouse, Small Girls PR sits around the table planning out the week ahead.
Mallory Blair, the company’s 24-year-old co-founder, runs through the prospective clients that have approached the agency: an iOS social app called Ketchup, a line of shoes called Portovelo and a new line of pants for petite girls called Lilipantian. “Which is awesome, because we’re small girls,” said Ms. Blair. (It didn’t pan out, though, according to Ms. Blair, because the fledgling company couldn’t afford her agency.)
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson spoke at SXSW in Austin, Tex. yesterday, further proof of her tolerance for meta-media spectacles previously hinted at by appearances at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the Iowa caucuses.
Ms. Abramson, well within her area of expertise, appeared in a conversation about “The Future of the New York Times” with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith.
Less than a year after her predecessor, Bill Keller, wondered aloud in the Times magazine if Twitter was making us stupid, Ms. Abramson said that the real question was whether or not to break news on Twitter without a story to link to. Some of her political reporters wanted to “issue an edict” against it, but she’s not ideological about it. She’d seen on the campaign trail that Twitter was a “revolution” for news gathering.
This weekend’s biggest Internet news involves The Curator’s Code, a new system “for honoring the creative and intellectual labor of information discovery by making attribution consistent and codified, the celebrated norm.” It involves using neat little symbols to demonstrate “hat tips” and “via” links. This way, everyone on the Internet will be rewarded for their hard work/finding that cat video before anyone else.
8:38 a.m. — It’s the final day on the road before Austin! Day one’s liveblog from Tuesday is here; yesterday’s update is here. The Observer did not liveblog yesterday due to confusion with editors and sparse internet access. To summarize: Internet access was very spotty, which interfered with workflow. One of the Read More
Filling out your dance card for SXSW? Here’s where The Observer is hoping to find other New Yorkers.
Capital Factory, “
Foursquare, “SXSW Foursquare Party”
at Cedar Street Courtyard and Péché
Notes: Finally, a real four square party.
Crashable?: Yes, yes.
Hashable, “The Hashable Oasis”
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It’s so easy to start a web company that one entrepreneuer’s tipsy joke–”let’s do it on a BUS!”–has become a six-city adventure with top talent from across the country (and at least one guy from London!) scrambling to join.
Last year, the StartupBus drove a pack of entrepreneurs from San Francisco to Austin Read More