Startup News: LetsLunch Wants to Send You on a Platonic Date

Umami's new "Dishboard"

TV IS SOCIAL. At New York Tech Meetup earlier this month, Umami showed us how their audio fingerprinting technology can help users find anything and everything about the show we’re watching. Now, they’re rolling out exciting new features designed to make TV even more social: a Pinterest-like feature will let Umami users instantly grab images from the show they’re watching, comment and then share them on Facebook and Twitter. “Dishboard,” a dashboard like feature will show the conversation about a given program in real time. Awards shows will never be the same.

DATEWORKING. LetsLunch, a startup aimed at helping people network over lunch claims to have registered thousands of new users in the New York area. Online matching happens based on “expressed shared interests” (sound familiar?) Take a risk, meet the entrepreneur/investor of your dreams or just eat at your desk . . . again. Reminder: letsLunch is not a dating site. But It’s Just Lunch is.

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES. GroupMethe free group messaging service, has just rolled out a the newest version of their Windows Phone 7 app. Users can start groups, send direct messages and share photos just like before and new features include address book syncing, custom start options and realtime updates. The app is available for free download here.

SPEED DATING. Put on your suit and tie (or t-shirt and jeans) to meet the tech company of your dreams at the General Assembly Career Fair on March 3.

CLOUD VC. Vaultive, a New York based cloud data encryption solutions, raised $10 million in VC funding.

AD TECH. New York based Buddy Media, a social media management software company just acquired London’s Brighter Options, a social ad management software company. The terms of the deal have not been made public, but Buddy Media did raise about $90 million in VC funding before the acquisition.

ARRRRRGH. Pirates versus ninjas startup ping pong tournament. And drinks. “The winning team will receive two unicorn developers as take-home trophies, and additional proceeds from the tournament will go to HackNY.” Need we say more? RSVP here.

FEED YOUR BRAIN. Hungry to learn? Skillshare is your one-stop-shopping for tech and entrepreneurial classes that range from literally “startingup,” to driving traffic, to  caching for performance enhancement. Classes fill up quickly so check out the full list of educational opportunities frequently.

TIDBITS. In additional Skillshare news, pretty soon anyone on the platform will be able to create “courses” and a “school.” Fast Company recently named Skillshare one of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies in Education,” and they will be partnering with American Express at SXSW. Details to come.

General Assembly is offering course deals again. Justin Kan of will lead a class on “managing excellence at your startup” where he’ll cover how “basic management techniques can exponentially increase employee efficiency and satisfaction.” And here’s a timely one. Bill Reinisch from Paladin Capital will discuss the ins and outs of protecting, developing and building a strategy around intellectual property. Just in time for the EU’s ACTA talks.

SPRINGBOARDS. The Seventh Annual Small Business Summit is rolling into New York on March 6 and bills itself as the “premier event for small business owners, entrepreneurs and business professionals.” Learn about how Orabrush increased tounge cleaner sales, win prizes, eat food.

APPLICATIONS. Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator is now taking applications for Summer. Apply here by April 29 and mentors, office space and $25,000 can be yours. DreamIt NYC is also accepting summer applications. The deadline is March 16, but apply now for early acceptance, $20,000 in seed money, legal and accounting services, access to mentors and office space. The program runs from May through August. Apply here. Do it now. MassChallenge will begin accepting applications tomorrow through April 11.

The angelHack National Hackathon in Boston and San Francisco takes place on March 3rd through the 5th this year. Up for grabs is over $75,000 in prizes including travel to San Francisco, cash, and meetings with top investors. Hop on the bus with over 150 other NYC hackers leaving from General Assembly on March 2 for less than seven-day metro card!

The eAmore Innovation Summit kicks off at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Green Spaces in Tribeca with host Andrew Weinreich, at least ten demos, judging by investors and industry leaders and speakers Aaron Schildkrout of HowAboutWe, Brett Martin of Sonar, Michael Geer, formerly of Badoo and more!

GET PAID. Acclivity NYC is looking for a UI/UX designer and a Python Back-end Developer. What’s Watched needs a sales director with three or more years of experience in ad sales. If that’s you, email wants a senior iOS engineer and a Python software engineer. Startup News: LetsLunch Wants to Send You on a Platonic Date