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Guy Cimbalo's writing has appeared in Playboy, Maxim, BlackBook, and elsewhere. He dislikes writing about himself in the third person. guycimbalo.com

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Sexism in Tech, and What One NYU Student Is Doing About It

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 5:30 PM

The Tumblr blog Hackers of NY launched in February this year and very quickly became a phenomenon, spawning spin off sites everywhere from Miami to Bangalore -- there's now a "Hackers of..." in nine countries and 13 cities.

It was all the brainchild of NYU undergraduate Dani Grant,...

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How One Startup Is Helping Low-Income Americans

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 3:29 PM

In May 2014, Jimmy Chen left his position as product manager at Facebook in search of something smaller and more meaningful. That's when he stumbled upon Significance Labs, a Brooklyn-based incubator offering three-month fellowships for those interested in using technology to help underserved Americans.

Chen applied and was...

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Meet the Brooklyn Startup that Raised 100 Million Dollars

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:29 PM

When Brooklyn-based startup CommonBond launched in November 2011, promising to reinvent the broken school loan system - the platform connects students with alumni investors to offer easier, cheaper loans - the idea quickly caught the attention of the press and the markets.

But it was when the 11-person company managed...

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Sisters Launch Fashion Startup, One Deploys to Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 3:47 PM

Sword and Plough Transforms Army Surplus into High Fashion

From epaulettes in the 18th century to Adam Ant's glam-admiral look in the 80's, the fashion world has long borrowed from the military.

The fashionistas at Sword and Plough take a more literal approach. The company's bags...

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Remember the Alamo (and More)

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 6:04 PM

MEMRISE IS LOOKING TO CREATE A WORLD OF MEMORY CHAMPIONS

Joshua Foer's 2012 bestseller Moonwalking with Einstein recounts his year spent training for the US Memory Championship under the tutelage of "Grandmaster of Memory" Ed Cooke. Among the required skills - memorizing the sequence of a shuffled deck...

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Ground Control to MLB

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 5:49 PM

THE HACKERS AT BREAKFASTNY LAUNCH BASEBALL INTO THE HEAVENS

Analytical types have long been drawn to baseball - evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould wrote a book about his love of the sport, and that doyenne of data, Nate Silver, got his start as a baseball numbers cruncher.

This...

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Design Stories: Sherpaa + Fanghor

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 1:14 PM

A REVOLUTIONARY HEALTH CARE SERVICE FINDS ITS VISUAL VOICE

Most of the swag that surfaced at South by Southwest was kiddie fare - stickers, light-up rings, and slap bracelets. But there was one rather adult standout - a set of promotional condoms with some seriously funny messaging (above).

They were...

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Steeple Chase

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 11:54 AM

BROOKLYN'S FAITHSTREET BRINGS TECH TO CHURCH

One sector has been largely immune to the enthusiasms of tech - religion. It's understandable: spiritual life is more than just a business concern, and when people have disrupted religion in the past - think Martin Luther - the results have been a bit...

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Back to the future with social chat app Rabbit

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 4:35 PM

Among the many sci-fi promises of the past - jet packs and holidays on the moon come to mind - the video phone is one of the few that really has happened.

Rabbit, a new app for the Mac, takes video chat and updates it into a truly...

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New York's Enstitute rethinks college education

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 4:14 PM

College has been getting a bad rap lately. Graduates - and drop outs - often leave the hallowed halls of learning with massive debt and few skills outside of beer pong and sleeping in.

New York's Enstitute is experimenting with an alternative - the non-profit offers...

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How to Get More Women in Tech

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 5:45 PM

Etsy is transforming the boy's club of tech

It's no secret that the male-female ratio in tech is about as skewed as a Star Trek convention. According to one study, only 12% of the bachelor's degrees in CS or CE were awarded to women in 2007. For...

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An Interview with Mahbod Moghadam of Rap Genius

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 5:31 PM

Feuding with Zuck, calling out the NY Times, and groupie love

In 2009, after a day spent debating the meaning of a Cam'ron lyric, three Yale undergraduates created Rap Exegesis, a Wikipedia-like site where users could annotate hip hop lyrics.

Today the site is called Rap Genius (it's easier to...

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Celebrity Startups

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 5:19 PM

Celebrities try their hand at the startup game

The Wakefield team has relocated to Hollyweird this week in preparation for our LA Uncubed event, and naturally our thoughts have turned to celebrity - Jack here thinks he saw Mark Paul Gosselaar last night.

But there's no need to...

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Average Startup Salaries

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 4:57 PM

AngelList offers a fresh look at industry comp

While the internet has ushered in an open office - no self-respecting startup would dream of cubicles or a dress code - there remains one aspect of the workplace hidden away, talking money.

With a few notable exceptions, the...

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Photos For Everyone. And Everything.

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 4:10 PM

New York's Aviary brings its tech to big business

A well trafficked axiom in startup circles suggests that in a gold rush, selling pickaxes is your best chance to strike it rich. It's hard to find a better example of that than photo-editor platform Aviary.

Founded in...

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The Surveillance State Wants You

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 3:59 PM

The future of surveillance is already here

The drones are among us. Also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), drones are no longer the purview of President Obama and wealthy paranoiacs.

Congress has ordered the FAA to open the skies to drones by September 2015, and for the time...

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Pro Chefs. Your Kitchen.

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 5:14 PM

Kitchensurfing brings the chefs to your kitchen

The home-field advantage - any bookie or stats geeks will tell you it's a real, even if they can't tell you why. Somehow home turf just makes everything easier - it's true of a playoff game or a dinner party.

Gowanus-based...

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What Became of the Kid in the MacBook Scandal

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 4:59 PM

Finding redemption in a teenage misstep

The gleaming Google Campus is hardly a Dickensian workhouse and (to our knowledge) no teenagers have lost fingers working at tech startups. But still, there are dangers for young workers.

In 2010, Daniel Brusilovsky was a 16-year-old intern at TechCrunch, with...

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Hack the Runway

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 4:55 PM

Decoded Fashion pairs fashion and tech - with a runway twist

Music mashups, meme generators - the trend in culture is all about bringing together genres that couldn't be more different. Add to that list the high-gloss glam of fashion and the hoodie grunge of tech.

February 2-3′s

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A Chattering Class for Foreign Travel

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 4:49 PM

Atlanta's TripLingo has just the phrase

As the Warby Parker Class Trip's big yellow bus travels this great nation, the language might be English, but language barriers still remain. The great soda / pop / coke divide comes to mind.

When the team rolled into Atlanta, we caught...

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