What you missed around the web and on AlleyWatch last week – April 28 – May 4


It was another busy week in Silicon Alley and beyond.


All hail… Oh, wait – no taxi apps for you, NYC. One of the more disruptive panels at TechCrunch Disrupt this past week involved a pissing match between Jay Bregman, CEO of taxi e-hail startup Hailo and Sunil Paul, CEO of ride-sharing startup Sidecar. No sooner had the two left the stage that an appeals court judge temporarily blocked the city’s pilot taxi-apps program after several car service groups, who of course had absolutely no agenda in blocking the program, alleged that smartphones permit drivers to discriminate against passengers based on race, name, age and location. And, um, since such discriminatory practices don’t exist presently, why open the (cab) door now?

Meanwhile, the 6-month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy just passed and three Con Ed executives were asked to return the 2012 bonuses they were granted “in recognition of their efforts in guiding Con Edison of New York though significant challenges encountered in 2012,” according to a regulatory filing. Considering that 1.4 million Con Edison customers lost power during the storm and the flooding of the utility’s underground network caused lower Manhattan to lose power for days, well, guess the bonuses were rescinded “in recognition of their efforts in guiding Con Edison of New York though significant challenges encountered in 2012.” And thanks for playing.

Also at Disrupt: Buzzfeed founder Jonah Peretti noted that sex is more popular than Jesus in Google search. Does that mean we know a lot more about Jesus than we do about…  Oh, nevermind.

Overheard in the Alley this week:

On dating: “I’m not seeing anyone. I have a high cart abandonment rate.”

Here is what you missed on AlleyWatch last week:


BrunchCritic.com is the NYC Brunch Resource You Need
Made in NY™ – David Ponte, Co-Founder of Audiomack
Warby Parker: Cool Glasses in a New SoHo Retail Store
Made in NY™ – Jeffrey Stewart, CEO and Co-Founder of Lenddo
ERA Demo Day: Introducing Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator’s Latest Class of Startups
Made in NY™ – Jordan Edelson, Founder and CEO of Appetizer Mobile


An Angel in New York: David Lerner
How to Find the Right Venture Capitalist for Your Startup
A New York VC Spotlight: John Frankel

Strategy and Resources:

Mentor in the Room: Jordan Schaffel, Co-Founder of Say It Visually! And Fast Forward Stories
Budget for Proof-of-Concept Marketing From Day One
Entrepreneurs Can Do More Faster – and Die – Or Can Execute Like Jason Bourne
Lessons in Sales for Startups
8 Online Resources to Find Your Next Investor
What Every Startup Can Learn From Valve’s Employee Handbook [Video]
Entrepreneurs: Who are they? Where do they come from and what are they up against?
How to Protect Yourself and Your Startup From Partnership Woes
New York City’s Curated Startup Events – The AlleyWatch Event Guide: May 6-9
10 Ways for Startups to Survive the Valley of Death
What to Include in a Great Online Portfolio
Beat the Competition through Process Innovation
What you Need to know About Big Data
Why Every Startup Founder Needs to Be a Community Manager
The Role of the Social Business Champion in Scaling Social Media


At TechCrunch Disrupt, Foursquare Takes A One-Two to the Chin
You Have an Idea…Now What? Founders Share Startup Tips
AlleyShowdown: Fab versus Amazon
Twelve Memorable Quotes from TechCrunch Disrupt 2013


How NFC Could Revitalize Direct Marketing
Amex Lets You Pay With a #Hashtag [Video]
Social isn’t Search: Why Apple Should Think Twice About Foursquare


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