What you missed around the web and on AlleyWatch last week – May 19 – May 25


It was another busy week in Silicon Alley and beyond.



InternetWeek took over the town this past week, which kicked off with the announcement that Yahoo! had just acquired home-grown Tumblr for $1.1  billion in cash. What a great way to start the week!

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A mini monsoon caught in NYC this week

Supersize me: New York-based Seamless and Chicago-based Grubhub are merging, subject to regulatory approval.  No name has been announced for the new company, which will certainly be taking a big bite out of the online food delivery market.

MOUSE, the long-standing non-profit that prepares underprivileged youth for the technical world, turned 15 this week and honored former MOUSE chairman, long-time supporter and angel investor Joanne Wilson and MakerBot founder Bre Pettis for their contributions to the program. The event, which took place at the Lighthouse @ Chelsea Piers, was a veritable who’s who of the New York tech world, from the industry’s most nascent days in city to now. Summer’s coming and if you’re invited to host a MOUSE apprentice. Of course, donations to the program are always welcomed!

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The sun sets from the Chelsea Piers Lighthouse at the MOUSE event

While thinking about sunsets, the Manhattan solstice is on Tuesday, May 28th. “Manhattanhenge – sometimes referred to as the Manhattan Solstice – is a circumstance which occurs twice a year, during which the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan in New York City.” “

At 8:16pm, be sure to look west from one of the optimal streets for viewing such as 14th, 34th, 42nd and 57th.

Here is what you missed on AlleyWatch last week:


Made in NY™ – Maria Seidman, CEO & Co-Founder of Yapp
Meet Jack Yulzari, CEO of Trippin’ In from DreamIt Ventures’ newest NYC class
Date Night is Not Just for the Honeymoon Phase
Made in NY™ – Korey Lee, Vice President of Operations and Analytics at SumAll
Meet Eytan Daniyalzade, CEO and Co-Founder of Stylr from DreamIt Ventures’ newest NYC class
Made in NY™ – Are Traasdahl, Founder and CEO of Tapad


A New York VC Spotlight: Eric Hippeau
An Angel in New York: Nihal Mehta
Top 6 Questions Smart Investors Should Ask Startups
Funded in the Alley – Sam Lundin, Founder and CEO of Vimbly
Funding Early-Stage Ventures and What You Need to Know from the Women Shaping Venture Capital in NYC
7 Startup Habits Investors Read as Staying Power

Strategy and Resources:

5 Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurial MBAs
Community is Inevitable: How to Prepare Yourself as an Early-Stage Startup
Restricted Stock or Stock Options? 5 Factors to Consider
Mentor in the Room: Adaora Udoji, Founder and Managing Director of The Boshia Group
Dissecting the Entrepreneur’s Brain [Infographic]
6 Ways SMBs Can Turn Social Media Fans into Actual Customers
Design a Recurring Revenue Model for your Startup
3 Musts for a Successful Sales Presentation
Keep Your Company from Signing with the Wrong Hire, Partner, or Supplier


The “JOBS Act” and its Implications for Startups
If You Missed ER 58 with Peter Stern, Your Loss (But We Took Notes)
StrategyHack brings together startups and marketing specialists
Trump Puts the Clown in Crowdfunding
New York City’s Curated Startup Events – The AlleyWatch Event Guide: May 27-31
A Recovering Startup Junkie: How I Battled Serial Entrepreneurship and Won
AlleyShowdown – Yahoo versus Tumblr


Driving Innovation With Advanced Social Intelligence
How Brands Can Go Mobile
The Cloud-Based Business Model: A Guide for Entrepreneurs
The Apps of Summer: 17 Suggestions to Help With Your Travel Planning
What are Grid Systems and Why You Need to Know About Them

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