06/19/12 3:00pm

Event Title: Startup Demo Night
When: Thursday, June 21st, 2012 @ 6:45 PM
Where: Huge BK, 45 Main St. Suite 220 Brooklyn, NY 11201

Join Huge as they host the second Startup Demo Night, featuring three promising products focused on transforming the way we engage with digital content:

  • InArticle analyzes new articles for key phrases, quotations and sentiment, creating slick visualization that help users better comprehend the data.
  • Stipple is a cloud service for online images that permanently connects them to their owners, so they can share information, media and commerce through them.
  • SpokenLayer gather written articles rom the Web, transforms them into narrated audio and make them available for listening anytime, anywhere.

All three speakers will present their apps, followed by a Q&A session moderated by a panel of user experience, technology and visual design experts.

Tweet about this event using hashtag #HugeUX

To RSVP please visit http://www.meetup.com/Huge-UX-Events/events/67849402/

05/11/12 11:31am

Nerds LOVE Bitcoin. It’s technologically and cryptographically fascinating.

But is it actually a currency? Kenneth Bromberg, lead programmer of Bloomberg’s foreign exchange platform, will explain what actually makes something a “currency”, why Bitcoin doesn’t fit that definition, and why it therefore doesn’t trade on the global currency exchanges.

Go here to sign up: meetup.com/BK-Tech-Talks/events/55386052

Location: Etsy Labs, 55 Washington Street, Ste 712 , Brooklyn, NY
Monday, May 14, 2012, 7:00 PM

05/07/12 3:51pm

Creative Week NY, a celebration of creativity in advertising, design, digital media and all the arts that feed and touch those disciplines is taking place in Dumbo Brooklyn this week. There will be thought leadership events at Galapagos Art Space, GE’s live hologram experience (free and open to the public!) on Water Street, the Celebrate Brooklyn Creative Week Digital DUMBO Party hosted by HUGE, and the One Club’s unConference all day Thursday at 111 Front Street.

Several agency partners and firms based in Dumbo are presenting at events during Creative Week include:

We hear the GE hologram experience, THROTTLE UP at 56 Water Street is something you can’t miss (11am-9pm – free and open to the public, May 7-11).

See program of events for the full schedule of events. To attend, go to creativeweeknyc.com/attend. The Dumbo BID is a partner organization.

04/23/12 10:42am

DUMBO Improvement District and Tech Triangle partners (the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the Brooklyn Navy Yard) commissioned an an economic impact study on the economic impact of the “Brooklyn Tech Triangle”. Here’s what they had to report:

The numbers speak for themselves: more than 9,000 jobs; $3 billion in economic output; and all of it could double by 2015. We couldn’t be prouder of how this industry is shaping the future of the Brooklyn (and New York) economy.

A few key take-aways:

  • 188 tech/creative firms responded to the survey and DUMBO Improvement District Members made up 83% of them.
  • More than 77% of our firms report that more than half of their employees live in Brooklyn. More than 31% say that 100% of their employees live in Brooklyn. Yah, we love it here too.
  • 99% of firms already here want to stay and grow here and more than 76% of firms not yet here want in. Today the industry occupies 1.7 million square feet of space, primarily here and in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. That number will increase to 3.1 million by 2015. Wow. That’s a lot of demand. We know the market around here is tight already and we’re working to make more space available. Please reach out if you or a startup you know is having trouble finding space.

An infographic based on data from the study was created above.

Related, there are two venture capital and startup related events on Wednesday, April 25:

  1. D3: Dumbo Demo Day, hosted by Digital DUMBO & NYU-Poly at 6:15pm at 20 Jay Street, Suite 312
  2. Dumbo Startup Lab – VC Steve Berg Speaks on the state of NYC as a place for startups. 8pm at 68 Jay Street, #718

A link to the full report (Economic Impact of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle) can be accessed at brooklyntechtriangle.com/the-study/

04/11/12 1:58pm

Docracy is a Dumbo based site for free legal documents, provided and curated by the communities that use them. Their mission is to help take the mystery and fear out of legal agreements.

One way they are supporting this mission is by providing a free seminar series called “Legal Stuff Explained“, organized to spread some legal knowledge around the community (legalstuff.tumblr.com).

These popular seminars are taught by local lawyers to the entrepreneurial community of Dumbo and NYC. Join them every Thursdays at the NYU-Poly Dumbo Incubator (20 Jay Street, #313)

Next event topic on Thursday the 12th is “Intellectual Property Law for Small Businesses”. RSVP (or add your name to the waitlist) here: eventbrite.com/event/3236591733/eorg

To view all future events, go here.

20 Jay Street, #313, Brooklyn NY 11201

04/02/12 3:00pm

Have you heard that Underground Eats (UGE) launched a few weeks ago? We profiled this Dumbo based startup in October 2011, and they’ve had some exciting events and alternative dining events recently. One event they featured was the Mast Brothers Chocolate and Kings County Whiskey Tasting Tour, a perfect combination, in our opinion. Kings County Distillery is one of NYC’s oldest whiskey distillery. They use leftover cocoa husks from Brooklyn’s Mast Brothers Chocolate to produce their chocolate whiskey.

Unfortunately, this exclusive evening of chocolate and whiskey happened last week, but there will be others I’m sure. However, UGE’s member’s only site has lots more unique experiences, like a first class ticket (sold out and not available anywhere else) to an evening of culinary history and decadence, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s last supper. Culinary provocateurs Jonny Cigar of The Noble Rot, Hell’s Kitchen’s Rob McCue and Adam Banks of Bravo’s Chef Roblé & Co. have put together this 7 course experience.

The folks at Underground Eats have set up a special URL that will allow readers to register for teh member’s only site. Go to ugeats.com/DumboNYC to sign up. PSssst, we heard that there’s some special news coming up too, so sign up and get access to your exclusive dining experiences.

{Dumbo Start-up Watch: Underground Eats, 11Oct2011}