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There’s a story that’s relatively famous in the tech world, but which I hadn’t heard until my friend Andrew Ritchie told it to me over beers recently. We were talking about tech’s diversity problem and its monumental state of denial thereof; its devoted insistence that tech is the world’s one true meritocracy, where there’s no way to get ahead but hard work and a quick mind. Andrew, a coder who is also black, has...
A wave of entrepreneurs are reversing the traditional morning commute, building their businesses in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan. Beyond its emerging status as New York’s creative epicenter, the borough is also flowing with venture capital money. Per CB Insights research, Brooklyn-based companies have attracted some $1 billion in funding since 2010. Charlie O’Donnell, CEO of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, says launching a business in Brooklyn is a no-brainer. Naturally, he is a bit biased: His seed-stage investment...
Listings services, which allow you to order food from restaurants across a city, or to vet the quality of service at a bar or the atmosphere of a pottery class, are basically the ultimate exercise in personal convenience. If a new taqueria springs up on your block, order through Seamless. If you’ve heard conflicting reports about a certain juice bar, Yelp it. If you enjoy rating businesses to a subscription-worthy degree, sign up for Angie’s...
On a sunny Wednesday evening along the Gowanus Canal, inside the very confusing series of warehouses known as the Gowanus Industrial Arts Complex, I attended the second of a now-monthly meetup series called "Food Hackers," hosted by Farmigo, a San Francisco-bred business that, in short, acts as an online farmer's market by allowing people to order produce online from nearby farms and bring them home from various pickup locations throughout the city. Farmigo made the...

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