Scott Poniewaz

Entrepreneur, globetrotter, foodie, and the Silicon Alley Roundup

Silicon Alley Roundup: Betabeat’s Porn Obsession & Booming NYC Tech

This happens far too often.  You find a restaurant you want to try, google it,
jump onto their website, click the ‘Menu’ link, and up pops a PDF.  This is so outdated and archaic.  I just had one come up where it was 14 pages of PDF.  Granted, most is their alcohol list,  it really makes me not want to even bother with the place, no matter how good the food is.  Public announcement to the restaurant industry, and the developers making their simple websites, learn to update your menu on your website.  With all the content management platforms out there, how can you not build a site that is easy for someone to quickly update?  If they can upload a PDF, they can update a WYSIWYG menu. Thank you, the rant is ended.

 

The weekend is here, the weather is here, and tomorrow morning should be a great run through Central Park.  Two weeks until the Madison Marathon.  Off we go!

 

Roundup Reads for the Week:

•Is it a tech boom, or a tech bubble?  Depending on the week, or the press, it is both.  According to a recent research report by the Center for an Urban Future, it is a boom.  I’ll take it.  The Wall Street Journal dissected it on the front page of the New York section earlier this week and highlighted the growth in VC investing, as well as job creation: New York City Tech Boom Sets Pace (WSJ).

 

•I don’t really want to talk too much about the Facebook IPO, because if you’re anything like me, you were over the hype  few months back.  Yes, it is the biggest tech IPO we’ll probably see in the next decade, but this week has had Zuck’s hoodie on an investor roadshow (Bloomberg), the introduction of their own Facebook App Store (Bloomberg), and the announcement of the more controversial “paid personal posts” (Techcrunch). Seriously? Who thought this was a good idea? I shouldn’t have to pay for the ability to reach out to my friends.

•I take care of my health and run a lot.  I am also quite productive.  However, I am tethered to my email via phone, laptop, and any other technology device possible.  I know I’m not the only one.  Turns out we’d all be much better off if we took a hiatus from our emails according to a recent US Army Study.  Doctor’s orders, tell your boss you’re taking the week off from email and watch your stress level go down and productivity go up: Taking E-Mail Vacations Can Reduce Stress, Study Says (NYT)

 

•Speaking of Betabeat and their tech coverage, it seems that they are either turning into big time nymphos or trying to capitalize on the SEO of porn.  With that being said, I’ll take a lesson from them and round up the week of ‘tech porn.’ they have been covering.  So out of hand, and so ridiculous, but someone needs to call them out:

 

Quote of the Week:

This is timely, as I’ve been working through a couple of great Stanford Computer Science courses that at times feel above my head via Coursera.

“Accept that it’s impossible to know everything you’d like to know, but don’t stop trying.”

- Jay Goltz
Videos that inspire:

 Everyone knows, you can’t knock the hustle.  Take Jay-Z’s word for it:

 


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