advertisement advertisement If you look carefully around the Union Square, Manhattan, location of newly launched coworking space Grind, there are references to the banalities of life as an office worker, unlamented artifacts of the corporation left behind. The glass walls of two conference rooms are covered in corporate speak–words and phrases like “incentivized,” “loop me in,” “above my pay grade,” and “pain points,” rendered in transparent type. The cheeky contempt for corporate culture isn’t just an ironic design touch, it’s part of the mandate of the new venture. “We want to encourage people to leave their jobs,” says Grind cofounder Ty Montague, “and we’ll give them what they need here.” Montague, who is also cofounder of agency/creative consultancy Co:Collective, says that, beyond a place to plug in your laptop, Grind is a manifestation of his and his partners’ views … [Read more...] about Co:Collective Founders Launch Coworking Space “Grind” In Heart Of NYC Startup Scene
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advertisement Have you ever spotted something awesome on a website and thought, “I would definitely pay someone to make that for me”? Good news–now you can. Today, local commerce platform Zaarly is launching a new feature called Zaarly Anywhere, which lets any website embed a button on its site that integrates with the Zaarly platform, much the same way Spotify’s Play Button lets you add tracks to any website. Zaarly Anywhere is initially launching on seven partner publisher sites: Everyday Health, The Fancy, the Los Angeles Times, Cookstr, IKEA Hackers, Remodelaholic, and Simplified Building. Now, when visitors to a Zaarly Anywhere-enabled site see something they like–perhaps a dish on Cookstr, or a cool desk on IKEA Hackers–they can post a request asking a member of Zaarly’s marketplace to make it for them without having to leave the partner site. This is what the company is calling “the future of online to offline commerce.” … [Read more...] about With Zaarly Anywhere, What You See Online Is What You Can Get
As CEO of Fourth Wall Studios in Culver City, California, Jim Stewartson has assembled a team of game developers, filmmakers and technology innovators to create what his company calls the next generation of interactive storytelling. advertisement advertisement Since 2007, video game veterans Stewartson and founding partners Elan Lee (Chief Creative Officer) and Sean Stewart (Head Writer) have been developing a new transmedia entertainment platform called Rides, which will be the basis of six new franchises. The format is based around video content that viewers, or players, can experience on multiple devices. But what separates these experiences from a typical game is the level of interaction with the stories’ characters, who break the fourth wall and send emails, texts and even call players to push the story forward. In essence, it’s an alternate reality game (ARG), which blends interactivity beyond the computer screen. “Rides is a system that was designed … [Read more...] about The Calls Are Coming From Inside The Game!
One of Kansas City’s first city-backed ventures to capitalize on the speed of Google Fiber is set to officially launch next week. Fittingly, it’s from a company that could help other entrepreneurs speed up how they pitch their own products. advertisement SightDeck, a spinoff of Los Angeles-based tech company iMatte, provides HD telepresence with a lot of extra tricks. Not only does the system have the capacity to broadcast remote meetings, it can fuse them together using a drop screen and infrared technology that allows up to four attendees in different locations to appear in the same room and manipulate background graphics by touch, like a gigantic iPad. For startups clustered around Google Fiber, the fact that it also functions as a stand-alone film studio with those baked-in special effects will be key. As a part of LaunchKC, the city’s own incubator, SightDeck CEO Richard Welnowski had received free meeting room space inside the city’s historic Union … [Read more...] about Google Fiber-Inspired SightDeck Brings Hollywood Effects To VC Pitches And Telepresence Meetings