Blog posts tagged "nyc"

Company Town

October 1st, 2008

“[New York] is the company town for money”Richard Lefrak

“On a rooftop in Brooklyn…”

July 6th, 2008

We tromped up to our roof with friends and neighbors to watch the fireworks in the rain.

Moving to New York

June 3rd, 2008

new york, ny

Some of you have heard, some of you haven’t, but Jasmine and I are getting up next week (June 12th) and moving to New York.

The plan is to go on working for Flickr, and fly back to SF once a month or so. So if you could plan your camps/parties/meetups/conferences accordingly that would be swell.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the East Coast. (And while we haven’t really gotten a feel for the new apartment [in Williamsburg], its looking like we might even have something resembling a guest room.)

We’ll be driving back via the not most direct route (which will surprise no one who knows us) that takes us past the Grand Canyon, Austin, and New Orleans. (thats as far as the map I’m looking at goes) So any suggestions for anything from sights, to food, to places to stay, to good people along those stretches, to great audiobooks to fill up empty bits in the road are all appreciated.

  • May 24, 2008

    E.B. White: “There are roughly three New Yorks.”.

    “There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter — the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. […] Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.”

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Union Sq. Ventures

July 30th, 2007

The writing was on the wall.

Jack Dorsey: Taking the subway to Union Sq. The NYC one. (July 23rd)

(actually I missed that one, but Twitters from Jack regarding the White Stripes were a dead give away!)

Bit late, but congrats to both Twitter and WeSabe on closing funding with Union Sq. Ventures.

Like Tony said, “All my friends go with Union Sq.”. I’ve been fan (a fan of a VC!?!?) since shortly before their investment, and they continue to fund my favorite start ups.

We walked by their office today, but too busy to stop in and say, “Hi”.

Blueprint for a New York Coffee Boutique

January 17th, 2006

Tony has a bit from this morning’s Brazilian auction

When the digital smoke cleared, the last bidder standing was the coalition of Australia’s Instaurator and Vince Piccolo of Vancouver’s Caffe Artigiano paying a record-demolishing $49.75 a pound (about $79,000 for the 12 bags).

A bold move that will have some scratching their heads, but Vince and his crew plan on selling the coffee exclusively via their recently obtained Clover at $5 a cup.

I’ve been pondering that a kiosk specializing in exactly this kind of thing, would probably be smash hit in Manhattan.

Specialized, small space requirements, appeal to the city’s snobbery. Hook it up to a decent online engagement strategy, communicating and blogging around daily specials, cuppings, and general coffee education. I think it would be a hit. And avoid most of the pitfalls associated with starting a coffee shop (especially in a high rent city) In fact, I even fantasized about starting it, until I thought hard about the initial outlay. And it dovetails nicely with my not so secret desire to see the quality of NYC coffee rise if I’m going to be living there.

“It might seem crazy that we were prepared to pay that price,” said Mr. Piccolo, a 40-year-old former fine-dining restaurant owner. “But when you break it down by the cup, it is about the same price that people would pay for a mediocre glass of wine.”

Actually it’s still considerably less then you’ll pay most places in New York for a mediocre glass.

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Barcamp Post Mortem Knowledge Share

January 17th, 2006

In the wake of the A16 convergence (April 2000, World Bank/IMF), Jay Sand wrote an excellent document describing in detail the process of setting up and running the events IMC space. This document functioned for years as the blueprint for new IMCs and captured a huge amount of knowledge.

I was reminded of it while reading over Amit’s BarCamp NYC — the Nuts and Bolts, which, while shorter, is also excellent, detailed, and insightful. If you’ve been wanting to start your own un-conference (and who doesn’t!), this is your howto.

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Barcamp East: In New York Next Weekend

January 8th, 2006

BarCamp NYC is next weekend, and with it the East Coast gets its inaugral un-conference. (FooCamp, BarCamp, and MindCamp all being West Coast affairs, and Amsterdam being spiritually closer to the West Coast then anywhere on the Atlantic Seaboard I’m thinking)

Registration is open, attendance is free, accomodation is urban camping.

Also if anyone has a suggestion for a talk for me to give, I’m coming up blank, I’ve handed out a number of excellent (IMHO) suggestions to others, but not feeling the inspiration personally.

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