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Andrea Huspeni

Andrea Huspeni is a recent graduate student of NYU studying business and economic reporting, Andrea oversees the ticker and writes about subjects pertaining to the New York tech scene. She love covering tech, startups, entrepreneurs, and anything that brings innovation and thought provoking ideas to the world. Prior to becoming a journalist, she was involved in marketing in corporate settings and owned an ecommerce store.

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    For Douglas Rushkoff the future is now — and that’s the problem

    In the digital age, the future no longer matters. All we have is now, says media theorist Doug Rushkoff, author of the newly released “Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now.” In it, Rushkoff explores what he calls “presentism,” a concept evolving around  “everything is real-time, always-on, pervasive, and constant.” While invigorating, this concept also presents challenges — from investors expecting a quick return to the inability for startups to scale to their true potential to consumers becoming wary of permanency to…
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    Lango steps up visual messaging with editorial content

    Emoticons are stupid. They’re sappy, and won’t go away, like wet leaves on the bottom of your shoe. Yet they’re indispensable for asynchronous communication. That’s because sarcasm does not translate well to email, texting, or comments at the end of news stories. As silly as it may sound emoticons are not just for high school girls or young lovers. They have their own digital linguistic category called “visual messaging.” They are important for conveying attitudes that can be easily misinterpreted…
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    Maiden Nation wants to empower women through ecommerce

    What do Gloria Steinem, Yoko Ono, and Lauren Bush have in common (besides the fact they are women)? If you said they’re all jewelry designers, give yourself a pat on the back. Surprised? Don’t be. They, and others, have been seduced by the idea behind New York-based startup Maiden Nation, which launched in November. The company seeks to empower women by providing a platform for them to earn an income through ethical fashion – either by partnering with a designer for…
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    Oscar isn’t the only one that gets to relish in Kickstarter’s success

    Kickstarter has received a lot of attention over the past few days after backing Inocente, a short documentary that took home an Oscar. But Inocente isn’t the only successful creative project to arise from the crowdfunding platform. While there is no magic equation for how to be successful on Kickstarter, it doesn’t hurt the campaign to have a plan of attack, an engaging campaign, and tons of friends to do a huge PR blitz on the campaign. Here are…
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    Frank Rimalovski on the importance of entrepreneurship at schools

    New York University is in the midst of its annual NYU Entrepreneurs Competition. Over eight months, teams comprised of students from across the university compete for $200,000 in prize money spread across three tracks – new, social, and technology ventures. The competition has been ongoing since 1999, with one notable previous winner being Pinterest (when it was known as Tote). One of those behind the competition is Frank Rimalovski, Managing Director of NYU’s Innovation Venture Fund, a fund in the…
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    Choose your own adventure: Authors turn to Kickstarter to fund their stories

    Game designer Mike Selinker had a dream back in 1995—to bring his puzzle solving fantasy adventure, a book called The Maze of Games, to market. It was, he believed, a story that Narnia fanatics would eat up. After being snatched by a frightening gatekeeper, two siblings, Samuel and Collleen Quiace, scramble around late-19th century England trying to escape. The twist was that readers held the key to Samuel and Colleen making it home safely by completing puzzles to move…
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    As criminals get more vocal, cops get more social

    Two stories caught my eye this week relating to social media and law enforcement. One was pertaining to police pleading with the public not to use Twitter during the mountain cabin stand off with the ex-cop cum alleged cop-murderer Christopher Dorner, for fear that the updates put the lives of officers in jeopardy. The other was about Brooklyn Deputy Inspector Joseph Gulotta using social media to track down gang members and confiscate guns. This strategy has helped his…
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    The Daily Candy for finance rolls out new website

    Personally, I would rather floss my teeth with a Swiss army knife than figure out my personal finances. That’s probably not surprising. Not many jump for joy when we’re budgeting everyday expenses, strategizing investment opportunities, watching our 401Ks plummet, or choosing a retirement fund. But this unwillingness to grapple with personal finance turns out to be a real problem. According to a MassMutual survey only 26 percent of females feel comfortable dealing with finances, yet these same women are…
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    Citia shifts focus from just books to all content creators

    Last night, at a monthly New York Tech Meet-up, Linda Holliday, founder and CEO of Citia, a kind of Cliff’s Notes publisher for “high-velocity reading,” took the stage to talk about storytelling. This might appear an odd topic for the purveyor of a service for the ADD crowd that promises to “shorten and spotlight an author’s big ideas” by reorganizing books on to “virtual index cards,” with the idea to make reading “faster,” “easier,” and “more efficient.” Before 900 tech…