Cale Guthrie Weissman

Cale graduated from Reed College with a degree in Political Science. He lives in Brooklyn, drinks coffee sometimes, and this is his Twitter.

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    Artist image site OpenAura partners with Getty, AP, and others: Why this is a big win for musicians

    In some ways, technology has made it easier to be a musician. If you have something to sing, you can record it, upload it to Soundcloud or YouTube, and then pray someone discovers it. We see artists like Lorde become pop superstars through the savvy use of these platforms (and a ton of blind luck). In other ways, however, the digital age hasn’t been too kind to musicians. Whether their music is consumed on Spotify or Pandora, or if it’s pirated or uploaded to YouTube without a…
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    Recommendation app Sosh partners with OpenTable, continues US expansion

    Local recommendations app Sosh is expanding into two new cities — Washington and Chicago — and is also announcing a partnership with OpenTable. Unlike Yelp, Sosh instead provides a finely tuned curated list of what’s happening in the cities it covers: San Francisco, New York, Seattle, plus today’s new arrivals. The app says it doesn’t aim for quantity (there are 20 highly rated restaurants near you), but instead quality (you should go to this one hidden place we know about).…
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    Will starving artists turn to coding instead of waiting tables?

    In the Olden Days, New York was the place for young aspiring artists to find their dream, all while making ends meet via its venerable service industry. To this day, twenty-somethings wear their past waiting traumas on their sleeves to prove their worth as professionals today (myself included — I was a barista). But the tech industry is now a mainstay of New York’s economy. This means there is potentially a new type of entry-level position to help upstarts pay their far-too-expensive…
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    From yoga studios to spas, startups look to niche businesses for the next big market

    An entrepreneur’s job is to find a problem that needs fixing. But as more and more startups get founded and funded, a growing number of them are forced to find problems in smaller, niche areas — areas that people may not think to yield large demand. A software platform for yoga studios? For beauty shops? Tour guides? These are small businesses with small budgets. How could there possibly be enough demand? Yet they exist, and some of them are growing rapidly. The key, it…
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    Fundbox raises $17.5M aiming to fill small business cash-flow gaps

    Running a business often amounts to juggling cashflow. The unfortunate reality is that expenses often go out long before the resulting revenue comes in. And that’s the best case scenario where there’s actually revenue. That’s one reason I prefer to write about businesses as a journalist, rather than than actually running one. (I can’t take the instability, or the bookkeeping.) The Israel-based Fundbox believes that it has a solution for to the short-term cashflow gaps faced by most small businesses. The company offers…
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    As Windows XP doomsday comes, what does this mean for your POS system?

    The end is nigh, take cover. As I hope you all know, tomorrow will be Windows XP’s “end-of-life.” Anyone running the OS will stop receiving software updates. This really shouldn’t come as a shock, Microsoft has been warning about this for quite some time now. But akin to that college final paper you’ve had all semester to write and left until one day before the deadline, many companies just haven’t taken the leap toward updating their OS. What does that…
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    Blueprint Health demo day shines a light on New York tech

    Yesterday in Manhattan, New York’s health tech scene took to the restaurant and performance space City Winery to see what the latest batch of Blueprint Health‘s accelerator participants have been up to for the last few months. The event was its fifth demo-day since its launch in 2012. The seven companies accepted into Blueprint’s accelerator program took to the stage to showcase what they’ve done. Blueprint is a New York-based health tech network, so quite obviously all of the companies…
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    Steve Case on AOL-Time Warner: “I don’t regret doing the merger”

    If you were the CEO of one half of the most gargantuan technology mergers to date, which ultimately became one of the largest business disasters in recent memory, how would you reflect? Sarah Lacy, at tonight’s PandoMonthly in New York, asked AOL’s founder Steve Case to do just that. Her question: how did he think the $164 billion AOL-Time Warner merger, that ultimately gave 55 percent of the company to AOL and the CEO title to Time Warner’s Gerald Levin, went? Case’s…
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    Pew: News revenue drops by almost one-third. Time to panic?

    According to numbers released today from the Pew Research Center, news revenue has declined by nearly one third since 2006. Pew estimates that the annual revenue in 2006 was about $94-$95 billion. Today the Center’s estimates put that number somewhere between $63-$65 billion. What’s important to note, however, is the evolving channels from which this revenue is coming. In 2006 the vast majority of the money came from advertising — 82 percent to be precise. While advertising is still the…
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    And now we have a Tinder for home-buying

    These days the startup pitch trend is to say you offer either the “Uber of” or “Tinder of” something. For the former that means your business is on-demand and accessed through an app. I’ve seen it applied to storage, prescription drug-getting, jet-flying, even pizza-buying. For the latter — the “Tinder of” approach — a mobile app is also involved, but its aim is to make a decision usually requiring a great amount of thought into a mindless, easy…

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