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3 years, 3 events, 5 products launched, 2 in the works, 3 tools, 1 merger, 14 people, and 1 ham button.
Year of the Snake
Done Not Done is a “want to do” list. We hope it will help you take fun a little more seriously, so you can spend your precious free time doing the things you want to do instead of trying to remember what those things are. We started with watch, read, and listen, but more verbs are coming soon.
Rushmore is an app designed to make it easier to be a music fan. It’s like a beautiful, fan-created IMDB for music. Our long-term mission is to bring bands and fans closer together.
Slash Purpose is our vision for a more meaningful and honest Web. It’s sort of like an about page for your vision, the why behind your what. Here are some nice examples:
Open Recipes is an open database of recipe bookmarks. We want to help publishers make their recipes easy to find, and we want to prevent good recipes from disappearing when a publisher goes away. We’re not trying to save the world. We’re just trying to save some recipes. So far, contributers have added data for more than 143,000 recipes. Not that we’re counting.
Hugspoon is a recipe search engine that we are building, powered by Open Recipes. We hope to make it the best place to find great recipes, period. Here’s a sneak peek.
New and improved TeuxDeux, rebuilt from the ground up for both Web and mobile, including a native iOS app. Relaunched as a subsrciption service. In partnership with Tina Roth Eisenberg and Jonnie Hallman.
It’s a button. Invented by Funkatron. When you press it, it says “Ham.” Go ahead. Try it.
Year of the Dragon
In the summer of 2012, we raised money from our incredible sponsors and invested it in five teams trying to build the next generation of web products. Summer Camp was part of our ongoing effort to get designers and developers working together as partners from the start. We are incredibly proud of our five teams and incredibly thankful for our amazing sponsors. Check the demos here.
Brooklyn Beta Summer Camp took a completely different shape when Craig Shapiro and the lovely folks at the Collaborative Fund decided to partner with us and provide follow-on funding for every Summer Camp team.
The best Brooklyn Beta yet! We filled the Invisible Dog to the brim with nice, talented, hard-working web people. So many highlights, including Seth Godin, Cory Booker, Aaron Draplin, Maciej Ceglowski, Ted Nelson, & Ben Pieratt.
As a companion to Brooklyn Beta, and in an effort to make the event more inclusive, we started Beyond Beta, a dense schedule of events taking place all over New York. There were amazing events at Union Square Ventures, Etsy, Bitly, Squarespace, Birchbox, and Twitter. Thought-provoking talks by folks like Jack Cheng, Simon Collison, and Jason Santa Maria. The premier of the Designer’s Debate Club. Plus, fun stuff like Hyperakt Movie Night, Etsy Screen Printing, Fr00tball, and knitting. Also, there was a puppy party.
In June of 2012, 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords (unsalted SHA-1 hashes) were leaked online. Many had been cracked. Some of us were victims, and we made this simple tool to help other people see if they were, too, and to also stress that your LinkedIn password should never be used again.
The dream of Anakin (Analog + Fictive Kin) came true. Beats the heck out of Fictive Log.
We partnered with Betaworks in a pretty unique way for the startup world. Our partnership was modeled on the studio model so common in the world of film. Betaworks is Disney, and we aspire to be Pixar. (We gotta dream, right?) We identify problems that deserve solving, build solutions in the form of web and mobile apps, and Betaworks builds businesses around those apps. Pretty awesome.
Year of the Rabbit
Gimme Bar is an app the lets you save photos, text, videos, screen shots, and more from around the Web. You can also back up your existing data (such as Instagram photos and Twitter updates) to Gimme Bar and your entire Gimme Bar library to Dropbox. In a way, we’re making backups social.
Mapalong is a shared map for bookmarking places. It's a great way to see the world through the eyes of your friends and tell the story of you life.
The same small, friendly web conference got a little bit bigger. We moved upstairs at the Invisible Dog. The highlights were Tony Fadell (inventor of the iPod and founder of Nest) and Todd Park (CTO of the United States).
Gimme Plop is a fun project we put together to show off how easy it is to build apps on the Gimme Bar API. It's very addictive. Click on these to check them out:
Year of the Tiger
Where it all began. Our first conference had barely more than a hundred people, but it brought together some of the Web’s friendliest designers and developers and earned a reputation for being one of the best conferences around.
A simple, designy to-do list. The original TeuxDeux is still our dear old friend. Check the original demo and some very kind words below.
When Marc Andreessen first launched a blog, he wrote some of the best articles about business and startups on the Web. Sadly, although his blog is back online, all of that stellar content is gone. This is a static archive of his best articles, preserved for posterity.
We’ve been part of Studiomates since the very beginning and have done our best to help make it a great place to work in Brooklyn, and we also started a co-working space of our own in Bristol, UK, called Mild Bunch HQ.