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Good morning, All,

We’ve gotten feedback that you all found out about it too late – so this is your head’s up, up front and personal – don’t say we didn’t flag it. Our guest is very active investor Mike Edelhart, who spends ½ his time on the West Coast and isn’t readily accessible to the masses. Here’s your rare chance for a one-on-one, and maybe get his perspective on the startup scene on both coasts. It’ll be a good one and hope you can make it! Breakfast is included, of course, and we always leave time for networking. Register here.   
 
A few weeks ago, we found out that Facebook was engaged in a clandestine study to find out if emotions are contagious on social networks. Of course, it’s always our theory that the first shot across the bow is more or less the red herring to see how far they can push the line and get away with. Were there serious repercussions? Would you have remembered that little exercise, had we not reminded you?
 
As we said, red herring. This past week, Facebook announced that they are forcing all their users around the world to download its standalone Messenger app – if you want to use their mobile chat, that is. Please don’t click on the download link just yet. We understand that you give something up when you sign on the dotted line for free stuff, but Facebook has gone way over the line this time. The Insidiousness of Facebook Messenger's Mobile App Terms of Service is an absolute must-read, and shame on you, TechCrunch, for your glowing review of the app and not a mention of the sinister TOS, which the HuffPo covered in detail. The highlights: “Facebook's Messenger App requires the acceptance of an alarming amount of personal data and, even more startling, direct control over your mobile device. You might as well send FB access to your bank account and be done with it. Oh, wait
 
·  Allows the app to call phone numbers without your intervention. This may result in unexpected charges or calls. Malicious apps may cost you money by making calls without your confirmation.
 
Forget it. This makes access to your bank account more or less a done deal, too, albeit in dribs and drabs.
 
Allows the app to record audio with microphone. This permission allows the app to record audio at any time without your confirmation.
Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation.

Allows the app to read you phone's call log, including data about incoming and outgoing calls. This permission allows apps to save your call log data, and malicious apps may share call log data without your knowledge.

There are a number of references to malicious apps. With an app like this, one can only speculate how closely Facebook is working with the NSA. Read the full article. Allot yourself three brain cells. Go!

While the privacy line was breached long ago, this is far beyond what we’ve seen to date and far beyond the pale. This is a line in the sand. We may be a so-called much more sophisticated or informed audience here, and we do realize that it’s opt in, but a lot of kids use Facebook chat. Think that they all sat there and read the fine print? Or told their parents, who are paying the bills and may not even be aware that the app is out there, that they've downloaded it? And why does Facebook need to record audio or take pictures and/or videos at will? This is frightening. Yes, download here and you've pretty much ceded control of your phone, and worse, to Facebook.

Let’s put all of this in different persepective: Elon Musk says artificial intelligence is 'potentially more dangerous than nukes', and this is another must-read. Remember, Google owns Google Boston Dynamics, makers of the creepiest robots on earth, and an artificial intelligence company called DeepMind. Musk is suggesting that we be careful and maybe think first and consider the consequences before we leaping headfirst into everything this brave new world could potentially offer, and as we see from this Facebook example, what with over a billion downloads of the messenger app in the first week alone, that’s clearly happening.

In a Facebook world, talk may be cheap, but cha, for starters, t is coming at way too high a price. Onward and forward.

 
 

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Deadlines:
 
Every month, the Awesome Foundation gives away $1000 – no strings attached. Check them out, in a city near you. And go for it!


CALL FOR TOP INNOVATORS! Deadline August 14th. 9th annual conference will showcase more than 50 of the hottest early stage and emerging growth technology, life sciences, edtech and clean-tech innovators If you are a Startup seeking capital and/or partnerships, submit your plan for the opportunity to present at The 9th Annual New England Venture Summit, the premier venue connecting emerging growth companies with active Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, Corporate VCs and Investment Firms. Presented by youngStartup Ventures, The 2014 New England Venture Summit provides an unparalleled opportunity for startups to meet, network and showcase their innovative investment opportunities to a leading group of investors.

Heads up, Europe et Al!  World2NYC Global Industry Challenge, deadline August 22nd. The challenge is a global initiative launched by the New York City Economic Development Corporation in partnership with New York International. It brings innovative companies from around the world that are active in areas of strategic significance to the city and connects them with local business and community leaders.

NEW  Announcing the 2015 R/GA IoT Accelerator, deadline August 25th.  R/GA, the agency for the connected age, announces the second R/GA Accelerator, powered by Techstars, focused on startups in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Connected Devices space. We select ten startups to join our three-month, immersive, mentor-driven program.


For you edification this week:

Put your startup or company on the NYC startup map. AlleyWatch is putting together a map of the NY tech ecosystem, including everyone from startups to investors to coworking spaces and more. Put yourself (and you company) on the map. Register here. 
 
Austrian activist ropes Facebook users into his class-action lawsuit against the company. You, too, can join the lawsuit, provided that you live outside of the US or Canada.
 
What Is Privacy? It’s also not so simple…
 

Drivers, don't let Google take the wheel. What could be er, just as bad as Facebook taking over your phone. Hmmm…
 

10 Startup Shortcuts That Will Be Back to Haunt You
 
5 Bottlenecks that Discourage Startup Growth and How to Fix Them
 
We know this was the subject of last week’s newsletter. We don’t mind being among the first to sound the alarm: Connected devices have huge security holes.
 
Apple’s content delivery network is reportedly live and it’s huge. Including live broadcasts.
 
Boston's solar-powered benches can charge your phone. They’re called soofa’s and they’re coming next week.
 
Leaked Memo Gives Away Dems’ ‘Extreme Weather’ Talking Points. Scare tactics are just never a good idea.



 

Elevator Pitch/Member News
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Kudos to Lori Hoberman, and our apologies for not mentioning it last week. She piloted a program where she took 17 NYC public school students – all girls – and put together a mentorship program that gave them an opportunity to see what it’s like to put together a company. (And the winners got our vote! Great idea). Story is here.
 



That’s it from us this week.  Hope to see you at our breakfast next week. Until then, now, as always, help is on the way…


I Need Help
If you need something, let us know.  To post, just go to http://startuponestop.com/ and follow the link.


Summary: Mailify - First step in NYC – Suggestions for a coworking space?
 
Name: Paul de Fombelle
 
Email: paul@mailify.com


 
Good morning, All,

I’m in charge of finding and setting up a New York office for Mailify.com

I was until now leading our Spanish office in Barcelona, and NY is a great challenge for me: I need to ingest very fast the market rules and success keys of the US IT business.

As a first step, I’ll be a few days in NY, from Aug 16th to 20th, to deal with the last paperwork, start hiring our US team, find a good coworking place, etc.

I'd love to use this first -very short- stay to meet entrepreneurs or people part of the NY startup galaxy that could give us advice or just be nice enough to share their experience.

If your overbooked schedule can afford an informal meeting, I look forward to meeting you.

See you in two weeks!
Paul

PD/ The barter involves - as a beginning - free beer/meal in return for your time. #bribery

If many volunteers, let's organize a common Mailify-sponsored drink!
 
Specific Region: NYC
 
Compensation: Barter



 
I Can Help

Summary: Big Ideas for Smart Cities: Communication Economy, August 5th
 
Communication Economy -----Curated by Annalect, Packet

Join LaunchLM for Big Ideas for Smart Cities, a series of six events focused on innovations to create a more technologically advanced public realm within Lower Manhattan. The series focuses on public conversations with leading thinkers about the role of technology in the public realm. Events curators include Annalect, ARUP, Case, Control Group, Droga5, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council , NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, Packet, and SHoP.

Please note: Event takes place out of doors at the stage located on the corner of Fulton and Front Streets.  Ambrose Hall will be offering drink specials: $5 beers and $8 drinks

8/5, 6:30 PM
South Street Seaport
Fulton and Front Street

Specific Region: South Street Seaport
 
Compensation: Free
 

Summary: Fellow IoT enthusiasts! IoT #3, August 7th
 
After the great success of our inaugural meetups, we are now expanding
to a bigger space. We are also very excited to announce the beginning
of our speaker series.  For this meetup, we are fortunate to welcome
Peter Semmelhack, Founder of Bug Labs, and Narayan Menon, VP of
Interdigital Labs:

Peter Semmelhack, Bug Labs Founder and CEO, is a seasoned entrepreneur
in the IoT and mobile spaces.   In addition to his speech,
he will also be hosting a book giveaway and signing for his Social
Machines book (details at http://buglabs.net/social-machines)

Narayan Menon, InterDigital’s Vice President of InterDigital Labs, is
responsible for technology strategy, innovation and technology
development in the area of next-generation wireless networks.  Narayan
will discuss the next generation of IoT and some of the challenges
facing today’s M2M ecosystem, including device diversity and network
scale due to vertical solutions.  He believes that the next generation
of IoT is all about horizontal platforms that enable scale and a rich
landscape of applications that can support interoperability between
the diverse devices, applications and networks in the market today.

Please RSVP at your convenience.  Any questions, feedback or future
presenter suggestions are extremely welcome!
 
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/IOTMU-NYC/events/193749332/
 
Specific Region: NYC
 
Compensation: Karma Points


 
Summary: NYC Business & Entrepreneur Grade-A Networking Mixer, August 12th
 

Name: The NYC Business Networking Group
 
Email: nycbiznet@hotmail.com
 
Join The NYC Business Networking Group (NYCBNG) for our monthly networking opportunity. Build social capital among the members of our local community and leverage these relationships to enhance the value of our events and your business.

At our award-winning events you'll enjoy meeting a high calibre of individuals and company attendees. Members include business professionals & executives, business owners, investors, lenders, entrepreneurs and startups from a diverse range of industries.

Check Out Our 2014 Networking Video at http://youtu.be/_nQp6LLNEuQ

Network with members and interact with our sponsor companies who will showcase their business-related products and services.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM
WHERE: Pranna NYC, 79 Madison at 28th St, NYC, 10016
COST: $10.00 prepaid (100 available) or $20 cash/door
RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-entrepreneur-grade-a-networking-mixer-tickets-12288839249

NOTE: Looking for extra exposure for your business? Vendor tables available. Check out benefits and costs on the invitation page.
 
Specific Region: NYC
 
Compensation: Negotiable



Summary: Big Ideas for Smart Cities: Arts and Culture, August 12th
 
Arts and Culture -----Curated by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Join LaunchLM for Big Ideas for Smart Cities, a series of six events focused on innovations to create a more technologically advanced public realm within Lower Manhattan. The series focuses on public conversations with leading thinkers about the role of technology in the public realm. Events curators include Annalect, ARUP, Case, Control Group, Droga5, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council , NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, Packet, and SHoP.

Please note: Event takes place out of doors at the stage located on the corner of Fulton and Front Streets.  Ambrose Hall will be offering drink specials: $5 beers and $8 drinks

8/12, 6:30 PM
South Street Seaport
Fulton and Front Street
 
Specific Region: South Street Seaport
 
Compensation: Free
 
 
Summary: Big Ideas for Smart Cities: Infrastructure, August 19th
 
Infrastructure -----Curated by Case

Join LaunchLM for Big Ideas for Smart Cities, a series of six events focused on innovations to create a more technologically advanced public realm within Lower Manhattan. The series focuses on public conversations with leading thinkers about the role of technology in the public realm. Events curators include Annalect, ARUP, Case, Control Group, Droga5, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council , NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, Packet, and SHoP.

Please note: Event takes place out of doors at the stage located on the corner of Fulton and Front Streets.  Ambrose Hall will be offering drink specials: $5 beers and $8 drinks

8/19, 6:30 PM
South Street Seaport
Fulton and Front Street
 
Specific Region: South Street Seaport
 
Compensation: Free

 

Summary: Disruptive Technologists in NYC, The Internet of Things, August 25th
 
Name: Internet of Things
 
Email: info@disruptivetechnologists.com
 
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure. When trillions of things can be connected, which things should you connect?

Disruptive Technologists in NYC - Internet of Things

Monday, August 25, 6:15 pm
Venue: ATT AdWorks Lab, 810 7th Ave , New York, NY

Panelists: Jeffrey Finkle,Investor +; Michael Chou, VC; Voltaire X, Entrepreneur;

Go to the link for more info and RSVP:
http://www.meetup.com/Disruptive-Technologists-in-NYC/events/188746222/
 
Specific Region: NYC
 
Compensation: Negotiables

 

Events

NOTE: we try not to include events that are sold out or wait lis


Tuesday, August 5
 
Big Ideas for Smart Cities: Communication Economy, 6.30, Free
 
Paperless Post Tech Talks: Chrys Wu, 7 pm, Free
 
 
Wednesday, August 6
 
Website Clinic for Entrepreneurs, 2 pm, $40
 
Wearable Wednesday NY - Wearables in a Connected World, 6 pm, $15
 
AdTech Summer Meetup, 7 pm, Free
 
 
Thursday, August 7
 
Summer NYC VC & Angel Conference, 2 pm –  6, $85
 
IoT Meetup #3, 6 pm, Free
 
CoFoundersLab Matchup New York City!, 6.30, $10

 
The Product Group August 2014, 7 pm, Free

 
Upcoming Events

Wearable Wednesday NY - Wearables in a Connected World, August 6th, 6 pm, free
IOT NYC #3, August 7th, 6 pm, Free

Summer NYC VC & Angel Conference, August 7th, $85
Startup Grind New York City Hosts Stuart Wall (Signpost), August 12, 6 pm, $20
Breakfast with an Angel, August 13th, 8.30 am, $20
Funding Post Food Investing Conference, August 21st, $385
The Internet of Things, August 25th, $16
NJ Tech Meetup 51 W/ Charlie O'Donnell (VC @ Brooklyn Bridge Ventures), August 27th, 6.45, $





 







 
 
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