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Simple math. Let’s give basic post pubescents millions – if not billion - of dollars, fawning accolades in the press, not to mention from billionaire investors and so-called business leaders. You think all of this might go to their heads and they might get the idea that they’re not only bullet-proof, but endowed with powers beyond those of mere mortals and –shudder – above the law? They may get older, but they don't seem to outgrow it.
 
First, we had the reports of Facebook manipulating a small percentage of its users for data collection. ‘Small’ for Facebook is nearly 700,000 people. Not much less than the population of Alaska. The story has changed a few times

– has been altered/updated, but it’s pretty much FB standard practice to act first, offer a weak apology later. (Facebook COO tells users she deliberately tried to upset: “We never meant to upset you”. For the record, ‘she’ is that arbiter of appropriate behavior - Sheryl ‘Lean In’ Sandberg).
 
But why not push the limits of ethics, if not legality? There haven’t been any major repercussions and all is forgotten/forgiven pretty much faster than you can say ‘Yo!’
 
This must stop. How many times is Facebook going to issue an ‘apology’ for having crossed the line? Again? Zuckerberg himself has issued 10 – but that count only goes up to 2011, and he had someone else do the dirty work this time. And let’s not forget that Mr. Zuckerberg spent $30 million on four homes to ensure his own privacy, so privacy and securing the borders (in both cases, his own, lest we forget that he is a major supporter of/contributor to amnesty and open borders) is something that seems to apply only to him.  Guess  that ‘do unto others’ thing is just not part of his ethos.
 
Of course, the New York Time found A Bright Side to Facebook’s Experiments on Its Users, but it’s really nothing that didn’t come out of Josef Goebbels’ playbook.
 
Google has done its share of stepping over the line as well, but they don’t even both with an apology any more: they end up being slapped on the wrist by some court or other, but still, no repercussions. So, where’s the deterrent? Are these young ‘innovators’ somehow above the law, or at least, consequences?
 
The Facebook experiment was not just a betrayal of trust or ‘a study about customer service,’ as one Facebook lawyer contended. And all Facebook suffered, to date, was a wrist slap from the Federal Trade Commission for ‘unfair and deceptive’ user privacy practices, according to Forbes. But let’s not forget that Facebook (and other tech companies) have regularly turned over user information to the government, so, yes, maybe a slap on the wrist is ‘fair.’ As a sort of nod of thanks. Your tax dollars at work!
 
Still, this ‘experiment’ is the stuff of a serious class action lawsuit, and with Facebook being the world’s 6th largest country, based on population, this could have very serious consequences.
 
How long had we been hearing the term, ‘users in charge,’ at the dawn of the social era? And that it’s all about ‘eyeball?’ That may well yet come back to bite the tech hegemony in the proverbial, and if/when users do take action where government have so far failed, let’s face it: it’s long overdue and this may well have been that fatal step over the line. Time will tell. Onward and forward.



Our next SOS Breakfast with an Investor will be Wednesday, July 16th and our guest investor will be John Ason, who has invested in over 40 pre-revenue startups, often as the lead angel investor. We’re also told that he gives outstanding advice, so save the date and hope to see you there! And our thanks to Mozilla for so generously sponsoring our last breakfast!



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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!

NEW  DreamIt Philly, deadline July 11th. If you’re an early stage startup or motivated entrepreneur who can benefit from seed funding, mentorship, and access; consider applying to the upcoming DreamIt Philly 2014 program. @DreamItVentures offers participating companies $25k in seed funding; bespoke mentorship; access to potential partners, potential customers, and capital. Apply to participate in a DreamIt program and begin building the company of your dreams!
 

LaunchHouse Hardware Accelerator (Ohio), deadline July 12th. Ten startups within the hardware/robotics, software, consumer products and advanced manufacturing industries will receive a $20,000 investment and access to resources and mentors from notable partners including NASA's Glenn Research Center. More info below under I Can Help.

New York Big Apps Awards. Deadline July 12th. Deadline to submit your mobile app, game, data tool, web application or connected device/hardware technology is Saturday, July 12 to be eligible for a first-round of judging on July 19 at NYC’s largest convening of the technology sector, the NYC BigApps Block Party. Come for the glory. Stay for the prizes. Grand Prizes - $20,000 each for the best Live, Work, Learn, and Play products

WorkBench Summer Membership, start date August 1st.  Work-Bench is an enterprise technology growth accelerator in New York City. We scale enterprise technology companies by providing community and workspace, connecting exceptional builders to Fortune 500 buyers, and co-investing in extraordinary founders attacking enormous markets. Become a Work-Bench member and receive access to our workspace, community, and business development platform. Apply now to join our Summer 2014 Cohort that runs for 12 months starting August 1, 2014.

The GREAT Tech Awards, deadline August 1st. Technology companies in the Tri-State area (including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) and Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to win the chance to explore the UK for international growth. Companies will compete in one of the following six categories: Education, Finance, Health, Internet of Things, Lifestyle, and Media. The prize for the top company in each category includes round-trip air travel to London, five nights at the Corinthia Hotel, and advisory/consulting services to help establish their company in the UK, including meetings with government officials.

Heads up, Europe! The Lovie Awards, deadline extended to August 1st. The mission of the Lovie Awards is to recognise the unique and resonant nature of the European internet community – from Europe’s top web and creative networks and content publishers to cultural and political organisations and bedroom bloggers. The Lovie Awards is open to entries in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. The Lovie Awards honours the best in Websites, Online Advertising, Internet Video, Mobile & Apps and Social.  
 



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. 
 
Privacy watchdog EPIC says Facebook 'messed with people's minds,' files FTC complaint. And it begins…


Speaking of which: The Truth About Tinder and Women Is Even Worse Than You Think. Note to self: names are important, and when you call something ‘tinder,’ yeah, there are going to be some fires to put out.
 
10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings. It’s meant to be comic – and it is – and wasn’t it Nietzsche who said that a joke is an epitaph on an emotion (of course it was)?
 
500 Startups' newly released fundraising documents will keep you from 'getting screwed. Here’s a set of free legal documents for startup founders it calls “KISS,” or “keep it simple security” — it’s attempt at a play on the “keep it simple, stupid” mantra. The documents are actually for convertible notes, either for debt or equity, and are designed to keep founder from “getting screwed” — a technical term, of course.
 
10 Ways to Lose your First Million as an Entrepreneur.
 
Do Not Pitch Your FinTech Product to Customers Before Passing This Simple Test. The rules are different. Better know what they are…
 
Muscle Bots. Summer movies become reality with new bio-engineered soft-robots.

uberX is now cheaper than an NYC taxi.
Gotta love government regulations. And political appointments. Again, this must stop.

How to Delete Yourself from the Internet. Not easy, but it can be done. Sort of.


 
Elevator Pitch/Member News
Hint, hint: Feel free to tell us what you're working on, or if you've been featured in the press...Share, and we will, too!
 


That’s it from us this week. Hope to see you at our Breakfast with an Angel next Wednesday - and we'll celebrate my birthday as well, not to mention that donations to the newsletter are always welcomed.  And now, as always, help is on the way…


I Need Help
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Since last week was a holiday, we're reposing these, for those who might have missed it, except for one that we know was filled - by an SOS member and that always makes us happy.
 

Summary: Trulioo VP of Sales
 
Name: Dan Levine
 
Email: danielzlevine@gmail.com
 
Trulioo is a Silicon Valley-funded, Vancouver-based company that is a pioneer in the online identity verification space. We are currently looking for the position of VP of Sales in order to proactively and systematically pursue new customers, targeted channel partnerships, and new business opportunities. The position can be based anywhere in North America with communication and collaboration with senior management in Vancouver; reporting to the CEO. Your focus will span all international markets but will have specific emphasis on financial sectors, payment services, gaming and online marketplaces. This role has primary responsibility for all revenue generation across Trulioo’s products.
In this hands-on leadership role, you will be responsible for:
• Developing a high performance culture through: building capacity, focusing on objectives, communicating expectations, and rewarding performance
• Develop new business relationships, generate and negotiate new income for Trulioo to an agreed annual target
• Present Trulioo to potential customers through direct communication in face to face meetings, telephone calls
• Actively and collaboratively manage Trulioo’s product presentations to potential customers; asking questions; negotiations; close and handover to the service team
• Represent Trulioo at industry events and tradeshows
• Liaise with VP of Product, sales and customer service teams on a regular basis to facilitate product development and clarify objectives
• Lead responses to RFPs and requests for information
• Collect competitor an industry intelligence
• Be proactive and responsive to prospective clients
• Conduct business analysis in conjunction with the finance department
• Collaborating with inside sales team to establish strategic sales plan and leading and guiding the team to reach their goals.
• Preparing and facilitating presentations and white papers for executive-level audience.
• Ability to work within a budget; knowing how to balance cost-for-acquisition with value.
• Develop contracts, partnership and licensing agreements
• Director of Inside Sales will report to you.
Essential Experience:
• Significant experience in consumer data, consumer credit and fraud analytics industries (10+ years) with an extensive network within these industries of which you can reach out in order to gain traction and facilitate deals.
• Significant experience (5+ years) executing complex, product-driven, structured business deals.
• Experience in dealing with credit bureaus, payment processors, systems integrators and government agencies.
• Significant experience establishing relationships with high level decision makers, discovering pain points and recognizing the ways with which the company’s product offering can fill the need.
• Proven track record at closing complex and unique business deals
 
Specific Region: Anywhere in US but NYC in particular s great too
 
Compensation: Market Rate



Summary: Looking for a CoFounder/CTO
 
Name: Eli Attias
 
Email: eli@exambler.com
 
Exambler, a New York based Ed-Tech startup is looking to hire a full time CTO and CoFounder to join our team. Exambler is the quickest way for teachers to create, grade, and report exams to students while helping eliminate cheating in the classroom.

We currently have a public beta with over 100 users and are looking to scale out the platform and to grow our team. You will be joined with likeminded individuals with a drive to deliver the most exemplary product possible.

We are offering an equity stake along with a salary.

Please email eli@exambler.com with a cover letter and resume of past works.

Thank You!
 
Specific Region: NYC
 
Compensation: Negotiable

 
 
I Can Help


Summary: StixDesign UX/UI Designer
 
Name: Heather Stickell
 
Email: heather@stixdesign.net
 
Offering expertise across UX/UI design and branding with over 11 years experience. I bring big brand experience such as Neutrogena, Clean&Clear, About.com, Smithsonian and Conde Nast to my smaller startup clients. Stixdesign has a fully scalable team depending on what the project needs.
 
Specific Region: No
 
Compensation: Market Rate
 

Summary: LaunchHouse Launches Hardware Accelerator – Accepting Applications, Deadline July 12th
 
Name: Aron Schoenfeld
 
Email: aron@launchhouse.com
 
LaunchHouse, a seed capital fund and business accelerator, is launching just the 9th hardware accelerator in the United States and the first in Ohio. Ten startups will be selected to receive $20,000 to achieve market validation and complete a prototype within 16 weeks. The hardware accelerator aims to bridge the gap between technology and manufacturing not only in Cleveland, Ohio, but also the whole country.

The LHX program covers customer development, prototyping, sourcing, design for manufacturing, packaging, supply chain, strategy, marketing, distribution, fundraising, financing and more to increase the company’s ability to achieve these milestones. Selected companies will also have access to a wealth of resources, including mentors and advisors, which reside at the convergence of technology and manufacturing.

To learn more or apply, visit: http://www.launchhouse.com/lhx
 
Specific Region: No
 
Compensation: Karma Points


Summary: Big Ideas for Smart Cities: Transportation, July 8th
 
Join LaunchLM for Big Ideas for Smart Cities: Transportation, the first event in a series of six focused on innovations to create a more technologically advanced public realm within Lower Manhattan. This event is being curated by Control Group and NYU Rudin Center for Transportation.

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

7/8, 6:30 PM
South Street Seaport
Fulton and Front Street
New York, NY 10011
 
Specific Region: South Street Seaport
 
Compensation: Free
 
 
Summary: Big Ideas for Smart Cities: Sustainability, July 15th
 
Sustainability -----Curated by ARUP

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

7/15, 6:30 PM
South Street Seaport
Fulton and Front Street
New York, NY 10011
 
Specific Region: South Street Seaport
 
Compensation: Free
 

Summary: NUI Central Presents: (You've Got) The Magic Touch: Haptic Feedback for Natural User Interfaces, July 21st
 
Name: NUI Central
 
Monday, July 21st at 6:30pm in NYC, NUI Central presents "(You've Got) The Magic Touch: Haptic Feedback for Natural User Interfaces" - http://bit.ly/1qe0kH6

Come explore the latest technologies in the field of haptics that are changing human/computer interaction. Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania leads this presentation and (hands on!) demo delving into: haptic texture rendering, touch feedback for robotic surgery, and motion guidance for rehabilitation.

You must sign up ( http://bit.ly/V3XZBJ ) in order to attend the Meetup!
Specific Region: NYC
 
Compensation: Karma Points
 

Summary: Big Ideas for Smart Cities: Open Space and Place Making, July 22nd
 
Open Space and Place Making -----Curated by SHoP, Droga5

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

7/22, 6:30 PM
South Street Seaport
Fulton and Front Street
New York, NY 10011
 
Specific Region: South Street Seaport
 
Compensation: Free
 
 
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: 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, July 8
 
Startup Grind New York City Hosts Reshma Saujani (Girls Who Code), 6 pm, $10
 
Big Ideas for Smart Cities: Transportation, 6.30, Free
 
Startup Leadership Program Information Session, 6.30, Free
 
 
Wednesday, July 9
 
Smart Girls Group Presents: Smart Girls Conference 2014, 8 am – 5, $80
 
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of the VC World w/ Nikhil Kalghatgi, 6 pm, $25
 
Goal Setting vs. Goal Achievement...There's a difference!, 6 pm, $10
 
 
Thursday, July 10
 
PandoMonthly: A Fireside Chat with Sarah Lacy and Bijan Sabet General Partner, Spark Capital, 6 pm, $20
 
Investor Feedback Forum, 6.30, $30
 
 
Friday, July 11
 
Salesforce Summer of Hacks, July 11-13, $50k in prizes
 
 
Sunday, July 13
 
Two Toasters World Cup Finale, 2 pm (kickoff is at 3), Free
 
 
Monday, July 14
 
Introduction to Crowdfunding, 6 pm, $10
 


Upcoming Events


Orrick Panel Event: Life of a Founder: “Realities” vs. Hardship, July 15th, Free
Hacking The Music Industry w/ Ryan Leslie, July 15th, $30
SOS breakfast with an Investor, July 16th, $15

Talk about the tech and future of Beacons, July 15th, Free
July NYC Business & Entrepreneur Grade-A Networking Mixer, July 15th, 7 pm, $10

NJ Tech Meetup 50 w/ Steve Jacobs, CIO Gilt, July 22nd, $8
Entrepreneurs Roundtable 72, July 24th, 6 pm, Free

The Internet of Things, August 25th, $16
 




 







 
 
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