Tuesday, November 01, 2011

NanoRacks Rides Soyuz Progress

The hottest startups aren't all on Planet Earth. NanoRacks, a hot space research startup, had several payloads on the Soyuz Progress rocket that successfully launched Sunday. Kudos to Near Earth, a NY-based financial adviser firm, that is helping NanoRacks down here on Earth. They know how to "launch" Space startups.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

TechStars’ Demo Day Unveils 12 Start Ups — NYConvergence.com

TechStars’ Demo Day Unveils 12 Start Ups — NYConvergence.com

Accelerators are red hot right now in Silicon Alley.

I'm a mentor at ER Accelerator, which is accepting applicants for its next "class" and participated in their DEMO Day recently. It was jammed and even got pickup in the New York Times.

But, I have to admit TechStars is the most famous accelerator around, thanks to the popularity of its Bloomberg TV reality TV show. Hat's off to David Tisch. We're all looking forward to watching this group. The last one raised $24 million.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Home-Goods Retailer CSN Stores Raises $165 Million - Digits - WSJ

Home-Goods Retailer CSN Stores Raises $165 Million - Digits - WSJ

CSN Stores, a BRUNI PR client, makes E-Commerce Investment history. The "Amazon of the Home" will use the investment to rebrand itself as Wayfair. You'll be hearing more about Wayfair.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Online Giant CSN Stores Achieves Its Best Quarter Ever -- BOSTON, April 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Online Giant CSN Stores Achieves Its Best Quarter Ever -- BOSTON, April 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

BRUNI PR's newest client is CSN Stores, the "Amazon of Home Products", which just had its best quarter and is planning some major announcements in the coming weeks. 250+ websites are under the CSN umbrella. CSN is on track to become a $500m company by year-end. We're proud to be working with CSN.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Who won @ SXSW? (and does it matter?)

Who won the battle of the group messaging apps at SXSW? TechCrunch sez GroupMe, but Fast Society also scored points with a fine new version of its app.

Fast Society, a NYC-based startup, recently released a new group application that is “Built to Party.” Users with an iPhone and Android capable phones can send and receive audio messages, share their locations, text for free within the app, and “go back in time” to remember previous conversations with the group. (NYC Convergence).

"Fast Society is setting itself a part from other group messaging spaces by using its own platform, saving it a lot of money and adding flexibility. They are also avoiding becoming a social network, as they are designed just for single groups."

The startup launched in September 2010 and has raised $275,000 in seed capital. CEO Matt Rosenberg describes the company as “something that is edgy and dangerous. We’re not your mom’s startup. We’re young and aggressive.”

As an aging Boomer, I appreciate FS's demographic targeting. Why waste time on reaching older consumers who don't appreciate group texting? That's why MTV recently chose FS to promote its controversial "Skins" show. Watch this young Alley startup move "Fast" and catch up to GroupMe and other players.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Visual History Album/ FotoBridge

When Academy Award - winning producer Jon Landau decided to digitally archive thousands of family photos dating back to the early 20th Century, he chose FotoBridge.

Digitizing your photos to DVD isn't just for Hollywood types and pro fotogs. FotoBridge's newest customers are Baby Boomer consumers who want to preserve their family's visual history.

There are an estimated 1 to 3 trillion Photos available for digitial conversion. That's a lot of old photo albums in closets.

Getting rid of that clutter is a great idea. But, picking a Photoscanning Service is also a chore.

Do a Google Web search on Photo Scanning Services and you'll see dozens of names. But, among the top ranked search results is FotoBridge (www.fotobridge.com). And, with good reason.

FotoBridge is the fastest growing photo scanning service in the US. With over
15 million images delivered so far, FotoBridge is the Number One choice for pros and Consumers. It recently introduced Home Movie/Video/Film to DVD, a hot new area.

FotoBridge uses a variety of the latest, most-advanced, professional imaging technologies and systems available today. Their Kodak scanners are specially modified models supported by Kodak for dedicated print photograph scanning.

Following scanning, FotoBridge enhances each digital image through "Intelligent Digital Finishing" (IDFSM) process. This process combines automated and manual techniques to resolve existing color, exposure, red-eye, highlights and contrast problems present in the original photos. IDF can often salvage poor photos and make good photos look even better.

FotoBridge has a Facebook page, a Twitter following and even a YouTube channel (with examples of their work.

Friday, January 14, 2011

JW Player: Download | LongTail Video | Home of the JW Player

JW Player: Download | LongTail Video | Home of the JW Player

Longtailvideo: Obama's video platform of choice

When President Obama gives his State of the Union Address in a couple weeks, it will be seen on the White House website (www.whitehouse.gov ) utilizing the JW Player, an online video platform from Longtailvideo, a leading NYC-based startup that dominates the open source video business.

Over 1.3 million websites now have the JW Player, which was developed by a famous Dutch entrepreneur nearly six years ago. (nicknamed "JW"). He's in the States and NYC this month. Welcome to the Big Apple JW. To learn more, go to www.longtailvideo.com