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MyBagCheck lets you drop off your bags anywhere

MyBagCheck lets you drop off your bags anywhere MyBagCheck is a clever system that ensures you’ll be able to spend those extra few hours in a foreign city without having to lug around 50 pounds of Samsonite. The founder, Micah B. Lewis, created the app to allow people who have bags to get those bags picked up and stored during the day, something every traveler would love. The app is self-funded and Lewis spent $60,000 of his own money to build it out. It is in the iOS App Store…

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The ICO immaturity problem

The ICO immaturity problem I’ve been following “startups” – I define startups as small businesses with a global scale – for almost two decades. In that time I’ve watched them morph from unfunded pet projects by random geniuses into what amounts to an entire sub-economy dedicated to the creation, funding, and sale of these pet projects. Remember: Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter were once startups. I also so a brief period – probably in about 2008, just before the financial crisis – when startups were red hot. Everyone everywhere had one…

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Buttrcup is a risque image site that pays creators

Buttrcup is a risque image site that pays creators A site like Buttrcup [NSFW] is hard to explain. Because the world is awash in “risqué” photography, why should we pay creators? And why does the world need another site dedicated to “sexy, risqué and yet not too explicit” content? Sure, because good, well-lit content that can actually benefit models is almost impossible to find. Created by Molly Murphy and Michael Edwards the site launched in October and is now at 2,500 active users, including creators. Edwards is a New York-based…

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Meet crypto authors Michael Casey and Paul Vigna in New York next week

Meet crypto authors Michael Casey and Paul Vigna in New York next week A reminder that I’m going to have Paul Vigna and Michael Casey, authors of The Truth Machine, onstage with me next week at Knotel, a co-working and event space in Manhattan. I’d love for you to come. You can RSVP here and space is limited. It’s happening on February 28 at 7pm and will feature a 35-minute talk with two of the top writers in crypto. These guys literally wrote the book on bitcoin and their new book…

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Author Brian Dear talks about the amazing PLATO computing system

Author Brian Dear talks about the amazing PLATO computing system Before Xerox Parc there was PLATO. This amazing computing system came to life in 1960 and by the 1970s was running a number of graphical terminals well before the rise of Xerox PARC and the Alto. This wild little system used some unique hardware and software to create true early educational computing projects and author Brian Dear has written an amazing book on the project. Called Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of…

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Join me for an evening of crypto with writers Paul Vigna and Michael Casey

Join me for an evening of crypto with writers Paul Vigna and Michael Casey Next week I’m pleased to announce that I’m going to have Paul Vigna and Michael Casey, authors of The Truth Machine, on stage with me at Knotel, a co-working and event space in Manhattan. I’d love for you to come. You can RSVP here. It’s happening on February 28 at 7pm and it will feature a 35-minute talk with two of the top writers in crypto. These guys literally wrote the book on Bitcoin and their…

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Clever Ethereum honeypot lets coins come in but won’t let them back out

Clever Ethereum honeypot lets coins come in but won’t let them back out An interesting new Ethereum-based honeypot has been discovered that essentially allows hackers to steal from hackers. The honeypot is detailed on Reddit. A user was hunting for examples of contracts that exhibited possible were susceptible to a “reentrancy attack.” It’s a bit complex but at its core the attack lets you concurrently request your money out of a smart contract over and over before the contract is able to set your account total to zero. Imagine being…

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Barnes & Noble is killing itself

Barnes & Noble is killing itself I’ve been chronicling the slow demise of B&N for years now, watching the company bleed out, drop by drop, until it has become a shell of its former value. B&N was a cultural center in places without cultural centers. It was a stopover on rainy days in New York, Chicago, and Cleveland and it was a place you could go to get your kids’ first books. That’s mostly over now. On Monday the company laid off 1,800 people. This offered a cost savings of…

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Let’s meet in New York

Let’s meet in New York I’ve been holding a series of micro meetups in New York over the past few years and I thought we should have one on February 28 to talk about token sales/ICOs. I’ll bring in an outside speaker and I’d love to have one or two companies pitch who are working on their own token. If you would like to be on a panel with me or pitch in front of the group email john@techcrunch.com with the subject line “New York.” We’ll hold it from 7pm…

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Need a post on Harvard.edu about your ICO? $500, please

Need a post on Harvard.edu about your ICO? 0, please In the endless hunt to gain credibility for token products, founders are resorting to some shady – and ridiculous – tactics. After researching the weird world of pay-for-play recently and taking part in this expose on the space, I stumbled on another corner of the Internet that is a bit disturbing. It seems the habit of trying to bribe writers for big sites and providing access to those sites to marketers is still alive and well. Every few days I…

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