Big tech names are involved in this year's Big Idea Week [Startup Roundup] - Technical.ly Brooklyn

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May 4, 2015 9:37 am

Big tech names are involved in this year’s Big Idea Week [Startup Roundup]

Plus: Say hello to even more food delivery startups in the borough.
Tec Toy, a machine that can reproduce toys seen online, from Big Idea Week 2014.

Tec Toy, a machine that can reproduce toys seen online, from Big Idea Week 2014.

(Photo by Brady Dale)

Who’s making moves?

Flocabulary and the DUMBO Improvement District are kicking off Big Idea Week on Monday. It’s a program where local technologists teach public school students about the basic tenets of entrepreneurship. Some very big guns in the NYC tech scene are involved this year, including Etsy, Facebook, General Assembly and Huge, as well as local event veterans, Pensa and Biolite. We’ll cover the students ideas at the end, like we did last year.

Another food delivery startup is coming to Brooklyn. Like Munchery, San Francisco’s Maple makes its own stuff, according to Crain’s. Look for it to be available here at the end of May. We need to update this list of food delivery companies; it’s getting nuts.

Reductress released a PDF of its print edition to celebrate its two years of publishing fake news about women. We contacted the founders in 2014.

Three Brooklyn-connected folks will be judges at the next TechCrunch Disrupt: StartUp Podcast’s Lisa Chow (Gimlet Media), Brooklyn Bridge Ventures’ Charlie O’Donnell and Buzzfeed’s Katie Notopoulos.

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Who’s getting buzz?

NYU links the Etsy IPO to its campus, where some of its founders attended the school of individualized study.

Tinybop founder Raul Gutierrez and Kickstarter appear in a story about founders getting started in DNAinfo’s “Local Moguls.”

Honey gets an interview following its funding round, which we reported on last week. Its founder talks about the service fitting into a culture of transparency in companies.

Refinery29 makes the argument for the Brooklyn Army Terminal’s Modern Meadows’ lab-grown leather for the fashion conscious.

Y Combinator-backed Shipbob is going to make Brooklyn the second city where it helps small businesses manage shipping orders, according to TechCrunch. Its first city was Chicago. It had originally planned to go to San Francisco next, but, as TechCrunch reports:

The startup originally planned for its sophomore launch to be in San Francisco, but co-founder Dhruv Saxena says guidance from investors and feedback from customers led ShipBob to aim its sights at Brooklyn, NY. San Francisco is happening eventually too, but an early focus on local businesses with presence on services like eBay, Shopify and Etsy draws them to the antique and craft businesses in Brooklyn.

Greenpoint’s Skinnyfatties got profiled in Fortune for enabling men to mail in ties and get them sent back sewn to a skinnier profile.

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