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Pizza ordering app launches out of Park Slope [Startup Roundup]

An IFTTT-style app, just for pizza, has launched out of Park Slope. A couple of mentorship-oriented code education programs are launching here, too, for aspiring engineers at different skill levels.

Pizza pizza. (Screenshot from the Push for Pizza website)

Who’s getting buzz?

Push for Pizza is a new app out of Park Slope that lets you order a cheese or pepperoni pizza for delivery with the push of one button on your phone. It’s as simple as possible, according to the Brooklyn Paper, which quotes one of its makers, Cyrus Summerlin, as saying, “We want to make it so when you use GrubHub or Seamless, it feels like planning a wedding.”

A new nonprofit is launching Brooklyn to connect young people with tech-world mentors. It’s called Brooklyn On Tech and BET.com reported on it. It will have a launch fundraiser on Sept. 26.

Speaking of mentorship, that’s the basis of a new coding school, HappyFunAcademy, launching this fall from HappyFunCorp, according to BetaBeat. The academy claims to be different from the current crop of coding courses because it puts students right to work alongside the company’s engineers. The course is also much shorter and costs less than General Assembly or Flatiron School courses.

Students in the Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy (BLIP) clinic at Brooklyn Law School helped a California company run off a patent troll, as reported in Corporate Counsel.

Kenisi, a hardware startup, gets a mention in this story from Marketplace about when a company stops being a startup. It never really answers the question, but it does illustrate that founders are loathe to let go of the “startup” moniker. For the record, it’s Technical.ly’s opinion that a startup is a company that is exploring revenue models. Once you’re set on one, we start to think of you a bit differently. Which doesn’t mean that you can’t innovate, even as a full-on going concern, as this guy is happy to remind you.

Entry #7982 on the “Hey there’s a tech scene in Brooklyn” list has come out on City & StateHuge and Livestream are the major examples used.

Who’s making moves?

If you haven’t gotten a Toymail for the little tyke in your life because you’re an Android user, you’ve no reason not to now. The app is now available on Google devices. We first wrote about the company’s Kickstarter campaign.

As we previously reported, HowAboutWe’s singles and editorial operations have been acquired, but the couples service is still run by the original founders. It’s now known as You&Me Concierge. We are in touch with the company about its next move.

At the end of the new movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Steiner Studios is credited in the list of locations. We’ve written about its expansion at the Navy Yard.

Companies: Livestream / Toymail / Huge / HowAboutWe
Series: Brooklyn

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