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Trigger Media Entrepreneurs Always Hoping for More Cowbell

That’s because at the New York offices of Trigger Media, the accelerator home for event planning hub hostcommittee.com, there is a cowbell. And each time a HostCommittee milestone is reached or exciting venture news needs to be shared, the bell is rung a la Trader Joe’s.

E! Online assistant fashion & trends editor Rose Curiel chatted with HostCommittee co-founders (and NYC roommates) Carli Roth, Yvonne Najor. The site work schedule is pretty insane, with the pair generally involved in multiple nighttime events four out of every five weekdays:

Yvonne: In the morning, I talk to people who are interested in throwing an event with us from birthdays to non-profit fundraisers. In the afternoon, I pair hosts to the right venue…

In the evening, I usually have different groups of hosts over to the office for dinner and drinks. I show them how our platform works and then take them out to one of our events so they can see how it works from beginning to end, which can sometimes include six parties in a single night.

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Recommendations App Localeur Expanding to NYC

Localeur.com is a 2013 startup on the rise. They’ve received quick recognition from the Austin Chamber of Commerce and SXSW Interactive; in their first six months, they’ve hit not just Austin but also Houston and San Francisco; and the App is already a part of Google’s Field Trip.

Next month, Localeur – which relies on locals to make various product and service recommendations – will ramp up in the Big Apple. From today’s announcement:

New York residents slotted to contribute include: Jace Lipstein, founder of popular lifestyle site Grungy Gentleman; Susan Morgan, of influential brand agency Team Epiphany; Whitney Pozgay, designer of women’s wear brand WHIT; Luke McCann, a Brooklyn-based fashion designer and electronic music promoter; and Dre Hayes, co-founder of The Foundation, who is also an investor in Localeur among dozens of others.

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PandoDaily Visits NYT TimeSpace Accelerator

There are three Internet ventures currently being incubated just below the New York Times cafeteria as part of the paper’s TimeSpace accelerator. They are: Mahaya, Delve and OpBandit.

Mahaya is beta-testing Seen, an aggregation tool for content shared via social media. Here for example is a taste of how that product summarized the fast-breaking events surrounding the crash of Asiana Flight 214 at SFO:

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The Blot Aims for Intersection of Sex and Scandal

The origins of The Blot, a new digital magazine that officially launched last week out of modest Manhattan digs, is so far what’s most fascinating about the site. From Dan Orlando’s New York Business Journal piece:

“The project was inspired by a friend,” said publisher and editor-in-chief Neil St. Clair, “who had been wronged in the press many years ago, and found, that despite all her efforts, she couldn’t be made whole.”

St. Clair, who spent time as a YNN and NY1 television reporter, continued that “there was no verified platform to tell her side of the story. [Alex Geana and I] set out to create one that would give people a chance to be heard.”

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Long-Form Journalism Site Narrative.ly Nears One-Year Anniversary

Launched out of Fort Greene last September, narrative.ly is the subject this week of a solid profile piece by Melissa Goldin for the Courier Life.

Goldin spoke with the long-form journalism site’s founder/EIC Noah Rosenberg and managing editor Brendan Spiegel to get a sense of where things stand for the Libyan-domain parked enterprise. Rosenberg launched it after earning an entrepreneurial journalism certificate from City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism:

Each week, the site chooses a theme, such as “Summer in the City” or “The Upper Crust” [or this week's "Meet Your Maker"]. Five stories are published each week — one per day — and range from the tale of a gay male escort meeting his first female client to gentrification in Crown Heights…

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Lower Manhattan Firm Bets Seven Figures on Shira Lazar

As first reported by TheWrap’s Lucas Shaw, Shira Lazar and business partner Damon Berger have taken a giant leap forward. Their weekday Web TV show venture What’s Trending is now partly owned by Bedrocket Media Ventures in exchange for a capital influx in the low seven-figure range.

Since Bedrocket is located right here in Lower Manhattan, on Broadway, FishbowlNY decided to check in with “disruptive media firm” founder-CEO Brian Bedol to find out how the Lazar deal came about. “I think I originally met Shira and Damon at VidCon last year [in Anaheim],” he explains. “I had been aware of What’s Trending, but didn’t know them.”

“It was one of those things that just started really as a conversation, where they invited me to have a drink and were just picking my brain a little bit on what they were doing,” Bedol continues. “They were beginning to look for capital to grow, and I really liked the way they approached the business and the way they thought. As I was trying to help with with a little advice, I began to think it would be a good partnership for Bedrocket.”

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Veteran Media Exec Deanna Brown Joins Digital Publisher Byliner

The stated mission of San Francisco subscription service byliner.com is as clear and direct as a literary opening sentence like “Call me Ishmael” or “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins:”

We publish award-winning original non-fiction and fiction, written to be read in two hours or less.

Now heading up those efforts as president is Deanna Brown, the former CEO of Federated Media Publishing. Before that, she was president of Scripps Networks Interactive and a VP-GM level influencer for both Yahoo and AOL. Early on in her illustrious career, Brown also founded Conde Nast’s digital division CondeNet.

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Elevator Pitch: ‘Burn Note’ Keeps Private Messages Private

Remember on “Mission Impossible” when messages would self destruct after an agent listened to them? In this episode of “Elevator Pitch,” Alan Meckler speaks with Jacob Robbins about his startup “Burn Note.”

“Burn Note” allows you to send a secure email and set a timer to destroy the message after it’s read…forever…without all the smoke and drama.

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Elevator Pitch: Burn Note Keeps Private Messages Private

Remember on Mission Impossible when messages would self-destruct after an agent listened to them? In this episode of Elevator PitchAlan Meckler speaks with Jacob Robbins about his startup Burn Note.

Burn Note allows you to send a secure email and set a timer to destroy the message after it’s read… forever… without all the smoke and drama.

For more videos, check out mediabistroTV, and be sure to follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Social Shopping Site The Hunt Adds High-Profile Hollywood Investors

ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd likes to remind listeners that at Stanford, faculty are known to tell students that if they have a great idea, the best option is to drop out and fully pursue the opportunity. Less profitable studies can be completed later.

Well, here’s an idea that if it belonged to a 2012-13 Stanford undergrad, would fully merit that approach. The Hunt is a community-driven site designed to make photos shared through social media “shoppable.” For example, if you click on the nav-bar tab Hunt Types, your choices are: This Exactly; Similar To This; What Goes With This?; and This Look For Less. We clicked into the third category and soon were reading the user feedback under SHOES FOR THIS PROM DRESS.

This week, The Hunt announced it has closed its second round of funding, raising the seed total to $2.7 million. Among the latest investors are Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s AGR-ade Investments, Grammy Award winning songwriter-producer RedOne and ABC Entertainment Group executive vp of casting Keli Lee.

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