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Key to Launching a Startup? Don’t Let Success Go to Your Head

Manhattan native Alexa Hirschfeld has won numerous accolades: She’s one of Forbes’ “Women to Watch,” one of CNN’s most powerful women entrepreneurs and one of Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Tech.” The co-founder of Paperless Post, however, says the key to being successful is to not actually think you’re successful.

“I’ve never taken that stuff seriously,” Hirschfeld said of her many awards. “Often, those things don’t matter; what matters more is getting things done. Also, what scares me is that awards and positive write-ups seem like the kind of thing that make you think you’ve made it, which I would never think.”

Read more in Hey, How’d You Build Paperless Post Into a Powerhouse, Alexa Hirschfeld? [subscription required]

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Come to our Startups Cocktail Party in NY

In 1994, she threw a cocktail party.  In 1996, she built a website.  Today mediabistro.com is overflowing with opportunities for media industry professionals to meet people, share resources, find a job, read the news, learn new skills, and showcase their work.  Join us on Tuesday, March 15th for an evening of cocktails and innovation at mediabistro’s Startups Cocktail Party in NY, hosted by our favorite cyber hostess and founder, Laurel Touby.

The startups party is a great place for founders and VCs of new startups to connect with editors, writers, producers, robots, graphic designers and book publishers who work in magazines, television, film, radio, newspapers, book publishing, online media, advertising, PR, and design. Bring lots of business cards and whatever other fancy new handheld networking device you’re using.  The party will be held at Turtle Bay NYC and will include drink specials and complimentary appetizers.  Get your free tickets here.

Facebook Buys, Kills Drop.io

Facebook has purchased most of Brooklyn-based startup Drop.io in what appears to be a move to hire its CEO Sam Lessin.

Drop.io, a service that let users quickly and privately share files, ended its free service this weekend, and paid accounts will last until Dec. 15, according to a company blog post. All files will be accessible until the Dec. 15 deadline. After that deadline, the company plans to delete all its stored data.

“We can confirm that we recently completed a small talent acquisition for drop.io and acquired most of the company’s assets. We’re thrilled that Sam Lessin will be joining us at Facebook,” said a Facebook spokesperson in a statement.

Drop.io explicitly stated that “no user data or content will be transferred to Facebook,” indicating that like Facebook’s buyout of Hot Potato earlier this year, the social network was strictly after executives. And they paid a pretty penny for Lessin.

Drop.io valued itself at $5.99 million, and raised $4.85 million earlier this year, according to an SEC filing. The terms of the Facebook buyout were not disclosed.