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Posts Tagged ‘Devindra Hardawar’

Crack the Code: Pitching Tech and Startup Stories

With the media echo chamber focusing on the same top tier tech companies, startups have a harder time getting noticed. But at least now your client’s company doesn’t have to be from Silicon Valley to gain media traction. New York’s own Silicon Alley has attracted increased attention from tech reporters, due in part to the success of startups such as foursquare and Fab.com. As Devindra Hardawar, national editor for VentureBeat, said, “Now what’s happening in New York has become fascinating.”

Hardawar appeared on a panel at a PCNY event on Tuesday that also included NYC-based editors and reporters covering the tech and startups beat from GigaOM, Mashable, Business Insider and WNYC’s New Tech City morning radio show. The event was a follow-up to a June PCNY panel centered on mobile–and this time the topic was breaking through in the complex tech and startups space.

Recent stories the panelists wrote or produced should give PR pros some hints about the angles that hook them. Ki Mae Heussner, staff writer for GigaOM, focused on content hackathons as the future of textbooks. Alyson Shontell, an SAI editor for Business Insider, wrote about the size of startup companies’ user bases and whether ten million is the new one million when it comes to users. WNYC’s New Tech City radio host Manoush Zomorodi produced a segment featuring reporters learning to code. As Zomoradi observed, “their visits to different code training venues added texture and flavor” to reflect the reporters’ experiences.

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Five Things Tech Startups Should Know About PR

A video still from the panel discussion "Demystifying PR for Startups"

Technology company incubator Dogpatch Labs recently hosted an event in New York called “Demystifying PR for Startups.” It was fun to attend and hear in-the-trenches stories from varying viewpoints: journalists, PR agency executives, in-house marketers, and tech entrepreneurs.

The panel consisted of Dave Ambrose co-organizer of Hackers and Founders; James Moran and Vin Vacanti, founders at Yipit; Ben Kessler, director of communications at SeatGeek; Jordan Goldman, founder at Unigo; Nick Saint, reporter, Business Insider; Erica Swallow, Assistant Editor, Mashable; Devindra Hardawar, lead mobile writer, VentureBeat; and Adam Isserlis, director of digital media at Rubenstein Communications.

While the panel was definitely informative, many of the same questions and misconceptions were tossed around. Here is perhaps the best example:

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