5in5NYC Ep 06 – NeverLikedItAnyway, FloatSchedule, Bizodo, and Contently


On this episode:

NeverLikedItAnyway – a marketplace to sell gifts from ex-lovers, buy break-up bargains, and find relationship advice and tips.

FloatSchedule – Schedule your team’s time to your client’s projects. Built from the ground up for agencies, studios and firms.

Contently – Empowering And Connecting Quality Writers And Brands.

Bizodo – A point and click online form builder that helps you collect and manage info with ease.

Huge thanks to Adam at Rackspace for connecting 5in5NYC to amazing NY startups.
Rackspace provides amazing discounts (read: free hosting!) and programs for startups through it’s RackspaceStartups program, you should check it out.

5in5NYC is sponsored by Huntsy – tools for job hunters: get organized and get employed

5in5 Review: Muck Rack – Verified news in one place & tools to connect with journalists

I find, more often than not, that I become aware of breaking news from my Twitter account.  Most recently, the unfortunate passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch.  Several tweets posted to my feed and #ripmca started trending.  Given my admiration for the rapper and my knowledge of celebrity death hoaxes via Twitter before, I googled it to make sure it was actually true, which I found out it was indeed.  Twitter has become, whether you like it or not, a new site, but with sometimes questionable credibility.  This is where Muck Rack comes in.  A website that, as their tagline says, offers the news of tomorrow today by gathering the tweets from verified journalists.

Muck Rack gives you the ability to see what is happening based on whats trending, top stories or from top publications.  The trends tend to be more news based rather than #idontunderstandwhy or #worstpickuplines.  Ugh, I just broke a nail while typing this entry out, there goes my french manicure #whitegirlproblems.  Anyways, although Muck Rack is a site for anyone, its also a great tool for journalists. Once you become a verified user than you have access to a place to earn more followers, keep up with what your colleagues are saying and receive the Muck Rack Daily in your email.

See what journalists are saying in real time all in one place.  Muck Rack’s advantage over your twitter feed is the verified journalists posting about real news and not just some comedian’s opinion (although I highly recommend following Michael Ian Black.)

For startups (or anyone with news to share) MuckRack Pro gives you a leg-up by providing lists of journalists who cover nearly every topic and tools to follow and engage with them. By engaging in conversation with the journalists on your beat before you have news, your far more likely to get coverage when you have something to share.


5in5NYC Ep 05 – Handshake, Easybib, InsuranceZebra and ShuttleCloud


Handshake – Beautiful B2B sales on your iPad. Never write another order by hand.
Easybib –
 Free automatic bibliography and citation maker.
InsuranceZebra –
 Compare car insurance instantly.
ShuttleCloud – 
The easiest way to migrate email to Google Apps and transfer data between Google Apps accounts.

Huge thanks to Adam at Rackspace for connecting 5in5NYC to amazing NY startups.
Rackspace provides amazing discounts (read: free hosting!) and programs for startups through it’s RackspaceStartups program, you should check it out.

5in5NYC is sponsored by Huntsy – tools for job hunters: get organized and get employed




5in5 Reviews: InsideDigs: Inside track for apartment hunters

There were two things that I always loved about trick or treating.  First, obviously, was the abundance of candy, but secondly was getting a glimpse into someone’s house for those few minutes.  I would aimlessly stick my hand into the bowl, (come on, let’s face it, candy is candy) and take a peek around the person’s house.  This was just due to my sheer morbid curiosity, but when I became an apartment renter those glimpses would be followed by thoughts of, “I wonder if they have a washer and dryer in the basement, how big is their backyard, is it oil or gas heat?”  InsideDigs gives you an intimate look inside to what could be your next apartment.

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5in5 Reviews: Huntsy: Happy Hunting!

Job searching can be an emotionally exhausting experience, take it from me – I’ve been on the hunt (pardon the pun) for months now.  Refreshing multiple job board each morning, surfing through the endless tabs I have open for each prospective job, and the nagging question of, “did I apply to that one yet?”  As is true with every job, organization should be a high priority for job hunting.

Huntsy gets your on the right track in three easy steps:

“Search your favorite job listing sites as usual.
Click the Huntsy extension when you find job you like.
Save it to Huntsy, stay organized, get reminders, and more.”

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5in5 Review: Favorly: Help me, help you.

Favorly has made lending a hand a fun and social event. Assemble a network of your peers to help you out, or volunteer your time and skills to help someone else out.  Besides just that personal sense of accomplishment, you can also get rewarded with badges and karma points which later could help you out later when you need to ask a favor – you’ll be more well known and people may be more inclined to help you.

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5in5NYC Ep 04: Docracy, Smallknot, FundingGates, and Moveline


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Smallknot lets you fund neighborhood businesses in exchange for goods and special benefits.

A one-stop-shop to manage your receivables. Get paid & increase your sales.

Tools and info you need to make smart decisions when moving long distance.



5in5NYC is sponsored by Huntsy – tools for job hunters. Get organized, and get employed faster!

5in5 Reviews: Timehop gives you a daily blast from the past

@Abe, Timehop's mascot

Unless you, like Heromine Granger, possess a Time Turner, I think you would find it hard to travel back in time to see what you were up to a year ago.  We all are constantly updating our social media outlets with the happenings of our daily lives – the toast you burnt on a Wednesday morning, who attended the much needed happy hour with you on a Friday and the concert you saw and where it was. Some of these events are trivial, yes, but you found it important enough to tweet about and add to the digital history that you’ve created for your life through these social networking sites.

Where we’re going we don’t need roads, but an email address would be helpful because Timehop goes through all of your social media sites and sends you a daily recap email reminding you of your life a year ago.  Much more convenient and a preventative measure against the carpel tunnel that you would sure develop if you were to scroll through all of your Twitter posts.  For those of you who are thinking, “whats the point?” Ponder this…what’s really the point of Twitter, or checking in on Foursquare or pinning on Pinterest?  To connect, to share and to stay updated.  Should all that information just get lost out in cyberspace to be forgotten about? Ah, and the point of Timehop emerges – to make all of those tweets, pins and check ins relevant.

Timehop’s reach has stretched beyond just Foursquare and now includes your Twitter and Facebook updates as well as Instagram shots, essentially gathering your entire digital history. I get my first email tomorrow and I’m excited to see what I was doing last year, without all the mess of time travel.

What were you doing/pinning/tweeting/updating about a year ago? Reconnect with your digital past and tell us about your Timehop experiences in the comments. 



Jenn Kish (aka @StartupJenn) reports on the companies featured on 5in5NYC and covers other NYC tech news. You should hire her!

5in5 Reviews: Scroll Kit makes the web your blank canvas

I love the internet.  I spend most of my time on the internet.  But don’t ask me how the websites get so pretty.  I dabbled in website production in the past, and I know your basic HTML – I used to make my MySpace page pretty groovy.  But for me, coding always seemed like an impossible task. But Scroll Kit has come along to help all of us internet users, not internet makers make beautiful professional looking websites without coding!

Scroll Kit’s editor really is easy to use and straight forward.  You have the control.  Even if you have never made a website before, if you have basic computer knowledge, I promise that you can create something from nothing using this service.  It is essentially your blank canvas but instead of painting you’re coding without knowing (and I’m a poet and didn’t know it!).  Sites like Tumblr and WordPress have given everyone their own blog and several templates to pick from.  Scroll Kit can give you your own website and unlike other websites, it gives you the “kit” you need to create your own not pick its look and layout from a list.

I took a test run to see for myself just how easy it is to use, and it really couldn’t be any easier.  If you can use a mouse, you can use Scroll Kit.  Below is what I made in 5 minutes (in keeping with 5in5NYC theme). 

Scroll Kit offers the ultimate in website creativity paired with the added bonus of its user friendly platform.  The advantages to Scroll Kit really are endless as are the possibilities for your website.

Want to see what you can create with Scroll Kit? Take a test drive and share your experiences and what you’ve made in the comments.