4 startups that are taking the web from geek to chic

It’s been a long time coming, but the worlds of fashion and technology have finally begun to combine in a serious way. A new crop of companies is using the web to make the process more data-driven and social than ever before.

A new gorgeous iPhone concept we wish was from Apple

Apple makes beautiful things, but sometimes Apple fans can make them even more beautiful. This new iPhone SJ concept from ADR Studios in Italy (the same folks who created that iCam mock-up) is a perfect example. Take a look and feel sad it isn’t real.

Buffer gets $400K funding — and tells exactly how they did it

Every day, it seems like there’s another bland press release about startup seed funding. So when Buffer closed on $400,000, it wanted to announce it differently — by explaining exactly how the process happened. It’s a fun read, and a good lesson for other startup founders.

My 30-Second “Interview” With Jonathan Ive

Jony (Jonathan) Ive

No, I’m not kidding. This actually happened. I had a 30-second “interview” with Jonathan Ive.

On the way out of the Moscone Center this morning, as streams of people are leaving to get some fresh air and digest all of the announcements from the WWDC 2009 keynote address, I see a familiar face walking towards me. It’s Jonathan Ive. I can’t believe it. This guy is design royalty.

But I’m from Los Angeles: We’re not afraid to approach the rich and famous in my city. Heck, I produce theater with lots of famous actors and comedians, so I often have to work with known personalities. This was a rare opportunity and certainly not a time for sudden shyness, so I approached the master designer and introduced myself.

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MyFolio: A Network That Showcases Artists

myfolio_imageWorking as a freelance artist or musician can be a trying experience, at best. It’s still a field where, in general, the work speaks volumes and can more than make up for a relatively shallow C.V. But how best to show off your work, and make sure that you’re getting as much exposure as possible? You could always set up your own self-hosted personal site, but that won’t necessarily reach all that many people, even if it does ensure your work is accessible.

MyFolio may be a good resource to help supplement your own site. While you give up a certain amount of control in terms of overall design, you do get the benefit of belonging to a social network, thus increasing your chances of making connections, or at least taking some of the work out of the process. It’s a free ad-supported service, though there is an option to upgrade and remove the ads from your profile, at a cost of $2 per month.

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