No more nomadic roaming for Kickstarter: the 50-employee company is putting down roots with the purchase of what the New York Post dubs “a ruin”—the landmarked husk of a Greenpoint pencil factory. Oh, to be Lena Dunham and have the appropriate generation-defining wisecrack for this situation!
CEO Perry Chen informed the community board back in June that, “We are hoping to stay at 58 Kent [Street] forever—to be our permanent headquarters.” What is this “permanent” of which you speak? Whatever happened to pulling up stakes with every new round of funding?
In a detail sure to warm the hearts of typewriter-loving startup folk across the city, the landmarked building was home to the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company factory for nearly a century, from the 1870s until its relocation in the 1950s. But at this point, according to thePost, just about all that remains is “a two-story wall of mixed red bricks and boarded arched windows.”
Kickstarter plans to convert this pricey shell (cost: $7.5 million) into an idyllic startup HQ, complete with rooftop garden penthouse. Behold, the perfect synecdoche for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s economic strategy.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.