212 Lust: Old Phone Numbers Are New Thing in Tech Scene

The most coveted accessory in New York’s tech scene isn’t a new iPad app or an invitation to a private beta. It’s a status symbol that comes from the city’s analog age — something that evokes the days of egg creams and subway tokens, not Silicon Alley: a 212 area code.

Take Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai, one of the two minds behind the trendy online check-in service. The 28-year-old entrepreneur seemingly has all a young techie in New York might want: buzz and a growing brand valued at $95 million in its most recent round of venture funding. Everything, that is, except a 212 cellphone number.

“I had been thinking about it for a long time,” Selvadurai said. After moving to New York from Connecticut, he had to get a new phone and carrier. “I swapped my number to something new — 646 — to match my New York billing address but I really secretly wanted a 212,” he says. “But I never really went after it.”

Read the rest of this post on the original site

Must-Reads from other Websites

Panos Mourdoukoutas

Why Apple Should Buy China’s Xiaomi

Paul Graham

What I Didn’t Say

Benjamin Bratton

We Need to Talk About TED

Mat Honan

I, Glasshole: My Year With Google Glass

Chris Ware

All Together Now

Corey S. Powell and Laurie Gwen Shapiro

The Sculpture on the Moon

About Voices

Along with original content and posts from across the Dow Jones network, this section of AllThingsD includes Must-Reads From Other Websites — pieces we’ve read, discussions we’ve followed, stuff we like. Six posts from external sites are included here each weekday, but we only run the headlines. We link to the original sites for the rest. These posts are explicitly labeled, so it’s clear that the content comes from other websites, and for clarity’s sake, all outside posts run against a pink background.

We also solicit original full-length posts and accept some unsolicited submissions.

Read more »