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Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley Talks About Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on NYC Start-Ups (Video)

While stranded in Hurricane Sandy-soaked Manhattan this week, I got a chance to chat with Foursquare co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley about the impact of the epic storm on his social check-in company and other start-ups in New York City.

The weather event — which ran through the area with great force early this week — flooded the subways and plunged huge swaths of lower Manhattan into darkness after major electrical outages.

That has meant that many Internet start-ups located in the area, including Foursquare, have had to scramble to keep their businesses going amid the many issues during and after the storm.

Here’s Crowley talking about it all, in a lovely candlelit setting:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work