Happy Thursday! Today’s daily brief covers Facebook’s IPO filing, Minority Report come to life, Tony Hsieh’s big plans for Vegas, the cutest video of a 5-year-old you’ll see today, and much more. Read on!
1. Did you watch the annual Crunchies awards show? Dropbox took the cake with “Best Overall Startup” and my personal favorite, Pinterest, won “Best Startup of 2011″. Check out the full live stream of the event and all the other winners. [TechCrunch]
2. Facebook officially filed for its IPO yesterday. Morgan Stanley is the lead bank, with Goldman Sach and JP Morgan supporting. You can check out the full filing (that is, if EDGAR hasn’t crashed again), or check out TechCrunch’s summary of the main facts, like the $1 billion in profit Facebook made in 2011. [SEC Filing] and [TechCrunch]
3. There’s a new startup in town. Heh. Seriously, though, Cater2.me is revolutionizing street food, or at least trying to in San Francisco. Cater2.me is capitalizing on the popularity of street food vendors, food trucks, etc. by bringing them to the start-up world. Basically, they are teaching these vendors how to cater, knowing that time is the most precious resource at any start-up, so why not bring the food to the start-up? Check out the full article for more details. [7×7]
4. I think people know I’m slightly obsessed with coffee (if our wedding gifts are any indication). Maybe that’s why I like living in San Francisco. Anyway, I digress. Here’s a cool infographic on coffee; did you know coffee was one of the highest traded commodities, second to oil? I sure didn’t. [Food + Tech]
4A. Bonus! Another coffee info graphic. I’d love to get my hands on one of these. [Column Five Media]
5. Before you think about buying a house, check this out. This is so cool. Openarch is a prototype house where hardware and software are mixed, where your gestures can pull up your Facebook page, start your Spotify playlists, and so much more. Imagine being able to slap the wall to turn off your alarm clock instead of fumbling for the slide button on your iPhone. This is “Minority Report” coming to reality. [FastCoDesign]
6. Along with Pinterest, Instagram is truly an underutilized social media medium for brands. There are some brands, such as Starbucks, Burberry, and Threadless that are cultivating their communities on Instagram, but that’s just scratching the surface. As I always say, go where your customer is and engage them there. Room 214 has a great POV on how Instagram can be used for brands. [Capture the Conversation]
7. Tony Hsieh, of Zappos fame, is on a path to rebuild downtown Las Vegas. He moved Zappos’ headquarters to downtown Las Vegas just over a year ago as part of reviving the forgotten downtown area (which, is a few miles north of the Strip). The plan is to turn this neighborhood into a small city where people can work, live, and play. And he’s spending about $350 million to get it all done. [CNN Money]
8. Not even the Super Bowl can be spared from social media. This year, Shazam aims to bring you content, sneak peeks, and more when you shazam during the big game this Sunday (go giants!). Check out all the details on Shazam’s own blog. [Shazamers]
9. Are you smarter than a 5-year-old? This one can interpret some of the world’s most famous brands, and he’s pretty spot-on. Check out his video. [The Next Web]
10. This is a few days old, but its still super cool: Warby Parker’s 2011 Annual Report. Now, this is an annual report I can get into. [Warby Parker]
That’s it from me today. Submission ideas? Post them in the comments!