New York CityStock Exchange Will Host Tech Recruiting Event: Next Jump, a New York–based rewards and offers provider, is teaming with the New York Stock Exchange to host an engineering recruiting event on the Big Board's floor. Dubbed "Silicon Alley 500," the effort will bring 500 top east-coast engineering students to meet with 50 leading tech companies. The Oct. 15 event includes students from MIT, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon, Brown and Georgia Tech. The event is seen as an assertive attempt to strengthen the East Coast tech ecosystem. GigaOM Foursquare Founder Faces Pre-IPO Challenges: Dennis Crowley's Foursquare employs 75 people, lists over 500,000 merchants and connects with 2,500 brands. In just two years, more than10 million people have used the “check in” service and, unlike some other startups, the company is well-financed, with $71.4 million in backing, a $600 million valuation and partners like Pepsi, MTV and American Express. It has also made deals with Groupon, LivingSocial, Gilt Groupe, and others, proving that Crowley knows what he’s doing. The only problem now: producing a constant and growing revenue stream before an IPO can take place. Advertising Age NYC’s Survivors Draw on the Past: Interviews with big names from the 1995-2000 prove that those entrepreneurial minds are still around and thinking hard. Stephan Paternot, Robert Levitan, Rich Forman, Jeff Stewart, Andrew Weinreich, Murray Hidary, Steve Krein, Cecilia Pagkalinawan, Jeff Dachis and Laurel Touby all have interesting new endeavors to talk about, and their thoughts on today’s alleged tech bubble are formed from harsh experience. The Next Web New Jersey Wants a Government Tech Revamp: Gov. Chris Christie is using the resignation of New Jersey’s Office of Information Technology chief to reshape the state's tech department, which oversees an antiquated system -- one that caused big problems at the DMV and elsewhere last month. The state’s budget for IT spending last year was $140 million. NYC Tech Meetup Becomes City Pep Rally: The most recent NY Tech Meetup was the stage for Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel and Seth Pinsky, president of the New York Economic Development Corp., to promote Applied Sciences NYC — a plan to recruit technology talent to outpace other cities with hot startup climates. “When people talk about college towns, they talk about Ann Arbor or Cambridge or Boston. The facts are New York City has more college students than Boston has people,” Steel said. “So I think it’s very clear when we call out the bragging rights on where we’re going to have innovation happen, that New York’s going to be the place.” Xconomy The New York Times Opens Its Experiments to the Public: Taking a page from the recently shuttered Google Labs, the New York Times launched Beta620, a public beta site for its experimental projects. Users can look at and comment on initiatives such as Community Hub, a dashboard for user-generated content; TimesInstant, which offers instant search results; and Times Skimmer, an app that simulates spreading out a newspaper and flipping through it. Mashable