This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.
Last week I finally got to play with the (oh-so-elusive) Google Glass! It was fun to try it on, but I’m not convinced it’ll take off (at least not in its current form). That’s because it is simply an awkward experience from a human interaction perspective. Whether it’ll turn out to be a dud like the Segway or a very early iteration like the Palm Pilot, only time will tell. Meanwhile, here’s SNL’s hilarious take.
Tuesday (for some reason) has historically been the busiest day of the week for tech events. Last week, I think I ended up going to eight events! (A personal best, I’m pretty sure.) One of the events was a launch party for NY Angels’ Brian Cohen’s new book, which I’m looking forward to reading.
My buddy Steve Rosenbaum is NYC EDC’s entrepreneur-at-large, and he’s holding office hours on May 10 (12-1pm) to answer all your startup questions. Register here.
This week is NYC Creative Week, where the worlds of advertising, design and digital media collide with the arts. Nice!
Get ready for some boozing ‘n schmoozing, people! Coming up in a couple of weeks (May 20 to 27) is Internet Week. With 45,000 people expected to attend over 400 parties, keynotes by Randi Zuckerberg, Jonah Peretti (BuzzFeed), Joe Gebbia (Airbnb), Joan Rivers and of course the infamous Webutante Ball, it’s gonna be cray!😉
Also coming up are WIN’s Funding the Best in Global Innovation 3 (I have 2 free passes, hit me up) on May 16, Walkabout NYC (where you get to check out awesome startup offices) on May 17, Amusemi’s Summer Tech Picnic on May 19 and AngelHack (a.k.a. The Largest Global Hackathon Competition) on June 1.
Quick heads-up, tickets for NY Crowdfunds (a.k.a. American Idol meets Shark Tank) are now on sale and they’ll go fast like hot cakes so better get on it!😉 If you need more details, email my friend Sonali.
I take the subway. So do you. And so do 8.5 million folks every single day. And now you have the chance to help enhance the transit experience for all of us. That’s by taking part in the MTA’s #AppQuest, of course! There’s $50,000 in prizes. Sweet! Deadline to submit your apps is August 20.
Congrats to Mike Brown on the launch of his new venture fund, Bowery Capital. Also, congrats to Kane and Shailia on Enstitute being featured in The New York Times yesterday! The program is an alternative to college that last two years and is based on an apprenticeship model. Application deadline is May 15.
Believe it or not, there is a world beyond New York City (crazy, right?!). There’s the Big Omaha Conference on May 8 (billed as the nation’s most fabulous conference), 500 Startups’ Mama Bear Conference on May 10 (with plenty of mamas and hopefully no bears!) and Digital Shoreditch on May 20 (a.k.a. London’s answer to Internet Week). Also ERA will be having its West Coast demo day on May 8.
And finally, this Sunday May 12 is Mother’s Day! So don’t forget to send your mom flowers and give her a call. Or, better still, surprise her by showing up in person.
And now lets see whats going down in the Alley this week…
An Evening With Fred Siebert (president, Frederator Studios and former president, Hanna Barbera) & Robin Raskin (former editor, PC Magazine)
Monday (May 6), 6 p.m. @ NY Institute of Technology, 16 W. 61st Street, 11th Fl.
The Atlantic Presents: New York Ideas
Gathering cutting-edge innovators with a simple goal: to draw out the strands of genius from leaders whose work and passions are changing our world.
Tuesday (May 7), 9 a.m. @ NY Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
Innovating for the Connected TV, Living Room and Home
Are you an entrepreneur, developer, investor, tech exec or other professional with a brilliant idea, product or service for the digital living room or smart home? What can you do with 100+mbps speed?
Tuesday (May 7), 6:30 p.m. @ Hotel Yotel, 570 10th Avenue
Content Meets Commerce
A discussion with Philippe von Borries (CEO, Refinery29), Hilary Peterson (Lyst) & James Nord (founder, Fohr Card).
Tuesday (May 7), 6:30 p.m. @ SoHo House, 29 9th Avenue
NY Tech Meetup
You know the drill. Five-minute, cutting-edge tech demos. 850 fellow NY Tech startuppers. One amazing event.
Tuesday (May 7), 7 p.m. @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts, 566 Laguardia Place
New York Digital Health Accelerator Demo Day
The inaugural class of health tech innovators will demo to a packed room of investors, media, and a who’s who of healthcare in New York.
Wednesday (May 8), 9:30 a.m. @ The TimesCenter, 242 W. 41st Street
MIT Enterprise Forum NYC: Healthcare IT – New Yorks Next Big Thing
Speakers include Steven Krein (cofounder & CEO, StartUp Health), Jahan Ali (SVP, Partnership Fund for NYC), Philippe Chambon (New Leaf Venture Partners) and Serge Loncar (CEO, CareSpeak)
Wednesday (May 8), 5:30 p.m. @ Pryor Cashman, 7 Times Square
The State of Angel Investing & Its Impact on Startups
Leading investors and entrepreneurs will talk about the state of angel investing and what companies need to do differently in order to secure funding
Wednesday (May 8), 6 p.m. @ Anchin, 1375 Broadway, 23rd Fl.
Turning Idealism Into Action
Keynote by Amy Schulman (Exec VP, Pfizer). Speakers include Rachael Chong (CEO and founder, Catchafire), Sophia Mendelsohn (Head of Sustainability, JetBlue), Stacy Martinet (CMO, Mashable), Claire O’Connor (Barclays Capital) and others.
Thursday (May 9), 8:30 a.m. @ Google NYC HQ, 76 9th Avenue
General Assembly Fireside Chat
With Bill Ready (founder and CEO, Braintree)
Thursday (May 9), 5:30 p.m. @ General Assembly , 902 Broadway, 4th Fl.
Investor Feedback Forum
Panelists include Josh Bruno (Bain Capital Ventures), Brian Cohen (NY Angels), Rahul Gandhi (High Peaks Venture Partners) and Jason Klein (On Grid Ventures). Startup pitches by iMect, MONTAJ, givlet, CareBooker, New Healthcare Enterprises, BUZZtheBar, P2P Cash, Zinbox and Cookbook Create.
Thursday (May 9), 6:30 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 6th Avenue, 6th Fl.
Designers + Geeks: The Web That Time Forgot
Presented by Alex Wright (Director of UX, The New York Times)
Thursday (May 09), 7 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor
Go Green for Fashion NYC 2013
Featuring a live runway presentation from some of New York’s favorite eco-friendly fashion designers.
Thursday (May 9), 8 p.m. @ XVI Lounge, 251 W. 48th Street
Unleash The Web With Your Pet
With Carlo Almendral (cofounder, DogBFF), Davide Rossi (founder, FitBark), Jenna Fernandes (CEO, CareBooker) and Michael Chiang (founder, MatchPuppy).
Friday (May 10), 6 p.m. @ Animal Haven, 251 Centre Street, 2nd Fl.
Apps that Close the GAP: Using Technology to Accelerate Achievement
With Jaime Casap (global education evangelist, Google), Jessie Woolley-Wilson (CEO, Dreambox Learning); Rebecca Garcia and Carl Sednaoui (cofounders, Coderdojo) and others.
Saturday (May 11), 8:30 a.m. @ Teachers College at Columbia University, 525 W. 120th Street
More events on the horizon…
Startup Lunch SoHo on May 13 @ Cupping Room Cafe
Discussion Series: The Founders & Funders Dilemma on May 13 @ Lim College
Bringing Your E-Commerce Idea to Concept on May 14 @ General Assembly East
Founders Breakfast with Chrysi Philalithes, Chief Digital Officer (RED) on May 15 @ Venue
Fashion 2.0: Retail & Big Data on May 15 @ Scandinavia House
NJ Tech Meetup 36 with Scott Belsky on May 15 @ Howe Center
Funding the Best in Global Innovation III on May 16 @ Dentons
NYC Tech Picnic on May 19 @ Chelsea Piers, Pier 64
Opportunities for Mobile UX in Complex Business Models on May 23 @ Venue
AngelHack NYC – Spring 2013 on June 1 @ Huge Inc
Until next week. Stay
thirsty social, my friends!😉