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.
Congrats MongoDB on $150 million raise at a $1.2 billion valuation, which would make the startup NYC’s most valuable! Check out Bloomberg’s Building Digital City report, which reports that tech/information services ($30 billion wages, 262,000 jobs) is now the city’s second largest sector. Nice!
Intel and Lenovo are introducing a new award, T3CH1ES, honoring professionals in IT. Nominate someone (or even yourself). Winners receive a Lenovo product suite and a three-day trip to CES! Participants could win a Lenovo ThinkPad.
October 22 is Silicon Alley’s First Reverse Demo Day (organized by Orrick), where VCs pitch you. With Nikhil Kalghatgi (SoftBank), Ellie Wheeler (Greycroft), John Frankel (ff VC), Spencer Lazar (General Catalyst), Taylor Greene (Lerer), Tom Loverro (RRE) and more!
This Wednesday: Israel to NYC Startup Reception at 7 WTC. Next Wednesday: Queens Tech Bash at PS1 MoMA with Songza cofounder Elias Roman and Shapeways cofounder Marleen Vogelaar (two free passes worth $100 each). On October 29 Digital Startups Boot Camp with Joanne Wilson (angel), Chris Fralic (First Round) and sessions on getting funded, hiring top guns, working with agencies and more!
Don’t miss: Tomorrow Startup Grind with Warby cofounder Dave Balboa and EFactor Pitch In Person with Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington ($2.5k in prizes!). On Wednesday, Digital DUMBO dd:IMPACT: The Connected Life and Startup Talks company culture with Michael Bazigos (Global Product Head, McKinsey).
Coming up: On October 14 Founders@Fail with General Assembly founders Brad Hargreaves & Matt Brimer. On October 22, Industry2Internet with Quotidian Partners’ Pedro Torres, Rick Webb, Nestio, Loverly, Admittedly. On October 23, Dating+Tech with HowAboutWe founder Aaron Schildkrout and Cindy Gallop.
MadeinNY Media Center (DUMBO) is an amazing new incubator for creators and story-tellers (20,000 square feett, postproduction, theater, art gallery). Questlove is artist-in-residence.
Daily News launching Innovation Lab, and you could meet the team next Monday. Top cable network casting food entrepreneurs! Have a product in market? Contact Tara. San Francisco accelerator Angelpad is launching in NYC! Apply by October 20. TiE Young Entrepreneurs = classes, mentoring and B-plan competition for high school students. Info session October 26.
More deadlines: October 9, Tech Talent Draft. October, 11 TechStars R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator. October 21, YCombinator Winter 2014 class. October 21, Mobileys $10k at stake! October 28, Next Idea, ideas to launch in NYC. November 15, ERA Winter 2014 class.
This Friday is the Drones & Aerial Robotics conference. In the meantime, enjoy this awesome video! 😉 Speaking of: Boston Dynamics recently unveiled WildCat, a four-legged robot that can run 20 miles with 400 lbs on its back. Yikes! So that’s how we get the Terminator.
FYI, I’m giving away a bunch of free passes – Entrepreneur Week Soiree (5 Passes), Startup Grind with Warby cofounder Dave Balboa (3 Passes), Israel to NYC (2 Passes worth $75 each), Startup Talks Company Culture (5 Passes), Founders@Fail (5 Passes), Online Dating & Tech (5 Passes), Digital Startups Boot Camp (5 Passes worth $149 each) and many more!
And now let’s see what’s going down in the Alley this week…
NYC Open Data: Obama Campaign Chief Data Scientist Talk
With Rayid Ghani (Chief Data Scientist @ Obama Campaign)
Monday (Oct. 7), 7 p.m. @ Knewton, 100 Fifth Avenue, 8th Fl.
Paddles On! – Phillips / Tumblr Digital Art Auction
Bringing together artists using digital technologies to establish next generation of contemporary art.
Tuesday (Oct. 8), 12 p.m. @ To Be Decided
Startup Grind NYC with Dave Gilboa (Warby Parker)
With Dave Gilboa (Cofounder & Co-CEO, Warby Parker)
Tuesday (Oct. 8), 6 p.m. @ AOL Ventures, 770 Broadway, 6th Fl., New York, NY
October NY Tech Meetup
You know the drill: five-minute, cutting-edge tech demos. 850 fellow NY Tech startuppers. 1 amazing event.
Tuesday (Oct. 8), 7 p.m. @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts, 566 Laguardia Place
World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship
With Jon Steinberg (President, BuzzFeed), Alexis Maybank (Cofounder, Gilt), Chip Paucek (Cofounder & CEO, 2U), Jose Ferreira (founder & CEO, Knewton) & others.
Wednesday (Oct. 9), 9 a.m. @ Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria
Digital DUMBO dd:IMPACT Conference – The Connected Life
With Jenny Lawton (President, MakerBot), Jonathan Wegener (Founder, TimeHop), Alex White (Cofounder, Next Big Sound) & others.
Wednesday (Oct. 9), 1 p.m. @ Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, Brooklyn
Israel to NYC
15 Israeli startups. 100 NYC-based investors and execs. Yup, you don’t wanna miss this!
Wednesday (Oct. 9), 6 p.m. @ 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 10th Fl.
FWD.us & VentureOutNY Present – Stories From The Trenches: Immigration & Entrepreneurship
Immigration challenges even successful entrepreneurs face. With Inaki Berenguer (Founder, Pixable), Jose de Cabo (Co-founder, Olapic) & Eduardo Fernandez (Cofounder, ShuttleCloud).
Thursday (Oct. 10), 6:30 p.m. @ Greenhouse, 150 Varick Street
Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference
With Chris Anderson (Founder & CEO, 3D Robotics), Henri Seydoux (Founder & CEO, Parrot), Ed Waggoner (NASA) & others.
Friday (Oct. 11), 9 a.m. @ NYU Skirball Center, 566 Laguardia Place
Hack for Good @ The Feast Hackathon
Hack for good to code for change. Participants get free pass to the Feast Social Innovation Conference.
Saturday (Oct. 12), 9 a.m. @ To be decided
With Darrell Silver (Co-founder & CEO, Thinkful), Jeff Herbst (CMO, Noodle), Jeremy Johnson (Co-founder, 2U), Kane Sarhan (Co-founder, Enstitute) & others.
Saturday (Oct. 12), 10 a.m. @ General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl
More events on the horizon…
Startup Lunch on Oct. 14 @ Sagaponack Grill
Founders@Fail 3rd Anniversary: Founders of General Assembly on Oct. 14 @ General Assembly
Ingenuity 2013 on Oct. 15 @ 82Mercer
Startups of Puerto Rico Showcase on Oct. 15 @ Microsoft
Tee It Up: Legal Issues To Consider When Starting Your Startup on Oct. 16 @ Apella
Build to Scale: The Technology & Company that Is MongoDB on Oct. 16 @ MongoDB HQ
October 2013 NY Enterprise Technology Meetup on Oct. 16 @ Cooley
Queens Tech Bash with co-founders of Songza & Shapeways on Oct. 16 @ PS1 MoMA
Data, Markets and Dinner on Oct. 17 @ West Village (TBA)
Silicon Alleys 1st Reverse Demo Day! on Oct. 22 @ Orrick @ The CBS Building
TechSeri.es: Online Dating + Tech – How Online Dating is Redefining Chemistry & Romance on Oct. 23 @ Projective Space
Boot Camp for Digital Startups on Oct. 29 @ Town Hall Conference Center
Future of People + Work: Advertising, PR, Startups & more on Nov. 15 @ NYIT Auditorium
OWASP Foundation Presents: AppSecUSA 2013 on Nov. 18 @ Marriott Marquis
Until next week. Stay
thirsty social, my friends! 😉