Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of August 15: The Palooza Edition

This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder & CEO of GarysGuide and mentor at ER Accelerator. You can reach him at gary [at]

Rumor has it (thru my Silicon Alley grapevine of course) that Airbnb and Vayable are teaming up to throw an awesome party somewhere downtown today to celebrate Vayable’s NYC launch. You know what they say about rumors … they are usually true! 😉 Oka-aay, lets see whats happenin’ this week.

START-UPalooza: The Innovative Entrepreneurs Marketplace
Okay, I admit it. Anything with “palooza” in the title never fails to grabs my attention. Providing an opportunity for start-ups to pitch investors including Brian Cohen (NY Angels), Aaron Price (DFJ Gotham), William Reinisch (Paladin Capital), Ellie Wheeler (Greycroft Partners) and more.
Monday, 1 p.m. @ Fordham Lincoln Center, 113 W. 60th Street Pope Auditorium

NJ Tech Meetup #15
If you thought the best thing to come out of Jersey was Snooki, Mike “The Situation,” and Pauly D. then clearly you have never been to the sold-out and wait-listed NJ Tech Meetup. Featured speaker this month is Greg Besner, CFO, SecondMarket; other start-ups presenting include Fitocracy and Foodang.
Monday, 6:30 p.m. @ Stevens Institute Of Technology, Babbio Center, Hoboken

Wearable geek chic? VHS cannons?? One-bit computers??? Giant chrome double fingers???? It’s art-meets-tech all month at the 92Y gallery exhibition curated by Winslow Porter and Gabriella Levine.
Monday, 8 p.m. @ 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street

Annual Summer Bash
Summer schmoozing at its best at the Exec Council and NY Venture Capital Association’s annual networking bash.
Tuesday, 6 p.m. @ SNR Denton, 1221 Avenue of the Americas

EW+SOS+ERA Present: Rocking out on the Terrace
You know who likes private terrace parties overlooking the Hudson river on a fine summer evening chugging cold beer and networking with fellow start-up peeps? You. 🙂
Tuesday, 6 p.m. @ Private Residence Terrace, 312 11th Avenue

NY Times TimesOpen 2011: HTML5 and Beyond
And you thought the New York Times couldn’t teach us anything about emerging tech. Learn about HTML5 (Pete LePage, Google), CoffeeScript (Jeremy Ashkenas, NY Times) and Node.js (David Padbury, Lab49).
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. @ The New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue 15th Floor

Javascript Testing At Google Scale
Okay, ‘nuf partying. Lets get serious and earn some weekly geek points by deep diving into Javascript at this Google NYC Tech Talk. If you love your J-queries and node.js’es as much as I do, you won’t wanna miss this.
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. @ Googleplex East, 76 9th Avenue

Entrepreneurs Roundtable 38
ER Accelerator honcho Murat Aktihanoglu is back with the 38th edition of the Entrepreneurs Roundtable. In the hot seat this month will be one of the coolest VC cats around–Albert Wenger from Union Square Ventures. Memorable Albert Quote: “Start-ups are a marathon, not a sprint.”
Wednesday, 6 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 6th Avenue 6th Floor

Mobile Innovation in Health
Mobile is hot. Health care is important. Here’s where the two meet. Speakers include Meg Walsh (president, Augme Mobile Health), Jed Alpert (founder & CEO, Mobile Commons), Michael Zick Dohery (founder, OpenRTMS) and others.
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. @ The Ladders, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, 1540 Broadway

How to Inspire & Monetize
Priceline co-founder Jefff Hoffman bares it all.
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. @ Green Spaces, 394 Broadway

Startups Partnering With Big Companies: Best Practices
So, you really thought you could learn the intricate art of sales & biz dev by renting Glengarry Glen Ross? Here’s a better idea. Come learn from folks actually in the trenches – Jared Grusd (AOL), Tristan Walker (foursquare), Sanam Lari (Time Inc), Rich Kennedy ( and Serge Kassardjian (Google). Moderated by that lovely “media addict on the loose” Rachel Sklar (Hashable & ChangeTheRatio).
Wednesday, 7 p.m. @ Cooley, 1114 Avenue of the Americas 26th Floor

NYC Startup Crawl
One lazy Friday afternoon, seven awesome start-up cribs, one crazy after party. Thats what ya get when you sign up for the NYC Startup Crawl. Opening up their offices for public traipsing will be 10gen, Sailthru, Crowdtap, Business Insider, Smartling, Yodle, GameChanger and Now remember, ask nicely and you just might score yourself some swag!
Friday, 3 p.m. @ 10gen, 134 5th Avenue 3rd Floor

Photo Hack Day
You want to build a shiny new photo snapping / filtering / sharing app and have it splattered all over the NASDAQ screen in Times Square? You, my friend, want to be at Aviary’s Photo Hack Day this weekend alongwith Canvas, Foursquare, Flickr, Photobucket, Tracks, Pixable, Piictu, OpenPhoto, MoPho and a whole bunch of other interesting photo startup folks.
Saturday, 9 a.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

More on the horizon …
Lean Startup Interviews: Birchbox Founders Hayley Barna & Katia Beauchamp and Gil Beyda of Genacast Ventures @ Meetup HQ on Aug 22
NYC August Gaming Meetup @ General Assembly on Aug 22
Digital Dumbo with Google Places @ The Dumbo Loft on Aug 25

Until next week. Stay social, my little monsters!

Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of August 15: The Palooza Edition