Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of August 29: The AARRR!! Edition

This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide and mentor

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

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So, it was a busy week. Steve Jobs (who loves black turtlenecks almost as much as I love red ties) resigned. Twenty-five thousand New Yorkers checked into Earthquakepocalypse (and lost some respect with Californians in the process). And Hurricane Irene gave us a few gusts of wind, a few drops of water and a lot of @ElBloombito. But nothing is more important than the upcoming SXSW 2012 Panel Picker deadline (September 2). See, where I come from, we look out for our own. So I’ve put together a list of panels representing our local New York startuppers. Go show some love and vote for them and email me if you want your panel to be added to the list.

And now, here’s whats going on in your neck of the woods this week …

Use The News! An Introduction to the New York Times API
Zoe Fraade-Blanar (interactive consultant, New York Times and adjunct professor, NYU ITP) will give you the straight-up dope on how to tame the “vast, powerful and a little confusing” monster that is the New York Times data services API.
Monday, 6 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

Ruby for Kids. Sharing with kids how much fun programming is
You know what they say. It’s never too early to get them hooked. Just don’t be too upset when ur kid whips up a snazzy social app and snags seed funding before you do.
Monday, 6:30 p.m. @ Warren Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer Street – NYC Tech Talks
You can’t turn around without bumping into a social music listening startup these days. Following in the smart footsteps of and comes a new one, Co-founders Steven Huynh and Mike O’Brien will tell you what its all about and how they built it using node.js and redis.
Tuesday, 7 p.m. @ Meetup HQ, 632 Broadway

PHP is dead: No startups use it… except these awesome ones
Personally I think the start-up world is big enough for everyone, yes, even you Cobol. But if PHP and Ruby want to meet up at the back of the school to duke it out, I’d pay to watch that.
Tuesday, 7 p.m. @ Refinery29, 30 Cooper Square 4th Floor

Producteev and Meetup host Old School Game Night Tourney for Startups
Start-ups. Game Night. Swag. Networking. Hot Dates. Pizza. Cold Beer. Prizes. Co-founders. Charades. Honorary trophy. How can you not like this event?!
Wednesday, 7 p.m. @ Meetup HQ, 632 Broadway 3rd Floor

500Startups NYC Demo Day
The place to be to hang out with super angel (errr… micro vc), master of 500 hats and the guy who introduced ‘AARRR!!’ to the silicon valley vocabulary, Mr. Dave McClure himself. Bonus drinking game–down a sake bomb everytime Mr. McClure can’t remember the name of one of his own start-up investments. I kid, I kid 🙂
Wednesday, 7 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

The Product Group September 2011
It’s 2011. Surely you’re not still torturing ur friends with Evites, are you? You, dear reader, need Paperless Post. And to learn more about their swoon inducing designs and graphics so-good-you-can-lick-them, come meet up with their product guru, Itai Ram.
Thursday, 7 p.m. @ MTV, 1515 Broadway

Graph Based Machine Learning with Applications to Media Analytics
Social graphs, interest graphs, taste graphs, knowledge graphs. Every start-up worth its salt is dropping the graph bomb in VC meetings and sprinkling it liberally in their pitch decks. But let’s be honest. How many of us really know what the heck a graph is? So go chat with Intent Media scientist and former IBM researcher, Lei Ding and get the inside skinny on nodes and routes.
Thursday, 7 p.m. @ AOL HQ, 770 Broadway 6th Floor

Credit Card Processing Basics
No, you won’t learn about how to deal with deadbeat clients or what ur start-up business model should be. What you will learn is how to get the dough from a customer who actually wants to pay you. You don’t wanna be leaving money on the table, now do you?
Thursday, 8 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

NYC Startup and Dim Sum Enthusiasts Meetup
Cuz startupping + dimsumming is a match made in geek foodie heaven.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. @ Jing Fong Restaurant, 20 Elizabeth Street

More on the horizon …
September NY Tech Meetup @ NYU Skirball Center on Sep 6
An Insiders Guide to Angel Investing with Thomas Wisniewski @ General Assembly on Sep 7
Video Hack Day with @ General Assembly on Sep 10
Open Video Conference @ New York Law School on Sep 10

Until next week. Stay social, my friends!

Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of August 29: The AARRR!! Edition