Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of August 22: The YC Is Coming To Town 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]

So, on Aug 15, incubator impressario Paul Graham (or as I like to call him “Pauly G”) tweeted out that Y Combinator will be doing its first official New York City meetup on Sep 26. Ten minutes later the NYC twittersphere exploded with a slew of soul-searching, thought-provoking questions …. Is YC opening an NYC chapter? Is this just a recruiting thing? Does this finally put Silicon Alley on the map?? Should I reschedule my wedding?? What does it all mean?!

To find out what it all means, sign up here. And now, onto this week’s boozing and schmoozing roundup …

Digital Media MBA August Happy Hour
Do you like Digital Media MBA? Well then, you’re going to love the super-sized edition this month as the DMMBA folks partner up with ER Accelerator and its resident start-ups including Buzztable, Parking Panda, Centzy and more.
Monday, 6:30 p.m. @ Pranna, 79 Madison Avenue

Lean Startup Interviews: Birchbox founders and Gil Beyda of Genacast Ventures
Before there was Guyhaus and Foodzie, there was Birchbox, a monthly package of cosmetic goodness, driving women breathless in anticipation. I’m a big fan of founders Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp and how they went from idea to product market fit to one of the faster-growing start-ups in NYC. Sneak out of ur cubicles for this one, folks. You’ll learn a thing or two.
Monday, 6:30 p.m. @ Meetup HQ, 632 Broadway 3rd Floor

NYC Gaming August Meetup
Brad Hargreaves’ gaming meetup is back with another round of awesome demos and drinks. Featured this month are Robert Meyer (Chip), Conrad Schulman (Raffle Craze), Arseny Lebedev (Dead Calm), Yossi Horowitz (Bleating Sheep Theater), Ayo Omojola (Wanderplayer), Sharon Wood (Karizmac) and Dave Bisceglia (Tap City).
Monday, 7 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

The New Geeks On The Block 2.0 // Soho Startups
Ever wake up in the middle of the night sweating and wondering if there might be an event out there that would let you pitch your company AND follow it up with tequila shots? I think I may have something for you.
Tuesday, 6 p.m. @ Brinkley’s Pub, 406 Broome Street

Adverlytics Summer Party
Wait, you still haven’t unlocked ur Foursquare “I’m on a boat” badge? Good thing I told you about this party! 🙂
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. @ Frying Pan, 63 Chelsea Piers

NYC Ruby Hackfest!
Time to get your Ruby hack on with Josh Knowles and the Pivotal Labs crew.
Tuesday, 7 p.m. @ Pivotal Labs, 841 Broadway

Airbnb and Vayable Summer Party
It’s invite-only but there may be a few spots left. Reach out to the lovely June Lin and ask nicely and you may just score urself a spot.
Tuesday, 8 p.m. @ Secret Location

Understanding User Experience: A Full-Day Workshop
Admit it. You may have mad coding skillz but trying to design a decent user experience is like trying to walk behind a bunch of camera-toting tourists in Times Square. Not easy! Which is why you need a trip to the promised land of good UX design with Dan Maccarone (co-founder, Hard Candy Shell), Robert Lenne (design director,, Mimi Chun (design director, General Assembly), Sarah Doody (director UX, AdKeeper) and more.
Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

Startup Stories – Building a Location-Based Startup
Ex-banker, surfer, Techcrunch Disrupt finalist and all around cool dude CEO Brett Martin will be on hand to teach you how to build a location based app. Event is sold out but if you can make ur way past the screaming horde of geek girls and add urself to the waitlist, you may have a chance to get in. Maybe.
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. @ AOL Ventures, 770 Broadway

Websdays with Internet Week NY
Show up for the new media schmoozing. Show up for the vodka open bar. But most importantly show up cuz it is host (Thrillist and Editor) Richard Blakeley’s birthday and if you don’t show up he will hunt you down
Wednesday, 7 p.m. @ 200 Orchard St

Getting Started with Honeycomb Tablet Development
Attention all you android tablet fanboys out there. Tired of the iPad whupping ur asses and want to do something about it? Then you may wanna come to this event.
Wednesday, 7 p.m. @ Google HQ, 111 8th Avenue

Executive Leadership Workshop
Anything with Executive Workshop in the title sounds like a bit of a snoozer until you find out who’ll be doing the teaching. Jerry Colonna (NY’s answer to silicon valley legend Bill Campbell), Philip James (Founder of Snooth & Lot18) and more.
Thursday, 9 a.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

NYEBN Startup Pitch Series 8
The place to be to pitch your startup to Brian Cohen (NY Angels), Charlie Kemper (Revel Partners, ER Accelerator), Hadley Harris (Eniac Ventures) and Ellie Wheeler (Greycroft Partners)
Thursday, 6 p.m. @ Cooley, 1114 Avenue of the Americas

Digital DUMBO: Get Nostalgic Sponsored by Google Places
Time to break out your NYC trivia books, folks. Google will be on hand testing your knowledge of your favorite city and handing out swag. In that order. Don”t know what SpaHa is? No swag for you!
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. @ The Dumbo Loft, 155 Water Street, Brooklyn

NYC Tech Drinkup
Drinkup. Rooftop. ‘nuf said
Thursday, 9 p.m. @ Bar XVI, 251 West 48th Street (at 8th Avenue) Rooftop

More on the horizon …
500 Startups NYC Demo Day @ General Assembly on Aug 31
Video Hack Day with @ General Assembly on Sep 10
New Work City Third Anniversary Party @ New Work City on Sep 16

Until next week. Stay social, my friends!

Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of August 22: The YC Is Coming To Town Edition