Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Labor Day (The FNO Edition)

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

This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide, mentor at ER Accelerator and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over forty red ties. You can reach him at gary [at]

Hot Girl in Conde Nast elevator: “Gary! Will I be seeing u and ur red tie at any FNO events this week?”
Me: “Ummm, what is FNO?”
Girl: “Omg, srsly?? FNO is Fashion’s Night Out!”
Me: “And that is…?”
Girl: “Only the coolest night ever! Designers, models, fashion editors, celebrities and shoppers flock to their fave stores for an extravagant night of shopping, champagne and fun events!”
Me: Uhh, it does sound cool.
Girl: You bet it is! It was conceived by Anna Wintour.
Me: Anna who?
Girl: She’s the editor-in-chief of … oh never mind. But u better tell your readers all about it. Or else…
Me: I will, I will.
Me: (nervously looking at elevator doors and wondering why this thing isn’t moving faster)

Ahem. Fashion’s Night Out.

And now onto whats happening in the tech parts of town this week…September 2011 NY Tech Meetup
Who would have thunk that a tech event would become so popular that scalpers would be selling tickets to it on the black market for FIVE times the list price?
Tuesday, 7 p.m. @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts, 566 Laguardia Place

NYC Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference
Consumed by fashion? Obsessed with blogging (or Tumbling)? Then this should really be a no-brainer. Come hang out with Joe Zee (Creative Director, Elle), Christen Rochon (Divas & Dorks), Yuli Ziv (Style Coalition), Leandra Medine (Man Repeller), Vahni Georgoulakos (Grit and Glamour), Sammy Davis (Sammy Davis Vintage), Erica Chan Coffman & Lauren Kolodny (Honestly WTF), Alisa Gould Simon ( and more.
Wednesday, 9 a.m. @ Milk Studios, 450 West 15th Street

An Insiders Guide to Angel Investing
Angel Investor Thomas Wisniewski will teach you how to take his money. It really doesn’t get any easier than this.
Wednesday, 6 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

How To Be Black: An Interactive Case Study in Digital Branding with Baratunde Thurston
#crazytunde #outrageoustunde #hilarioustunde #brandatunde #amazingtunde #thelistgoesonandontunde
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. @ The Onion HQ, 536 Broadway 10th Floor

Startups Unplugged: Structure for your Startup
Struggling with getting your startup on the right track? Need some structure? You, my friend, need Chatfe founder Paul Orlando.
Wednesday, 7 p.m. @ Conference Room, 31 West 26th Street 3rd Floor

Silicon Dragon New York 2011: China Deals, IPOs & Returns
You know what they say. Every startup needs a China strategy. And yeah, that means you too. Panelists include Bob McCooey (NASDAQ), Peter Lighte (JPMorgan Chase Bank China), David Chao (DCM), Barry Silbert (SecondMarket), James Robinson IV (RRE Ventures), Porter Bibb (Mediatech Capital Partners) and others. Moderated by Rebecca Fannin (Silicon Dragon, Forbes)
Thursday, 4 p.m. @ NASDAQ, 4 Times Square

The Future of Mobile Marketing: Where Are We Headed?
You know the best way to learn about the future of mobile marketing? While sipping cocktails and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres of course. And did I mention its free? What are you waiting for again?
Thursday, 6 p.m. @ Morris + King, 101 5th Avenue 8th Floor

#Techdrinkup: Tech Takeover of Fashions Night Out
Did you really think tech peeps were going to let Fashions Night Out pass by without throwing a shindig? Hellz no.
Thursday, 6 p.m. @ G 50 Bar and Grill, 208 East 50th Street

Social TV Meetup, hosted by GetGlue & SecondScreen Networks
Come learn how to check in and gleek at the same time.
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. @ GetGlue, 22 West 19th Street 9th Floor

Investor Feedback Forum and Pitch Showdown
Graham Lawlor is back with another ultra-awesome edition of Ultralight Startups. On deck will be Gil Beyda (Managing Partner, Genacast Ventures), Brad Harrison (Partner, Point Capital), Edward Reitler (Founder, ARC Angel Fund) and Michael Yavonditte (CEO, Hashable). Startup pitches include Lior Messinger (Medicasting), Ankur Jain (Gift Side Story), Derek Webster (LocalBonus), Edward Valentini (Nelbee), John Federico (Qrious), James Saadi (Automato), Phaedra Chrousos (Daily Secret), Satjot Sawhney (ShareRebate) and Gene DeRose (
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 6th Avenue 6th Floor

Negotiating: Essential Skills for Entrepreneurs
Okay, time to put down your dog-eared, worn out copy of Sun Tzu’s Art of War and hop on over to New Work City to learn some ninja moves on how to deal with “hard-bargaining tactics and dirty tricks.” VCs and building landlords everywhere are already starting to sweat.
Thursday, 7 p.m. @ New Work City, 412 Broadway 2nd Floor

NY CSS Meetup – Rounded Corners
Cuz rounded corners are just nicer.
Thursday, 7 p.m. @ Rokkan, 176 Grand Street

How To Launch your Startup Idea for Less than $5,000
Recent USV investment Skillshare founder Michael Karnjanaprakorn returns to teach the class that entrepreneurs everywhere have been salivating to attend. Sold out again but add urself to the watchlist and I promise u won’t miss it the next time around.
Thursday, 7 p.m. @ SkillShare HQ, 407 Broome Street Suite 5A

Video Hack Day with
Reece Pacheco had a dream. That one day, we would all come together and video-hack the night away. Putting their awesome APIs at your disposal alongwith will be Youtube, Boxee, Mashery, Framesocket,,, Moovatom, Aviary, Opentok, VHX, ZenCoder, Twilio and Sharethrough.
Saturday, 9 a.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

Open Video Conference
Care about promoting free expression and innovation in online video? Well, of course, you do! So you won’t wanna miss this one. Speakers and panelists include Jillian York (EFF), Cindy Gallop (Make Love, Not Porn), Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive), Greg Schechter (YouTube), Anna Cavender (Google), Mark Watson (Netflix), Jonathan Askin (Brooklyn Law), Mehan Jayasuriya (NYU ITP), Elizabeth Stark (Stanford), Eric Mueller (TED), Ashish Kumar (UN), Heather Ford (Ushahidi), Blake Whitman (Vimeo), Jane Park (Creative Commons) and more.
Saturday, 9 a.m. @ New York Law School, 185 West Broadway

Iconathon NYC
Come help design new public domain symbols for transportation. Whats that you say? Can’t draw to save your life? Well luckily for you I talked to the organizers and they said you can come “even if you still draw like a 5 year old.” Huzzah!
Saturday, 11 a.m. @ School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21st Street 3rd Floor

More on the horizon…
Founders@Fail: Ted Morgan (Skyhook Wireless) on Sep 12 @ General Assembly
New Work City Third Anniversary Party on Sep 16 @ New Work City
Mashable Social Good Summit 2011 on Sep 19 @ 92 Street Y
TechCocktail NYC Mixer on Sep 21 @ General Assembly

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends!

Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Labor Day (The FNO Edition)