Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week: NY Tech’s Next Top Models Edition

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 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at]

NY Tech’s Next Top Models
If you had ever wondered aloud to urself that there could exist an event where one rockstar investor (Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson) was waltzing down the catwalk even as another rockstar founder (foursquare’s Dennis Crowley) was spinning out tunes at the DJ booth, then I believe your dreams are just about to come true. Many months in the making—Raise Cache—the lovely Rebecca Zhou’s brainchild, a one-of-a-kind tech fashion show and a benefit to raise some dough for the awesome hackNY is almost upon us. And this thursday, joining Fred on the runway, will be a veritable smorgasbord of NY Tech ce-web-rities including David Tisch (TechStars), Rachel Sklar (ChangeTheRatio), Brooke Moreland (Fashism), Nate Westheimer (NY Tech Meetup), Carter Cleveland (, Christina Cacioppo (Union Sq Ventures), Katia Beauchamp (BirchBox) and many many more. And jostling competitively for action at the DJ booth along with Dennis will be Billy Chasen (turntable fm), Lauren Leto (bntr), Courtney Boyd Myers (The Next Web) and others. Now don’t panic. Tickets are still available (but not for long!) so go get urs pronto and get ready for what I like to call “A Big Ol’ Group Hug For The Amazing NY Tech Community.” 🙂

The Real Deal
As always, here are a few deals & discounts on awesome tech events that u might find useful.

And now, lets hop on the Silicon Alley train to check out what other crazy events are chugging our way this week…

How To Get a Job at a Startup
Get the inside scoop on how to easily land that awesome startup job u’ve been eyeing. Okay, so maybe its not so easy but its definitely attainable. Come learn from the lovely Christina Cacciopo of Union Square Ventures. Co-teaching will be Eric Friedman, the biz dev guy at New York’s hottest startup, foursquare.
Monday, 7 p.m. @ Union Square Ventures, 915 Broadway 14th Floor

Hack and Tell: Round 13: Or maybe we should let superstition win?
So here’s how this thing works. You have five minutes to show off your hack and the audience has five minutes to applaude, cry, laugh, inquiry, snore, chew, stand, sit, dance, grow, interact etc. Simple, eh?
Monday, 7 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

AdAge Media Evolved Conference
Any event which has Nick Denton and Glenn Beck in the same room cannot not be fun. With Nick Denton (Gawker Media), Glenn Beck, Bob Sauerberg (President, CondeNast), Laura Desmond (CEO, Starcom Mediavest), Mark Speichert (CMO, L’Oreal), Ross Levinsohn (Exec VP, Yahoo), Rio Caraeff (CEO, Vevo), Michael Yanover (Head Biz Dev, CAA), Andy Mitchell (Strategic Partnerships, Facebook) and more.
Tuesday, 8 a.m. @ Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th Street

#ROOTT Edition 5 – Presented by EW + ERA + SOS
“Rocking out on the terrace” (or as I like to call it ROOTT) may have left the terrace behind with the warm summer sun but the rocking continues unabated and unshackled. And for a change, we’ll have an event where investors will be doing the pitching. 🙂 With Geoff Judge (iNovia Capital), Peter Shankman (Angel Investor), John Ason (Angel Investor), Brad Harrion (BHV Capital), Somak Chattopadyay (Tribe Capital) and more.
Tuesday, 6 p.m. @ Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant, 121 West 45th Street, 3rd Floor

Hub NYC & MIT Club of New York Professional Programs Presents – Technology Meets Social Innovation and Impact Investment
Go learn how technology is changing the world of social enterprise. With Jalak Jobanputra (Investor and Entrepreneur), Dr. Neal Lesh (Chief Strategy Officer, Dimagi and Co-Founder, Spark MicroGrants), Giulia Stellari (Co-Founder, AgSquared) and Mike Van Patten (Founder and Principal, Mission Markets). Moderated by Jamie Daves (Founding Partner, Platform Equity and Venture Partner, City Light Capital).
Tuesday, 6 p.m. @ LiquidNet, 498 Seventh Avenue 5th Floor

CodeSquare Soft-Launch Party
I’ve featured many launch parties in this column but this may well be the first “soft” launch party. 🙂 I hope this trend catches on!
Tuesday, 7 p.m. @ The Crooked Knife at 14th Street, 232 West 14th Street

Making Something People Love with Alexis Ohanian
With Alexis Ohanian, that maker of wonderful internet things (reddit, breadpig and hipmunk) and doodler of his own mascots.
Tuesday, 7 p.m. @ NYU Stern, 44 W 4th Street Room

The Art of the Pitch with Courtney Boyd Myers and Sarah Kessler
Attention all ye startup entrepreneurs. Yes, there really is a better solution out there than just mass e-mailing ur boring press release to every journalist in town.
Tuesday, 7 p.m. @ Wix Lounge, 10 W 18th Street 2nd Floor

Founders@Fail Eric Paley: Founder Collective
Cuz we can all learn a thing or two from failures, no?
Wednesday, 6 p.m. @ Goodwin Proctor, New York Times Building 620 Eighth Avenue

Hear from Spotifys CTO and other leaders of the tech organization!
Stockholm is in da house! Swedish startup Spotify’s team will be in town to answer all ur burning questions about ur umpteen playlists and more. Attending will be Oskar Staal (Chief Technology Officer), Mikael Krantz (Chief Architect), Henrik Landren (Head of Analytics) and Wouter de Bie (Team Lead, Analytics Infrastructure).
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. @ Spotify HQ, 76 9th Avenue

Nightlife @Daylife Presents Craig Newmark: Technology for the Common Good
The awesome Craig from Craigslist will be in the house doing what he does best – talking about technology, the common good, grassroots, philanthropy, government and of course nerds. Along with a good heap of craig-isms will be served finger food and beer and wine.
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. @ Daylife HQ, 444 Broadway 5th Floor

The Fusion of Fine Art and Fashion
If fine art and fashion are ur thing, then u really cannot afford to miss an event called the fusion of fine art and fashion. Right?
Panelists include Austin Scarlett (Fashion Designer & Project Runway Star), Patrick McMullan (Photographer and Founder, Patrick McMullan Company) and Bill Indursky (Co-founder of Moderated by Annika Connor.
Wednesday, 7 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

The Business of Big Data
Want to learn more about Big Data? Then who better to learn it from than the folks, who as I like to say, have “Big Data tattooed on their foreheads” 😉 I’m talking of Roger Ehrenberg’s IA Ventures of course and Ben Siscovick and Brad Gillespie from IA will be at hand to infuse some of their big data wisdom into your noggin.
Wednesday, 7 p.m. @ Dogpatch Labs, 36 East 12th Street

Girl Develop IT: Intro to HTML/CSS
Cuz girls just wanna have fun (learning tech)!
Wednesday, 7 p.m. @ Aol HQ, 770 Broadway 5th Floor

Open Bar & Endless Grilled Cheese @ Websdays
Richard Blakeley is back with another edition of the awesome Websdays and this time he comes bearing gifts. Grilled cheese sandwich gifts to be precise. Specialty cheddar grilled cheese. Jack grilled cheese. Bacon and tomato grilled cheese. Buffalo grilled cheese. Tech networking never felt so cheesy (and so delicious) 😉 Bonus: premium cocktails, soft home-made pretzels and warm pigs-in-blankets. Hungry?
Wednesday, 8 p.m. @ Destination Bar, 211 Avenue A

Venture Shift New York 2011
Bambi Fransisco and the gang follow the time honored tradition of taking their west coast event to the place where its all happening right now – NYC of course! Terrific speaker lineup including Barry Silbert (SecondMarket), Mark Suster (GRP Partners), Billy Chasen (, Gil Beyda (Genacast Ventures), John Borthwick (Betaworks), Roger Ehrenberg (IA Ventures), Owen Davis (NYC Seed), Howard Morgan (FirstRound Capital), Lewis Gersh (Metamorphic Ventures), Micah Rosenbloom (Founder Collective), Jim Robinson (RRE), David Teten (ff Ventures), David Tisch (TechStars) and more.
Thursday, 4 p.m. @ Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street

Obliterati: Metromix It Up!
Wanna hang out and get it on with new media types? Well of course u do! And there is no better place than Obliterati. There’ll be giveaways, jargaritas and (of course) DJ Frankenmack.
Thursday, 6 p.m. @ Sweet & Vicious, 5 Spring Street

NY Video November Meetup
The place to be to get ur monthly video 2.0 fix. Demoing will be Eric Saccullo (Director of Sales, Tremor Media), Jeff Glasse (Founder & CEO, Kogeto), Bill Harding (VP BizDev, Kogeto), Jonathan Stefansky (Viewbix), Danielle Earle, CEO & Founder, PL Entertainment) and Johnsie Garrett (Co-Founder & BizDev, ClipSync).
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. @ Aol HQ, 770 Broadway 5th Floor

Digital DUMBO: Open Up Your World Sponsored by AT&T
Brooklyn (and Dumbo)’s favorite monthly schmooze and booze returns. You provide the schmooze. AT&T will provide the booze.
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. @ Dumbo Loft, 155 Water Street

Raise Cache: A Celebration of NY Tech and A Benefit for hackNY
The must-attend event of the week (and the month).
Thursday, 7 p.m. @ State Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue

NJ Tech Meetup 18
Move over Tony Soprano and Snooki. This is the event that is really putting Jersey on the map. Featured speaker this month is Matt Meeker (Co-founder, and EIR at Polaris Ventures). Startups demoing include Townery and NetBook Navigator.
Thursday, 7 p.m. @ Howe Center, Stevens Institute of Technology Bissinger Room, Hoboken

Future of Television East
Do u want to know where television is headed? What Google TV is upto? Is Apple really working on a television? What will Boxee do next? Then u don’t want to miss this event. With Avner Ronen (Boxee), Jennifer Kavanagh (Oxygen NBC Universal), Warren Lee (Canaan Partners), Peter Stern (Time Warner Cable), Emily Christner (TV Guide Digital), Tim Connolly (Disney and ESPN Media Networks), Joan FitzGerald (comScore), Marc DeBevoise (CBS Interactive) and more.
Friday, 8 a.m. @ New York University Stern School, 40 W 4th Street

NYC Startup Weekend
Back again for another red-bull, pizza and tech-drenaline fueled weekend of late night coding, hacking and pure startupping. Speakers include Danny Maloney (BridesView, Aol) and Judges include Jay Levy (Zelkova Ventures) and Hilary Gosher (Managing Director, Insight Partners).
Friday, 6 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

More on the horizon…
December NY Tech Meetup on Nov 29 @ NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts
NYC Startup Weekend Presents: SWNext on Nov 30 @ ER Accelerator
General Assembly Demo Night on Nov 30 @ General Assembly
Techdrinkup Heated Rooftop Open Bar Holiday Party on Dec 1 @ XVI Lounge
Lean Startup Machine NYC on Dec 9

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends!

Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week: NY Tech’s Next Top Models Edition