Best Tech Events This Week (API HackDay, NY Tech Meetup, Invasion of the Hackathons, Creative Mornings, Investor Feedback Forum, NJ Tech Meetup, StartUP Series)

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

So, the fiscal cliff has been averted, the NHL lockout is over (yeah!) and William Shatner (a.k.a. Captain James T. Kirk) tweeted at an astronaut–AND got a reply back. 2013 is off to a great start already!

As you know, I got an early jump on one of my New Year resolutions (to get in great shape). Things have been going well and thanks for the encouraging emails, keep ’em coming! And I’ve got some more suggestions for fitness routines. Two in particular caught my eye: New York news personality Ben Aaron’s Dance Walking (yes, apparently that’s a thing, and the video’s a viral hit) and Formula 50, rapper/mogul 50 Cent’s badass six-week regimen.

FYI, deadline for the TechStars New York Spring 2013 class is January 18. So, go apply now. But first, read these excellent tips by TechStars NYC Managing Director Nicole Glaros on team, video and describing your business.

500 Startups is ramping up its presence in New York City with over 35 investments and now a brand spanking new coworking space at 28th and Park. Half of the space (20 startups) will be open to non-portfolio companies. Interested? Contact 500 Startups NY partner Shai Goldman for all the juicy details. Here’s the application form.

Hearst is teaming up with the good folks at Angelhack to bring you the Fashion Hackathon: Hack The Runway next month on Febuary 9 during Fashion Week. Prizes include access to exclusive VIP Fashion Week shows and events, use of your hack in NYFW events, $10,000 in cash prizes, and mentorship from Hearst. Yup, it’s going to be off the hook!

My friend Alison Flood (producer, Webby Awards / Internet Week) is throwing a little birthday bash / fundraiser to help those affected by Sandy on Staten Island (where she was born & raised). There’ll be drinking, dancing and sounds by Silent Drape Runners, Steven Rojas and DJ Frankenmack. Rock on!

For the startup founders, here are two classes I’d highly recommend you check out this week – Steve Schlafman (Lerer Ventures) on How to Pitch Your Startup to NYC Venture Firms (January 7) and Aaron Holiday (DFJ Gotham) on Essential Things to Know When Forming Your Startup (January 10, livestreamed).

My buddy Vijay and his punjabi funk band BlackMahal will be in town on the 12th, performing with Nomadic Massive at Drom. They’ve played the Vancouver Olympics, shared a stage with Das Racist and been called awesome by Rolling Stone. So go check them out!

Random nugget: “What these people (in the late 19th century) missed was that electricity, far beyond light, was a platform for a host of new industries. Over the following years, entrepreneurs would come up with appliances–today we might call them ‘apps’–for vacuuming, laundry and eventually radio and television and huge industries grew on the electricity platform.” – Dave Morgan (Internet advertising pioneer and founder/CEO, Simulmedia) in a recent New York Times article.

And now let’s see what’s going down in the Alley this week…

A Conversation with Adaptly Founder Nikhil Sethi
When you found an ad:tech startup at age 22 without ever having worked a day in advertising, odds are high you might make a mistake or two. Learn about the good, the bad, and everything else en route to the first $10 million in transactions through Adaptly’s platform last year.
Monday (Jan. 7), 6:30 p.m. @ General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl.

Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the new Gilded Age
A reception and conversation organized by the Ford Foundation with author and leading telecommunications policy expert Susan Crawford to celebrate the release of her new book.
Tuesday (Jan. 8), 6 p.m. @ Ford Foundation, 320 E. 43rd Street

Invasion of The Hackathons
How a geek event gone mainstream is breeding innovation and unique opportunities for entrepreneurs. With Sabeen Ali (Angelhack), Jonathan Askin (Brooklyn Law School), Christopher Kennedy (48HourApps), Peter Robinson (ChallengePost) and others.
Tuesday (Jan. 8), 6:30 p.m. @ NYU Poly Tech Incubator, 20 Jay Street, #316, Brooklyn

January 2013 NY Tech Meetup
You know the drill: Five-minute, rapid-fire demos. A bunch of amazing new startups. Now hopefully you’ve managed to snag one of those elusive tickets!
Tuesday (Jan. 8), 7 p.m. @ NYU Skirball Center For Performing Arts, 566 Laguardia Place

New Relic Presents: Code Forward NYC – Meet the Developers Behind the Obama Campaign
Learn how the Obama for America’s focus on team building and efficiency helped them build a sophisticated cloud-based infrastructure that used big data to maximize their campaign’s success, volunteer engagement and voter outreach.
Tuesday (Jan. 8), 7 p.m. @ Grand Hyatt, 109 E. 42nd Street

FinTech Startups: VC Panel on Raising Capital in FinTech and 2013 Forecast
With Mike Cichowski (Edison Ventures), Josh Abramowitz (Deep Creek Capital), Huck O’Connor (Multiplier Capital) and Jordan Bettman (Bain Capital Ventures).
Wednesday (Jan. 9), 6:30 p.m. @ Dechert LLP, 1095 6th Avenue, 28th Fl.

Future of Media Panel
With Angela Tribelli (CMO, HarperCollins), Kate Lee (Director of Content, Medium) and Shafqat Islam (CEO, NewsCred).
Wednesday (Jan. 9), 6:30 p.m. @ Cooley at The Grace Building, 1114 Ave of the Americas, 46th Fl.

General Assembly + Warby Parker New Year’s Resolution Party
An exclusive event to celebrate the new year, at Warby Parker’s Annex showroom. In keeping with the resolutions theme, fill-in-the-blank postcards will be handed out to help you make and keep your resolutions.
Wednesday (Jan. 9), 7:30 p.m. @ Warby Parker Annex, 819 Washington Street

StartUP Series sponsored by WeWork
With Matthew Manos (CEO, verynice), Farrah Bostic (founder/Creative Strategist, The Difference Engine), Jared Cocken (chief product officer, Fitocracy), Oscar Torres (cofounder, zenplaya) and Pamela Castillo (cofounder, Market Publique). Emcee’d by Cindy Gallop (founder, MakeLoveNotPorn).
Thursday (Jan. 10), 6 p.m. @ Art Directors Club Gallery, 106 W. 29th Street

NJ Tech Meetup 32
With Bob Dorf (co-author, Startup Owners Manual)
Thursday (Jan. 10), 6:30 p.m. @ Stevens Institute Of Technology, Babbio Center, Hoboken

Investor Feedback Forum
Investor Panelists include Brad Harrison (Brad Harrison Ventures), Eric Hippeau (Lerer Ventures), Geoff Judge (iNovia Capital) and William Reinisch (Paladin Capital Group). Startup Pitches by Glyph, Curioos, Vestorly, NimbusBase, Epion Health, FreshNeck, MOWA and Sumpto.
Thursday (Jan. 10), 6:30 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 6th Avenue

Startup GC Panel #2
With Craig Abruzzo (general counsel, Birchbox), Nithya Das (legal counsel, AppNexus), Mark Silverstein (legal counsel, Spotify) and Benjamin Singer (associate general counsel, Gilt Groupe).
Thursday (Jan. 10), 8 p.m. @ General Assembly , 902 Broadway, 4th Fl.

API Hackday NY
Bringing developers together for an all-day coding fest focused on building apps and mashups with APIs. Brought to you by Twilio, SendGrid,, Singly, IKANOW, OpenTok & Mashery.
Saturday (Jan. 12), 8 a.m. @ Alley NYC, 500 7th Avenue, 17th Fl.

More events on the horizon…
Soho Startup Lunch on Jan. 14 @ Cupping Room Cafe
Enterprise Technology Meetup on Jan. 15 @ Cooley
1st Bronx Tech Meetup on Jan. 16 @ Majora Carter Group
Social Retail Summit #4 on Jan. 17 @ Dumbo Spot
Benefits of Cloud for Video & Image on Jan. 17 @ Anchin
Legal Essentials for Startups: Part 3 – Intellectual Property Protection on Jan. 22 @ Anchin
UX Design and User Experience Optimization Trends on Feb. 6 @ Anchin
Hearst Fashion Hackathon 2013 on Feb. 9 @ Hearst
Investor Feedback Forum (New York) on Feb. 14 @ Microsoft
Social Media Week NY 2013 on Feb. 18 @ Metropolitan Pavilion

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends! 😉

Best Tech Events This Week (API HackDay, NY Tech Meetup, Invasion of the Hackathons, Creative Mornings, Investor Feedback Forum, NJ Tech Meetup, StartUP Series)