Best Tech Events This Week (New Year’s Eve Parties & more)

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]

Paul Graham’s recent remarks landed him in hot water. My two cents … Last week Chicago made Computer Science core curriculum in all public high schools & it’ll be first urban district with computer courses for kindergarten to 8th grade. I hope NYC is next! Other programs – Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code, AFSE. Kids coding early is great. I was lucky & got my start at age 11. Having said that, starting / funding a company shouldn’t be about when u started coding (or ur race, gender, nationality). Tech is a meritocracy. Lets keep it that way.

My friends at NightUp throwing ultimate NYE soirée Sky Is the Limit at historic Stollway Loft with famed DJ Dimitry Mak, top shelf open bar & special party favors! Attendees include editors from CNN, PandoDaily, Guest of a Guest, Elite Daily, Elektro, Only the Beat, DJ Times, Source Mag & more. You should go, yo!

Also I’m cohosting Startup NYE Party @ Celsius (Bryant Park) with folks from Startup Weekend, OS Fashion & others! Check out Preo’s parties @ DL Rooftop & Union Sq Ballroom. And late night @ Junoon. Gonna be quite a night!

On Jan. 10, my friend Arie (DreamIt, AppStori) is teaching Raising Startup Capital @ General Assembly, all ’bout term-sheets, investment rounds & retaining control 😉 2 Free Passes worth $100 each! And on Jan 16 is Social Retail Summit with Chantel Waterbury (Founder, Chloe+Isabel), Mona Bijoor (Founder, JOOR), Ethan Song (CEO, Frank & Oak). I’m giving away 4 Free Passes worth $160 each!

Next week, my friends @ Stanford Alumni Angels hosting Wine Tasting + Networking for Angels & Entrepreneurs. Angels/VCs wanna attend? Email me.

Wanna learn iOS & Cloud? Get a secure job in Tech? Yes you can! ==> TurnToTech’s 12 week bootcamp. If you qualify, no payment till course completion & job placement. Nice! Other plans available. Mention GarysGuide when applying.

Coming up … Jan. 8: VentureOutNY French (Tech) Connection w/ Joy Marcus (Gotham Ventures), David Teten (ffVC) (2 Free Passes!). Jan. 8: FinTech Panel on Women & Entrepreneurship w/ Bina Kalola (MD, Bank of America), Sara Hanks (Founder, Crowdcheck). (5 Free Passes!). Jan. 8: NYTECH UX Gamification.

More coming up … Jan. 22 Enterprise Tech (5 Free Passes!). Jan. 24 Phat Startup Social Media with Gary Vaynerchuk (3 Free Passes!). Jan. 25 Amusemi 2 Year Anniversary. Feb. 1 3D Printing w/ Josh Levine VP Engg, Shapeways ($99 tix, 50% off). Feb. 8 Angelhack & XO Group Hack Upon a Cause.

Hola Startup Bus-preneurs, apply here! Downtown Brooklynites, grab free WiFi router from Fon. And Intel gifting up to $20k to GirlsWhoCode if you retweet.

Bunch of deadlines … Dec. 31 Techstars NYC. Dec. 31 StartOut Demo Day. Jan. 7 Elance Big Idea competition (40 $2.5k prizes + grand prize $10k!).

More deadlines … Jan. 9 Kauffman FastTrac TechVenture. Jan. 10 FastTrac GrowthVenture. Jan. 30 Veterans Entrepreneurship. Feb. 2 Macy’s Workshop for women & minorities. Mar. 12 ConnectNYC Free Fiber Access!

4 books by friends – Jab Jab Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk, Lean Enterprise by Trevor & Obie (Lean Startup Machine), Mytro by John Biggs (TechCrunch) & Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business by Michael DuDell.

And now, time to open the bubbly, grab a seat to the ball drop and …… ohhh no!

Happy New Year, y’all! 2014 gonna be crazy awesome. I can feel it!

And now lets see whats going down in the Alley this week…

Downtown Brooklyn Hackers
One Last Dinner in 2013
Monday (Dec 30), 6:30 p.m. @ ShakeShack, 409 Fulton St, Brooklyn

New Years Eve Eve Sparkling Ball
Monday (Dec 30), 8 p.m. @ Vermilion, 480 Lexington Ave

New Years Eve
4 hour open bar. No cover.
Tuesday (Dec 31), 8 p.m. @ Sweet & Vicious, 5 Spring St

The Noise Group Presents Junoon NYE 2014 – An Intimate Affair
Tuesday (Dec 31), 8 p.m. @ Junoon, 27 W 24th St

New Years Eve w/ Preo @ Union Sq Ballroom
6 Hour Premium Open Bar. Preo guests have exclusive access to Preo Bar & raffle for every 50 orders. Use code “preo” for $5 off tickets.
Tuesday (Dec 31), 9 p.m. @ Union Sq Ballroom, 29 Union Square W

New Years Eve w/ Preo @ The DL Rooftop
5 Hour Premium Open Bar. Preo guests have exclusive access to Preo Bar. Use code “preo” for $5 off tickets.
Tuesday (Dec 31), 9 p.m. @ The DL, 95 Delancey St

New Years Eve 2014 with Tech & Startup folks
At Celsius in Bryant Park Winter Wonderland. With Tech & Startup folks from Startup Weekend, GarysGuide, OS Fashion & others!
Tuesday (Dec 31), 9 p.m. @ Celsius at Bryant Park, 41 W 40th St

NightUp – NYE Sky is The Limit Soirée!
Music by famed DJ Dimitry Mak, top shelf open bar all night and special NightUp party favors! Attendees include editors from CNN, Pando Daily, Guest of a Guest, Elite Daily, Elektro, Only the Beat, DJ Times, Source Magazine & more!

Tuesday (Dec 31), 9 p.m. @ Stollway, 250 W 39th St

Inauguration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James, and Comptroller Scott Stringer
1000 free tickets to the inauguration!
Wednesday (Jan 01), 12 p.m. @ City Hall Plaza, City Hall Park

The Product Group Meetup
Featuring Marco Santini (Product Person at Inclusion)
Thursday (Jan 02), 7 p.m. @ MTV Networks / Viacom, 1515 Broadway, Rm 44-02

NY Legal Hackers – Hacking Revenge Porn
With Derek Bambauer (Professor of Law, Univ of Arizona), Lee Rowland (Staff Attorney, ACLU), Mark Jaffe (Partner, Tor Ekeland) and Ari Waldman (Associate Director, Inst for Information Law & Policy, NY Law School).
Thursday (Jan 02), 7 p.m. @ Made in NY Media Center by IFP, 30 John St, DUMBO, Brooklyn

Bitcoin Demos NYC Meetup
Demoing some basic apps & sites used to buy and sell Bitcoin
Thursday (Jan 02), 7 p.m. @ Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave

Py Ladies – Party like its 2014 (Coding social)
Write some code and hang out with other PyLadies while you’re at it.
Saturday (Jan 04), 11 a.m. @ Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 18 W 29th St

NY Artificial Intelligence Forum
A detailed discussion of Ray Kurzweil’s book – “How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed”
Saturday (Jan 04), 2 p.m. @ Private Location, St Marks Place Presents – Magic Man & Friends
With Photocomfort, The Novel Ideas, Jarrod Dickenson and Magic Man DJ!
Saturday (Jan 04), 6 p.m. @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar, 165 Banker St, Brooklyn

More events on the horizon…
appFigures January Drinkup on Jan 07 @ Central Bar
January 2014 NY Tech Meetup on Jan 07 @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts
Gamification in UX: Ultimate Tool or Ultimate Hype? on Jan 08 @ XO Group HQ
The Center for Women Startups Launch Event on Jan 08 @ Stitch Bar & Lounge
January FinTech Panel: Women and Entrepreneurship on Jan 08 @ Dechert LLP
VentureOutNY & Effective Capital Present – The French (Tech) Connection! on Jan 08 @ Greenhouse
Happy Hour Startup Showcase Hosted By SquadUP on Jan 08 @ AlleyNYC
#Artstech 5 Year Anniversary on Jan 08 @ Postmasters Gallery
Investor Feedback Forum on Jan 09 @ Microsoft
NJ Tech Meetup #44 w/ Vinit Bharara, co-founder Quidsi (,, Wag) on Jan 09 @ Babbio Center
Amusemi Startup Dinner on Jan 09 @ Venue in Gramercy
NY Innovative Tech on Jan 14 @ AOL Patch Labs
Women Entrepreneurs Festival 2014 (hosted by NYU ITP) on Jan 14 @ NYU Stern School of Business
Make Impact NYC 2014 – Do Good In Your Hood! on Jan 16 @ Pope Auditorium @ Fordham University Lincoln Ctr
Social Retail Summit #6 on Jan 16 @ Dumbo Spot
NY Enterprise Technology Meetup on Jan 22 @ Cooley
The Phat Startup – How to be the Mayweather of Social Media w/ Gary Vaynerchuk on Jan 24 @ AlleyNYC
Amusemi 2 Year Anniversary Party! on Jan 25 @ Venue (TriBeCa)
DeepDive ShapeJS (3D Printing) on Feb 01 @ TurnToTech
Hack Upon a Cause on Feb 08 @ XO Group HQ
Gigaom Structure Data 2014 on Mar 19 @ Pier Sixty at The Chelsea Piers

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

Best Tech Events This Week (New Year’s Eve Parties & more)