Best Tech Events This Week (Tesla Conf, French Tech, Technovation, Open Book Hack, NY Tech, Investor Forum, ArtsTech)

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]

This Saturday is the 2nd Annual Nikola Tesla Memorial Conference (Tesla died Jan 7, 1943 in NYC), here are this year’s predictions by Kurzweil & Asimov.

On Jan. 10, my friend Arie (DreamIt) teaching Raising Startup Capital term-sheets, investment rounds, retaining control. 2 FREE Passes $100 each! On Jan. 16 is Social Retail Summit w/ Chantel Waterbury (Founder, Chloe+Isabel), Mona Bijoor (Founder, JOOR), Ethan Song (CEO, Frank&Oak). 4 FREE Passes $160 each!

On Jan. 22 Stanford Alumni Angels Wine tasting + chat w/ Samer Hamadeh (Founder, & Zeel). Angels/VCs/LPs wanna attend? Email me. On Jan. 23 Girls Raising w/ Deborah Jackson (Plum Alley), Angela Lee (37 Angels), Reshma Saujani (Girls Who Code) & Carly Zakin (The Skimm). 2 FREE Passes!

This week … Jan 8 SquadUP Startup Showcase w/ DivvyDown & Nextlanding, FREE tix w/ code “alleynyc”. Jan 8 VentureOutNY French (Tech) Connection w/ Joy Marcus (Gotham Ventures), David Teten (ffVC) (2 Free Passes!). Jan 8 FinTech Women & Entrepreneurship w/ Bina Kalola (Bank of America), Sara Hanks (Crowdcheck). (5 Free Passes!). Jan 8 NYTECH UX Gamification.

Coming up … Jan 13 Insiders Guide: Debt vs Equity (10 Free Passes!). Jan 15 Space Matters: Design Great Workspace w/ Benjamin Dyett (Grind), Rachel Brooks (Citizen Made). Jan 22 Enterprise Tech (5 Free Passes!). Jan 24 Phat Startup Social Media w/ Gary Vaynerchuk (3 Free Passes!). Jan 25 Amusemi 2 Year Anniversary. Feb 01 3D Printing w/ Josh Levine VP Engg, Shapeways ($99 tix, 50% off). Feb 08 Angelhack & XO Group Hack Upon a Cause.

Cornell NYC Tech is shaping up to be big boost to NYC engg talent pool. Also awesome is their focus on real world + entrepreneurship w/ Masters projects @ existing companies or leading to creating new companies. Beyond standard engg courses, you also learn business (eg. entrepreneurship w/ Greg Pass, former CTO, Twitter), pitching a startup, engaging w/ media, hiring/interviewing etc. Applications are due Feb 1!

Learn iOS & get job in Tech? ==> TurnToTech 12 wk bootcamp! No payment till job placement. Sweet! And win free trip from GA to Sundance Film Festival.

Hola Startup CEOs/CTOs! NYCEDC accepting Round 2 registrations (first-come, first-served) to speak at Tech Talent Draft @ Brown, Cornell & Penn.

Wanna get on Startup Bus? Here’s your chance! Downtown Brooklynites, grab your free WiFi router from Fon. Also, apply here for Pipeline Fellowship Spring program.

Bunch o’ deadlines … Jan 7 Elance Big Idea competition (40 $2.5k prizes + grand prize $10k!). Jan 9 Kauffman FastTrac TechVenture. Jan 10 FastTrac GrowthVenture. Jan 30 Veterans Entrepreneurship. Feb 2 Macys Workshop for women & minorities. Mar 12 ConnectNYC Free Fiber Access!

My friend Jess Brondo (founder, is involved w/ Nomi Network, NYC nonprofit creating opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking. This Saturday, Nomi is partnering w/ local bars & restaurants to raise money and awareness for women and girls who are victims of trafficking in Cambodia and India.

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

NYC Lean In
Guest Speaker is Jessica Bennett (Editor for Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.Org and former Exec Editor of Tumblr and Senior Editor at Newsweek).
Tuesday (Jan 07), 7 p.m. @ Wix Lounge, 235 W 23rd St

NY Tech Meetup
You know the drill. 5 minute cutting-edge tech demos. 850 fellow NY Tech startuppers. 1 amazing event!
Tuesday (Jan 07), 7 p.m. @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts, 566 Laguardia Place

WeWork Charging Bull Welcome Party
Wednesday (Jan 08), 5 p.m. @ WeWork Charging Bull, 25 Broadway, 9th Fl

Gamification in UX: Ultimate Tool or Ultimate Hype?
Live debate betn 2 leading gamification experts – Marc Resnick and Ankit Shah.
Wednesday (Jan 08), 6 p.m. @ XO Group HQ, 195 Broadway

The French (Tech) Connection! (presented by VentureOutNY & Effective Capital)
With Joy Marcus (Gotham Ventures), David Teten (ff VC), Gaspard de Dreuzy (Kapitall), Chrisophe Garnier (Spark Labs), Luna Atamian ( & Ilan Elbase (Effective Capital). Startups include Priveal, FittingBox, Mediastay & Sojeans.
Wednesday (Jan 08), 6:30 p.m. @ Greenhouse, 150 Varick St

Happy Hour Startup Showcase #6 (hosted By SquadUP)
Featuring startups DivvyDown and Nextlanding. FREE tickets with promo code “alleynyc”
Wednesday (Jan 08), 6:30 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Fl

#Artstech 5 Year Anniversary
Delicious cocktails from Bombay Sapphire & homemade hors d’oeuvres from Rosepetalz. And 2 incredible shows – Rafael Rozendaal’s “Everything You See Is In The Past” and group show “Casting A Wide Net”.
Wednesday (Jan 08), 6:30 p.m. @ Postmasters Gallery, 54 Franklin St

UltraLight Startups – Investor Feedback Forum
Panelists include Jordan Bettman (Bain Capital), David Horowitz (Genacast), Charlie Kemper (ERA) & Micah Rosenbloom (Founder Collective). Demos by Accern, SeamlessDocs, Datacoup, Sellsy, Bar & Club Stats, Invidio, Thinknum & Vendalize.
Thursday (Jan 09), 6:30 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 6th Ave

NJ Tech Meetup #44
Featured guest Vinit Bharara, Co-founder of Quidsi (,,
Thursday (Jan 09), 6:30 p.m. @ Babbio Center, Stevens Institute Of Technology, Hoboken

Amusemi Startup Dinner
With Steven Rosenbaum (CEO, NYCEDC Entrepreneur at Large)
Thursday (Jan 09), 7:30 p.m. @ Venue in Gramercy, To be decided

2014 Technovation Kickoff
Technovation is the global technology entrpreneurship program for girls. With Margaret Honey (NY Hall of Science), Carol Pak (Plum Alley) & Jenn Shaw (NYTech Women and Bella Minds).
Friday (Jan 10), 6 p.m. @ Google HQ, 75 9th Ave, 2nd Fl

2nd Annual Tesla Memorial Conference
To honor Nikola Tesla’s life & legacy. Presented by Tesla Science Foundation.
Saturday (Jan 11), 8 a.m. @ New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave

Open Book Hack Weekend
Creative app / service / content hacks to help imagine future of digital books & advance open source & open API building blocks.
Saturday (Jan 11), 10 a.m. @ NY Public Library – Stephen Schwarzman Bldg, 5th Ave at 42nd St

More events on the horizon…
Startup Lunch on Jan 13 @ Venue (Flatiron)
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
Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit on Jan 15 @ Columbia University
Real Estate Connect NYC 2014 on Jan 15 @ Grand Hyatt
Publishing Happy Hour on Jan 15 @ 1200 MILES
Space Matters: Design a Great Workspace on Jan 15 @ FLOR
Happy Hour Startup Showcase #7 (hosted By SquadUP) on Jan 15 @ AlleyNYC
Inside the Mind of the VC – Create the Best Startup Investor Pitch Deck on Jan 15 @ Stamford Innovation Center
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
Happy Hour Startup Showcase #8 (hosted By SquadUP) on Jan 22 @ AlleyNYC
Stanford Alumni Angels: Wine & Networking – Fireside Chat w/ Samer Hamadeh (Co-founder, on Jan 22 @ Venue
Girls Raising – Presentation & Panel Series on Jan 23 @ Warby Parker
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 (Tesla Conf, French Tech, Technovation, Open Book Hack, NY Tech, Investor Forum, ArtsTech)