Best Tech Events This Week: DreamIt Ventures Startup Battles, Meet The Innovators And 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]

Ok I won’t bore ya with all the BBQ-feasting, pool-partying, grumpy-cat-sighting, Snoop-Dogg-(Lion?)-schmoozing, secret-Daft-Punk-concert-rocking, late-night-shenanigans here in Texas! 😉 Thanks again to MasterCard for having me as one of their #PricelessSurprises giveaway prizes during SXSW! 🙂

Wanna learn about Google’s Cloud Computing & Big Data initiatives? Of course you do! 🙂 Inaugural Google Cloud Platform Developer Summit on Mar 25. Deep dive on new features, learn about Google’s new approaches to computing and their models for processing big data at Google speed & scale! FYI, for NYC peeps, Google planning Viewing Party (& other fun stuff!) @ their offices in Chelsea (111 8th Ave) on Mar 25 from noon – 3pm. You should go, yo! 🙂

Speaking of Google, they’ve a new initiative #40 Forward, committing $1 million to 40 global orgs working w/ startups to encourage them to find ways to bring more women into business & technology. Nice!

Upcoming film looking to shoot scenes at a sleek tech / media startup office. Suggestions? Email me! FYI, small crew & minimal equipment. (As to who’s starring in the film? Hint: he/she had screen debut in Dazed & Confused)

ERA startup Admittedly just moved to new offices (pics) & have desks to sublet. Email Emily! Marketing agency SocialFly (Fashion District) has 5 desks (pics) to sublet. Email Courtney!

Cause Spotlight ==> Mission of Alliance of Girls in STEM is to produce picture books w/ tech themes for girls (4-8 yrs old) showing girls as main characters in their own stories. Kick-off event Apr 3 (@ XO Group). Check it out! 🙂

Mar 13 Startup CTO Summit w/ Eliot Horowitz (Co-founder/CTO, MongoDB), Mike Bryzek (CTO, Gilt), Lon Binder (CTO, Warby Parker). 40% off w/ code “GarysGuide_CTO”. 2 Free Passes worth $995 each!

Mar 20 5th Annual Fashion 2.0 Awards w/ Burberry, Ralph Lauren, DKNY 10 Free Passes worth $75 each! Apr 3 Women Entrepreneurship Summit w/ Kay Koplowitz (Founder, USA Network), Winklevoss twins, Yaron Galai (Outbrain), Joanne Wilson, David Tisch 2 Free Passes worth $185 each!

Apr 22 Games for Change Festival w/ Jane McGonigal (NYT bestselling author), Noah Falstein (Google), Deborah Estrin (Cornell Tech) 2 Free Passes worth $500 each! Jul 09 DevCon5 HTML5 & Mobile App Developer Conference Use “GG” for 20% off. 2 Free Passes worth $595 each!

My friend Cindy Gallop & Durex hosting invite-only intimate evening (today) about #realworldsex. And my buddy Steve Rosenbaum (Magnify, Waywire) is launching a kickstarter project for his new book Curate This!

This week … Mar 12 SquadUP Startup Showcase w/ IDYL & CommonKey. Mar 13 NYTECH Spring Mixer. Mar 13 Pivot Corporate to Startup (5 Free Passes).

Coming up … Mar 20 500 Startups BitCoinference (2 Free Passes). Mar 20 Show Me The Money w/ Ellie Wheeler (Greycroft), John Frankel (ffVC), Tom Wisniewski (RosePaul) 5 Free Passes. Mar 21 Raising Startup Capital w/ Arie Abecassis (DreamIt) 2 Free Passes worth $100 each!

More coming up … Mar 25 Startup Grind w/ David Teten (ffVC) 5 Free Passes. Mar 26 Wearable Wednesday KickOff 10 Free Passes. Mar 26 World Record Flavor Tripping Party. Mar 27 Amusemi Startup Dinner (Alex Goldberg, Canary Ventures). Mar 29 Lean Hardware Startup PCB 102 Design It (create an Arduino clone). Mar 31 VentureOut Canada Showcase.

World to NYC (May 12-14) seeking 15 innovators for Global Industry Challenge. Apply by Mar 31. Hola, media transforming startups ==> apply to Daily News Innovation Lab! Apply to New Museum’s NEW INC Incubator by Apr 1.

Mar 12 Apply for ConnectNYC Free Fiber! Mar 14 DreamIt Ventures Spring Batch. Mar 31 Columbia University Inst. for Data Sciences & Engg IDSE Masters Program (Fall). May 23 NYCEDC + Health 2.0 Pilot Health Tech.

TurnToTech 12 wk iOS course. If ya qualify, pay AFTER course & job placement! Feedback + fundraise @ Enterprise Tech (Apr 9). Work-Bench Spring 2014 Cohort membership open.

Mar 11 JFE Accelerator. Mar 15 EY Entrepreneur Of Year in Monaco. Mar 24 Venture for America Fellowship. Mar 28 3 Day Startup.

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

Global i Ventures NYC Pitch Night
Investors include Paul Grossinger (INE Ventures), Marlon Nichols (Intel Capital), John Ason & others. Demos by Israeli, European and American startups.
Monday (Mar 10), 5:30 p.m. @ NY Institute of Technology, 1871 Broadway

NY Enterprise Technology Meetup
Demos by Keelvar, Trustev & Compendia.
Wednesday (Mar 12), 6:30 p.m. @ Cooley, 1114 Ave of the Americas

AlleyNYC Happy Hour Showcase hosted by SquadUP
Featuring startups IDYL and CommonKey
Wednesday (Mar 12), 6:30 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Fl

Meet The Innovators: Data – Big & Small
With Deborah Estrin (Professor of Computer Science, Cornell Tech), Marianne Bellotti (CTO, Exversion) and Hilary Mason (Data Scientist in Residence, Accel)
Wednesday (Mar 12), 7 p.m. @ Apple Retail Store SoHo, 103 Prince St

Startup CTO Summit
With Mike Bryzek (Founder/CTO, Gilt), Eliot Horowitz (Co-founder/CTO, MongoDB), Ken Little (VP Engg, Tumblr), Lon Binder (CTO, Warby Parker), Liz Crawford (CTO, BirchBox), Daniel Doubrovkine (Artsy), Evan Korth (Quotidian)
Thursday (Mar 13), 9 a.m. @ Inc Lounge @ Time Hotel, 224 W 49th St, 2nd Fl

ArtsEdTechNYC Celebrates Fashion EdTech
With Scott Byrer (Vans Custom Culture), Savannah Peterson (Shapeways), Maddy Maxley (CRATED) & Erica Kermani (Eyebeam NYC Playable Fashion).
Thursday (Mar 13), 6 p.m. @ Apple Store, 103 Prince St

Ultra Light Startups – Investor Feedback Forum
Investors include Gil Beyda (Genacast), Habib Kairouz (Rho Capital), Lou Kerner (Social Internet Fund) & Mark Wachen (DreamIt Ventures). Demos by Vbout,, Open Capital Exchange, ListenLoop, Blokify, SocialLadder, Insticator & Hitlist.
Thursday (Mar 13), 6:30 p.m. @ Microsoft, 11 Times Square

AlleyNYC Presents – DreamIt Ventures Startup Battles
Judges include Jack Groetzinger (Founder, SeatGeek), Monique Idlett-Mosley (President, Mosley Music Group & Wife of Music Producer, Timbaland) & Andrew Ackerman (MD, DreamIt Ventures).
Thursday (Mar 13), 7 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Fl

Empire Angels Young Investors / Young Founders Series – The Startup Kids
Founders of Vimeo, Soundcloud, Dropbox, Foodspotting & others discuss how they started, the ups and downs of startup life & their entreprenurial experiences.
Thursday (Mar 13), 7 p.m. @ Microsoft HQ, 11 Times Square

NY Presbyterian looking for participants passionate about healthcare & patient-physician experience. Judges include Cyrus Massoumi (Founder, ZocDoc), Mario Schlosser (Co-founder, Oscar), Scott Schwaitzberg (Civic Innovation, Google), Brad Weinberg (Founding Partner, Blueprint Health) & Aurelia Boyer (CIO, NYP).
Saturday (Mar 15), 9 a.m. @ Riverview Terrace @ Columbia Presbyterian, 177 Fort Washington Ave

More events on the horizon…
Social Media for Nonprofits on Mar 17 @ Eisner Lubin Auditorium @ NYU
Gigaom Structure Data 2014 on Mar 19 @ Pier Sixty at The Chelsea Piers
2014 New York City Kickoff Party on Mar 19 @ The Urban Future Lab
Designers + Geeks: On Rejection w/ Debbie Millman on Mar 19 @ General Assembly
Design for Manufacturing Summit #5 on Mar 20 @ Dumbo Spot
Show Me The Money – What VCs Are Investing In Right Now? on Mar 20 @ General Assembly East
The 5th Annual Fashion 2.0 Awards on Mar 20 @ Merkin Concert Hall
Johnson Women in Technology Conference on Mar 21 @ Citigroup Auditorium
Startup Grind NYC w/ David Teten (ff VC) on Mar 25 @ Venue
Cloud Computing in the Finance Industry on Mar 27 @ NY Law School
Amusemi Startup Dinner on Mar 27 @ Venue
[MakeSimply] Lean Hardware Startup – PCB 102 Design it on Mar 29 @ NYU Polytechnic School of Engg
VentureOutNY – Startups, Eh? Another Canadian Tech Showcase on Mar 31 @ Venue
Womens Entrepreneurship (WE) Summit 2014 on Apr 03 @ 7 World Trade Center
2nd Annual Kingpins of Silicon Alley on Apr 07 @ Bowlmor Chelsea Piers
2014 Games for Change Festival on Apr 22 @ NYU Skirball Center For Performing Arts
[MakeSimply] Lean Hardware Startup – PCB 103 Build it on Apr 26 @ NYU Polytechnic School of Engg
DevCon5 HTML5 & Mobile App Developer Conference on Jul 09 @ Kimmel Center @ NYU

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends! 😉 Best Tech Events This Week: DreamIt Ventures Startup Battles, Meet The Innovators And More