Best Tech Events This Week: International Women's Day, Fireside Chat w/ Ben Horowitz and More

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

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]

“2014 could be tipping point for female founders” – Jessica Livingston (Partner, Y Combinator) @ Female Founders Conference (watch entire event here)

This Sat (Mar 8) is 103rd International Women’s Day! Bunch of events including Global Connections for Women Foundation, Microsoft Codess, We Code Un-conference, Getting Girls To Geek Out & Screening of Girl Rising.

SXSW (aka Spring Break for Geeks!) ===> Get ready to partay, yo! 🙂 … 250+ parties incl. one w/ cats 😉 & a music hackathon. My SXSW Red Tie (& Lapels) Sponsorship Details. Win Free Trip to SXSW w/ GA. $30 off your UBER ride w/ code “GarysGuideSXSW”. Office Hrs w/ ERA and DreamIt. #BuiltByImmigrants competition, winners go on stage w/ Steve Case (Shout-out to my friend Leezia who’s atop the leaderboard!). SXSW Parties Guide mobile app by my friends @ ShoutEm. FREE RSVP to Glimpse Launch Party @ SXSW w/ code “garysguide”. And Pre-SXSW parties – here, here & here.

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!

TurnToTech 12 wk iOS course. If ya qualify, pay AFTER course & job placement! And Web Development for Beginners (code GARY for $300 off!)

My buddy Jon Lehr @ Work-Bench hiring VC Intern. And he’s organizing Enterprise Tech breakfast (Mar 26). Work-Bench accepting nominations (founders, developers, marketers, biz dev) for inaugural Enterprise 30 Under 30 by Feb 28. Also their Spring 2014 Cohort membership open.

This week … Mar 4 Info Security Meetup (5 Free Passes). Mar 5 SquadUp Startup Happy Hr (Install Media, Yarly). Mar 8 Amusemi NXNY Brunch + Party. Mar 12 Enterprise Tech Meetup Keelvar, Trustev, Compendia (5 Free Passes).

Coming up … Mar 13 NYTECH Spring Mixer. Mar 21 Raising Startup Capital w/ Arie Abecassis (DreamIt) 2 Free Passes worth $100 each! Mar 25 Startup Grind w/ David Teten (ffVC) 5 Free Passes. Mar 31 VentureOut Canada Showcase.

Facebook moves into new digs (90,000 sq ft, 800 desks) @ Frank Gehry designed 770 Broadway (Astor Pl). Media transforming startup? 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.

Join in NYCEDC + NYTM Made in NY Career Fair @ SXSW. NYC BigApps looking for mentors. Feedback + fundraise @ Enterprise Tech (Apr 9).

Mar 3 TiE Angels Mar 13 screening. Mar 4 Startup Battles. Mar 5 ERA Accelerator. Mar 11 JFE Accelerator. Mar 15 EY Entrepreneur Of Year in Monaco. Mar 24 Venture for America Fellowship. Mar 28 3 Day Startup.

Congrats to my buddies Chip Paucek & Jeremy Johnson, co-founders of 2U that just filed for $100 million IPO! Congrats to Steve Brotman & Brian Smiga on new early growth venture fund Alpha Venture Partners! And congrats to my friend Matylda, the new Director of Content @ Internet Week (FYI, submit your panel ideas to Make the Stage or host your own event).

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

BRITE 14 Conference
With Jon Steinberg (President, BuzzFeed), Mary Beech (CMO, Kate Spade), William Bardeen (SVP, NY Times), Lisa Macpherson (CMO, Hallmark) & others.
Monday (Mar 03), 8 a.m. @ Columbia University @ Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway

Israel Dealmakers Summit
With Naftali Bennett (Minister of Economy, Israel), Sue Siegel (CEO, GE Ventures), Yossi Vardi (Angel) & others
Tuesday (Mar 04), 9 a.m. @ Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway

Startup Guide – Accelerators & Angel Investors
Murat Aktihanoglu (Founder, ERA), John Ason (Angel Investor) & Thomas Wisniewski (Investor, RosePaul).
Tuesday (Mar 04), 6 p.m. @ MicroOffice Times Square, 1601 Broadway, 12th Fl

March NY Tech Meetup
You know the drill. 5 minute cutting-edge tech demos. 850 fellow NY Tech startuppers. 1 amazing event!
Tuesday (Mar 04), 7 p.m. @ NYU Skirball Center For Performing Arts, 566 Laguardia Place

March Tech Happy Hour
With Azeem Ansar (Venmo), David Fraga (Shutterstock), David Whittemore (ClothesHorse), Eric Friedman (Foursquare) and Simon Kirk (Two Toasters)
Tuesday (Mar 04), 7 p.m. @ GreyBar NYC, 43 W 26th St

Fireside Chat
With Ben Horowitz (VC, Andreessen Horowitz and Author, Hard Thing About Hard Things)
Wednesday (Mar 05), 7 p.m. @ General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl

Using Information to Build Transnational Bridges
Featuring Richard Saul Wurman (Founder, TED) and moderated by Hugh Patrick (Columbia Business School)
Thursday (Mar 06), 4:30 p.m. @ Columbia Business School @ Uris Hall, 3022 Broadway, Rm 303

Xconomy Xchange – NY Life Science Disruptors
With Ron Cohen (CEO, Acorda Therapeutics), Alex Denner (Sarissa Capital), George Golumbeski (Celgene), Francois Nader (CEO, NPS Pharma), Eric Schadt (Director, Icahn Inst. for Genomics), Marc Tessier-Lavigne (President, Rockefeller University) & Meg Tirrell (Biotech Reporter, Bloomberg News).
Thursday (Mar 06), 5:30 p.m. @ Apella @ Alexandria Center, 450 E 29th St, 2nd Fl

Mobility NYC – Mobile Monetization
With Neil Capel (Founder/CEO, Sailthru), Gil Eyal (Founder/CEO, DollarSocial & former COO, Mobli) and Abe Geiger (Founder/CEO, Shake).
Thursday (Mar 06), 6:30 p.m. @ The NY Times Building, 620 Eighth Ave

Global Connections for Women Foundation – International Womens Day Awards Gala
With Fran Hauser (President of Digital, Time Inc), Leymah Gbowee (Nobel Peace Laureate), Paula Cole (Grammy Winning Artist), Jenna Fernandes (Founder/CEO, Carebooker), Teressa Clarke (CEO,, Jenna Gordeau (Editor, Business Insider) & others.
Friday (Mar 07), 7 p.m. @ Harvard Club of NY, 35 W 44th St

Microsoft Codess NYC
Engaging speakers, fun mentorship opptys & an incredible gathering of women in engineering & technology!
Saturday (Mar 08), 12 p.m. @ Microsoft HQ, 11 Times Square, Rm 1290

NXNY Brunch + After Party
The best designers, entrepreneurs, and techies are already here in NY! With Sam Lundin (CEO, Vimbly)
Saturday (Mar 08), 12 p.m. @ To be decided (West Village), 12 Perry St

We Code Unconference­ – A Women Techmakers Event
In celebration of International Women’s Day. Co-organized by Girl Develop It, Google Developer Group and Levo League.
Saturday (Mar 08), 12:30 p.m. @ Dev Bootcamp, 48 Wall St, 15th Fl

More events on the horizon…
Global i Ventures NYC Pitch Night on Mar 10 @ NY Institute of Technology
NY Enterprise Technology Meetup on Mar 12 @ Cooley
Startup CTO Summit on Mar 13 @ Inc Lounge @ Time Hotel
NYTECH Members-Only Spring Mixer on Mar 13 @ Anchin
Ultra Light Startups – Investor Feedback Forum on Mar 13 @ Microsoft
Empire Angels Young Investors / Young Founders Series – The Start-Up Kids on Mar 13 @ Microsoft HQ
Design for Manufacturing Summit #5 on Mar 20 @ Dumbo Spot
The 5th Annual Fashion 2.0 Awards on Mar 20 @ Merkin Concert Hall
Startup Grind NYC w/ David Teten (ff VC) on Mar 25 @ Venue
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
[MakeSimply] Lean Hardware Startup – PCB 103 Build it on Apr 26 @ NYU Polytechnic School of Engg

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

Best Tech Events This Week: International Women's Day, Fireside Chat w/ Ben Horowitz and More