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] garysguide.com.
Retail Tech Accelerator ($25k, 12 wk program, free office space, high-level intros to retailers), apply by Jan 14.
3rd Annual Tesla Memorial Conference & Awards Gala (organized by Tesla Science Foundation) on Jan 10 @ New Yorker hotel.
DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 13 Inaugural Mastercard Commerce Forum.
DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 28 GameDevHacker Past Trends & Future Bets w/ EA, Nickelodeon, Rovio, Arkadium, Dots, Major League Gaming, Google Play. 20% off w/ exclusive code “GARY20“. 3 Free Passes ($250 value)!
BuzzFeed getting $4 million tax credit from NY State to expand (& stay) in New York. It’ll be moving to new HQ near Union Sq (225 Park Ave S, 11-16th floors, 200k sq ft) & add 475 employees over next 5 years!
Startup Institute Spring 2015 Program (apply by Jan 12).
Jan 06 Startup Chile Meetup (applications open Jan 13 – Feb 03).
Jan 13 NY Tech Meetup Silicon Harlem Demo Night (apply by Jan 06).
Jan 15 Social Retail Summit w/ founders/CEOs from Hatch.co, Awl & Sundry, Smart Glamour, Nine Lines, Citybird, Imagination in Space, OneGround, Mercer, Shoppable. 50% off w/ code “SocialRetail”. 5 Free Passes ($160 each)!
Jan 15 Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator (powered by Techstars) Info Session.
Jan 20 IDC Briefing on Understanding The Modern Consumer (panels + cocktail reception) @ Microsoft HQ.
Feb 27 High Peaks VC 9th Annual Peak Pitch @ Hunter Mtn Ski Resort (75 entrepreneurs pitch 50+ investors while riding a chair lift).
FREE PASSES! (browse) ==> Jan 13 Intro to Pricing Strategy. Jan 14 Startup Grind w/ Eli Pariser (Founder, Upworthy). Jan 14 Content Marketing For Beginners @ GA. Feb 04 VentureOutNY Tech-Mex (15 Mexican tech startups).
Mo’ Classes (Data Science Academy) ==> Jan 15 Data Science w/ R (Intro), Jan 17 Data Science with R (Data Analysis), Jan 17 Data Science w/ Python (Data Analysis), Jan 18 Data Science w/ R (Machine Learning), Jan 23 Popular Packages in R (Shiny), Feb 18 Advanced R (Applied Predictive Modeling).
DEADLINES ==> Jan 02 Jews For Entrepreneurship (JFE) Accelerator. Jan 09 Techstars Barclays Fintech Accelerator. Jan 09 C4Q Access Code. Jan 12 YCombinator Female Founders Conference. Feb 06 VentureWell Grants (upto $75k) for college founders. Mar 31 Global Learning $15M XPRIZE.
GarysGuide is often called GG & I like my namesakes (Golden Globes, Gossip Girl, Great Gatsby, Gotham Gal). Now there’s new pizza joint in E. Village called, you guessed it, GG’s! And its square grandma-style pizza getting rave reviews!
And finally, as 2014 comes to an end, I’ll leave you w/ these words from BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith … “Tech is no longer a niche beat. It’s at the heart of the biggest cultural & economic transformation in the world today.”
Happy New Year, y’all. 2015 is gonna be AMAZING. I can feel it!
And now lets see whats going down in the Alley this week…
Women In Media End-of-Year Happy Hour
Monday (Dec 29), 6 p.m. @ Pergola, 36 W 28th St
December CTO Roundtable
Roundtable discussion w/ Startup CTOs, VPs of Engg, Tech Leads & others.
Monday (Dec 29), 6:30 p.m. @ Merchantry, 355 Lexington Ave, 4th Fl
NY Android Dev – Holiday Drinks
Sponsored by Samsung Accelerator.
Tuesday (Dec 30), 6:30 p.m. @ Galway Pub, 7 E 36th St
District Masquerade New Years Eve Party
What’s behind the mask?
Wednesday (Dec 31), 10:30 p.m. @ District Cowork, 1204 Broadway, 4th Fl
Girls Who Code – Summer Immersion Program (Info Session)
Students, parents & educators are welcome.
Monday (Jan 05), 6 p.m. @ Etsy, 55 Washington St, Brooklyn
January Be Social Change Happy Hour
Connect w/ purpose-driven entrepreneurs, educators, creatives, investors, social enterprises & more.
Monday (Jan 05), 6:30 p.m. @ Lunasa Bar, 126 1st Ave
Start-Up Chile Meetup
Apply now to the biggest startup network in the world (applications open from Jan 13 – Feb 03.
Tuesday (Jan 06), 6:30 p.m. @ DUMBO Startup Lab, 68 Jay St, #718, Brooklyn
January NY Tech Meetup
You know the drill. 5 minute cutting-edge tech demos. 850 fellow NY Tech startup folks. 1 amazing event!
Tuesday (Jan 06), 7 p.m. @ NYU Skirball Center For Performing Arts, 566 Laguardia Place
AlleyNYC Happy Hour Showcase powered by SquadUP
This week we’re featuring Shyp, Breather, and AptDeco!
Wednesday (Jan 07), 6:30 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Fl
FinTech Startups Demo Day
5 red-hot FinTech startups demo their latest & greatest.
Wednesday (Jan 07), 6:30 p.m. @ Latham and Watkins, 885 3rd Ave, Ste 320
Women 2.0 NYC
With Dwana Franklin-Davis (VP, Internet Engg @ Mastercard), Adam Quinton (Founder & CEO, Lucas Point Ventures) & Allison Dorst (Founder & CEO, Pinks & Greens).
Thursday (Jan 08), 6:30 p.m. @ Mastercard NY, 114 5th Ave, 11th Fl
3rd Annual Tesla Memorial Conference & Tesla Spirit Awards Gala
Saturday (Jan 10), 9 a.m. @ New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave
With Michael Lisovetsky (Founder, Skylight) & Maia Josebachvili (VP, Greenhouse).
Saturday (Jan 10), 11:30 a.m. @ Greenhouse HQ, 455 Broadway
Sharing Economy Meetup
Featured talk by Francesca Pick (Fest Chair @ OuiShare) + brief talks by NYC-area sharing economy startups.
Monday (Jan 12), 6:30 p.m. @ NYU Leslie eLab, 16 Washington Place
Data Driven NYC #33
With Michael Karasick (VP of Innovation & Head of $100 million venture fund @ IBM Watson Group) and Alex Douzet & Shankar Mishra (CEO & VP of Data Science @ TheLadders).
Tuesday (Jan 13), 5:30 p.m. @ Bloomberg LP, 731 Lexington Ave, 7th Fl
Mastercard Commerce Forum
With Karen Pascoe (Group Head of User Experience @ MasterCard) and Puneet Sabharwal (Head of Experience Design @ Olo).
Tuesday (Jan 13), 6 p.m. @ MasterCard Tech Hub, 114 5th Ave, 11th Fl
WeWork Labs Demo Day
Connect with entrepreneurs, enjoy food & drinks, and learn more about 5 exciting new tech startups.
Tuesday (Jan 13), 6 p.m. @ WeWork Fulton Center, 222 Broadway, 22nd Fl
Optimizing Mobile Apps – Featuring MINIBAR
MINIBAR Discusses Running an On-Demand App Service Model.
Tuesday (Jan 13), 6:30 p.m. @ Appboy Offices, 263 W 38th St, 16th Fl
Design Driven #3
With Scott Belsky (Founder/CEO @ Behance acquired by Adobe) and Matthew Tully (Director of Digital Products @ Harry’s).
Wednesday (Jan 14), 5:30 p.m. @ WeWork Soho West, 175 Varick St
Sustainability and the Startup
With Patrick Duffy (VP of Sustainability & External Affairs, Manufacture NY), Susanne Katus (VP Biz Dev Americas, eRevalue), Anthony Serina (Founder, Revivn) & Chris Chavez (Chief Community Cultivator, Prime Produce).
Wednesday (Jan 14), 5:30 p.m. @ Interface NYC, 330 5th Ave, 12th Fl
Startup Grind NYC w/ Eli Pariser (Upworthy)
With Eli Pariser (Co-founder & CEO, Upworthy)
Wednesday (Jan 14), 6:30 p.m. @ Pivotal Labs, 625 Ave of the Americas, 2nd Fl, New York, NY
Social Retail Summit #8
With founders Anastasia Leng (Hatch.co), Nikunj Marvania (Awl & Sundry), Mallorie Carrington (Smart Glamour), Matthew Iles (Nine Lines), Micah Clasper (Citybird), Heather Marie (Shoppable) & others.
Thursday (Jan 15), 3 p.m. @ Dumbo Spot, 160 Water St, Brooklyn
Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator (powered by Techstars) Info Session
Come join us for pizza, beer, and robots!
Thursday (Jan 15), 6:30 p.m. @ Techstars HQ, 1407 Broadway, 24th Fl
Ask a VC NYC Tech Breakfast 2.0
15 Investors, 2 Panels, Lightning Round & Venture Fair. With Bain Capital Ventures, Bowery Capital, Comcast VC, ffVC, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, RRE & others.
Friday (Jan 16), 8 a.m. @ Microsoft HQ, 11 Times Square
More events on the horizon…
Big Data for CyberSecurity on Jan 20 @ Skadden Arps
Mobile Sales Summit on Jan 20 @ Work-Bench
NYC Open Data Featured Talk with Owen Zhang on Jan 20 @ Venue
5th Annual Womens Entrepreneurs Festival on Jan 21 @ Tisch School of the Arts
Daily News Innovation Lab – Conversation w/ Vivian Schiller on Jan 21 @ Microsoft HQ
Girls Who Code – Summer Immersion Program (Info Session) on Jan 21 @ Twitter
Building the Sales Machine on Jan 21 @ Foursquare HQ
Applied Predictive Modeling on Jan 22 @ Thoughtworks
UX Sketch Camp NYC on Jan 24 @ MRM // McCann
What Does Artificial Intelligence Mean for Now and the Future? #2 on Jan 27 @ TurnToTech
GameDevHacker – Past Trends & Future Bets on Jan 28 @ Microsoft HQ
WeWork Labs Demo Day on Jan 28 @ WeWork SoHo West
Cracking the Code Hackathon – Success for Women Digital News Entrepreneurs on Jan 30 @ One UN New York Millennium Hotel
SmartPitch Challenge 2015 Kickoff on Jan 30 @ Baruch College
VentureOutNY Presents: Tech-Mex on Feb 04 @ WeWork Charging Bull
PeakPitch 2015 Entrepreneur Invitation on Feb 27 @ Venue
Until next week. Stay
thirsty social, my friends! 😉