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.
Congrats to Danny & team @ ShakeShack (63 locations, $82M revenues) filing for IPO (“SHAK”) on NYSE w/ potential $1 billion offering!
NYC Dept of Finance exploring alternative payment methods (Paypal, Apple Pay, Bitcoin) for annual $600M parking ticket revenue.
NYC Biotech Tax Credit ($250k in tax incentives for small biotech companies & qualified investors in NYC). SBIR Impact NYC application assistance for 20 life sciences & healthcare companies (apply by Jan 14).
DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 14 Amazing NYC Women & Honest Conversations w/ Lisa Mann (Exec VP, KIND), Grace Ng (Co-founder, Lean Startup Machine) & Diane Hessan (CEO, Startup Institute). 2 Free Passes! Jan 20 Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Open House (apply by Jan 30).
DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 20 Tech Talk: Women in Social Media w/ Lisa Manowitz (Head of Partnerships, Pinterest), Dae Mellencamp (President, Vimeo), Katherine Shappley (Director, Facebook), Cassidy Williams (Software Engineer, Venmo), Amanda Steinberg (Founder, DailyWorth). 2 Free Passes ($50 each)!
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)!
One of my New Year Resolutions is to get to know y’all better! So feel free to shoot me an email & introduce yourself 🙂
TurnToTech (in Flatiron @ 184 5th Ave) ==> 2 awesome courses (part-time, 8 weeks, 3 hrs / class, twice a week, 6-8:30pm, hands-on, one-on-one) … Android (Jan 19 – Mar 16) and iOS Development using Swift (Jan 20 – Mar 17).
Startup Institute Spring 2015 Program (apply by Jan 12).
Jan 13 NY Tech Meetup Silicon Harlem Demo Night (apply by Jan 06).
Jan 21-22 5th Annual Women Entrepreneurs Festival @ NYU ITP. 240 participants only. Apply.
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. Jan 13 Social Media Uses & Misuses in Political Campaigns. Jan 14 Startup Grind w/ Eli Pariser (Founder, Upworthy). Jan 14 Content Marketing For Beginners @ GA. Jan 15 SEO Talk + Book Signing w/ Matthew Capala. Feb 04 VentureOutNY Tech-Mex.
Upcoming Events ==> Jan 13 Inaugural Mastercard Commerce Forum. Jan 15 TechStars + Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator Info Session. Jan 20 Understanding Modern Consumer (panels + cocktail reception) @ Microsoft. Jan 23 Village Tech Breakfast. Feb 21 NYC Drone Film Festival.
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 09 Techstars Barclays Fintech Accelerator. Jan 09 C4Q Access Code. Jan 12 YCombinator Female Founders Conference. Jan 14 Retail Tech Accelerator. Feb 06 VentureWell Grants (upto $75k) for college founders. Mar 31 Global Learning $15M XPRIZE.
CAUSE ==> Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, info sessions: Jan 05 Etsy, Jan 07 Hoboken, Jan 14 StartUp Box, Jan 15 Newark, Jan 21 Twitter.
14th Annual No Pants Subway Ride (Jan 11) w/ ImprovEverywhere 🙂
And now lets see whats going down in the Alley this week…
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
General Assembly Extra Credit – No sleep() till Brooklyn
With James Turnbull (Kickstarter), Alan Washington (Downtown Brooklyn Partnership), Erica Berger (Catchpool) & Charlie O’Donnell (Brooklyn Bridge Ventures).
Wednesday (Jan 07), 7 p.m. @ Livestream Public, 195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn
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
Pitch Night NYC w/ Entrepreneur.com
Bi-monthly pitch event designed to highlight the best of the startup world.
Thursday (Jan 08), 7 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th 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
Talk by Francesca Pick (Fest Chair @ OuiShare) + brief talks by NYC sharing economy startups.
Monday (Jan 12), 6:30 p.m. @ NYU Leslie eLab, 16 Washington Place
Data Driven NYC #33
With Michael Karasick (VP Innovation & Head of $100M venture fund @ IBM Watson Group) & Alex Douzet (CEO @ 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
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 (Manufacture NY), Susanne Katus (eRevalue), Anthony Serina (Revivn) & others.
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
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…
Tech Talk – Women in Social Media on Jan 20 @ Venue
Hardwired NYC #16 on Jan 20 @ Normal
Big Data for CyberSecurity on Jan 20 @ Skadden Arps
Mobile Sales Summit on Jan 20 @ Work-Bench
Python on Storm – PyData meets Big Data on Jan 20 @ Spotify HQ
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
Building the Sales Machine on Jan 21 @ Foursquare HQ
Applied Predictive Modeling on Jan 22 @ Thoughtworks
Village Tech Breakfast on Jan 23 @ Village (To be decided)
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
Digital Media Award Celebration on Jan 28 @ Venue
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! 😉