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Events This Week: The Christmahanukwanzivus Edition

garysguidetie1 Events This Week: The Christmahanukwanzivus EditionThis is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), Founder of GarysGuide, mentor at ER accelerator 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.

Seeya, Stanford. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out
So as you’ve probably heard by now, the big news recently was that West Coast Ivy League heavyweight Stanford, which had pretty much been the front-runner for the city’s proposed new applied sciences and engineering campus, had suddenly bowed out. Shocking? Well, a little bit. But to be honest, the whole Stanford coming to NYC thing had always smacked a bit too much of the Kardashian reality theater to me, what with all the press releases and tumbling and public schmoozing with the mayor’s office or as Betabeater Adrianne likes to call it, “the lovey dovey intercoastal necking.” And apparently the Stanford student body didn’t seem too happy about it either. Well I guess now that the brief but exciting dalliance is over and Cornell has been anointed the new front-runner, we can all go back to doing what we do best–the endlessly entertaining East Coast / West Coast, Alley vs. Valley trash talking. But this time… it’s personal. ;)

And now lets see where da local technorati be pa-pa-partying the week before Christmas…

TechDrinks XXIII: Happy Christmahanukwanzivus!
CoWorking Guru and New Work City Mayor, Tony Bacigalupo, is back with one final awesome edition of TechDrinks in 2011.
Monday, 6 p.m. @ Lunasa Bar, 126 1st Avenue

Digital Media MBA December Happy Hour
Boozing ‘n schmoozing with ur fellow startuppers doesn’t get any better than this.
Monday, 6:30 p.m. @ Gstaad, 43 W 26th Street

Best/Worst Brand Bootcamp
Wherein you learn why developing a brand isn’t as simple as a $5 footlong and how companies have failed quicker than you can say Qwikster! With Jaci Badzin (Event Marketer, Google), Dean Harris (CMO for Kayak.com, HotJobs Yahoo and Blue Cava), Aaron Shapiro (CEO, Huge) and Alona Fromberg-Elkayam (Founder, 321 Takeoff).
Monday, 7:30 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

Websdays Open Beer Bar & Webtini Cocktails
Just as we were all still recovering from all the grilled cheese sandwich mayhem from last month, Richard Blakely is back with another Websday and this time its all about da beer!
Tuesday, 8 a.m. @ Destination Bar, 211 Avenue A

WordPress NYC MeetUp 2011 Holiday Mixer
If you love WordPress and you love to schmooze, then this one is a no-brainer. Free drinks, food and raffles to boot!
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. @ Billy Hurricane’s Restaurant & Bar, 25 Avenue B

TechStars NYC Spring Program Happy Hour
Attention all ye entrepreneurs and Zuck wannabees, TechStars NYC will soon be accepting applications for their Spring program. So u better be there to get all the inside scoop from Senor Tisch on how to make ur application kick some serious ass ;)
Tuesday, 7 p.m. @ Phebe’s Tavern & Grill, 359 Bowery

Intermediate Business Development and Partnerships for Startups
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the art of business development from Aviary’s all-star biz dev guy, Alex Taub. Best $20 you’ll ever spend in my honest opinion :)
Tuesday, 8 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

Ignite NYC 2011 Holiday Party
You’ve enjoyed their 5 min presentations and appreciated the 20 slide limit. Now come hang out with the Ignite folks and party like the rockstar you are.
Tuesday, 8 p.m. @ Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street

Girl Develop IT Code and Coffee
Cuz Girls + Coding = Always Awesome!
Wednesday, 7 p.m. @ Tipping Point Partners, 86 Chamber St Suite 704

More on the horizon…
Dec 31: Entrepreneur Week | New Years Eve Overlooking NYC @ Private Residence Terrace
Jan 03: TechStars NYC Spring Program Happy Hour @ Central Bar
Jan 04: January NY Tech Meetup @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts
Jan 05: Zaarly NYC Startup Crawl @ Unigo, VaynerMedia, Adaptly and Spotify HQ
Jan 09: NJ Tech Meetup 20 @ Babbio Center, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends!