This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder & 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 follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.
SXSW is now less than 5 days away. And my Definitive List of SXSW Interactive Parties has now grown to over 225 and counting! Yes, srsly folks, that is 225 parties in 5 days. And I am still getting emails from event organizers announcing new parties every other hour. So stay tuned!
As a wise man once said … the best way to prepare for the crazy, chaotic world of people, panels & parties, that is SXSW, would be to … well, throw a bunch of pre-parties, of course! Which is exactly what New Yorkers are doing this week. Cuz-we-just-cant-wait-to-get-the-party-started!
So, now lets take a look at where the pre-parties be happening this week…
BRITE 2012 Conference
With John Hayes (CMO, American Express), Cathy Benko (Vice Chairman, Deloitte), Marc Speichert (CMO, L’Oreal USA), Bob Garfield (Editor, Ad Age), Carol Kruse (Senior VP, ESPN), Jeff Jarvis (Author, Public Parts and What Would Google Do?), Bernd Schmitt (Prof., Columbia Business School) and more.
Monday (Mar 05), 8 a.m. @ Columbia University, Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway
Lunch with fellow startuppers in the Union Square area.
Monday (Mar 05), 1 p.m. @ Sala One Nine, 35 W 19th Street
Fashion + TechNY // A Conversation
With Benita Singh (source4Style), Bradd Bambo (SewMuse) and Liza Kindred (Third Wave Fashion).
Monday (Mar 05), 7 p.m. @ Hotel Chantelle , 92 Ludlow St., Top Floor
Aviary and Digital Somethings host SXSW Pre-Party at Tech Tuesday
Hosted by Aviary, Digital Something, Damien Basile and Steven Rojas. With an Open Bar and Rameet Chawla in the DJ hotseat. SXSW Pre-parties rule
Tuesday (Mar 06), 7 p.m. @ Tribeca Grand Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas
Happy Hour with the Skillshare Product Team
Go hang with the nice folks at hot NYC startup Skillshare.
Tuesday (Mar 06), 7 p.m. @ One Mile House, 10 Delancy St
NYC Startup Sneak Peek: Pre-SXSW Edition
With TickPick, BestVendor, Disqus and KeyWifi.
Tuesday (Mar 06), 7:30 p.m. @ CULTUREfix, 9 Clinton St
General Assembly Demo Night
General Assembly’s 3rd Demo Night. Learn what cool stuff startups there have been cooking up!
Wednesday (Mar 07), 7 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor
SXSW – Pre Party hosted by Tracks, Sonar & Fondu!
In their own words … “Because the best thing to do before an awesome 5 day party like SXSW Interactive is … have a PARTY!” Couldn’t have said it better myself. Free food & beer, open photo booth, beats by DeejayCraze and more.
Wednesday (Mar 07), 7 p.m. @ 32 E 31st St
Investor Feedback Forum and Pitch Showdown
Panelists include Murat Aktihanoglu (Founder, ER Accelerator), Phineas Barnes (Principal, First Round Capital), Dennis Mortensen (CEO & Founder, Visual Revenue) and Bill Reinisch (Venture Partner, Paladin Capital Group). Startups pitching include Danielle Weinblatt (Take the Interview), Damien Rottemberg (Dealsurf), Jonathan Daily (Favorly), Mo Yehia (Sqoot), Joseph Foxton (The Funday Genie), Ray Schmitz (LeadPlace), Jason Blanck (Broodr), David Montoya (Buddha) and Brian Sowards (USEED).
Thursday (Mar 08), 6:30 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 6th Ave, 6th floor
How To Quit Your Day Job: The Launch of Nestio.com
Caren Maio, CEO and Co-founder of Nestio, gives u the low-down on how she quit her day job, graduated from the first TechStars class, and joined the ranks of successful entrepreneurs in NYC.
Thursday (Mar 08), 7 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor
More on the horizon…
March NY Enterprise Technology Meetup on Mar 13 @ Cooley
Websdays Free Open Bar @ Tribeca Grand on Mar 13 @ Tribeca Grand Hotel
Art, Publishing, & Technology on Mar 20 @ General Assembly
Structure:Data 2012 by GigaOM on Mar 21 @ Pier Sixty Chelsea Piers
Talk NYC Presents: State of Content on Mar 27 @ The Crosby Street Hotel
Until next week. Stay
thirsty social, my friends!