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.
“I’m safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!!” That was NASA’s @MarsCuriosity rover tweeting after successfully landing on Mars after a nerve-wracking but thrilling journey. Here’s one of the pics that Curiosity sent back and here’s a video that vividly describes what Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror probably were right before landing on Mars. As Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted, it was a reminder of what it feels like “to boldly go”!
A BIG thank you to one lovely fan – she baked me a super-awesome cake for my birthday that looks just like me on my business card! You can see a couple of pics of the cake on the left.
Senator Chuck Schumer has proposed a Nerd Bus route for the NYC tech startup community. The route will help connect all points of NYC’s tech boom including neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens. The MTA has already announced plans for a bus route for the Brooklyn Tech Triangle connecting DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn and the Navy Yard. Yes, NY Tech is happening!
Interested in the opportunity to pitch your startup idea to a judging panel including TechStars’ David Tisch and Thrillist’s Ben Lerer? Here’s your chance. Deadline is Aug 10.
And now lets see what fun stuff is happening around town this week…
Lunch in the Soho/Tribeca area, with friends from WeWork Labs, the Varick St. incubator, New Work City and Green Spaces!
Monday (Aug 06), 1 p.m. @ The Cupping Room Cafe, 359 W Broadway
NYC Pinterest Meetup #3
With Brian Cohen (Chairman, NY Angels, first Angel investor in Pinterest and Co-founder of Launch.it), Alicia Navarro (CEO & Founder of Skimlinks) and Debra Schwartz (VP of Equity Research at Goldman Sachs).
Monday (Aug 06), 7 p.m. @ We Work Lounge, 154 Grand Street, Ground Fl
LatAm to NYC Cocktails by PulsoSocial
Come meet with Latin America’s most promising entrepreneurs and growing technology companies as part of NYCEDC’s LATAM to NYC Program hosted by PulsoSocial. Attending companies include Accesso Virtual, Contratan, Cotiza, Cows Love UFOs and more. (Yes, there’s a startup called Cows Love UFOs)
Monday (Aug 06), 8 p.m. @ Hotel Americano, 518 W 27th St
August 2012 NY Tech Meetup
You know the drill by now. Five-minute rapid fire demos. A bunch of amazing new startups. Now hopefully you’ve managed to snag one of those elusive tickets!
Tuesday (Aug 07), 7 p.m. @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts, 566 Laguardia Place
Launch Party for SocialChange.is!
Beer, wine, organic drinks and snacks will be provided
Wednesday (Aug 08), 7 p.m. @ Alley NYC, 500 Fashion Ave, 17th Floor
Thinking Outside the Planet
NASA’s Curiosity just landed on Mars. To commemorate this exciting milestone in space exploration, join Huge, Honeybee Robotics, Final Frontier Design and “Martian Summer” author Andrew Kessler as they discuss the latest research and technological advancements in space investigation.
Wednesday (Aug 08), 7 p.m. @ Huge BK, 45 Main St., Brooklyn
The F Word Party
Enjoy free food, drinks, music and desserts. And find out what the F word is. Founder? Failure? Your guess is as good as mine.
Thursday (Aug 09), 6 p.m. @ Wix Lounge, 10 W 18th St
Crowdfunding 101 Panel
Panelists include Sara Nodjoumi (film programmer and producer), Nancy Wolfe (producer, Fit To Print), Jayce Bartok (actor, Directory), Stella McGovern (cofounder, Crowdzu.com) and others.
Thursday (Aug 09), 6 p.m. @ Showbiz Cafe, 19 West 21st Street
Investor Feedback Forum
Investor Panelists include David Aronoff (Flybridge Capital Partners), Jim Estill (CanRock Ventures), Weston Gaddy (Bain Capital Ventures) and William Reinisch (Paladin Capital Group). Startup Pitches by Ethan Shen (Gabble On), Santiago Jaramillo (Talent Surfers), Gabriel Yarra (HomeSwap), Jamie Hamilton (Categorical Technology), Pritesh Damani (Fantasy Buzzer), Asaf Katzur (CareerSonar), Trace Cohen (Launch.it) and Antonio Tembleque (LinkingSport).
Thursday (Aug 09), 6:30 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 6th Ave
Cookout with Tilt
Enjoy an afternoon of homebrew beer, smoked meats and veggies, tilt games, prizes and great company in the summer sun!
Saturday (Aug 11), 3 p.m. @ Backyard Brooklyn, 388 5th Ave, Brooklyn
More events on the horizon…
August NY Enterprise Technology Meetup (featuring keynote by Jive cofounder Bill Lynch) on Aug 14 @ Cooley
Startup tours for Developers: Conductor & GetGlue on Aug 16 @ Conductor
Aug 26: Nyc Tech Picnic – Chelsea Piers lawn at Sunset on Aug 26 @ Chelsea Piers Lawn
NY Games Conference on Sep 05 @ Museum of Jewish Heritage
Comedy Hack Day on Sep 08 @ Pivotal Labs NYC
FinovateFall 2012 on Sep 12 @ Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Design for Manufacturing Summit on Sep 20 @ Dumbo Spot
Until next week. Stay
thirsty social, my friends!