This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of Gary’s Guide 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.
K-pop singing sensation Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video (you know, the one with the horse dance) just blew past 250 million views and recently set a Guinness World Record for most-liked video on Youtube–and yet it shows no signs of slowing down. So some of my Silicon Valley friends decided to join in on the fun and create their very own “Gangnam STARTUP Style!” version :)
This West Coast reinterpretation stars Ben Parr, Dave McClure, Danielle Morrill, Seth Bannon, Kate Click, Chris Saad, Heather Meeker, Amy Higgins and a whole bunch of folks. Highlights include Dave McClure wearing a giant bowtie and a skirt (or is that a kilt?), David Hornik’s cameo appearance on a bicycle and the inimitable Ben Parr channeling Psy (outside Google’s Android building) so well he just might have a new career on his hands!
Missed the ERA demo day last week? No worries! Betabeat has you covered with a round-up of the latest class of startups, including Bizodo, Jetaport, Juniper & Trade, VidRocket, Houdini, CaterCow, AngelPolitics, SaleMove, Healthy Chic and mxHero.
A couple of my friends, Charlie Kemper (Revel Partners, ERA) and Shai Goldman (Silicon Valley Bank), are organizing a two-day kiteboarding event on October 6 and 7, bringing together entrepreneurs and founders for a great mix of kitesurfing and networking in the Hamptons. Interested? Go check it out!
Don’t forget, next week is Advertising Week, with a ton of panels and parties happening all over town.
Peter Bell (SVP engineering, General Assembly) with my friend Kathryn Minshew (founder and CEO, The Daily Muse) will be doing a free livestream this Friday at 3:30p.m. on the topic of How To Create A Great Presentation.
Wix Lounge invites you to apply for their Design-a-Wix-athon, a contest pitting fifty designers against one another to see who can build the most face meltingly awesome website using Wix.com in just one hour. (Plus, there’s a cash prize of $500.)
And in totally random (but awesome) bit of news, here’s a snapshot of two Starfleet captains–Kirk and Picard, specifically–complaining about their cable service on Twitter.
And now let’s see whats going down in the Alley this week…
Social Entrepreneurship Party
With Reshma Saujani (former deputy public advocate and founder, Girls Who Code), Nihal Mehta (cofounder & CEO, LocalResponse), Dave Kerpen (cofounder & CEO, Likeable Media) and Caroline Ghosn (founder & CEO, Levo League).
Monday (Sept. 24), 6 p.m. @ Likeable Media, 240 W. 37th St., 7th Floor
Muck Rack’s #MuckedUp in NYC with NBC News
Muck Rack cofounder (and Shorty Awards co-creator) @Gregory Galant will lead a conversation with the amazing NBC News Social Media Team.
Monday (Sept. 24), 6 p.m. @ NBC News, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
NYC Data Business Meetup #8
With Dwight Merriman (CEO & cofounder, 10Gen), Arnab Gupta (CEO and founder, Opera Solutions) and K Young (CEO and cofounder, Mortar Data).
Monday (Sept. 24), 6 p.m. @ Bloomberg LP, 731 Lexington Ave, 7th Floor
Coming To America: Immigration Entrepreneurship & the Economy
With Congressman Michael Grimm (introduced the Startup Act into the House in May), Robert Greifeld (CEO, Nasdaq OMX), Liz Elkiss (U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service), Kate Hipwell (Regional Director of the Americas, UK Border Agency) and Dario Mutabdzija (cofounder & President, Blueseed).
Monday (Sept. 24), 6:30 p.m. @ New York Law School, 185 W. Broadway
Personal Democracy Media Presents: An Evening with Steven Johnson
Author Steven Johnson discusses his new book, Future, Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age. Other speakers include Beth Noveck (first US Deputy CTO and founder, White House Open Gov Initiative), Tina Rosenberg (New York Times) and Clay Shirky (bestselling author and NYU Professor of Interactive Telecommunications).
Monday (Sept. 24), 7:30 p.m. @ New York Law School, 185 W. Broadway
Enterprise Insights: Go Big (Data) Or Go Home
Panelists include Edouard Servan-Schreiber (director for solution architecture, 10gen), Richard Daley (founder & chief strategy officer, Pentaho), Patrick Angeles (solutions architect, Cloudera) and Kathleen Rohrecker (director of marketing, Revolution Analytics). Moderated by Andrew Brust (big data blogger for ZDNet and CEO, Blue Badge Insights).
Tuesday (Sept. 25), 6 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor
Open Hardware Summit 2012
The world’s first comprehensive conference on open hardware, a venue to discuss and draw attention to the rapidly growing open-source hardware movement.
Thursday (Sept. 27), 8:30 a.m. @ Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St.
Entrepreneurs Roundtable 51
With guest speaker Raju Rishi (Sigma Partners).
Thursday (Sept. 27), 6 p.m. @ NYU Stern, 44 West 4th St., Rm 2-60
Fast Company Event at Aloft Harlem // Destination Design
With Geoff Cook (Base Design New York), Kelsey Falter (PopTip) and Chris Paik (Thrive Capital).
Thursday (Sept. 27), 6 p.m. @ Aloft Harlem, 2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Queens Tech Meetup 3
Presenters include Amol Sarva (Founder of Virgin Mobile USA, Angel Investor and Founder, Cfund), Sonar (a mobile social discovery app), Storybox (a social collaging tool) and Rukkus (an event ticketing platform).
Thursday (Sept. 27), 7 p.m. @ Hunter’s Point Plaza Rooftop, 47-40 21st St., 10th Floor, Long Island City
Startup Grind NYC
With Scott Kurnit (founder of About.com and Keep.com). Scott led About.com as CEO through IPO and its growth to a public market value of $1.5 billion.
Thursday (Sept. 27), 7:30 p.m. @ The Alley, 500 7th Ave
NYC Startup Job Fair
Connecting qualified students and recent graduates with exciting and innovative New York-based startups.
Friday (Sep 28), 1 p.m. @ World Trade Center 7, 250 Greenwich St
Cleanweb Hackathon NYC
The opportunity to apply web, mobile and social media technologies to resource constraint issues, such as energy, waste, transporation, and water efficiency.
Friday (Sept. 28), 7 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Floor
2012 World Maker Faire New York
MAKE magazine’s 3rd Annual Maker Faire in New York, showcasing creative and resourceful people in the areas of science and technology, engineering, food, and arts and crafts.
Saturday (Sept. 29), 10 a.m. @ New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens
More events on the horizon…
NYTECH Presents: Content Marketing: Beyond Liking and Tweeting on Oct 02 @ Anchin
Daniweb Presents: Advertising, Marketing and Media Mayhem! on Oct 02 @ Slate Lounge
Feast Conference Hackathon on Oct 04 @ Eyebeam
Growth Hacking with Noah Kagan on Oct 04 @ AlleyNYC
FOCUS100 Symposium and Pitch Bootcamp on Oct 05 @ Ogilvy & Mather
Investor Feedback Forum on Oct 11 @ Microsoft
Talk NYC Presents: 2nd Annual Tech Madison Avenue Conference on Oct 17 @ Crosby Street Hotel
Ignite NYC 15 – Truth is a Moving Target: Oddities Anomalies and Wonders with Data on Oct 22 @ Sheraton New York Hotel
All Things D: Dive Into Mobile on Oct 29 @ The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park
Ad:Tech New York on Nov 07 @ Javits Convention Center
Until next week. Stay
thirsty social, my friends! ;)