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 a big fan of organizations and groups that encourage more women to get involved in the traditionally male-dominated worlds of tech and entrepreneurship, by creating community and providing guidance and support. And this week, we have a ton of these women-focused events.
There is the Ladies Who Code hacknight, where they encourage you to bring your brilliant self, your laptop, and your beloved text-editor of choice! There is Celebrating Extraordinary Female Founders at Levo League (a site for Gen Y female professionals), as well as the launch party for PlumAlley (a new site supporting female-founded companies). There is the Go Connect – Ignite Your Ambition event organized by NY Tech Women and The White House Project. There is JumpStart Your Dreams, organized by She Creates Change (a community supporting women as they make their professional dreams a reality). And finally there’s Women 2.0 Founder Friday, with guest hosts Alexis Tryon (cofounder, Artsicle) and Anagha Nadkarni (cofounder, AppGuppy).
Speaking of women in tech, there are two upcoming events that should be on your radar. My friend Dani, the founder of DaniWeb (a million-member-strong IT discussion community), is throwing a big party next month on October 2nd. So go check it out! :) Second is Focus100, a conference and boot camp on October 5th, organized by Kathryn Finney (founder, DigitalUndivided) and supported by BlogHer and Andreessen Horowitz. The event aims to get 100 companies founded or cofounded by black women to raise funding or get acquired by 2015.
Also: The deadline for voting on panels submitted for SXSW 2013 has been extended until midnight tonight, and so you still have a chance to help out your fellow Silicon Alley friends. Here’s the list of panels we’ve compiled. Show some love with your votes!
And now let’s see what’s going down in the Alley this week…
With Gia Coppola (fashion filmmaker), Susie Bubble (founder, Style Bubble), Josh Rubin (cofounder, Cool Hunting), Rodrigo Calvo (managing director, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), Chris Corrado (fashion curator, Capsule), Warren Fu (music video director), Philippe von Borries (cofounder, Refinery29), Soraya Darabi (founder, Foodspotting) and more.
Wednesday (Sept. 05), 8 a.m. @ Walter Reade Theatre, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 165 West 65th Street
NY Games Conference
With Dan Porter (OMGPOP/Zynga), Brian Cho (Andreessen Horowitz), Perry Tam (Storm 8), Adam Boyes (Sony) and more.
Wednesday (Sept. 05), 8 a.m. @ Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place
Practical Approaches to Transhumanism
Featuring a guest from Grindhouse Wetware, whose focus is “augmenting humanity using safe, affordable, open source technology.” Yes, that does sound intriguing!
Wednesday (Sept. 05), 6:30 p.m. @ Pearl Street Studios, 519 8th Avenue
Celebrating Extraordinary Female Founders
Celebrating extraordinary female founders on Fashion’s Night Out and kicking off the launch of Plum Alley.
Thursday (Sept. 06), 6 p.m. @ Levo Labs, 833 Broadway, 5 Fl.
NYTechWomen and The White House Project Present: Go Connect – Ignite Your Ambition
With Tara Sophia Mohr (founder, Wise Living), Amanda A. Ebokosia (founder, The Gem Project), Layla Revis (VP digital strategy, Ogilvy), Maggie Patton (founder, Hands On America) and Jessica Lawrence (managing director, New York Tech Meetup).
Thursday (Sept. 06), 6:30 p.m. @ AOL Patch NYC, 675 6th Avenue, 3rd Floor
Discussion with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner & New York Times Columnist Adam Bryant
A discussion between Adam Bryant (Columnist, New York Times) and Jeff Weiner (CEO, LinkedIn) before a live, interactive audience.
Thursday (Sept. 06), 7 p.m. @ Directors Guild Of America Incorporated, 110 West 57th Street, #6
#techdrinkup – Rooftop Party @ Empire Hotel
A party for NYC’s brightest and savviest tech people to gather and mingle over drinks and food at exclusive NYC venues.
Thursday (Sept. 06), 7 p.m. @ Empire Hotel Rooftop, 44 W. 63 Street
CashCatsBiz Art Exhibit + Partie!
Tumblr and Forced Meme Productions will present “Cashcats.biz: How the One Purrrcent Really Live.” It’s a one-night popup exhibition featuring dozens of previously unseen “member photos” from Cashcats.biz and new mixed media works inspired by C$C$ aristocats.
Thursday (Sept. 06), 8 p.m. @ Dumbo Loft, 155 Water Street, Brooklyn
Tech Does Fashion Week (#TDFW): A Kickoff Party
An evening of fun, music, and dance. Drinks & hors d’oeuvres provided.
Friday (Sept. 07), 8 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Avenue , 17th Floor
Comedy Hack Day
Twilio and Cultivated Wit are organizing Comedy Hack Day, an awesome 36-hour hackathon where developers and comedians come together to build the most hilarious apps imaginable.
Saturday (Sept. 08), 9 a.m. @ Pivotal Labs NYC, 841 Broadway, 8th Floor
Cool Cravings | Hot Startups
Insanely delicious desserts from innovative food startups around the city. Get an hour of unlimited access to the newest creations from brands like Brewla Bars, Krumville Bake Shop, SkyIce, Purely Elizabeth, NibMor, The Soft Serve Fruit Co. and Stogo.
Saturday (Sept. 08), 12 p.m. @ OpenHouse, 379 Broome Street
More events on the horizon…
Digital Money Unconference– From NYPAY and Consult Hyperion on Sept. 11 @ Google
September 2012 NY Tech Meetup on Sept. 11 @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts
Dating Tactics for the Business World on Sept. 11 @ General Assembly West
Investor Feedback Forum on Sept. 13 @ Columbia University – Schapiro Center
From Wall Street to Silicon Alley on Sept. 19 @ General Assembly
Design for Manufacturing Summit on Sept. 20 @ Dumbo Spot
Startup Weekend NYC on Sept. 21 @ AlleyNYC
Daniweb Presents: Advertising, Marketing and Media Mayhem! on Oct. 02 @ Slate Lounge
FOCUS100 Symposium and Pitch Bootcamp on Oct. 05 @ Ogilvy & Mather
Until next week. Stay
thirsty social, my friends! ;)