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.
Last night I co-hosted the Big Apple Smackdown! (a.k.a. The Silicon Alley Ping-Pong Tournament) at Spin NYC with my friends Nihal of LocalResponse and Vijay of VSCPR. Congrats to Artsy’s Benoit Corda for emerging victorious! And a big thank you to everyone who came and made it such a fun, memorable night!
Last week I was down in DUMBO, and I bumped into a Fox 5 News crew. They wanted to know the dealio with all the stickers on my red tie. “It’s advertisements, you know, like a walking billboard,” I explained. Minds blown, they decided to film a short segment about it. At this rate, my tie might need its own agent.
Congrats to my buddy David Rotbard and the good folks at MicroOffice for being selected by Mayor Bloomberg and the NYCEDC to develop, launch and operate Harlem Venture Space (a.k.a. Harlem Garage), a new business incubator on 118th Street that’ll launch this summer.
NYC SeedStart’s third accelerator class starts in July and will be focused exclusively on enterprise software. Smart! They’re partnering with local VCs (RRE, Starvest, Contour, Safeguard) and large enterprise partners (SAP, CA, Deutsche Telekom, Amazon). There’s an info session event on April 29. Applications are due midnight of May 5. So get on it! Speaking of deadlines, don’t forget applications for the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator’s Summer 2013 class are due April 19.
I’m a big fan of Reshma Saujani and the awesome work she’s been doing with Girls Who Code. She’s also running for public advocate of NYC. Next week, on April 24, Jack Dorsey (cofounder of Twitter and Square) will be hosting an event for her. I’ll be there.
Hardware is hot these days, and this Saturday is the inaugural Hardware Freedom Day, a worldwide celebration of open source hardware. Hack Manhattan (Manhattan’s only public hacker space) is celebrating with displays of open hardware created by their members. They’re also doing the Super Tech Tuesday event.
April 22 is Earth Day, and so Goodnik is organizing the Helping Hacks Green Earth Day Hackathon this Friday. And if you wanna hang out with a real, live astronaut this week, you’re in luck! Check out the Space Apps Hackathon Kick-Off Party this Friday, featuring Astronaut Ron Garan, who’ll be there as NASA’s ambassador.
Coming up: April 25 is NY Tech Day (the largest tech startup event in the world!). April 27 is the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon (tickets will go fast!). And May 2 is the Office Ninjas Tech Mixer & Showcase, a must-attend event for office professionals who love tech and the hottest new tools.
On May 16, my buddy Eyal and the Worldwide Investor Network (WIN) are organizing the awesome Funding The Best In Global Innovation conference, an event I highly recommend (terrific panels and speakers). Early birds get a 30 percent discount (til May 1) with the code “garysguide.” Foreign tech startups can apply here. Deadline is April 19.
Ever wanted to participate in a show that’s American Idol meets Shark Tank?! You know me–I deliver! Meet NY Crowdfunds, which will have an all-star lineup of judges including Hotmail founder Sabeer Bhatia and basketball legend Earl Monroe. It’s on May 20, and there are a limited number of spots for contestants and studio audience. Contact my friend Sonali for more info.
And now lets see whats going down in the Alley this week…
AllThingsD: Dive Into Mobile
With Eric Schmidt (Google), Mike Schroepfer (CTO, Facebook), Michael Sippey (VP Product, Twitter), Gary Kovacs (CEO, Mozilla), Noam Bardin (CEO, Waze), Jan Koum (CEO, WhatsApp), Evan Spiegel (CEO, Snapchat) and others.
Monday (Apr. 15), 9 a.m. @ The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, 2 West Street
NJ Tech Meetup 35
With Brad Feld (Cofounder, Foundry Group and TechStars and author, Startup Communities)
Monday (Apr. 15), 6:30 p.m. @ Stevens Institute of Technology – Howe Center, 1 Castle Point Terrace, 4th Fl., Hoboken
NYU Founders Forum
Three founders from the NYU-Poly incubators and three student founders from across NYU will present their startups. Judges include Owen Davis (NYC Seed), Brendan Dickinson (Canaan Partners), Tom Loverro (RRE Ventures), Frank Rimalovski (NYU Innovation Venture Fund) and Yaron Eitan (Selway Capital)
Tuesday (Apr. 16), 6 p.m. @ NYU Stern School of Business, 44 W. 4th Street, M5-50
A Fireside Chat with Lewis DVorkin (Chief Product Officer, Forbes Media) interviewed by Adam Pennenberg
Thursday (Apr. 18), 6 p.m. @ Projective Space L.E.S., 72 Allen Street, 3rd Fl.
NYC Startup Job Fair Presented by AT&T
Connecting talented job seekers with exciting NYC-based startups.
Friday (Apr. 19), 12 p.m. @ IAC HQ, 555 W. 18th Street
Goodnik Presents: Helping Hacks Green – Earth Day Hackathon
Focusing on environmental-related projects in recognition of Earth Day (April 22).
Friday (Apr. 19), 6 p.m. @ Alley NYC, 500 7th Avenue, 17th Fl.
NASA Hackathon Kick-Off Party feat. Astronaut Ron Garan
The 2013 International Space Apps Challenge is fast approaching and astronaut Colonel Ron Garan will be there as the official NASA ambassador! A RARE opportunity to get up close and personal with a real astronaut.
Friday (Apr. 19), 6 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Avenue, 17th Fl.
BUZZ the Bar & The Professional Wingman Present: The Happy Hour BUZZ
A hot new weekly after-work series, celebrating the start of a new season, the rising temperature & the newest way to order drinks!
Friday (Apr. 19), 6 p.m. @ EVR, 54 W. 39th Street
2013 International Space Apps Challenge led by NASA
A two-day hackathon during which citizens from around the world work together to solve challenges relevant to improving life on Earth and life in space
Saturday (Apr. 20), 9 a.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Avenue, 17th Fl.
NYC BigApps Jobs and Economic Mobility Hackathon
Come build apps that help New York City’s underserved residents find gainful employment, develop workforce skills, and/or access worker support services.
Saturday (Apr. 20), 10 a.m. @ School of Visual Arts (SVA), 136 W. 21st Street, 5th Fl.
Hardware Freedom Day
Open hardware created by Hack Manhattan members on display.
Saturday (Apr. 20), 5 p.m. @ Hack Manhattan, 137 W. 14th Street.
More events on the horizon…
Women Innovate Mobile: Behind The Pitch on Apr 22 @ AppNexus
Ideas Are Worthless Conference on Apr 23 @ Goodwin Proctor @ The NY Times Building
NYTECH Presents: Designing for Touch on Apr 24 @ Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
NY Tech Day on Apr 25 @ Pier 92
Hackathon at TechCrunch Disrupt NY: April 27-28 on Apr 27 @ Manhattan Center
Entering the European Market: Lessons from Serial Entrepreneur & Investor Jos White on May 01 @ Venue
Office Ninjas Tech Mixer & Showcase on May 02 @ Alley NYC
Funding the Best in Global Innovation III on May 16 @ SNR Denton
NYC Tech Picnic – 2013 Kick Off on May 19 @ Chelsea Piers, Pier 63
Until next week. Stay
thirsty social, my friends!