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.
You know what’s cool? A billion dollars, that’s what! Huge congrats to David Karp and the folks at Tumblr. Billion-dollar exits form the cornerstone of a thriving tech ecosystem, and this is great news for New York tech.
It’s finally here! Internet Week, that is. 45,000 people are expected to attend over 400 parties with keynotes by Randi Zuckerberg, Jonah Peretti (BuzzFeed), Joe Gebbia (Airbnb) and Joan Rivers!
The hottest party during Internet Week? That would, of course, be the Webutante Ball (a.k.a. the REAL #nerdprom!) And lucky for you, I have two FREE passes to give away. Interested? Of course you are! Apply here.
In non-Internet week news, tomorrow evening at the 92Y, my buddy Jeff Pulver (entrepreneur and early-stage seed investor) will be interviewing two famous brothers: Deepak Chopra (renowned spiritual guru) and Sanjiv Chopra (dean of the Harvard Medical School). Also this week is the OpenCo Innovation Festival (a cross between an artist’s open studio, a tech conference and a music festival). Over a hundred startups will open their doors including Buzzfeed, Etsy, Fab, Foursquare, Kickstarter, RapGenius, Warby Parker and others.
Coming up on May 30 is Digital DUMBO’s dd:IMPACT Groundswell with panelists from VICE, The Onion, Reddit, Buzzfeed, Pulse and Digg exploring the new era of campaigns, content, storytelling, media formats, and more. Also coming up are TechDrinkup on May 30 and Angelhack (the largest global hackathon competition!) on June 1.
Remember Startup Chile? Well, now I present to you Startup Brazil! Spend six months to a year down in South America and receive up to $98,971 in the form of monthly grants. Sounds like a sweet deal, eh? And with the World Cup coming up next year, Brazil is the place to be! Deadline to apply is May 31.
And finally, mark your calendars for May 26, people. That’s when the hotly anticipated, all-new season of Arrested Developmentfinally arrives on Netflix! My buddy Jon has put together a hack to text you the minute the show hits Netflix servers. Just text ANN to 619-EGG-VEAL. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go practice my chicken dance, check on my frozen banana stand and get hopped up on a 53-episode marathon-viewing binge. You know how it is.
Let’s see what’s going down in the Alley this week…
Mobile Media Upfront
Monday (May 20), 8 a.m. @ New World Stages, 340 W. 50th Street
NYU ITP Spring Show
A two-day exhibition of recent interactive media projects by the graduate students of ITP.
Monday (May 20), 5 p.m. @ NYU ITP – Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, 4th Fl.
MOUSE@15: Celebrating 15 Years of Inspiring Innovators
Honoring Bre Pettis (Cofounder and CEO, MakerBot) and Joanne Wilson (advocate, Best Buy Children’s Foundation). Speaker Christine Quinn and the NYC City Council.
Monday (May 20), 6 p.m. @ The Pier 61, Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, 23rd Street and 11th Avenue
New York Crowdfunds 2
It’s Shark Tank meets American Idol! Judges include Sabeer Bhatia (founder, Hotmail) and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe (New York Knicks, NBA Hall of Fame).
Monday (May 20), 6:30 p.m. @ WeWork Lounge, 154 Grand Street
New Yorks Next Top Makers Open Studio
Come catch up with New York’s Next Top Makers as they turn their product prototypes into businesses. With Bonus Table, MYBELL, Nautilus Bowl, Slide Table, The Power Clip and Tangeez!
Monday (May 20), 6:30 p.m. @ NYDesigns, 45-50 30th Street
Conversational Marketing (CM) Summit 2013: Bridging Data & Humanity
With Ben Silbermann (founder, Pinterest), Jonah Peretti (founder, Buzzfeed), Mike Lazerow (founder, Buddy Media), Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures) and others.
Tuesday (May 21), 9 a.m. @ The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th Street
[Internet Week] POSSIBLE presents Robert Scoble: The Age of Context
Robert Scoble (tech evangelist and author) will talk about the Age of Context, a future comprised of hyper-anticipatory and personalized services.
Tuesday (May 21), 12:30 p.m. @ Alley NYC, 500 7th Avenue, 17th Fl.
17th Annual Webby Awards
Hosted by Patton Oswalt. Hallmark five-word speeches from Jerry Seinfeld, Grimes and Ben Stiller.
Tuesday (May 21), 6:30 p.m. @ Cipriani, 55 Wall Street
Fireside Chat with Deepak Chopra
Two famous brothers Deepak Chopra (renowned spiritual guru) and Sanjiv Chopra (dean at Harvard Medical School) interviewed by entrepreneur and early-stage seed investor Jeff Pulver.
Tuesday (May 21), 8 p.m. @ 92Y Kauffman Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street
OpenCo New York
A mix between a business conference and artist’s open studio with the vibe of a music festival. Over a hundred innovative businesses will open their doors including Betaworks, Buzzfeed, Etsy, Fab, Foursquare, Kickstarter, Rap Genius, Warby Parker and others.
Wednesday (May 22), 4 p.m. @ The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street
The NY Times – Technology Job Fair
Come grab a beverage, hang out with some cool tech folks and talk shop.
Wednesday (May 22), 5 p.m. @ New York Times, 620 8th Avenue, 15th Fl.
[Internet Week] A Discussion Around Content, Commerce & Curation
With Pete Cashmore (founder, Mashable), Paul Berry (founder, RebelMouse), Scott Kurnit (CEO, Keep Holdings), Christene Barberich (editor, Refinery29) and others.
Wednesday (May 22), 6:30 p.m. @ Paley Center for Media, 25 W. 52nd Street, 10th Fl.
Bitcoin and the Future of Money
With Felix Salmon (Reuters), Jaron Lukasiewicz (Coinsetter), Charlie Shrem (BitInstant) and Zach Seward (Quartz).
Wednesday (May 22), 7 p.m. @ General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl.
The Future Of Tech Startups
Dave Morgan (founder, Simulmedia) hosts John Battelle (cofounder, Open Co) and Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures). Drinks and food will follow the conversation.
Thursday (May 23), 4:30 p.m. @ Simulmedia, 670 Broadway
The 2013 Webutante Ball
The Internet’s famous party of the year is back for its fifth year of revelry! Come hang with New York’s hottest startup stars, media elite, venture capitalists, and agency spies. You can’t miss this!
Thursday (May 23), 8 p.m. @ Marquee, 289 10th Avenue
The Phat Startup: How To Build A Million Dollar Site
With Chris “Broadway” Romero (Cofounder of Thisis50.com)
Friday (May 24), 6 p.m. @ WeWork Labs, 175 Varick Street
More events on the horizon…
Here a MOOC There a MOOC Everywhere a MOOC MOOC! on May 28 @ Knewton
Startup Grind NYC hosts Jon Steinberg (President, BuzzFeed) on May 29 @ ThoughtWorks
Peter Shankman Speaks Live On His Newest Book – Nice Companies Finish First on May 29 @ Affect Offices
dd:IMPACT Conference Groundswell: The Next Wave of Content (presented by Digital DUMBO) on May 30 @ Galapagos Art Space
#techdrinkup – Open Bar Summer Kickoff Rooftop Party on May 30 @ XVI Lounge
AngelHack NYC – Spring 2013 on June 1 @ Huge Inc
NYC BigApps CityCamp on June 1 @ New York Law School
Bizza90s: Tweet Me Baby One More Time on June 7 @ WeWork
F.A.T. Session 2: Sales/Use Taxation for 21st Century Commerce on June 11 @ Marks Paneth & Shron
NYTECH Presents: The Truth About VC Investing in New York and How To Get Funded on June 11 @ PwC
Inbox Awesome on June 13 @ The DUMBO Loft
Future Energy Investor Feedback Forum on June 13 @ Microsoft
NYTECH Presents: The Big Data Explosion: Using Cloud Computing to Clean Up the Mess on June 26 @ 10gen
Moonwalk NYC 2013 on July 20 @ Venue
Until next week. Stay
thirsty social, my friends!