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.
June went out with a bang! Big props to the Supreme Court for striking down DOMA, marking a big step forward for marriage equality. The bipartisan immigration reform bill that’ll grant 11 million undocumented immigrants immediate legal status was passed by the Senate; next stop, the House. And Shutterstock founder Jonathan Oringer became Silicon Alley’s first billionaire.
Coming up: The BuzztheBar Golf Tournament + Hoboken Bar Crawl is July 6. VentureOut’s The Brazilian, a networking event + tech demos showcasing some kick ass Brazilian startups, is July 8. July 10 is Lerer Ventures’ NYC Talent Hack, bringing together job seekers with 25 awesome startups, including Warby Parker and Thrillist. And on July 21, hang with your fellow tech geeks at Amusemi’s Summer Tech Picnic!
Looking to open or expand offices in Lower Manhattan? Then you, my friend, need to check out the Take The H.E.L.M. competition. Four cash grants of $250,000. Sweet! Previous finalists include STELLAService, Paperless Post and The Flatiron School. Deadline to apply is July 15.
Panel submissions for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2014 Interactive begin today. Submissions open until July 26, so best get on it pronto!
Congrats to Rameet, Ryan and the folks at Fueled on their new co-working initiative a.k.a. the awesome Fueled Collective!
The FinTech Innovation Lab is a terrific 12-week accelerator program cofounded by Accenture and a fund set up by Henry Kravis under Partnership for New York City and backed by CIOs and CEOs from major banks. Their third annual Demo Day is coming up next Thursday on July 11.
Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP-NY) are holding their 2nd annual Entrepreneur Challenge + Competition. Over $10,000 in prizes! Separate categories for non-profit and for-profit. Proposals due by midnight of July 31.
CodeNow is a great program for motivated high school students curious to learn about creating websites, software and apps. Applications due by June 28.
My buddy Brady Forrest is helping launch a new hardware-focused accelerator. $20,000 in seed money, office AND machine space, and an inside view into China’s supply chain and manufacturing infrastructure. Apply here!
And finally, Happy 4th of July, y’all. Time to fire up the grill, take in the fireworks and enjoy a relaxing long weekend. You’ve earned it!
And now let’s see what’s going down in the Alley this week…
Free Scala Training
Spend a day learning from a Scala expert, meeting some of Gilt’s friendly engineers, and having fun!
Monday (July 1), 8:30 a.m. @ Gilt, 2 Park Avenue
NYC Bio Meetup
Discussing the recent Supreme Court “Myriad” decision, in which genomic DNA was ruled ineligible to patent marking a great change in the IP of biotech and directly affecting many companies.
Monday (July 1), 6 p.m. @ Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt, 900 3rd Avenue, #12
Talk Shop: User Experience Design
With Kyle Parkinson (UX Designer, Warby Parker), Michal Pasternak (Partner & Head of UX, HUGE), Yannell Rodriguez (UX Designer, Birchbox), Jon Troutman (Cofounder & Creative Director, Canary) and moderated by Paul Canetti (Founder & CEO, MAZ).
Monday (July 1), 7 p.m. @ General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl.
CommonBond Brooklyn Tech Happy Hour
With Rachel Haot (NYC Chief Digital Officer) and Matthew Brimer (Cofounder, General Assembly)
Monday (July 1), 10:30 p.m. @ Common Bond, 183 State Street
Spike Brehm (Airbnb) shares Rendr, their new open-source framework.
Tuesday (July 2), 6:30 p.m. @ NYC ACRE (DUMBO) at NYU-Poly, 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn
An exciting evening of networking and panel discussion with expert educators, artists and techies! Guest speaker is Tenlegs (an artist and education focused group) and technology professionals Profound Cloud.
Tuesday (July 2), 6:30 p.m. @ Centre for Social Innovation, 601 W. 26th Street, Ste 325
Go (language) in Use at 10gen
With Eliot Horowitz (CTO, 10gen) talking about how 10gen is putting the Go programming language to use in new products and services.
Tuesday (July 2), 7 p.m. @ Meetup Office, 632 Broadway, 9th Fl.
Library For All Kickstarter Party
This night will be remembered as the best Kickstarter party in history! All proceeds will go to Library For All – a non-profit tech startup that will make digital content available and accessible to the developing world.
Tuesday (Julu 2), 8 p.m. @ Manon, 407 W. 14th Street
Unleash The Web With Your Pet
With Carlo Almendral (Cofounder, DogBFF), Davide Rossi (Founder, FitBark), Jenna Fernandes (CEO, CareBooker) and Michael Chiang (Founder, MatchPuppy).
Friday (July 5), 6 p.m. @ Animal Haven, 251 Centre Street, 2nd Fl.
BuzztheBar Golf Tournament – Hoboken Bar Crawl
Wear your best golf attire, play a round of golf at 9 participating bars, take part in our scavenger hunt, win free prizes!
Saturday (July 6), 12 p.m. @ To be decided, Hoboken
More events on the horizon…
BuzztheBar Golf Tournament – Hoboken Bar Crawl on July 6 @ Venue
VentureOut Presents: The Brazilian – A Tech Demo Event on July 8 @ Greenhouse
Meet Former IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson: Hear His Thoughts on the Crisis at the IRS on July 9 @ Marks Paneth & Shron
Facebook New York Production Engineering Open House on Jul 09 @ Facebook New York
NYCTalentHack on July 10 @ OrderGroove
Enterprise Tech Meetup Roundtable: Startup Exit & Acquisition on July 11 @ Lowenstein Sandler
Investor Feedback Forum – Bitcoin on July 11 @ Microsoft
Crowdfunding Cocktail Night – Meet Greet the Founders on July 11 @ MicroOffice
Designers + Geeks: How Do You Design Feelings? on July 11 @ General Assembly
Women 2.0 Founder Friday New York on July 12 @ The Flatiron Hotel
Fashion 2.0: Open Mic & 5 Year Anniversary on July 16 @ Scandinavia House
NYTECH Summer Networking Party featuring StartOut on July 16 @ Pranna
3D Printing, Beyond the Hype: Whats It Actually Good For? on July 16 @ General Assembly East
Social Retail Summit #5 on July 18 @ Dumbo Spot
Startup Grind with Esther Dyson (EDventure Holdings) on July 18 @ ThoughtWorks
Moonwalk NYC 2013 on July 20 @ Venue
NYC Tech Picnic on July 21 @ Chelsea Piers, Pier 64
Until next week. Stay
thirsty social, my friends!