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.
Hope y’all had an amazing long weekend! Now, can we get away with white after Labor Day? My fashion-tech founder peeps say it’s a-okay! And speaking of fashion: One of the events to check out during the upcoming craziness of Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week (starting this Thursday) is the Tesla Sustainable Style Night at the Tesla showroom on 25th Street.
Also check out the award-winning Nolcha Fashion Week with runway shows and collections showcasing the hottest independent fashion designers! My friend Jill (cofounder/CEO, Modalyst) is co-organizing their Fashion Lounge + Media Brunch on September 12 (I’m giving away three Free passes). Email me for a special Invite to the Nolcha Fashion Week Closing Party (which I’m co-sponsoring).
Don’t miss this week: Beekman33 Salon (artist showcase + music startups + party, and I’m giving away five FREE passes) and the IndieCon Unconference are both on September 7. On September 8, you can choose between Glamour Magazine’s Fashion Hackathon and the NYC Tech Picnic Season Finale.
Coming up: Get Control of Your F.A.T. (Business Model Generation) on September 10. Enterprise Tech Meetup (I’m giving away five FREE Passes) on September 11. German Innovation Showcase on September 12. Cleantech Demo Day (w/ NYSERDA, NYC ACRE & others) on September 24.
SwitchPitch = established companies pitching projects to startups. Role-reversal, yo!
Membership for the Manufacture NY fashion incubator / co-working space / factory will be opening up soon. Feel free to drop by this week to check it out! The Knight News Challenge is funding innovative ideas around health data and will open for entries September 3. Plus, check out the inaugural NYC Latinas in Tech event this Wednesday.
UN Foundation and YPFP are hosting Social Good Summit (September 22). They need folks for blogging and live-tweeting in Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and Hebrew.
Cucumber is five years old and SkillsMatter is hosting CukeUp, New York’s 1st Cucumber conference! Keynote by Aslak Hellesoy (creator of Cucumber).
A bunch of deadlines coming up: September 3 for Kauffman Foundation’s Get In The Ring: American Startup Clash (compete with other founders for $1 million!). September 4 for Startup Spotlight (free space @ Ad:Tech NY + pitch to brands). September 5 for BookSmash Challenge (HarperCollins OpenBook API to create cool apps!). September 6 for UKTI’s Great Tech Awards. And October 11 for Techstars powered R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator.
Flatiron School’s Web Development Fellowship Program (in partnership w/ the city) starts October 7. Applications are due September 15. It’s totally free, saving you a cool $12,000! And then there’s the QueensEDC intensive 10-week business plan course for entrepreneurs, followed by a business-plan competition in food, innovation + tech & social impact. Winners get $10k!
Want to work in the company of awesome startups (Knotable, Meetmoi, Aloha)? My buddy Amol’s new space on 17th Street has room for 1 or 2 people and one company around 20 people.
Shanah Tovah! to my friends celebrating Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) this Wednesday.
And finally, last week, I met up w/ Andrea Loubier (founder/CEO of Mailbird). She was here all the way from … Bali, Indonesia! They’ve a bit of a tech scene down there at Startup Getaway. And Andrea’s invited me to come check it out. I dunno–it’d mean hanging out with other startup peeps and working out of a villa in an ISLAND PARADISE with panoramic views of the ocean blue and… hmmm…. (stops typing, packs his bags, adjusts his red tie and hails a cab to JFK).
And now let’s see what’s going down in the Alley this week…
Tech Tuesdays: Drinks with Paperless Post
Brought to you by the Downtown Alliance. Welcome Paperless Post to Lower Manhattan!
Tuesday (Sept. 3), 7 p.m. @ South Street Seaport, Fulton Street and Front Street
Brooklyn Design & Tech – Mobile Shopping Deconstructed
A lively discussion about the mCommerce landscape with Yonatan Feldman (VP Mobile, Gilt Groupe) and Dominique Essig (VP Product Management, Gilt Groupe).
Tuesday (Sept. 3), 7 p.m. @ 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn
Details Magazine Presents – TxT: The Tech & Tastemakers Summit
With Chris Morton (cofounder, Lyst), Daniel Saynt (founder, Fashion Indie and Socialyte), Olivier van Themsche (CEO, The Cools), Patrick Robinson (Creative Director, A/X Armani Exchange) & others.
Wednesday (Sept. 4), 9 a.m. @ Industria Studios, 356 W. 12th Street
September NY Tech Meetup
You know the drill. Five-minute, cutting-edge tech demos. 850 fellow NY Tech startuppers. One amazing event.
Wednesday (Sept. 4), 7 p.m. @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts, 566 Laguardia Place
NYCCHI Presents: Connected Spaces – The Internet of Things
Case studies from Brett Renfer (Rockwell Group Lab) and Elliot Blanchard (Invisible Light Network). And a hands-on workshop with own open-source spatial programming platform, Spacebrew.
Thursday (Sept. 5), 6 p.m. @ Parsons School of Design, 55 W. 13th Street
Impact Investor Night (hosted by Return on Change)
Guest speaker John Liu (NYC comptroller and mayoral candidate). Startups include EBONexus, LiveLeaf, Only Six Degrees, Vonvo and Wine for the World.
Thursday (Sept. 5), 7 p.m. @ Centre for Social Innovation, 601 W. 26th Street, Ste 325
Dressed to Code: Glamour Magazine Fashion Hackathon
Got a great idea for a digital fashion product? Then you gotta be at Glamour Magazine’s fast-paced, full-day hackathon!
Saturday (Sept. 7), 8:30 a.m. @ General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl.
IndieCon – An unconference for independent workers!
Share best practices and brainstorm ways we can help one another in ways otherwise impossible when we’re on our own.
Saturday (Sept. 7), 12:30 p.m. @ New Work City, 412 Broadway, 2nd Fl.
The 2nd Beekman33 Salon: Artist Showcase, Music Startups and Party
Music: Killianbeatz, BeatNYC, Brooklyn Circle & Gentei Kaijo. Startups: MusicWagon, JOIOS, Lettrs, ConcertWindow & Dogolog! I’m giving away five Free Passes!
Saturday (Sept. 7), 5 p.m. @ Complete Music Studios, 227 St Marks Avenue, Brooklyn
NYC Tech Picnic – Season Finale
Enjoy the outdoors with your fellow geeks and entrepreneurs. Bring your own food, blankets, frisbees, etc.
Sunday (Sept. 8), 2 p.m. @ Chelsea Piers, 63 Chelsea Piers
More events on the horizon…
The Competitive Summit on Sept. 9 @ Aol HQ
Tesla Sustainable Style Night on Sept. 9 @ Tesla Chelsea Showroom
The Business Model Canvas – Session 4 of the series: Get Control of Your F.A.T. in Your Lean Startup (Finance, Accounting Tax) on Sept. 10 @ Marks Paneth Shron
Working in the Sharing Economy on Sept. 11 @ Grindspaces
NY Enterprise Technology Meetup on Sept. 11 @ Cooley
Gotham Media FashionTECH on Sept. 12 @ The Wix Lounge
RUSK Presents: Nolcha Fashion Week: Fashion Lounge + Media Brunch! (co-organized by Modalyst) on Sept. 12 @ YOTEL
Investor Feedback Forum (New York, September) on Sept. 12 @ Microsoft
German Innovation Showcase 2013 on Sept. 12 @ German Center for Research & Innovation
Designers + Geeks: Designing for Uncertainty on Sept. 12 @ General Assembly
DataGotham 2013 on Sept. 13 @ NY Academy of Medicine
NJ Tech Meetup (NJ EDA, Phone.com, ff Ventures, Vitals) on Sept. 16 @ Howe Center @ Stevens Institute of Technology
CukeUp! NYC on Sept. 17 @ The Dumbo Spot
Georgetown Angels VC Pitch Network Event on Sept. 26 @ Goodwin Procter @ The NY Times
Launch Mobile and Wearables Summit (Sep 30 & Oct 1) on Sept. 30 @ City View at Metreon
Tee It Up: Legal Issues To Consider When Starting Your Startup on Oct. 16 @ Apella
Business Insider Presents: Startup 2013 on Oct. 24 @ Museum Of Jewish Heritage
Boot Camp for Digital Startups on Oct. 29 @ Town Hall Conference Center
Until next week. Stay
thirsty social, my friends!