On The Calendar

Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of August 8


This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (a.k.a. “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide and mentor at ER Accelerator.

Quote of the Week: “We’ll see if we can do hackathons every day so long as I don’t have to write code!” –Mayor Mike Bloomberg, at the Reinventing NYC hackathon winners’ breakfast at General Assembly last week.

Mayor Mike’s geek cred would have gone through the roof if he had decided to get down and dirty to crank out some code ;) but big props on committing support to hackathons. Speaking of hackathons, we’ve got a bunch of hacking-related events this week. Read More


DreamIt Ventures Incubator Starts Monday; Demo Day in August

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Philadelphia-based DreamIt Ventures, the second established accelerator to open a New York branch, is gearing up to open its doors on Monday. The first hurdle–getting enough quality applications–proved to be no trouble, as managing director Mark Wachen and team had more than 500 applications to sort through in order to pick 15 companies. That’s an acceptance rate of three percent–higher than Y Combinator and the 1.7 percent accepted for TechStarsNY, but still extremely selective. Read More