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‘Fever’ Raises $3 Million, Hopes to Heat Up NYC Party Scene

Fever will make you cool, like these guys on the app's Instagram feed. (Instagram)

It’s a good day for Fever, the event discovery app that launched last year in Madrid. The company announced today that their service is now available in NYC, and that they’ve just raised $3 million in funding, to boot.

We made our way down to Tribeca last week, where the Fever team was hosting a launch party at Paul’s Baby Grand, part of the Tribeca Grand Hotel. There, we grabbed a drink with Pep Gomez, Fever’s 21-year-old founder. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (4sq Day, NY Tech Day, Fashion 2.0, food+tech, SkillShare Penny Conf, General Assembly Assembled Capital)

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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 follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Want to hang out with former President Bill Clinton? Well of course you do! He will be in town this week to talk about his Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) at the Sustainable Operations Summit.

Funders & Founders are organizing an event called “Love, Sex, and Tech,” an 800-person dating startup show on Apr 19 in San Francisco. Now, whenever one encounters the words love, sex and tech in the same sentence in an event title the obvious next step is to go check them out, right? ;)

Internet Week NY, that annual week-long geek fest celebrating NYC’s thriving internet industry & community, is coming up soon (May 14-21). So hurry up and go grab your Insider / HQ Pass and get ready to party!

Okay, and now let’s see what glorious tech events are happening in the Alley this week… Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (April Showers Edition)

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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 follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Congrats to Greg Galant and Lee Semel for another amazing edition of the Shorty Awards (“Oscars for social media peeps”). In case you missed it, here’s my blog post with the highlights.

Dave McClure and the folks at 500 Startups are organizing a one-day conference called Mama Bear (yep, thats whats its called) for startups, platforms, and thought leaders to explore new technology for moms, kids and families (which is a whopping $2.1 trillion market).

On April 15, Brooklyn Law School’s Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (aka BLIP) is hosting their first ever “Legal Hackathon,” an all-day event featuring a bunch of interesting panels & workshops with speakers including Tim Wu, Art Chang, Andrew Rasiej, professor Jonathan Askin and others.

April 19 is NY Tech Day, a ‘Science Fair’ for tech startups to get their feet wet in the NYC tech community. They’re also holding a competition where one lucky startup will win a free booth to exhibit. Go check them out.

And now lets see, what crazy shenanigans are going down in Silicon Alley land this week… Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Mad Men Is Back Edition)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), Founder & 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 follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Ahhh, spring is in the air, Mad Men finally returns to television (after an agonizing year and a half hiatus), the lovely Marissa Mayer from Google is in town for a fireside chat with Bloomberg BusinessWeek editor Josh Tyrangiel, the Daily Show gang (Samantha Bee, Jason Jones & Asif Mandvi) will be going bananas today at the annual Oscars-for-social-media-peeps Shorty Awards and and of course we have a bunch of awesome, tech events for ya. Enjoy! Read More

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Gary Sharma’s SXSW 2012 Highlights: Jay-Z, Leo DiCaprio, Pool Parties, Grilled Cheese Eating Contests & More

Storyful at SXSW. (Photo: Gary Sharma)

This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), Founder & 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 follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary@garysguide.com.

“So, how do I score tix to the Jay-Z/Amex concert?!”

Yeah, that may well have been the single most-heard phrase at SXSW this year. In addition, of course, to “What’s a great badgeless party to go to tonite?”, “Can I borrow your Mophie?”, “Whats up with all this rain?”, “Just go with the flow, dude!”, “So, who’s hangin’ at the Driskill later?”, “I lost my _____!” and the ever popular “Wanna check out my new iPhone app?”

SXSW 2012 opened with crazy expectations, crazy amount of people (rumored to be over 30k for the interactive portion) and even crazier weather (srsly, Austin, rainy and cold?) But the weather soon changed to warm and sunny and everything mashed together to become one giant rollercoaster of parties, people, apps, marketing stunts, long lines, free food, fire dancers, business cards, party buses, taco trucks, drunken tweets, celebrity sightings, old friends, new friends, bbq, deals, hookups, checkins, random conversations, acquisition rumors and much, much more.

Thats right. Spring Break for Geeks was underway! Hop on or get outta the way! ;)

First off, thanks to everyone who reached out to me regarding sponsoring my Red Tie @ SXSW. I’m flattered & humbled by the overwhelming response! A big thank you to the social-polling-viral-voting mobile app BuzzVote for becoming my exclusive SXSW Red Tie sponsor and to InkBa (Airbnb for Ad Spaces) and ShoutEm (Mobile App Maker) for sponsoring the overflow spaces on my black suit. You guys all rock!

This was my first time at SXSW (and Texas in general!) I reached there a day early and arrived at the convention center to pick up my badge. There was already a small line forming. At 11 a.m. they opened up the ticketing counters and the first guy in line picked up his badge. The crowd hollered & cheered. Almost felt like an iPhone launch event. Welcome to SXSW! Read More

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15 *MORE* SXSW Parties That You Really, Really Don’t Want to Miss

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder & 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 follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

So last week I did this blog post highlighting the 15 SXSW Parties You Really, Really Don’t Want to Miss. And I got a ton of email from you guys saying a) “Thank you, you’re my hero!” and b) “We want more, more, MORE!” It’s not for nothing that SXSW is called “spring break for the tech crowd.” ;)

For the hardcore partier, I’ve put together what I think is the definitive and best List of SXSW Interactive Parties (225+ and counting!). Print this out for ur trip and you’re golden, my friend. And as you can see, there’re a ton of events that don’t even require a SXSW badge. Awesome sauce indeed!

And for the rest of you, here are 15 More SXSW Parties that have the Gary Stamp of Approval. You’re welcome, my little tech monsters! Now go forth and RSVP away. And later this week, when walking down 6th and Congress, if you notice a guy in a black suit, white shirt, red tie (with ads all over it) and a big ‘fro, come on over and say hello! :)

And now (drumroll please), the 15 *MORE* SXSW Parties that you really, really, reeeaaallly don’t wanna miss… Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (The Pre-SXSW Parties Edition)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder & 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 follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

SXSW is now less than 5 days away. And my Definitive List of SXSW Interactive Parties has now grown to over 225 and counting! Yes, srsly folks, that is 225 parties in 5 days. :) And I am still getting emails from event organizers announcing new parties every other hour. So stay tuned!

As a wise man once said … the best way to prepare for the crazy, chaotic world of people, panels & parties, that is SXSW, would be to … well, throw a bunch of pre-parties, of course! Which is exactly what New Yorkers are doing this week. Cuz-we-just-cant-wait-to-get-the-party-started! ;)

So, now lets take a look at where the pre-parties be happening this week… Read More