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Best Tech Events This Week (Sponsor Gary’s Red Tie @ SXSW Edition)

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.

Sponsor Gary’s Red Tie @ SXSW
SXSW 2012 is coming! And that means I’ll be showing up at a whole bunch of amazing parties, mixers, networking events, lounges, panels, BBQs, nuclear taco nights, concerts, happy hours, karaokes, food fests, block parties and what have you. Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week (The Pinteresting 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.

Alley vs. Valley 2.0?
Holy Guacamole! Am I hallucinating or are micro-blogging pioneer and Silicon Alley darling Tumblr and the latest social media “pinning” sensation, Reddit for girls and current Silicon Valley obsession Pinterest heading for an epic startup throwdown? Read More

The Internet Makes You Social

Social Media Week Wants to Save the World

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Here at Betabeat, we live every week like it’s social media week. But this week is also Social Media Week, the fourth such annual event and the “Super Bowl of Social Media,” which takes place simultaneously in cities around the world. And on Twitter, #smwnyc.

The surprising thing about the agenda: Social Media Week has taken a turn for the socially-conscious. In New York, at least, the lineup is heavily filled with do-gooder topics. This year’s theme is “Empowering Change through Collaboration,” featuring collaborative consumption panels and collaborative consumption consumption, and there seem to be a ton of events focused on health, a few based around education, and many more with an eye toward making the world a better place for people rather than brands. Just today, there’s a keynote on redesigning the hospital room and an event called “Educate Girls, Change the World.” Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week (The LINSANITY! 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.

LINSANITY, Baby!
If you’re a die-hard New York sports fan like me, you have probably been pinching yourself at whats been transpiring the last 10 days. First the Giants win the SuperBowl against the Patriots in another amazing one-for-the-ages game. And now, the Knicks have won 5 in a row on the shoulders of an unlikely hero, Jeremy Lin. Now, dear reader, as you know, I like to do my part in making sure you hold ur own in any water-cooler / cocktail conversation and this week Linsanity is the topic du jour. So here goes. Read More

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The Best Tech Events This Week (The NY Giants SuperBowl Champions 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.

Believe In Yourself
Back in mid-December just seven weeks ago, the Giants were 7-7 after a loss to low-ranked Redksins. Folks were calling for coach Tom Coughlin’s head, Eli Manning was being doubted as an elite quarterback and it seemed like the Giants’ post-season hopes were fading fast.

As a startup entrepreneur, it is common to be told that something is not going to work or that your startup is going to fail or that you don’t have what it takes. But real entrepreneurs never let that discourage them. In fact if anything that puts a spark inside them and motivates them even more to go out and prove their detractors wrong. Read More

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Three Key Takeaways From SOPA/PIPA; Kim Dotcom, Bond Baddie; and Tech Events This Week

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), Founder of GarysGuide, Mentor at ER Accelerator 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 via email at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Takeaway #1: Speed of Grassroots To Mainstream
The fight against SOPA/PIPA was under the radar for many folks for a long time but when it did finally break through to get attention, it was heartening to see the speed and intensity with which the entire tech industry, from the grassroots all the way up to the Googles and the Wikipedias, quickly rallied around and came together to fight for the freedom of the Internet and won!  Chalk that one up as another win for social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook that are making it really easy for people to come together, get their voices heard and take action around common worthwhile causes as happened during the Arab Spring revolution. Read More

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Say NO to SOPA, Alley vs Valley (NFL Edition) and Tech Events This Week

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), Founder of GarysGuide, Mentor at ER Accelerator 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 via email at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Night of the Living Dead SOPA / PIPA Chainsaw Massacre Part IV

Awwwwwwwwright, SOPA is DEAD! We did it, folks! The interwebs and twitterati and blogosphere and ce-web-rities and all came together and stuck it to the Man (or rather Men in Washington, and their lobbyist chums and their old media deep pocketed fat cat friends). Time to partayyyy! …. Oh wait, hold on now … I’m getting some new updates. What’s that I hear? Uhh-ohh, SOPA ain’t dead, y’all, its just “shelved”. SHELVED. Hmmmmmm, lets focus our attention on that word for a moment, shall we? Read More

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Events This Week: An Ode To Code Edition

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), Founder of GarysGuide, Mentor at ER Accelerator 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.

An Ode To Code

Coding can be fun. Coding can be hard. Coding can be intense. Coding can be stimulating.

Coding is language. Coding is art. Coding is science. Coding is communication.

Coding pays the bills. Coding helps build dreams. Coding disrupts industries. Coding transforms experiences.

Coding is the future.

Coding changes the world.

Wanna code?

And now, lets see whats going down in the sweet, sweet world of tech this week…

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Events This Week: Gary’s Crazy-Ass 2012 Tech Predictions Edition

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), Founder of GarysGuide, Mentor at ER Accelerator 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.

Oh hi there 2012. I didn’t notice you walk in cuz I was still transfixed (and a little traumatized) watching our CEO / Mayor Mike Bloomberg locking lips ‘n slow dancing with Lady Gaga. Srsly, Mike for President, y’all! Anyhoo … now as u know, my raison d’etre in life is to provide you folks with enough juicy nuggets of info to be able to fake it in any water cooler / cocktail party / social-media-expert-panel tech banterfest. And so I’ve put together a few so-obvious-even-yo-mama-knows-they-are-coming tech predictions for 2012. You’re welcome. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Events This Week: Parties, Parties And Mo’ Parties Edition (Part Deux)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), Founder of GarysGuide, Mentor at ER Accelerator 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.

Holiday Par-ttaayy Season!
Well you know what they say. ‘Tis the season to be jolly … and get wasted! And I thought I’d do my part and point u in all the right directions to where all da bingeing and debauchery be happenin’ this week. So in addition to my regular featured list of events below and Adrianne’s crash worthy parties list, here are a few other holiday parties that you might find interesting:

Dec 12: DIY Holiday Festival @ New Work City
Dec 13: Annual NYC UX Community Holiday Party @ Forum Lounge
Dec 14: Women in Wireless Holiday Party sponsored by Where at Roger Smith Hotel
Dec 14: NY Creative Interns One Year Anniversary Bash at Wix Lounge
Dec 14: Brooklyn Design & Technology Meetup Holiday Party at Bitmap Creative Labs
Dec 15: MongoDB Holiday Hack Fest at Boxee
Dec 15: NY Tech Holiday Cocktail Reception at Rosie O’Gradys

Red Tie Sponsorship Update
A big thank you to all the awesome, wonderful, inaugural Red Tie sponsors including The Cools, Pivotal Labs, Inkba, RakTech Fund and Summit Service. Thank you Miles, Josh, Dina, Heather and James! Interested in putting ur awesome logo sticker on the world’s most famous Red Tie? Want me to talk up your company to the hundreds of thousands of influential people I schmooze with at events (VCs, super angels, entrepreneurs, media execs, bloggers, starry-eyed autograph-seeking groupies)? Itching to get a piece of the tie action? Well, of course u do! ;) So give me a holler at gary [at] garysguide.com for more details.

And now lets see which events have the most potential to get hammered at this week… Read More