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Best Tech Events This Week: Startup Weekend Social Impact, Wearable Tech, Fashion 2.0 and More

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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 reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Aug 22-24 is highly anticipated WeWork SUMMER CAMP! (sneak peek). Performances by Girl Talk & St. Lucia. Talks by Lew Frankfort (Coach) & Jessica Lawrence (NYTM). Wine tasting, water sports, yoga, zip-lining! Y’should go, yo! :) Pre-Camp parties (FREE) on July 22 & on July 31. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (UnCubed, Publishing Hackathon, NYC BigApps, Fashion 2.0, NJ Tech Meetup, Entrepreneurs Roundtable)

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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 reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Last week I was at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (where WWII battleships were once manufactured) to check out Beta Space, a precursor to New Lab, an advanced manufacturing hub and high-tech design + prototyping center slated to open in 2015. It’ll anchor a 220,000 sq ft Green Manufacturing Center (backed by $46 million from the city and state). With MakerBot cranking out 3D printers in downtown Brooklyn and Shapeways building the Factory of the Future in Queens, it feels like a new kind of manufacturing renaissance is under way in our city. Exciting times! Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Smash Summit, DreamIt Tech Olympics, Social Retail Summit, Queens Tech Meetup, Digital Dumbo, Fashion 2.0)

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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 reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

So you all probably know about the High Line. But have you heard about the LowLine? Cofounders Dan Barasch and James Ramsey are aiming to convert an abandoned trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street into an extraordinary subterranean public park. That’s right–it’s an economic revitalization opportunity.

But it’s more than that. It also represents cutting-edge design and a new generation of green technology and  lies at the heart of a broader global discussion about the potential of remnant urban infrastructure and the need for cities to reinvent the meaning of space–above and below ground.

So go check it out, get involved and if you’re living it up in the Hamptons these days, make it out to their Cocktail Fundraiser at Water Mill on August 4, organized by Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital and others.

Don’t forget to sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom, either–that is, if you haven’t already done so. It’s being signed by all of us folks who believe that a free and open Internet can bring about a better world!

And now let’s see whats going down in the Alley this week… Read More

Seed Stage Slaughter

ToVieFor, Graduate of the First TechStarsNY, Started Winding Down Two Months After Demo Day

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New York-based ToVieFor, a members-only auction site for women’s luxury goods, has closed up shop after about a year of building the business followed by a spring at TechStars. The site is shuttered, the Twitter account is down, Tumblr is quiet, and co-founder Melanie Moore changed her LinkedIn profile to the past tense. “On the surface, we shut down because we ran out of money,” Ms. Moore said. “However, the root cause of this was a flawed business model. We were attempting to compete solely on price in a world where brands not only do not compete on price, they have essentially formed an oligopoly and set prices (vs take prices). As a result, it was incredibly difficult to convince brands to allow us to change up their pricing structure. And in retail, having those brand partnerships is critical to survival.” Read More