Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Halloween: The Multi-Million Dollar 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.

Just Peachy
It starts off innocently enough with buzzwords like platform, brands, game mechanics, engaging clients, social graph … yada yada yada … being thrown about. And then suddenly this … “We’ve been thru a ton of together. I know her mood swings, I know when her blood sugar gets low.” Wait, whaaa…? Yup, thats Betabeat’s very own new reality show, of course. ;) It’s called “The Pitch” and as Betabeater Ben Popper recently tweeted, it’s got everything from college seniors and corporate bankers to toy makers and fashionistas trying their hand at the startup lifestyle. And yes, plenty of baseball metaphors. So go grab some popcorn, lean back and press the play button already.

Deals, deals & more deals
As always, we got a bunch of cool deals for y’all including classes at General Assembly, the Raise Cache tech fashion show, 500 Startups Warm Gun conference and more.

And now, lets take a peek behind the curtains to see who’s performing (and who’s showboating) in the Flatiron production of Silicon Alley this week… Read More

Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Oct. 24: Dress Like Gary For Halloween Edition

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (a.k.a. “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.

Spoiler Alert!
Walter Isaacson’s long-awaited bio about Steve Jobs comes out today. But if I know u folks well, y’all just want a quick ‘n dirty review to be able to hold ur own in any water cooler conversation this week, no? So here goes … (deep breath) … “Jobs wanted to wage thermonuclear war on Android, was obsessed with Autobiography Of A Yogi (read it every year, only book on his iPad), almost licensed Mac OS to Compaq (but had second thoughts about giving away the ‘crown jewels’), was deeply influenced by Clayton Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma, wanted to revolutionize the textbook industry next, thought he had finally cracked what an Apple television would be like, was 50-50 on whether God exists and hated on-off power switches.” Phewwww. There u have it. You’re welcome.

The ‘Gary’ Halloween Costume
So yeah, Halloween is right around the corner and u know what means … a whole buncha tech+Halloween flavored shindigs all over town. Now I know u folks are busy figuring out ur perfect outfit–maybe dressing up as ur favorite startup founder or VC or as a Tech Bubble or a Signed Termsheet or ur favorite Social Networking App or a Fail Whale or an Angry Bird or a Siri-enabled iPhone or whatever. But here’s the dealio … I better not catch u dressed up in a black suit, white shirt & red tie with a giant ‘fro and 70s style mutton chop sideburns, ‘k? Oh, who am I kidding? No one is pimping for the ‘Gary’ Halloween costume to take off this year more than me! ;)

Deals & Discounts
As always, a bunch of tasty deals and discounts for my peeps including classes at GA, the Raise Cache fashion extravaganza, Silicon Valley Human Rights conf, Dave McClure’s Warm Gun conf and more.

And now, lets journey into the heart of the Silicon Alley beast to see whats creakin’ this week… Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Oct. 17: The Hubba Hubba 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.

Pssst, Wanna Help Raise Some Cache?
You know who wants to buy a ticket or three to Raise Cache, THE benefit fashion show everyone and their uncle is talking about being organized by the lovely Rebecca Zhou to help raise money & awareness for the amazing hackNY and to celebrate NY Tech and including some of New York’s finest ce-web-rities sashaying down the runway? ………. You! ;)

Hub·i·tat
Hubba hubba hubba … yeah, thats the sound of a sexxxy new incubator + coworking space + community hangout, Hubitat, that will be landing soon right smack dab in the heart of our Silicon Alley / Flatiron / Shake Shack ‘hood. You heard it here first, folks. Now stay tuned for all the juicy details.

Deals, Deals And Mo’ Deals
Continuing the tradition of bringing u amazing deals & discounts, here are a few more including General Assembly classes, Dave McClure’s Warm Gun conference and more.

And now, lets see which parts of town are going to be “occupied” by tech startups this week… Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Oct. 10: The Insanely Great 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.

End of an Era
So much has been written about Steve Jobs since he sadly passed away last week and so much more will be written over the days, weeks, months and years to come. Visionary. Genius. Perfectionist. Disruptor. The Crazy One. He’s mentioned in the same breath as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Walt Disney. Like so many of u, I loved his products, listened to his ‘stevenotes’, stood in line for (ok, pre-ordered) the latest Apple gadget and in general was mesmerized by the reality-distortion field. Heck, even my red tie owes a debt of inspirational gratitude to the infamous black mock turtleneck.

But to all of us startup folks, he was something more–an entrepreneurial role model who inspired ‘n taught us countless lessons that we took to heart as we went about building our startups. Real CEOs ship. Marketing is important. Think long term. Think different. Don’t compromise. ‘A’ players always hire ‘A’ players. Design matters. Pay attention to tiny details. But most importantly, don’t waste time living someone else’s life and always focus on building something “Insanely Great.” Cuz as Steve would say: “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”

Amit Gupta
Before there were all these amazing coworking and incubator spaces all over town, there was Jelly. It was founded by Amit Gupta, undoubtedly one of the nicest and most amazing people you’ll ever know and a big part of the NY tech community. Amit was recently diagnosed with leukemia and urgently needs to find someone who can donate bone marrow to help him in his fight. So help spread the word.

You want deals? I’ll give u deals!
Move over spa treatments, pole dancing classes and teeth whitening clinics. Here are 4 deals that you’ll actually find useful. BOOM!

Ok now, lets see what is going down this week in the amazing, amazing world of Nu Yawk Tek… Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Sept. 26: The Schweddy Balls 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 forty red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Mad Men (and Women)
Attention all you Don Draper and Peggy Olson wannabes. Advertising Week is almost here. And you know what means. Parties, parties and more parties! Time to get ur madison avenue on, yo.

A new space called “The Grind”
Gay mobile hooking up networking app Grindr is opening a physical location to make it easier for … I kid, I kid :) … Its actually a new design focused co-working space from the founders of Co:Collective and backed by Behance and others.

Zuck launches Timeline
So I haven’t checked it out yet myself but I’m hearing phrases such as “crack cocaine”, “necessary evil”, “oversharing from the grave” and “hysterically fun for stalking subjects” being bandied around. Yep, sounds like a new facebook feature alright. I give it 2 weeks before the protesting masses calm down and get assimilated. Don’t ya know by now that resistance is futile?

Ok, and now onto the shady going-ons in the alley this week… Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of September 19: The Billionaires & Supermodels Edition

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (a.k.a. “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 forty red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.org.

So, last week NY Mag wrote an article titled Bubble Boys which takes a look at some of the young upcoming hackers & coders (future Mark Zuckerbergs) in Silicon Valley. While the piece itself was pretty interesting, one thing gave me pause. No girl hackers or coders were profiled. Not to give author Christopher Beam a hard time as this probably was just an inadvertent omission, cuz surely there must be at least one profile-worthy hacker girl in the valley. Hopefully he’s working on fixing that flub. :)

Meanwhile, I thought this is as good a time as any to shine the spotlight on some amazing folks in the NY tech scene who are working tirelessly to help bring more women into the startup and tech world, cuz while the ratio is improving, it still isn’t where it needs to be quite yet. These include Sara Chipps and Vanessa Hurst of Girl Develop IT, Rachel Sklar and Emily Gannett of Change The Ratio, Adriana Gascoigne and Tommy Jenkins of Girls In Tech NYC, Nelly Yusupova of Webgrrls NYC, Tania Yuki and Jamie Lee of Women in Media, Shaherose Charania of Women 2.0 and Founder Labs, Janet Hanson of 85 Broads, Anna Akbari and Nicole Skibola of Womens Collaborative NYC, Stephanie Hanbury-Brown and Peggy Wallace of Golden Seeds, Angie Grabski of Step Up Womens Network NYC, Cindy Gallop of If We Ran The World and many many more. If I’ve missed any, lemme know. Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of September 12 (The Look Ma, I’m on TV! 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 forty red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.org.

The tech powers-that-be reached out to me over the weekend with a desperate plea: “Gary, as u know two of our blowhards superstars were unceremoniously booted regretfully let go last week. Now we love these kids, but God knows what kind of crazy mischief they’ll get into if we don’t find them a new gig, pronto. Can you help?” So I put on my red tie, summoned my super powers and went searching for some answers.

The Boutique VC Firm
If you thought Andreeseen-Horowitz was the gold standard in Silicon Valley, wait till ya get a load of Arrington-Bartz. With Bartz’s take-no-prisoners approach and Arrington’s friendships cemented at Bin 38, dealflow should be a cinch. And I believe A12Z.com is available.

The Buddy Movie
Think an R-rated version of Jackie Chan + Chris Tucker but with way more colorful language and just a hint of romance. If that’s not a sleeper hit franchise in the making, I don’t know what is. You’re welcome, unimaginative overpaid Hollywood studio execs.

The Crime Fighting Super Duo
Worth it just to see all the prancing around the valley in tights and capes. Bartz’s trademark one-liner? “I’ll dropkick you to (bleeping) Mars.”

The Swap
It’s a no-brainer! Arrington takes over the reins at Yahoo while Bartz assumes blogging duties at TechCrunch. It’ll be like nothing ever changed. Bonus: Bartz and Arianna face off in a boardroom cat fight! But thats a story for another day.

And finally… the 2012 Presidential Candidate Team
If there was one takeaway from their infamous fireside chat at Techcrunch Disrupt NYC last year, it was that these kids would kill it in a presidential debate. F-bombs, anyone?

And now, onto this week’s tech-a-licious events… Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Labor Day (The FNO 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 forty red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.org.

Hot Girl in Conde Nast elevator: “Gary! Will I be seeing u and ur red tie at any FNO events this week?”
Me: “Ummm, what is FNO?”
Girl: “Omg, srsly?? FNO is Fashion’s Night Out!”
Me: “And that is…?”
Girl: “Only the coolest night ever! Designers, models, fashion editors, celebrities and shoppers flock to their fave stores for an extravagant night of shopping, champagne and fun events!”
Me: Uhh, it does sound cool.
Girl: You bet it is! It was conceived by Anna Wintour.
Me: Anna who?
Girl: She’s the editor-in-chief of … oh never mind. But u better tell your readers all about it. Or else…
Me: I will, I will.
Me: (nervously looking at elevator doors and wondering why this thing isn’t moving faster)

Ahem. Fashion’s Night Out.

And now onto whats happening in the tech parts of town this week… Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of August 29: The AARRR!! Edition

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide and mentor at ER Accelerator. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.org.

So, it was a busy week. Steve Jobs (who loves black turtlenecks almost as much as I love red ties) resigned. Twenty-five thousand New Yorkers checked into Earthquakepocalypse (and lost some respect with Californians in the process). And Hurricane Irene gave us a few gusts of wind, a few drops of water and a lot of @ElBloombito. But nothing is more important than the upcoming SXSW 2012 Panel Picker deadline (September 2). See, where I come from, we look out for our own. So I’ve put together a list of panels representing our local New York startuppers. Go show some love and vote for them and email me if you want your panel to be added to the list.

And now, here’s whats going on in your neck of the woods this week … Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of August 22: The YC Is Coming To Town 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 mentor at ER Accelerator. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.org.

So, on Aug 15, incubator impressario Paul Graham (or as I like to call him “Pauly G”) tweeted out that Y Combinator will be doing its first official New York City meetup on Sep 26. Ten minutes later the NYC twittersphere exploded with a slew of soul-searching, thought-provoking questions …. Is YC opening an NYC chapter? Is this just a recruiting thing? Does this finally put Silicon Alley on the map?? Should I reschedule my wedding?? What does it all mean?!

To find out what it all means, sign up here. And now, onto this week’s boozing and schmoozing roundup … Read More