Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week: Startup Dodgeball, Ignite, Startup Weekend Fashion Tech 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.

Startup Job Fair Sep 12. StrategyHack (accelerate startup growth) Sep 27, apply by Sep 06. DELL Education Tech Innovation Day (looking for K-12 focused startups) Sep 19, apply by Sep 08. West Elm $25k Small Biz Grant (artists, makers, designers), apply by Sep 09. Go for it, yo! :)

Oct 30 FunnyBizz Conference w/ Bill Grundfest (Golden Globe Winner & Founder, Comedy Cellar), Bob Mankoff (Cartoon Editor, New Yorker), Tim Lee (Scientist Turned Comedian), Peter McGraw (Author, Humor Code), Tim Washer (Webby Honoree, SNL, Conan). 2 Free Passes ($199 value)! Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Girls Who Code Gala, Ignite NYC, DataWeek, HallowMeme, Startup Weekend Series)

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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.

This Sunday I’m co-organizing The Big Apple Smackdown! (the Silicon Alley ping-pong tournament) at SPiN. Duking it out will be some of the city’s hottest startup entrepreneurs, execs, investors and bloggers, including: Kevin Ryan (founder/CEO, Gilt Groupe), Seth Godin (author, Tribes), Jared Hecht (cofounder, GroupMe), Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Digital Money Unconference, NY Tech Meetup, Ignite NYC, NY Gaming, Investor Feedback Forum, Pinterest)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of Gary’s Guide 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.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is looking for the most creative, innovative and amazing infographics to illuminate the fact that New York City is the best city in the world for business. Enter the NYC Best for Business Infographic Design Competition to win cash prizes, get a poster size print of your work signed by Mayor Bloomberg, have your work viewed by tens of thousands of people, and earn bragging rights as the City’s top infographic designer. Infographics must incorporate the dataset provided by NYCEDC. Submission are due September 21.

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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

On The Calendar

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

Startup News: Tinyproj, Rolling.fm, Foursquare, New Work City and an Automattic Party

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ROLLING ALONG. “We are excited to announce there has been over 1,000,000 friendships made on Rolling.FM since our launch a little over a month ago!  Our platform has definitely become the music AND social discovery platform,” writes cofounder Nhon Ma in an email. Rolling is launching more social features–like “buy a drink,” whereby which users will be able to buy old and new friends “drinks,” and the enhanced profile browser to “view others’ playlist, photos, etc.”

I LAUNCHED DIS. Meet Tinyproj, an experiment from the prolific Kyle Bragger. “Hello. Tinyproj connects talented developers, designers, illustrators, and copywriters with folks who need a hand with paid, short-term* projects.”

IGNITE IT AGAIN. “Ignite NYC’s on 10/10. We will be announcing speakers this week. We have a room of 1,600 to fill, the largest evaaarrr!” Read More