Tech Meetups

Nerds Gather, Talk About the Internet at Global Reddit Meetup in Central Park

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“Look at the number of cargo shorts here,” remarked the skeptical companion Betabeat had dragged along to the Global Reddit Meetup NYC on Saturday, as we stood on the outskirts of the picnic in Central Park where close to 200 Redditors snacked on chips and soda and mingled in the shade.

As we approached the group congregated around a large sign featuring the Reddit alien logo,
we were invited to join in a game of “Dino Ball.” “It’s the best game ever. Come over and see,” we were advised by a circle of 20-somethings hitting what appeared to be a small green children’s ball with painted teeth. Other picnickers played soccer and tossed Frisbees. Discussion threads about the event had mentioned Super Soakers, though most attendees seemed fairly content chatting in small circles—including Reddit CEO Yishan “sparklepants’ Wong, who hung out at the picnic for about an hour, handing out stickers and taking photos with other Redditors. Read More

On The Calendar

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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NYC Redditors Meet IRL, Share Bacon Muffins, Lulz, Loneliness

Not to much to add to this wonderful video. It’s a short interview with user DomCash, who reads the site every day, is more of a lurker than a poster and appreciates that everyone else also came to the meetup alone. He hasn’t tried the bacon muffins yet, but worked up an appetite tossing the Frisbee. His favorite sub-reddits are jazz and when’s got nothing better to do, a few rage comics. “It’s like a dream,” says DomCash. Goodness after the jump… Read More