Brooklyn We Go Hard
Brooklyn’s own SXSW will be swiftly upon us, and with it comes an impressive lineup of speakers for the NExT conference, a tech-focused forum slated to run during the Northside Festival. Heavy hitters from the industry include various high-ranking executives from Kickstarter, Thrillist, Uber and Turntable.fm (just to name a few). The talks run from June 13 and 14, the beginning part of Northside’s eight-day event.
At more than a dozen panels, discussions will feature Warby Parker cofounder Neil Blumenthal, Ben Lerer from Lerer Ventures, OMGPop founder Charles Foreman, and OKCupid cofounder Christian Rudder. There’s also a panel between Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and David Yassky, the commissioner and chairman of the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission.
Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!
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.
A few months ago, Marc Andreessen wrote a now-famous essay in the Wall Street Journal about “Why Software Is Eating the World.” If you haven’t read it, I’d highly recommend you do so. Marc’s thesis was that more and more industries are being run on software and delivered as online services–from movies to agriculture to national defense–and tech startups will increasingly invade, disrupt and overturn established structures in these industries.
Right up there in the list of important sectors vulnerable to disruption are government and politics (and about time, I say!). To learn more and dive deeper into the nitty-gritty of technology’s impact on politics and government today and where it’s headed, go check out the Personal Democracy Forum conference (organized by our very own New York Tech Meetup chairman Andrew Rasiej) today and tomorrow at the Skirball Center.
For all ye Ruby afficionados out there, the annual Gotham Ruby Conference (aka GoRuCo) is back on June 23. More details here.
And now let’s see what crazy shenanigans the NY tech gang is up to this week…
Teach Me How to Startup
Since 2009, brothers Scott and Daniel Stedman have been hosting the Northside Festival in Williamsburg and Greenpoint as a cultural showcase for emerging indie bands, filmmakers, and other artistic aspirants of what one might call the McCarren Park Kickball Guild. In fact, the Stedman brothers have staked their careers on the better borough. Ten years ago, they launched L Magazine. Their company, Northside Media Group, is also responsible for Brooklyn Magazine, BAMBill and Summerscreen. “Fairly early on,” CEO Scott Stedman told Betabeat, “We saw that Brookyn was becoming a national adjective for what’s next in the creative community.”
But this year, the brothers are doing something a little different with their “discovery festival”–setting aside two days in the week-long schedule to celebrate the newest members of Brooklyn’s creative class.
“A few years back, people would be graduating college and launching bands and today we feel as often one roommate will be launching a band and the other will be launching a new app or a new website,” said Mr. Stedman. “They’ll be living together and hanging out together and they often come out of Brooklyn and identify themselves as New York.” Yeah, we think we know the type.