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.
It was cool to shake hands with astronaut Ron Garan at the NASA Space Apps Hackathon this weekend! Congrats to NYC SpaceCal and Tiny Sea Bots, who’ll be going on to the global competition, as well as all the other honorees: Droid Hopper, Chillin’ On Mars, Versioning Goat, Asteroid Mapper, Star Map Sculpture, WhyWeExplore, Spacerac.es and Le Big Blue.
This Thursday is NY Tech Day (a.k.a. the world’s largest startup event). Free mocktails from BuzzTheBar when you walk in! Don’t forget the after-parties, like the Big Data bash with Knewton and Get Acquainted with Acquaintable.
This Friday is the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) Demo Day. Good luck to all!
the startup rundown
The all-day startup showcase that is NY Tech Day is this Thursday, and the organizers have just released the list of participants, sponsors, and keynote speakers. More than 160 companies will be there exhibiting, including Birchbox, Boxee, Chartbeat (new logo today!), Meetup, SecondMarket, Tumblr, Uber, ZocDoc, General Assembly, and unknowns like Napkkin, which we’ve never heard of, but which sounds funny, and MatchPuppy, a Match.com for doggie playdates. More than 3,500 attendees have registered.
Doin' It Big
WAITING ROOM. ZocDoc just became active in Austin, the company’s 16th market. Available to over one-third of the U.S. population, ZocDoc is continuing its mission to make scheduling doctor’s appointments really fucking easy with well over one million unique visitors each month.
DINERO. Integrate, a New York-based company that helps businesses “plan, execute, track, analyze and optimize their multi-channel marketing strategy” just raised $11 million in Series B funding. Comcast Ventures and Liberty Global joined Foundry Group, a repeat investor.
VERTICAL BUZZ. Last week BuzzFeed launched two new verticals—Sports with Jack Moore and Kevin Lincoln and Shift, aimed at female readers, with Amy Odell of New York Magazine.
MEASURE UP. Harvard Business School bffs Christina Wallace and Alex Nelson are tall girls who were looking for tall girl pants. Enter their new fashion startup, Quincy, which rethinks women’s apparel sizing by assigning sizes based on bust and height. The site launched yesterday with a collection of five blazers, and will roll out more highly-tailored items over the coming months.
We New Yorkers like our tech expos like we like our pizza: big and cheesy. So, what is NY Tech Day? It’s a “science fair for startups,” and an event to “celebrate New York’s awesome startup ecosystem,” but more concretely, it’s going to be a gigantic one-day expo at the block-sized Lexington Ave. Armory, with 200 startup booths, more sponsor and vendor booths, and a few thousand attendees rotating through, and followed by an awards show.
The event was announced about three weeks ago and more than 750 attendees have registered (for free), said co-founder John Petersen, a former banker with an engineering degree.