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Best Tech Events This Week (NY Tech Meetup, VentureOutNY Brazilian, AD Think, Investor Feedback Forum, Real Estate Tech, Tech Tuesdays)

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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.

Wanna go to Burning Man but can’t get tix? They’ll be releasing a bunch of new tickets on Wednesday, BUT you have to pre-register by 3pm EST today to get in line. You’re welcome!

Don’t miss this week: Ad Think II: Emerging Tech in Advertising (Adcade, Locket, Oneqube, SponsorHub) tomorrow. VentureOutNY Brazil (with mayoral candidate Jack Hidary) is also tomorrow, and I’m giving away five FREE passes. Tech Tuesdays (with the Flatiron School and Downtown Alliance) is also, you guessed it, tomorrow!

Coming up: Startup Grind (with Aereo founder Chet Kanojia; I’m giving away three FREE passes) on August 14. Hasbro-a-thon (first of its kind toy & game hack!) is on August 17, and Popular Mechanics DIY Hackathon falls on September 14. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (TalentHack, NY Tech Meetup, PandoMonthly, Enterprise Tech, Queens Tech Meetup, Camp Interactive, Common Bond Social)

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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.

Since the Yahoo-Tumblr acquisition last month, Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Northside NExT, S.H.E. Summit, PandoMonthly Fred Wilson, NY Tech Meetup, Portuguese Tech Night, dd:Collective)

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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 season of Game of Thrones may be over, but I’ve got ya covered. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Foursquare’s Game of Cones! Summer is coming and the Battle for the Iron Cone is upon us!

This Thursday is the Northside Festival NExT Conference (featuring Uber’s Travis Kalanick and Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal). Register here for the FREE expo and also check out the hackathon on Friday. Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week (Ideas NYC, NY Tech Meetup, Digital Health Accelerator Demo Day, Investor Feedback Forum, GoGreen, Innovating for the Connected TV)

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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.

Last week I finally got to play with the (oh-so-elusive) Google Glass! It was fun to try it on, but I’m not convinced it’ll take off (at least not in its current form). That’s because it is simply an awkward experience from a human interaction perspective. Whether it’ll turn out to be a dud like the Segway or a very early iteration like the Palm Pilot, only time will tell. Meanwhile, here’s SNL’s hilarious take.

Tuesday (for some reason) has historically been the busiest day of the week for tech events. Last week, I think I ended up going to eight events! (A personal best, I’m pretty sure.) One of the events was a launch party for NY Angels’ Brian Cohen’s new book, which I’m looking forward to reading. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Shorty Awards, NYU Startup Week, Big Apple Smackdown, NY Tech Meetup, PSFK, British Invasion, LeanUX, Investor Feedback Forum, Assembled Food)

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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.

R.I.P., Roger Ebert. Over the years I’ve learned a lot from Mr. Ebert, inspired not only by his style of writing and communicating but also by his personality and approach to life. Check out this TED talk he gave–“Remaking My Voice“–and here’s a wonderful essay from his book Life Itself: A Memoir. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (GigaOm Structure, NY Tech Meetup, Future of 3D Manufacturing, IBM Code Rally Hackathon, Design for Manufacturing, Silicon Dragon Alley)

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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.

“And as long as I’ve got my suit and tie, I’m-a leave it all on the floor tonight…” Yup, I’ve got JT’s new single (with Jay-Z) stuck in my head. “Suit & Tie,” that’s how I roll ;).

Heard about the NYC Schools Gap App Challenge? The New York City Deptartment of Education is challenging software developers to submit apps and games that enhance math teaching and engagement for our middle schools. A worthy cause, indeed! The deadline for submission is April 10.

Greylock’s Josh Elman (who’s worked at both Facebook and Twitter) is putting together a conference on How To Build Great Products next month (April 12) in San Francisco. It’s by-invitation-only and limited to top product managers. Fit the bill? Apply here! Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Hearst Fashion Hackathon, Social Commerce Summit, NY Tech Meetup, PandoMonthly)

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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.

Congrats to the Ravens for winning the Super Bowl! Best of the commercials? That’d be Chrysler’s So God Made A Farmer ad. Beyoncé rocked the half-time show (and flashed the Illuminati sign?). Yes, there was a brief blackout, enough to unleash a torrent of funny tweets. Oreos won the night, social-media wise. And finally, there was Shaq, lip-syncing to Beyoncé’s “Halo.”  Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (API HackDay, NY Tech Meetup, Invasion of the Hackathons, Creative Mornings, Investor Feedback Forum, NJ Tech Meetup, StartUP 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.

So, the fiscal cliff has been averted, the NHL lockout is over (yeah!) and William Shatner (a.k.a. Captain James T. Kirk) tweeted at an astronaut–AND got a reply back. 2013 is off to a great start already! Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Queens Tech Meetup, NJ Tech Meetup, NYC Gaming, Enterprise Tech, Health 2.0, Second Screens & Social TV, NWC Holiday Festival)

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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.

Terribly saddened by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims, and hopefully we can all come together and figure out how to never ever let something like this happen again.

Plenty more holiday parties this week. The one event you don’t wanna miss is the Queens Tech Meetup Holiday Party. QTM has quickly raced to almost a thousand members, and this Wednesday they’ve assembled a rockstar panel of women in NYC tech including Rachel Haot (Chief Digital Officer, New York City), Reshma Saujani (Founder, Girls Who Code and former New York City Deputy Public Advocate). Jessica Lawrence (Managing Director, New York Tech Meetup) and Helen Marshall (Queens Borough President and Coalition for Queens). Long Island City is happening, yo!

Who wants high-speed broadband fiber goodness at their business? You do! The NYCEDC may be bringing you the Christmas gift you always wanted. It’s called the NYC Fiber Challenge. Winners receive free fiber build-out to their business, an overall value of up to $7 million for all winning businesses over two years. The application deadline is 2pm on December 27. Go get ‘em! If you wanna learn more, there’ll be a few workshops this week in Long Island City and Brooklyn. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (ThinkCommerce, Xconomy, TimesOpen Hack Day, NY Tech Meetup, TEDxSiliconAlley, AlleyNYC Holiday Party, Hack/Meat, Pitchcrawl 2.0)

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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.

Winter is coming.

No, I’m not talking about the weather (though it has been getting chilly lately). Nor Game of Thrones (FYI, season 3 begins on March 31 for those keeping track!). I’m talking about the growing perception in Startupland that the good times might really be coming to an end (for now). Following last week’s post by Fred Wilson was this one by PandoDaily’s Sarah Lacy, talking about the Series A crunch and how as many as thousand companies who’ve received seed rounds won’t be around in six months. Then there’s this one by TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis, arguing that the Series A crunch actually extended to Series B, C and D. So what should entrepreneurs make of all this? Do what ya should be doing anyway–focus on building an insanely great product that customers really want and start thinking about monetization early. Personally, I think this is the best time to build a company. Read More