Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (TechCrunch Disrupt, IDEAS CITY, TechCocktail, Database Month, NYC BigApps, Queens Tech Meetup, Startup Grind)

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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.

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Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (NASA Hackathon, AllThingsD: Dive Into Mobile, Startup Job Fair, PandoMonthly)

sponsor_garys_red_tie_new

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 night I co-hosted the Big Apple Smackdown! (a.k.a. The Silicon Alley Ping-Pong Tournament) at Spin NYC with my friends Nihal of LocalResponse and Vijay of VSCPR. Congrats to Artsy’s Benoit Corda for emerging victorious! And a big thank you to everyone who came and made it such a fun, memorable night! :)

Last week I was down in DUMBO, and I bumped into a Fox 5 News crew. They wanted to know the dealio with all the stickers on my red tie. “It’s advertisements, you know, like a walking billboard,” I explained. Minds blown, they decided to film a short segment about it. At this rate, my tie might need its own agent. Read More

Metro Tech

Technical Lead of NYC Big Apps Breaks Down the City’s Brand New API (Now With More 311!)

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Betabeat has had open government on the brain this week, so we called up Girish Chhugani, senior advisor at the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT, pronounced “Do it!”) to talk about the city’s newly launched NYC Open Data initiative.

Mr.  Chhugani is both the project lead for NYC Big Apps–Mayor Bloomberg just launched version 3.0 of the contest at NYTM–and the man responsible for transferring the city’s heterogeneous data sets on everything from traffic to crime to electricity consumption to school attendance into something more developer-friendly. Read More