Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!
The New York Tech Meetup is producing a video series called #startupstories. “Failure” is apparently Fred Wilson’s fav. [NYTM]
Sergey Brin lets California lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom try on Google Glasses. [The Verge]
There’s a new digital divide in town. [New York Times]
A roundup of Tim Cook’s chat at the AllThingsD conference. [Wall Street Journal]
Kim Dotcom is winning legal battles left and right. [Bloomberg]
No one on Facebook actually cared about the Facebook IPO. [Buzzfeed]
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 follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com. Read More
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder & 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 follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.
As y’all know, SXSW (a.k.a. “Sundance for the Geek Set”) is less than two weeks away. And ya know what that means. Time to put into place a plan of action on how you gonna be partaying and taking Austin by storm! So to make your life easier to gorge on all those tears-of-joy-inducing Nuclear Tacos and drool-generating Salt Lick BBQs I’ve put together The Definitive Guide to SXSW Interactive 2012 Parties! And of course, it comes with my special commentary & notes to help you make sense of all the madness! You’re welcome.
IP Uh Oh
NYU’s Skirball center was at capacity last night as roughly 850 people crowded into the once monthly New York Tech Meetup to celebrate the defeat of SOPA and PIPA, and check out some startup demos.
Last night was also special (and started late) because the meetup was simulcast on Livestream for the first time in many months, so everybody at New Work City and New York General Assembly could join the NYTM remotely.
The big news: NYTM announced two new sponsors: Bloomberg and Nasdaq. Nasdaq has apparently been “shooting awesome video of the tech startups that are being built here.”
It’s official. No one at NASDAQ has been reading The Game. Today NASDAQ, which already boasts a Look at me! I’m one of you! Tumblr, made its designs on the local startup scene obvious by partnering with the mothership: New York Tech Meetup. The press release says that the partnership will be “focused on engaging, educating and promoting New York City’s technology community in unique and relevant ways,” but leaves out the implied plea to future Mark Zuckerbergs of the East: Don’t forget us when its time to IPO!
A great lineup of new startups to meet for all those VCs looking to get off the beaten track.
The Third Degree
Tumblr and the New York Tech Meetup just announced a partnership. Tumblr, which demo’ed at NYTM in November 2007 (ancient history!), has signed on as an Annual Sustaining Sponsor for the not-for-profit organization. Tumblr joins sponsors Microsoft and Google, Annual Sustaining Sponsors, and Wilson Sonsini and DFJ Gotham, Founding Sponsors.
Brandon Diamond is a New York Tech Meetup superuser as well as the proprietor of the blog Your Startup Sucks and an engineer at one of New York tech’s most hardcore techie companies, 10gen. The hacker has been volunteering for NYTM for two years. Last year, he ran for one of the board’s four open seats and lost; but this year he won by a landslide (just 126 votes, as the election had just a 3.68 percent participation rate, but it was more than double the second-place candidate). It’s unclear what kind of influence the community board members wield, as the meetup just incorporated as a nonprofit last year and the organization is undergoing a lot of change. Betabeat caught up with Mr. Diamond by email to ask about his hopes for the future of the mothership of all tech meetups.
The results are in: Brandon Diamond, two-year volunteer veteran of the New York Tech Meetup, has won the election for one of the four community seats on the nonprofit’s board with 126 of the 502 votes cast. Mr. Diamond’s initial victory tweet: “Oh my god.”
Mr. Diamond ran last year and lost to designer, consultant and proto-blogger Anil Dash and NYU professor and HackNY coordinator Evan Korth, who took the first two of the four seats in the inaugural election. This year, his platform focused on recruiting more engineers to New York and the Meetup.
About 60 of 200 registered attendees gathered at New Work City last night to hear two-minute speeches by the candidates for an open New York Tech Meetup board seat. Meetup and NYTM founder Scott Heiferman stood in the audience in a red hoodie, board member Esther Dyson settled on the window ledge in a #newsfoo t-shirt, and scene staple Gary Sharma wandered about with his sponsored tie (Pivotal Labs and Inkba) as 15 candidates gave their vision of what should change about the largest meetup in New York, which last year incorporated as a nonprofit 501c(6), giving it the power to lobby government, among other things.