Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Founders Speak, Data Driven, Queens Tech, Wearable Tech, Silicon Drinkabout, 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.

TurnToTech is an awesome new space on 184 5th Ave (& 23rd St) right across from Shake Shack (mmmmm!). They’re hosting a bunch of tech classes including a FREE iOS App Beginner Workshop and a 12 Week Mobile Development Bootcamp (+ Internship) w/ iOS & Amazon Cloud (Dec. 1) and a 48 Hour Application HackNation (Dec. 6). They also have FREE co-working & a (usually free) space for events & meetups. So go check ‘em out, yo! :) Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (WIE Symposium, TED City 2.0, Maker Faire, Alley NYC Bash, Sports+Tech Hackathon, Queens Tech)

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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.

Ready for gridlock and high security? The U.N. General Assembly’s 68th session convenes tomorrow and heads of state (+ entourages) roll into town. On Friday is WIE Symposium (Women, Inspiration, Enterprise) withh Katie Couric, Tyra Banks, Christine Quinn, Brooke Shields (I’m giving away two free passes worth $500 each!). And next Monday is Clinton Global Initiative with President Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Bono and Sheryl Sandberg. Big policy-fueled week, yo! 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 (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.

Get ready, people! Summer blockbuster season Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Social Media Week, Funding the Best in Global Innovation, Queens Tech Meetup, Assembled E-Commerce, DreamIt Happy Hour, Running Away with the Band)

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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 was crazy. First, the pope resigned (last time that happened? 1415). Then, a 55-foot-wide meteor crashed into the little Russian town of Chelyabinsk, sparking a 300-kiloton blast. Whoa. And then, an asteroid narrowly missed Earth (by a mere 17,000 miles). Yikes. Aaaand then….then everybody really went crazy and started doing the Harlem Shake! Google’s doing it. So are Facebook and Linkedin. Even my friends at WeWork, BuzzFeed, CollegeHumor, NYU Stern & ERA have gotten in on the action. There’s a cute puppy version and even a bookmarklet. Yup, it was a crazy, crazy week indeed!

Wanna hang out with David Pakman (Venrock), Esther Dyson (angel investor), John Frankel (ff Venture Capital) and other top investors at the Funding the Best in Global Innovation conference this Wednesday? But of course you do! I have a couple of free passes; email me if interested. (You also get 30 percent off with discount code “innovation”). 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

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At Queens Tech Meetup, CornellNYC Answers Whether They Serve the Nerds or the Socially Adept

Dean Huttenlocher. (Photo: Jukay Hsu, via Instagram)

October’s Queens Tech Meetup began with a statistic. Coalition for Queens founder Jukay Hsu announced that, since the inaugural June meeting, the group has grown to more than 800 members. While it didn’t look like everyone had turned out on Wednesday night, Long Island City’s See Exhibition Space was packed, with the chairs almost full and a fringe of folks standing in the back.

Getting top billing were two ambassadors from CornellNYC: Dean Dan Huttenlocher and entrepreneurial officer Greg Pass, Twitter’s former CTO.

IRL, the pair are kind of an odd couple. The towering Dean Huttenlocher, clad in professorial business casual (read: a roomy, tucked-in button-down) took the mic like a natural and began holding forth. Mr. Pass stood back, arms crossed in the untucked startup uniform.

“Definitely have to shorten that bio,” admitted Dean Huttenlocher as he took the mic, before launching into his spiel: “The Bloomberg administration, I think set the tone here for trying to push tech forward in New York City in all kinds of ways,” he said. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Queens Tech Meetup, Ladies Who Code, Venetian Masquerade Ball, Enterprise Tech, Entrepreneurs Roundtable, SLC Camp)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of Gary’s Guide 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.

Hi folks,

The Worldwide Investor Network (WIN) is organizing a first-of-its-kind two-day event on November 13 and 14, bringing together global ecosystem in which 10 top overseas accelerator graduates and exceptional startups will be engaging and pitching the New York venture community. If interested in applying, here’s the link (the deadline is October 18). And for any local entrepreneurs who want to attend, use the promo code “win2012″ for 30 percent off (valid until October 31).

The good folks at Taap.it are providing startup founders with free iPhone 5 cases custom engraved with their names and those of their startups. Nice! Interested? Go sign up here. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Cleanweb Hackathon, Queens Tech Meetup, Entrepreneurs Roundtable, NYC Startup Job Fair, Maker Faire, Open Hardware Summit)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of Gary’s Guide 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.

K-pop singing sensation Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video (you know, the one with the horse dance) just blew past 250 million views and recently set a Guinness World Record for most-liked video on Youtube–and yet it shows no signs of slowing down. So some of my Silicon Valley friends decided to join in on the fun and create their very own “Gangnam STARTUP Style!” version :)

This West Coast reinterpretation stars Ben Parr, Dave McClure, Danielle Morrill, Seth Bannon, Kate Click, Chris Saad, Heather Meeker, Amy Higgins and a whole bunch of folks. Highlights include Dave McClure wearing a giant bowtie and a skirt (or is that a kilt?), David Hornik’s cameo appearance on a bicycle and the inimitable Ben Parr channeling Psy (outside Google’s Android building) so well he just might have a new career on his hands! Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Greenspace Hackathon, Queens Tech Drinks, Websdays Rooftop Pool Party, Reddit Meetup, Beer & Social Media)

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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. and Godspeed, Neil Armstrong–a pioneering astronaut, American icon and international hero, who on July 20, 1969, became the first man to set foot on the moon, making history and instilling a deep sense of pride in every man, woman and child on earth. As Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted: “Neil Armstrong was the spiritual repository of spacefaring dreams & ambitions. In death, a little bit of us all dies with him.”

In more earthly concerns, it looks like a ton of Silicon Alley folks have submitted panels for consideration for SXSW 2013 this year. Here’s the comprehensive list we’ve compiled, based on your emails and feedback. Go show some love for these panels with your valuable votes. Remember, the deadline for voting is August 31.

And now let’s see whats going down in the Alley this week… Read More