Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week: Social Media Week and a Silicon Alley Masquerade Ball

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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 my buddy Andrew Ackerman on new gig as Managing Director @ DreamIt Ventures! :) FYI, deadline for applying to their Summer Program is Mar 14 and Office Hrs @ SXSW w/ co-founder Steve Welch & CEO Kerry Rupp. Read More

Unsolved Mysteries

Our Very Own Catfish: How a Creepy Stranger Co-opted an Observer Photo to Infiltrate a Small Town

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On August 20, the Observer received an unsettling email from a grandmother in small town California named Cheryl Nagle. She asserted that a mysterious man on Facebook was infiltrating her community’s social media networks, and creepily sending friend requests to a bunch of local kids. And that the Observer, in some bizarre way, was connected to it all.

Obsessed with MTV’s Catfish, we took Ms. Nagle up on her tip. It turned out to be true. 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

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Tumblr Experts Say Tumblr-Ready Things About Tumblr At Social Media Week

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According to Tumblr experts (look for a course in becoming one at your local DeVry soon), Tumblr is something like an unholy hybrid of Twitter and WordPress and quite possibly the future of humanity. Or, more seriously, the future of print.

We exaggerate–but there was a shiny, glittering feel to The Next Web’s report on last Friday’s “Let’s Get Ready to Tumblr: Building community by reimagining and redistributing your content.” The panel was part of Social Media Week and featured Tumblr notables from Buzzfeed, Flavorpill and The Atlantic. Read More

Caught In The Webb

Lay off the Social Media Experts

Mr. Webb.

Rick Webb co-founded The Barbarian Group, a digital ad agency, and is now a writer and angel investor in the tech industry.

It’s happening again. While perusing the never-ending flow of tweets and Tumblr blogs that make up the collective consciousness of the internet, like I do, I’ve noticed that over the last few weeks, it’s become fun again to mock “social media experts.” And so, in the wake of another successful Social Media Week, now seems a good time to stick up for this much-maligned digital wage slave. I admit I have gone on this rant before, and if you’ve heard me before, I apologize.

But it’s time to toast the Social Media Expert. Read More

The Internet Makes You Social

Social Media Week Wants to Save the World

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Here at Betabeat, we live every week like it’s social media week. But this week is also Social Media Week, the fourth such annual event and the “Super Bowl of Social Media,” which takes place simultaneously in cities around the world. And on Twitter, #smwnyc.

The surprising thing about the agenda: Social Media Week has taken a turn for the socially-conscious. In New York, at least, the lineup is heavily filled with do-gooder topics. This year’s theme is “Empowering Change through Collaboration,” featuring collaborative consumption panels and collaborative consumption consumption, and there seem to be a ton of events focused on health, a few based around education, and many more with an eye toward making the world a better place for people rather than brands. Just today, there’s a keynote on redesigning the hospital room and an event called “Educate Girls, Change the World.” Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (The LINSANITY! Edition)

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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.

LINSANITY, Baby!
If you’re a die-hard New York sports fan like me, you have probably been pinching yourself at whats been transpiring the last 10 days. First the Giants win the SuperBowl against the Patriots in another amazing one-for-the-ages game. And now, the Knicks have won 5 in a row on the shoulders of an unlikely hero, Jeremy Lin. Now, dear reader, as you know, I like to do my part in making sure you hold ur own in any water-cooler / cocktail conversation and this week Linsanity is the topic du jour. So here goes. Read More

startup rundown

Startup News: DailyWorth Creates CreateWorth

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MEET. Ten dollars gets you into the NY Tech Meetup at NYU this evening. The meetup will take place at the Skirball Center For The Performing Arts at 566 LaGuardia Place where NYC startups will demo all the cool things they’re doing.

BestVendorCartoDBEverything Butt Art,LenddoMVFMyMatchmakerScroll KitPaperlex and Umami will all be showing off their startup skills.

GIRL POWER. DailyWorth, an online resource for women in business with backing from the likes of Joanne Wilson is launching a new financial newsletter devoted to female entrepreneurs: CreateWorth. Lady entrepreneurs who sign up will recieve a “bi-weekly forum” detailing personal experiences from DailyWorth founder Amanda Steinberg, and encouragement and tips to “master business-building fundamentals.”

TECH RUSH. Reuters TV hits up ZocDocHiiDef and LivePerson in a new video for their tech show, Tech Tonic. Read More