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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

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Best Tech Events This Week (Community Manager Day, Data Privacy Day, Tech Talent Draft, Business of Sport, Diversity in Tech, Startup Weekend)

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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.

Today is Community Manager Appreciation Day, yo! Kudos to peeps on front lines interacting with customers. MRY hosting Lunch & Learn. There are open CM jobs at BuzzFeed, Quirky, First Mark, Meetup, Greatist, About.com, Shutterstock, and RRE. Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week (NYC Tech Holiday Party, Startup Weekend Holiday Party, Data Driven, Startup Battles, NJ 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.

This Thursday, I’m co-hosting 3rd Annual NYC Tech Holiday Party with my buddies Michael Gold (Empirically) & Graham Lawler (Ultralight Startups) at Mister H @ Mondrian SoHo. I am giving away 25 free passes! And on Friday, I’m cohosting another holiday party with StartupWeekend, Swill, StrategyHack & others!

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Best Tech Events This Week (Games for Change, Mayoral Candidates Forum, Hacker Olympics, Summer Soiree, Summer Art Design Cruise)

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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.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Oh wait, it’s a … Google Balloon? The company that gave us self-driving cars and wearable computer glasses presents Project Loon. Thousands of high-pressure balloons circling the earth providing internet to five billion unconnected people. I wonder what’s next, a space elevator?

Next week I’m co-hosting an awesome Fashion+Tech networking mixer, ALOHA to Summer!, with my friend Liza Kindred (3rd Wave) and the good folks at Magnet Media & Trinet. Unlimited cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, photobooth fun and a live DJ! Plus I’m giving away 10 free tickets.

I also have 3 FREE tickets to Startup Grind next wednesday, featuring a fireside chat with Jared Hecht & Steve Martocci, Founders of GroupMe which sold to Skype for $80 million!

ABC reality series Shark Tank is on a nationwide search to discover the next successful entrepreneur. Think ya got what it takes to swim with the sharks and take on Mark Cuban? Well, here’s the application packet! Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (NYU Entrepreneurs Festival, Startup Weekend EDU, Silicon Harlem Launch Party, ITP Big Screens, DUMBO Startup Lab Demo Day, Entrepreneurs Roundtable)

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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.

You get an Oscar. And you get an Oscar. Everyone gets an Oscar! Well, maybe not everyone, but spreading the love was very much the theme of Hollywood’s big night, with awards divided fairly equally among Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Miserables, Django, Skyfall and others. Best photobomb goes to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and @RichardDreyfuss took home best tweet: “I always dreamed that the score of one of my films would be used to play people off at the Oscars. We did it, Steven!” :) Also, really liked Ben Affleck’s heartfelt and emotional acceptance speech: “‎It doesn’t matter how much you get knocked down in life, you gotta get back up.” Word. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (The “Sponsor Gary’s Red Tie @ SXSW” Edition!)

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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.

Sooooo…it’s that time of the year again. SXSW (a.k.a. Spring Break for Geeks) is right around the corner, running March 8 to 12 in Austin, Texas. And you know what that means: Parties, parties ‘n more parties!! :) So, once again, we’re putting together what we hope will be THE definitive guide to all this year’s SXSW Interactive parties. We’ll be updating this list regularly, so check back often. And email me if you’re organizing an event or a party. Read More

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Startup News: New York Tech Plans Sandy Relief Hackathon and Tumblr Shines Bright Like a Diamond

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PartyHat.GIF Tumblr just passed a huge traffic benchmark by finally reaching 170 million global users a month. It’s now the ninth most visited site in the U.S., according to Quantcast. David Karp took to the Tumblr Staff site to congratulate his users and say, “You guys have earned an audience bigger than the biggest TV networks, and you continue to make some of the most thought provoking, insightful, inspiring, funny, diverse, and compelling content being created today.”

Young Money Also worth noting is that Tiffany & Co launched their official Tumblr today. It’s called From Out Of The Blue. The blog contains a couple pictures of necklaces containing an unfathomable number of diamonds and a promotional video that would make any tween ask their parents for a diamond tiara. That’s what Tiffany is going for, right? Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (NYU Entrepreneurs Festival, Fintech Startup Weekend, Mashable Media Summit, Foursquare Hackathon, NYC Uncubed)

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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.

Hola folks,

Batten down the hatches. Stock up on the liquor (and food). Bring out the candles and flashlights. Because Hurricane Sandy (a.k.a. #frankenstorm) is almost upon us. And now, at almost a thousand miles wide, it definitely has our attention. Hopefully by this time y’all are safely at home (and not still slumming in Zone A) with eyes glued to the twenty-four-hour news coverage, watching weathermen expound on “cones” and “surges.”

As you know, the MTA has shut down all subway and buses, and pretty much every event on Monday has been cancelled or postponed including AllThingsD’s Dive Into Mobile conference, Google’s Android event, Facebook’s engineering open house and our own Big Apple Smackdown Silicon Alley ping-pong tournament (which will be re-scheduled).

At this time, the Tuesday events (and the rest of the week) seem uncertain too. They’re still listed below, but I’d highly recommend you confirm first with the event organizers. In the mean time, stay safe, keep your fingers crossed that the storm turns out to be a mild one and don’t forget to check Miguel Bloombito’s Twitter feed for the latest updates! Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Girls Who Code Gala, Ignite NYC, DataWeek, HallowMeme, Startup Weekend 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.

This Sunday I’m co-organizing The Big Apple Smackdown! (the Silicon Alley ping-pong tournament) at SPiN. Duking it out will be some of the city’s hottest startup entrepreneurs, execs, investors and bloggers, including: Kevin Ryan (founder/CEO, Gilt Groupe), Seth Godin (author, Tribes), Jared Hecht (cofounder, GroupMe), Read More