Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week: DreamIt Ventures Startup Battles, Meet The Innovators And More

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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.

Ok I won’t bore ya with all the BBQ-feasting, pool-partying, grumpy-cat-sighting, Snoop-Dogg-(Lion?)-schmoozing, secret-Daft-Punk-concert-rocking, late-night-shenanigans here in Texas! ;) Thanks again to MasterCard for having me as one of their #PricelessSurprises giveaway prizes during SXSW! :) Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Global Innovator II, Pre-SXSW Mixer, Startup Battles II, Amusemi, Startup Diaries, Girls Raising)

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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.

TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) is a global initiative of mentoring, classes & b-plan competitions for High Schoolers, teaching them entrepreneurship & leadership. Info session on Sat. You should go!

I know folks looking for 4-6 desks & also short term space (12 -18 mo, 13 people). (Got extra desks / shared office for rent / sub-lease etc? Email me!) Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Personal Democracy Forum, GoRuCo, SXSW V2V, Queens Tech Forum, MakerFaire Townhall, FinTech, EnterpriseTech)

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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.

Okay, so, meme sensation Grumpy Cat scored a movie deal, the Simpsons are getting their very own theme park and Prancercise is apparently a real thing. Welcome to June, everybody–it’s going to be a hot, hot month!

It’s coming: the Hacker Olympics. June 22. Get ready. And yes, even the registration process is going to test your mad hacking skillz!

This Thursday is the 10th Annual Personal Democracy Forum. Hear from tech, politics and advocacy experts including Nate Silver, Joi Ito, Nancy Lublin, Ben Rattray, Seth Godin and Doug Rushkoff. That is one killer lineup! Use code GARY2013 to get 20% off. Also this week: Bizzabo’s Networking Event at WeWork Labs (where old skool meets new skool!) on Friday, Gotham Ruby Conference (aka GoRuCo) on Saturday and StartingBloc’s Social Innovation Launch Party on Sunday. Read More

YOLO FOMO 'n all that jazz

Gary Sharma’s Highlights from SXSW 2013 (Grumpy Cat, Elon Musk, Shaq, BBQ Pool Parties, Angry Birds & more!)

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Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun, singer/songwriter Tori Kelly, IRL Productions’ Emily Gannett and billionaire / Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban at Conduit Corner @ SXSW 2013 (photo by Erica Gannett)

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 was my sophomore outing at SXSW (‘Spring Break for Nerds!’) and it was every bit as epic and intense as the first one. Five days of non-stop boozing ‘n schmoozing ‘n pool partying ‘n BBQing ‘n celeb meeting  ‘n concerts with little-to-no sleep can take its toll. I feel like a HERD of elephants ran over me! Now that I’ve put that mental picture in your head, let’s dive in.

My 2013 SXSW actually began right here at La Guardia airport, where I ran into bunch of local tech peeps en route to Austin, including Newscred CEO Shafqat Islam. There was a storm coming, but luckily we got out before it hit. In fact, my flight left half an hour EARLY, if you can believe that, so thank you, United. (Of course, the return flight was delayed by an hour, so there went all the hard-earned goodwill. Oh well.) Read More

Crime and Punishment

Uber Limo Driver Allegedly Raped a 20-Year-Old Customer In D.C., But Won’t Be Prosecuted

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The Washington Post reports that a 35-year-old limousine driver named Anouar Habib Trabelsi allegedly raped a 20-year-old passenger. The woman used Uber’s smartphone app to e-hail a black car from outside a bar on U Street in December, which is when the alleged incident occurred.

On Thursday, police held a news conference announcing that they were Read More