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Best Tech Events This Week (Jeff Weiner Discussion, Comedy Hack Day, Tech Does Fashion Week Party, Women 2.0, NY Games Conference)

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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.

I’m a big fan of organizations and groups that encourage more women to get involved in the traditionally male-dominated worlds of tech and entrepreneurship, by creating community and providing guidance and support. And this week, we have a ton of these women-focused events.

There is the Ladies Who Code hacknight, where they encourage you to bring your brilliant self, your laptop,  and your beloved text-editor of choice! There is Celebrating Extraordinary Female Founders at Levo League (a site for Gen Y female professionals), as well as the launch party for PlumAlley (a new site supporting female-founded companies). There is the Go Connect – Ignite Your Ambition event organized by NY Tech Women and The White House Project. There is JumpStart Your Dreams, organized by She Creates Change (a community supporting women as they make their professional dreams a reality). And finally there’s Women 2.0 Founder Friday, with guest hosts Alexis Tryon (cofounder, Artsicle) and Anagha Nadkarni (cofounder, AppGuppy). Read More

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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.

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Best Tech Events This Week (ER 50 Party, NJ Tech Meetup, Bubbleproof, Goodnik Hackathon, Brooklyn Tech Meetup, TechHub NY)

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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 know what time it is? Why, it’s SXSW 2013 Panel Picker time, of course! Which means that right now, you fine folks are probably putting together a bunch of awesome, amazing panels. So, same as last year, I’ll be setting up a special section on GarysGuide listing your panels. This should be a good way to get the word out and pick up some valuable votes! :) To submit your panel, just email me the link to your panel at gary@garysguide.com and I’ll add it to the list. Remember, voting ends August 31! Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week (BlogHer, Social Curation Summit, eCommerce HackDay, Future of Fashion, FinTech Startups, ER 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.

Photo-sharing apps may be hot, but what’s even sexier are startups that bring home the bacon. That’s the basic premise behind 500 Startups’ unSEXY, a 1-day conference, which covers verticals such as financial services, communications, email, data, infrastructure and more. It’s all about tech startups and companies who are actually doing something incredibly sexy–they’re building scalable, sustainable businesses. So if you’re in the Bay Area next week, definitely go check it out!

Speaking of the Bay Area, there are a ton of interesting events coming up there, including TechCrunch’s Annual Crunchup, StartupGrind, Teens in Tech Conference, TwilioCon, GigaOm’s Mobilize and more. Gary’s Guide has an extensive list of upcoming events.

Rumor also has it that there may be a crazy, fun party happening later this week on my b’day on August 5. Stay tuned for more details ;)

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Best Tech Events This Week (Smash Summit, DreamIt Tech Olympics, Social Retail Summit, Queens Tech Meetup, Digital Dumbo, Fashion 2.0)

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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.

So you all probably know about the High Line. But have you heard about the LowLine? Cofounders Dan Barasch and James Ramsey are aiming to convert an abandoned trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street into an extraordinary subterranean public park. That’s right–it’s an economic revitalization opportunity.

But it’s more than that. It also represents cutting-edge design and a new generation of green technology and  lies at the heart of a broader global discussion about the potential of remnant urban infrastructure and the need for cities to reinvent the meaning of space–above and below ground.

So go check it out, get involved and if you’re living it up in the Hamptons these days, make it out to their Cocktail Fundraiser at Water Mill on August 4, organized by Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital and others.

Don’t forget to sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom, either–that is, if you haven’t already done so. It’s being signed by all of us folks who believe that a free and open Internet can bring about a better world!

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Best Tech Events This Week (NJ Tech Meetup, Brooklyn Tech Meetup, Hatchery Blast Off Party, Tech Karaoke, Yale Demo Day)

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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.

Heard about Project Popup NYC? It’s part of Mayor Bloomberg’s Fashion.NYC.2020 initiative, and it’ll recognize and reward emerging, innovative New York City-based fashion retailers (both offline and online) and fashion-related technology companies. Up to three retailers and up to eight technology companies will be selected for this first-of-its-kind program. They are accepting applications currently. Deadline is July 30.

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Best Tech Events This Week (NY Tech Meetup, DreamIt Speaker Series, UltraLight Startups, Women 2.0 Founder Friday, Creative Mixer)

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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.

I’ve always been a big fan of Dave McClure, and that’s even more true after reading his recent blog post, a wonderfully honest, inspiring, straight-from-the-heart outpouring of his experiences and the ups and downs of life in Silicon Valley. Definitely a must-read.

Speaking of Dave, he and the folks from 500 Startups will be in town later this month for their Demo Day, a private, invite-only showcase of their fourth accelerator batch. They will also be organizing The Smash Summit, which will be all about the ‘new skool’ of online customer acquisition, in-depth case studies & “hack-tics” using platforms like Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, & more. Don’t miss it!

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Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Startup Roundtable, Product Group, Village Tech Breakfast)

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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.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned how the NY Tech Meetup had spawned tech meetups all over the city from Long Island City (Queens) and Dumbo (Brooklyn) to Hoboken (New Jersey) and even as far as Stamford (Connecticut). In a similar vein, there are now tech breakfasts sprouting up everywhere.

It started off with the Dumbo Tech Breakfast (organized by James Dennis and Sean O’Connor). Now there’s one on the Upper West Side, another in the Village (this week on Friday) and, starting next week, a new one on the Upper East Side. Tech breakfasts are a terrific way to connect with other tech peeps in your n’hood in a more casual environment. So go check them out and maybe even start one yourself!

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