Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Founder Institute Demo Day, gdgt Live, Social Media Day, Entrepreneurs Roundtable)

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In case you missed it, here’s my highlights post from the awesome F.ounders NY 2012 conference at NASDAQ last week, where I got to hang out with some really cool folks including Steve Case (founder, AOL), David Axmark (cofounder, MySQL), Matt Mickiewicz (cofounder, 99designs), Leah Busque (founder, TaskRabbit), Adam Goldstein (cofounder, Hipmunk) and others.

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Best Tech Events This Week (Venture Forward, AngelHack, Tech Drinkup, Games for Change, NJ Tech Meetup, S.H.E. Summit)

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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.

There have been plenty of hackathons happening in the city over the last year or so–photo hackathons, video hackathons, local hackathons, gov hackathons, you name it. Hackathons are awesome and really help spur creativity and enable the building of cool stuff. And, for folks who have full-time jobs but are intrigued by entrepreneurship, this is a good way to dip their toes into the startup pool. This week we have AngelHack, with hundreds of developers, four simultaneous, connected locations, $100,000 in prizes including $50,000 in angel funding, an amazing list of mentors, and much more. So go check it out.

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Best Tech Events This Week (PDF, Venture for America, Northside Festival, Fashion Hack Day, Investor Feedback Forum)

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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 months ago, Marc Andreessen wrote a now-famous essay in the Wall Street Journal about “Why Software Is Eating the World.” If you haven’t read it, I’d highly recommend you do so. Marc’s thesis was that more and more industries are being run on software and delivered as online services–from movies to agriculture to national defense–and tech startups will increasingly invade, disrupt and overturn established structures in these industries.

Right up there in the list of important sectors vulnerable to disruption are government and politics (and about time, I say!). To learn more and dive deeper into the nitty-gritty of technology’s impact on politics and government today and where it’s headed, go check out the Personal Democracy Forum conference (organized by our very own New York Tech Meetup chairman Andrew Rasiej) today and tomorrow at the Skirball Center.

For all ye Ruby afficionados out there, the annual Gotham Ruby Conference (aka GoRuCo) is back on June 23. More details here.

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Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Entrepreneurs Roundtable, Digital Dumbo dd:Impact, BMWi Future Mobility, Women 2.0 Founder Friday)

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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.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and a chance to catch your breath after all the craziness of the past few weeks!

In case you missed it, here are my highlights blog posts for Internet Week (nerd proms, rooftop parties, Will Arnett DJ’ing, Michael Stipe sightings) and The Webby Awards (Steve Jobs tribute, Richard Dreyfuss, Bjork, Patton Oswalt, cat memes).

The Annual User Experience Awards #UXAwards is coming up soon on June 12. It’ll showcase great user experience in digital products and services. An all-star jury including Union Square Ventures, Google, AOL, Razorfish, Huffington Post, Creative Good, UPA and IXDA and followed by a cocktail reception. Get your tickets now.

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Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (TechCrunch Disrupt, Webby Awards, Database Week, NJTM, Founders@Fail, GigaOm)

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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.

Hope everyone had an amazing Internet Week! With over 500 companies and 40,000 attendees, it was truly a celebration of New York’s thriving Internet industry and community. And it was awesome to see all the innovation that’s happening around town.

This week is equally crazy with the Webby Awards tonight and then the TechCrunch Disrupt conference over the next 3 days. Hope to see everyone there! (and if you can’t make it to Disrupt, remember, there’s always the option of watching the live stream online!).

And coming up next week is the World Science Festival, which is an annual celebration and exploration of science running from May 30 to June 3. So go check it out!

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