Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

This Week In Silicon Alley (Tech@NYU Startup Week, Hack n Jill, Startup Job Fair, Canadian Demo Night, Israel Tech, SwitchPitch)

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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.

On the heels of JOBS Act, AngelList rolled out Syndicates and it’s become the topic du jour with folks weighing in here, here, here and here.

Heads up: my buddy Rajiv (CTO, New York Times) is headlining OWASP AppSec USA (biggest software security conference in New York City) in November with folks from NYSE Euronext, Mozilla, Oracle, Etsy. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (BRITE Conference, Games Hackathon, BUZZtheBar Launch Party, Tech@NYU DemoDays, Future of Food, Inaugural Latino Tech Meetup, Women 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.

I recently visited a friend at her offices in Union Square. As she gave me the grand tour, she pointed at a room: “That used to be Andy Warhol’s office.” I paused. THE Andy Warhol? Yup! Apparently the building became home to Warhol’s Factory back in 1973. It struck me that in today’s world of Twitter and Instagram and fans and followers and micro-celebrities, Warhol’s “15 minutes of fame” quote had finally come true. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Ingenuity, Capital OnStage, Red Innova, PandoMonthly w Daniel Ek of Spotify, Hack ‘n Jill, EcoHack)

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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.

The lights are back on in Lower Manhattan, the subways are up and running again (well, most of them) and things are slowly returning to normal in the city. But in Staten Island, the Rockaways, Red Hook, Hoboken, Breezy Point, Long Beach, Seaside Heights and other coastal areas that bore the brunt of Sandy, there’s a ton of recovery work still to be done. People are cold, hungry and tired and devastated communities are gravely in need of our help. If you want to donate cash or goods or volunteer your time, go check out our updated Hurricane Sandy Relief: Volunteering and Donations Guide to see how you can help.

For those of you frustrated from not hearing back from volunteering organizations, I’d recommend just getting a van and a bunch of friends together and driving out to one of the affected areas and start helping. You can take much-needed supplies like food, blankets, flashlights, batteries, diapers, jackets, etc. Volunteers are desperately needed on the ground to distribute supplies and help clean up, and this will be even more true during the coming days, as many folks go back to work. Remember, there may be another storm coming on Wednesday, so the next couple of days are critical.

It’s been really heartening to see everybody come together and pitch in and help out over the last few days, so let’s keep this trend going. Makes me proud to be a New Yorker! Read More

Teach Me How to Startup

Students Push for Tech Entrepreneur Lab at NYU

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Tech@NYU, which sends out a newsletter to 4,000 subscribers and puts on NYU’s Startup Week every semester, is now two years old—and homeless. The organization hosts events all over campus: in the journalism school, the business school, the computer science department and occasionally the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) lab.

But as NYU’s startup culture grows, the organizers of Tech@NYU have decided to ask the administration for their own space next year.

“We’re seeing this kind of renaissance in demand in New York City for talent and also a lot of students are getting excited about starting their own companies, or at least dabbling or putting their skills to work,” Tech@NYU president Vivek Patel told Betabeat. “The library and their dorm rooms and coffee shops aren’t going to cut it.” Read More