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Best Tech Events This Week (WIE Symposium, TED City 2.0, Maker Faire, Alley NYC Bash, Sports+Tech Hackathon, Queens Tech)


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]

Ready for gridlock and high security? The U.N. General Assembly’s 68th session convenes tomorrow and heads of state (+ entourages) roll into town. On Friday is WIE Symposium (Women, Inspiration, Enterprise) withh Katie Couric, Tyra Banks, Christine Quinn, Brooke Shields (I’m giving away two free passes worth $500 each!). And next Monday is Clinton Global Initiative with President Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Bono and Sheryl Sandberg. Big policy-fueled week, yo! Read More

The Deuce

Unfortunately, TEDxTimesSquare is Not a Gathering of Dudes in Cookie Monster Costumes

Not invited to TEDxTimesSquare. (Photo: Instagram,  Yuka Inage)

At this point, everywhere short of the Herald Square subway station has its very own TEDx conference. Hence today’s inaugural edition of TEDxTimesSquare, focused on the theme: “Openness: Exploring the Limits and Possibilities of Open Culture.” Speakers include HARO founder Peter Shankman, who’s delivering a talk about the virtues of niceness and “YouTube Sensation” Collin McLoughlin. Read More

The Future Will See You Now

‘Can You Turn It Off??’ Sergey Brin’s Mother-in-Law Flips Out in Google’s Driverless Car

Ms. Wojcicki (Photo: Flickr)

Back in 2011, Google introduced the world to driverless cars through a launch party at the TED conference. Esther Wojcicki, the mother of 23 and Me founder Anne Wojcicki and mother-in-law to Google cofounder Sergey Brin, was in attendance. Though being an in-law to a pair of tech geniuses undoubtedly has its quirks, Esther was rather unprepared for her first wild (driverless) ride. Read More


Booting Up: Happy Trails, Andrew Mason, and Stay Far Away from the Public Markets

Just not the best fit, probably.

“What’s just depressing to me is how—and it’s not just for us, let me generalize it—the moment a company goes public the conversation shifts from how they’re trying to change the world and the product they’re building to how they’re making money.” Andrew Mason probably wasn’t ready to be the CEO of a publicly traded company. [Fast Company]

Meanwhile, at TED: Vint Cerf is dreaming of a day when we can use the Internet to communicate with aliens. Dude must make it a point to believe six impossible things before breakfast. [Gizmodo]

Former Gilt CEO Susan Lyne is now Brand Group CEO at AOL. Resident enfant terrible Alexia Tsotsis published the memo and added, “As far as we can tell, Arianna, with her Hellenic iron fist, has retained her dominion over the HuffPost stronghold, and we’ll continue to push the boundaries of what we can do until we get fired.” Noted! [TechCrunch]

In other shuffles, Federated Media founder John Battelle is once more CEO of the blog network that he founded, taking over for Deanna Brown, who is leaving for an unspecified new project. [Forbes]

Apple Fellow Guy Kawasaki is now advising Motorola. [Android Authority]

Visiting Dignitaries

Bono Is Giving the TED Talk to End All TED Talks, Just Kidding It Will Never End

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Around this time last February, New York magazine wondered whether the golden age of ideas, sorry idea conferences, would leave “the clusterfuckoisie” without the uplifting epiphanies they paid so dearly to experience firsthand. “Might there be a cap on the number of interesting ideas in the universe?” asked Benjamin Wallace.

But the DAVOS-TED-Summit Series circuit has come back with a rejoinder in the form of rockstar-venture capitalist Bono (still listed as “Bono Rockstar” on Crunchbase, for those of you keeping track at home) who took the stage this afternoon in Long Beach. Read More

XXX in Tech

With, the Irrepressible Cindy Gallop Aims to Give Porn a Reality Check

Ms. Gallop. (Photographed by Kevin Abosch)

“Porn is homogenizing sex,” Cindy Gallop proclaimed on a recent rainy Wednesday, her blond bob swinging with emphasis. The result, according to Ms. Gallop: A generation of young men, all too many of whom think the most natural landing place for their ejaculate is a woman’s face, and a generation of young women, all too many of whom think they’re required not just to participate, but wholly enjoy such an act.

This isn’t an academic notion for Ms. Gallop, a veteran advertising executive-turned-social theorist-turned-entrepreneur, or a societal ill stumbled across while perusing The Atlantic. “This is me going, ‘I fuck 22-year-olds,’” she said. “I know how this plays out in the real world. And that’s why I’m very motivated to do something about it.”

To that end, Ms. Gallop is launching—in barest beta form, strictly invite-only—, a startup she hopes will reverse the porn problem that she has dubbed the “single biggest impact that technology is having on human behavior today” in a manner befitting the internet: paying people to post videos of themselves having real sex. Read More

Office Space

Introducing The Roger, the Mini Design Mag Obsessed With Your Office Space

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We first noticed The Roger Magazine when The Huffington Post included it as a source in a roundup of interesting startup office spaces. We were confused about why we’d never heard of it– the online magazine, distributed via Issuu, is gorgeous and professional looking, even on our cracked, dirty Macbook screen.

Turns out we’d never heard of it because it’s actually a small side project from four New York City women, all of whom have full time jobs, and who work on the magazine in their free time. You’d never know that just by looking at it, though–the whole thing looks so damn professional. Read More