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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Dec. 5: Parties, Parties And Mo’ Parties Edition, Part 1

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), Founder of GarysGuide, Mentor at ER Accelerator 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.

NYTM Board Elections
So, with all the eating ‘n drinking ‘n partying, u probably didn’t realize that election season is upon us. Well, the NY Tech Meetup elections that is. And if you thought the GOP Presidential Nominations debates were crazy entertaining, welllll… wait until ya get a peek at the candidates jostling for a seat on the NYTM Board of Directors. That includes Alexis Goldstein, Ben Kessler (CrowdTap), Brandon Diamond (Hacker Union), Dan Healy, David Tisch (Managing Director, TechStars), Eric Friedman (Foursquare), Evan Schreiber, Gregory Schnese (Product Marketing, Kikin), Izzy Johnston, Jalak Jobanputra, Jesse Landry (Biz Dev, iTechArt), Jonathan Askin (Professor, Brooklyn Law School), June Cohen, Matthew Knell, Murat Aktihanoglu (Founder, ER Accelerator), Phil Thomas di Guilio, Shai Goldman (Silicon Valley Bank), Wei Zhao (Founder, Seatig) and Whitney Hess (UX Consultant). Phewwwww, quite a list, huh? Well, my money is on Senor Tisch of course (Incubator honcho? check. Reality tv star and runway model? check. Beloved by the NY Tech community? check. check. check.). But hey, as with any elections, you can never tell until the final vote has been cast and counted, right? Who knows what kind of dirt the candidates are digging up about each other right now ;) Click here to get the inside scoop on all the candidates and click here for ur chance to meet the candidates this evening @ New Work City and hear their pitches.

Stay tuned for my “Parties, Parties and Mo’ Parties Edition: Part 2″ next Monday.

And now, lets pull back the curtains to see what crazzzy holiday partying madness is going down in da Alley this week… Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Nov. 28: The Cyber Monday Madness Edition

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide, mentor at ER Accelerator 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.

Women, Entrepreneurship and Celebrating the Art of Creating
You know what’s awesome? When you combine the sheer joy of creating something unique and wonderful with all the craziness that comes with the business of entrepreneurship. And that’s what the first annual SheMakes Holiday Festival is aspiring to be all about. Celebrating and encouraging women who create. Brainchild of the lovely Kathryn Minshew (cofounder of The Daily Muse) and in partnership with Saatchi & Saatchi, 85Broads and News on Women, the festival is promising to showcase a veritable smorgasbord of local talent including Artsicle (making art accessible, affordable and fun), Baking for Good (irresistible cookie gifts), Carrie Hammer (custom clothing), Dutzi (eco-friendly handbags), Gifts Curated (hand-picked gifts), Khushi (spa products as gifts), Pam Older Designs (jewels inspired from the far east) and tons more. Got you all interested-like? Can’t wait to sign up already? Wanna showcase ur creations too? Well then, click here for the deets. So go check it out, discover new emerging talent AND find unique gifts from female-led companies. Sounds like a total win-win to me! :)

And now, lets see what other holiday goodness is bubbling up this week… Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Nov. 21: The Gobble Gobble Edition

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide, mentor at ER Accelerator 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.

Thankful for the NY Tech community
Nitasha has an excellent wrap up post on all the fun going-ons and shenanigans at the RaiseCache tech fashion show that raised over $100k for hackNY this past thu. My fave part was seeing how everyone felt genuinely proud and psyched to be part of the NY Tech community family. I’ve watched how the community has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years (the NY Tech meetup itself has gone from a few hundred users to almost 20,000 today) and how many smaller mini-communities have since sprung up centered around geography (SoHo, Flatiron, Dumbo, Hoboken), space (General Assembly, New Work City, DogPatch Labs, Columbia, NYU), interests (mobile, enterprise, local, design) and industries (fashion, travel, food, finance, art). But despite the heady growth it has been very heartening to see that we still haven’t lost that sense of camaraderie and a culture of paying-it-forward, helping/advising/mentoring and looking out for each other. And I hope we never lose that.

And now, lets see whats cooking in the alley as turkey day approaches… Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week: NY Tech’s Next Top Models Edition

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide, mentor at ER Accelerator 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.

NY Tech’s Next Top Models
If you had ever wondered aloud to urself that there could exist an event where one rockstar investor (Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson) was waltzing down the catwalk even as another rockstar founder (foursquare’s Dennis Crowley) was spinning out tunes at the DJ booth, then I believe your dreams are just about to come true. Many months in the making—Raise Cache—the lovely Rebecca Zhou’s brainchild, a one-of-a-kind tech fashion show and a benefit to raise some dough for the awesome hackNY is almost upon us. And this thursday, joining Fred on the runway, will be a veritable smorgasbord of NY Tech ce-web-rities including David Tisch (TechStars), Rachel Sklar (ChangeTheRatio), Brooke Moreland (Fashism), Nate Westheimer (NY Tech Meetup), Carter Cleveland (Art.sy), Christina Cacioppo (Union Sq Ventures), Katia Beauchamp (BirchBox) and many many more. And jostling competitively for action at the DJ booth along with Dennis will be Billy Chasen (turntable fm), Lauren Leto (bntr), Courtney Boyd Myers (The Next Web) and others. Now don’t panic. Tickets are still available (but not for long!) so go get urs pronto and get ready for what I like to call “A Big Ol’ Group Hug For The Amazing NY Tech Community.” :)

The Real Deal
As always, here are a few deals & discounts on awesome tech events that u might find useful.

And now, lets hop on the Silicon Alley train to check out what other crazy events are chugging our way this week… Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Nov. 7: Sponsor Gary’s Red Tie Edition

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide, mentor at ER Accelerator 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.

Sponsor Gary’s Red Tie
Yup, its that time of the year again. The holiday season is almost upon us and u know what that means. I’ll be going to literally a TON of tech parties/events/mixers/shindigs over the next few weeks. (Yes, even more than I usually do. Yes, trust me its all work ;). Anyhoo, I realized that I have all this valuable ultra premium advertising real estate on my red tie. So like any self-respecting, hustling entrepreneur, the obvious next step is of course to monetize this baby, yeah! I’m looking for around three to five sponsors (first come, first served). I’ll put your awesome logo sticker on my red tie and also talk up your company to people I typically encounter at events … venture capitalists, super angels, entrepreneurs, media execs, bloggers, starry-eyed autograph-seeking groupies etc). Got u all hot ‘n bothered? Itching to get a piece of the tie action? Then give me a holler at gary [at] garysguide [dot] com.

London Calling
The good folks at the UK Trade & Investment are doing something awesome. They’re bringing over a whole bunch of cool digital media, marketing, tech, mobile startups and companies from across the pond to our little city to give them a flavor of what Silicon Alley and the NYC tech & startup community is all about. So go check ‘em out!

Deals, Deals and Mo’ Deals
As always, here’s a bunch of deals & discounts on awesome tech events just for you.

Ok, now lets see what crazy parties are going down in the Alley this week… (And speaking of parties here’s a bonus drinking game: do a tequila shot every time u encounter the word “party” below ;) Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Oct. 17: The Hubba Hubba Edition

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide, mentor at ER Accelerator 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.

Pssst, Wanna Help Raise Some Cache?
You know who wants to buy a ticket or three to Raise Cache, THE benefit fashion show everyone and their uncle is talking about being organized by the lovely Rebecca Zhou to help raise money & awareness for the amazing hackNY and to celebrate NY Tech and including some of New York’s finest ce-web-rities sashaying down the runway? ………. You! ;)

Hub·i·tat
Hubba hubba hubba … yeah, thats the sound of a sexxxy new incubator + coworking space + community hangout, Hubitat, that will be landing soon right smack dab in the heart of our Silicon Alley / Flatiron / Shake Shack ‘hood. You heard it here first, folks. Now stay tuned for all the juicy details.

Deals, Deals And Mo’ Deals
Continuing the tradition of bringing u amazing deals & discounts, here are a few more including General Assembly classes, Dave McClure’s Warm Gun conference and more.

And now, lets see which parts of town are going to be “occupied” by tech startups this week… Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Oct. 10: The Insanely Great Edition

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide, mentor at ER Accelerator 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.

End of an Era
So much has been written about Steve Jobs since he sadly passed away last week and so much more will be written over the days, weeks, months and years to come. Visionary. Genius. Perfectionist. Disruptor. The Crazy One. He’s mentioned in the same breath as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Walt Disney. Like so many of u, I loved his products, listened to his ‘stevenotes’, stood in line for (ok, pre-ordered) the latest Apple gadget and in general was mesmerized by the reality-distortion field. Heck, even my red tie owes a debt of inspirational gratitude to the infamous black mock turtleneck.

But to all of us startup folks, he was something more–an entrepreneurial role model who inspired ‘n taught us countless lessons that we took to heart as we went about building our startups. Real CEOs ship. Marketing is important. Think long term. Think different. Don’t compromise. ‘A’ players always hire ‘A’ players. Design matters. Pay attention to tiny details. But most importantly, don’t waste time living someone else’s life and always focus on building something “Insanely Great.” Cuz as Steve would say: “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”

Amit Gupta
Before there were all these amazing coworking and incubator spaces all over town, there was Jelly. It was founded by Amit Gupta, undoubtedly one of the nicest and most amazing people you’ll ever know and a big part of the NY tech community. Amit was recently diagnosed with leukemia and urgently needs to find someone who can donate bone marrow to help him in his fight. So help spread the word.

You want deals? I’ll give u deals!
Move over spa treatments, pole dancing classes and teeth whitening clinics. Here are 4 deals that you’ll actually find useful. BOOM!

Ok now, lets see what is going down this week in the amazing, amazing world of Nu Yawk Tek… Read More

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Last Chance to Get Tickets for Ignite NYC, Plus Betabeat Discount Code

Seventeen-year-old Alex Godin won the crowd's hearts at Ignite NYC XII.

The fall edition of Ignite NYC, the techie-oriented infotainment fest that goes by the motto, “Enlighten us, but make it quick!” is coming up next week. Past Ignites have featured speakers from the New York tech scene like the co-founders of HowAboutWe, Skillshare creator Mike Karnjanaprakhorn, and foursquare founder Dennis Crowley (“Everything you ever wanted to know about Family Feud.”)

Ignite works like this: each presenter has 20 slides and five minutes to talk about whatever they want. It can be a personal story, a how-to or a rant. It’s like a condensed version of TED, and it’s all happening again at the Sheraton in Midtown on Monday, Oct. 10. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Pitchfork writer Matt LeMay and TechStars hackstar David Phillips, and topics span everything from art to data to astronomy to how to survive Los Angeles. “We have a room of 1,600 to fill, the largest evaaarrr!” says organizer Tikva Morowati. And Betabeat has a discount code! Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Oct. 3: ET iPhone Home Edition

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (a.k.a. “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide, Mentor at ER Accelerator and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over forty red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Oh iPhone, where art thou?

The iPhone 5 is coming. Or maybe only iPhone 4S. Oh wait, maybe Apple is releasing two iPhones? Engadget says its going to be a new tapered teardrop shape. But Daring Fireball says it’ll remain the same as the current iPhone 4. Radioshack inventory hints its coming to Sprint. And Gizmodo says it may be coming to Cincinnati Bell. With prepaid plans. Going crazzzy yet?! :) Well, not to worry. All will be unveiled in T-1 days. Meanwhile just hang in there, relax, breathe and oh yeah, get ur credit card ready.

Women in Tech
You heard it here first, folks. TaskRabbit is throwing an awesome party celebrating NYC Women in Tech. And yes, guys, y’all are invited too! Don’t thank me, thank the lovely Sarah Welch, TaskRabbit’s NYC founding manager who is putting it all together. Now go grab ur ticket and spread the word.

Party school AND Startup school?
Stanford may or may not be coming to town but don’t think NYU is taking it lying down. The tech / startup / entrepreneurial scene there has slowly been gaining steam what with the popular ITP program (which counts foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley as an alum) and the much-lauded hackNY initiative (keeping kids off the (Wall) streets). And now Tech@NYU is bringing u NYU Startup Week, a whole week of startup + tech craziness!

Ok, now lets take a look at whats going down in the ‘hood this week… Read More

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Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Sept. 26: The Schweddy Balls Edition

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), Founder of GarysGuide, Mentor at ER Accelerator and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over forty red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Mad Men (and Women)
Attention all you Don Draper and Peggy Olson wannabes. Advertising Week is almost here. And you know what means. Parties, parties and more parties! Time to get ur madison avenue on, yo.

A new space called “The Grind”
Gay mobile hooking up networking app Grindr is opening a physical location to make it easier for … I kid, I kid :) … Its actually a new design focused co-working space from the founders of Co:Collective and backed by Behance and others.

Zuck launches Timeline
So I haven’t checked it out yet myself but I’m hearing phrases such as “crack cocaine”, “necessary evil”, “oversharing from the grave” and “hysterically fun for stalking subjects” being bandied around. Yep, sounds like a new facebook feature alright. I give it 2 weeks before the protesting masses calm down and get assimilated. Don’t ya know by now that resistance is futile?

Ok, and now onto the shady going-ons in the alley this week… Read More