Feel like investors are taking a little more time lately? Feeling the pinch of a VC slowdown? What gives? Aren't they supposed to be long term minded? Why would someone slow down investments in companies that won't exit for another five to seven years because of China or oil or whatever else is going on this year?
On Friday, I spent some time with college aged founders of color down at the White House. In all honesty, I was guilty of not connecting that event to the timing around Martin Luther King Day. You know, that's the reason why a lot of you have off today.
What strikes me about today and the ongoing conversation about equality and access is how much little things can make a difference. As an investor, sometimes you get an e-mail in your inbox that you know isn't from someone with the same background as you. Their ideas might not be the best you've seen. They might even be the worst, but they're aspirational. This is someone who is trying.
You can't change the world in a day, but you can give that much extra attention. Today, can you fish someone out of your inbox or answer someone on Twitter that comes from a different background as you do and just give them a little time. It could be a book recommendation. Send them over to a Steve Blank book or to the NY Tech Meetup or whatever. Anything. You never know where it might lead them.
A month from now, I'll be running up the Empire State Building for a good cause. I mean, I better have a good cause, right?
The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) raises money to help people with physical challenges pursue an active lifestyle through physical fitness and athletics. CAF’s mission is clear: give those with the desire to live active, competitive lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love.
92Y and Impact Hub are partnering to unearth the next generation of social entrepreneurs. Do you have an idea that could impact communities, environments and cultures in an innovative way? We’re looking to accelerate the growth of early-stage companies with the potential to have a major positive impact on our world. The top six most “liked” submissions will go to the final round of judging, and those six finalists will have the opportunity to submit additional supporting materials to the expert judging panel. The judges will evaluate the six submissions and determine a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. Cash prizes range from $1,000-$10,000. In addition to a cash prize, winners may have the opportunity to have their idea featured on MSNBC.
Announcing the 1st Annual Academy for Software Engineering (AFSE) fundraiser in support of our college and career access programs. AFSE is a public high school in NYC that focuses on exposing students to computer science education. To ensure that all of our students are sufficiently prepared for life after high school, we want to continue to provide one-to-one mentorships, work-based learning experiences that bridge career and academics, and personalized college counseling to ensure that students find the right match for college.
A company that I invested in that is in the kids space did $250k in beta revenues last year will do over $2mm this year. They're wrapping up a seed round of financing with $100k or so left in the round. Traditional VCs don't think it's "techie" enough. Bleh. Revenues are revenues and if it's techie enough for their tech team, should be techie enough for anyone else. Reply and I'll tell you why I love it.
Pivotal Labs 625 Avenue of Americas, 2nd Floor - New York, NY
As a CEO, Tami brings the same Lean and Agile practices from her product management days to the way her whole company works. She'll discuss how the fundamentals of Lean and Agile apply throughout the company, and how as a UX Designer, you can encourage other teams support your experimental ways and get executive involved. About the Speaker: Tami Reiss is the CEO of Cyrus Innovation. Agenda: 6:30 to 7:00pm - Space opens, Meet & Greet 7:00 - 8:30 - Presentation and Discussion.
Bloomberg LP 731 Lexington Av. 7th Floor - New York, NY
Happy New Year! Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. To begin a whole new year of data-geeking, check out our new blog post: "The Power of Data Network Effects" (Twitter/LinkedIn shares appreciated!). Our speakers for this month include: •Dan Scholnick, General Partner at Trinity Ventures (Silicon Valley VC firm) •Gary Marcus, CEO of Geometric Intelligence (artificial intelligence) •Shivon Zilis, Investor at Bloomberg Beta (early-stage VC firm) •Amir Orad, CEO of Sisense (business intelligence for complex data). EVENT TIMELINE: 5:45pm-6:15pm: Pre-event networking, 6:15pm-8pm: Talks, 8pm-9pm: Drinks and networking.
Winter IoT Professionals Networking Bash. Network with Internet of Things Leaders & Professionals in the NYC Metro area! If you work in the Internet of Things (IoT) or are interested in working in IoT, make connected hardware or the software for IoT applications, or have a passion for IoT, this event is for you. IoT Central’s mission is to inspire, engage, and connect entrepreneurs, investors, professionals, and enthusiasts worldwide who are active in the Internet of Things (IoT).Please note that you must be registered for this event with your first and last name in order to attend.
Work-Bench 110 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor - New York, NY
Our first Enterprise Sales Meetup of 2016 and it is all about getting your mind ready for the year ahead. And with the new year comes bigger goals, bigger quotas, changed territories, and a lot of questions. How do you mentally prepare for the challenges ahead? Our guest, Gerhard Gschwandtner, founder of Selling Power Magazine and the Sales 2.0 conference, is going to discuss research he has gathered about motivation and how setting the proper mindset can lay the groundwork for extraordinary performance. We will then boil down what that means in terms of actionable advice and practical tips sales professionals and leaders can use to enhance their mindset and focus on the goals ahead. NOTE: Cost of the ticket is $12 if you purchase on Meetup.com before the start of the event, otherwise a ticket is $20 at the door.
Metis NYC 27 East 28th Street, 3rd Floor - New York, NY
This is a partner course by Metis. Use the Hakka code for $250 off: 8Q3RHDCJY8OO. This course will cover two distributed computing paradigms, Hadoop and Spark, both running off of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon’s cloud service. We will start with the hows and whys of distributed computing and motivate with some use cases. The course is broken down in two sections, Hadoop and Spark. In the Hadoop section, we’ll discuss key concepts such as the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and MapReduce. We’ll try out some fun examples that illustrate the concepts, then we will dig into more sophisticated topics such Hive and user defined functions and work with more complex use cases. In the second half of the course on Spark, we will start with the basics such as Resilient Distributed Datasets (RDDs), practice with some examples, and then advance to more sophisticated topics such as Spark for machine learning and Spark streaming.
Cybersecurity - managing threats from internal and external cyber attacks - is one of the most complex challenges facing large businesses. How do they actually do it? For this event, we're fortunate to have Gary Bond introduce the systems used by large organizations to manage cyberattacks. Gary will describe the coordination issues involved in tracking down attacks across tens of thousands of systems and the current cutting-edge in the responses (and responsiveness) required. About the speaker: Gary Bond was most recently a consultant and program manager for JPMorgan Chase's Cybersecurity initiative. He has provided project and program leadership for global initiatives at UBS, Credit Suisse, IBM, D&B, Lehman, Marsh & McLennan, Microsoft, EMC, United Technologies, Barclays and many others. He specializes in the application of technology disruption to both change ingrained corporate behavior and deliver $100m+ budget projects on time. Gary is one of the leading authorities on large scale, advanced technology transformation. Don't miss him!
The Alley - 4th Floor 119 West 24th Street - New York, NY
Building the Sales Machine Event: Kyle Porter - CEO of SalesLoft. Kyle has been an entrepreneur and sales professional for over a decade. He was the Vice President of Marketing for NanoLumens where he built the sales and marketing organization and helped the company raise over $12mm in investment capital. Kyle co-founded SalesLoft, alongside David Cummings, which was recognized by the Technology Association of Georgia as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in 2012. During the summer of 2012, SalesLoft joined TechStars – one of the top technology accelerators in the country. Kyle has led SalesLoft to serve over 800 clients and 24,000 sales and marketing professionals while boosting revenue over 2000% in 2014. Event format: 1/3 introductions + networking + coming up with Q&A for our guest 1/3 fireside chat with our guest 1/3 networking after the talk to spend time with our guest, meet new people, and discuss relevant topics
Hey, does anyone have the time? Why yes, we do...It's time to strut your stuff and show us what you're made of. It's time to move and shake the edtech industry with solutions that solve real problems of educators and learners. And, it's time to tell New York City and the rest of the world how as entrepreneurs, you are making this happen. Kickoff 2016 with NYEdTech on January 20th at Knewton's HQ for Startup Showcase! We will hear the education challenges Founders aim to tackle through technology-enabled solutions, give feedback on live demos, and share ideas on ways to scale their products to all.
Workbench 110 Fifth Avenue, Fifth Floor - New York, NY
This month we'll have a follow-up to our massive August presentation. The presenter will be Colin MacNaughton, Head of Engineering at Neeve Research. Anyone who attended the August presentation already knows this is one you'll definitely want to RSVP early for. Neeve Research is a pioneer in the field of in-memory computing and are the creators of the X Platform, an ultra-high performance Java application platform. We will share our experience with what it took to build a low latency application platform in Java and will discuss the challenges and considerations required for achieving consistent microsecond level latency in multi agent systems. We will cover a range of topics including threading, memory management, I/O and coding best practices - with a focus on achieving low latency, and demonstrate how such applications can be written with the X Platform. This presentation will be of interest to anyone with a passion for high performance java and the emerging paradigm shift towards memory oriented computing.
Poppin Showroom 1115 Broadway, Floor 3 - New York,
Tarek Pertew has been an entrepreneur since 2006. Currently Tarek is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Uncubed, a platform that helps people succeed in digital. Tarek is also the founder of NYC Footy, a NYC based adult soccer league. Before Tarek's current ventures, he co-founded a couple of startups in the hiring space: Referio, a crowd-sourcing referral hiring platform and MyWorkster a platform that connected alumni with students, ultimately evolving into a national job fair business. Tarek has been featured as an expert in startups and employment in a number of publications, including the NY Times, Forbes, CNN, CBS, About.com and a jobs expert for Newsday. Tarek serves as an advisor to a few organizations, including the United Kingdom Trade & Investment (UKTI), The University of Virginia, and The Mountaintop Program, a new non-profit initiative to inspire high-schoolers to pursue creative careers. Tarek enjoys soccer (loyalties to Liverpool FC), time with family & friends, and travel with his wife, Thais (a branding designer specializing in packaging) and daughter, Calila (a baby).
Join us for our weekly hacknight for Django developers + newcomers to work on their projects and/or connect with other developers. For best results, bring your laptop. ay hello on IRC! We're #django-nyc on Freenode. About our host: ObserverObserver Media is a leading digital publisher reaching audiences in the areas of innovation, commerce and luxury. Recognized for original content and premier experiences, Observer's digital, social media and event platforms reach 5 million of the nation's most affluent and educated individuals. Notable properties include: Observer, Commercial Observer and PolitickerNJ.
eBay New York 625 6th Avenue, 3rd Floor - New York, NY
Hi Nodesters! We've got three great talks this month!* NOTE THE NEW LOCATION at EBAY!!!* Remko de Knikker - Getting Rolling with Strongloop - Developer Evangelist for IBM Cloud Bluemix, Remko de Knikker will start us off, for the night stepping through code to explain how you can add user management, custom object models and object to database mapping to a Node.js application using StrongLoop's LoopBack API framework. Lightning Talk - Glenn Hinks - Convert an ES5 based node project to an ES2015 project. How to convert a standard ES5 project over to a ES2015 project to take advantage of all the features while keeping your linting and testing consistent in a timely fashion. Lightning Talk - Valeri Kapov - What's New for Node.js Developers in MongoDB 3.2. In this talk, I'll introduce you to 3 new features in MongoDB 3.2 that I've found indispensable for my Node apps: bitwise query operators, the $sample operator, and the $lookup operator (better known as JOINs for MongoDB). ***Note on security***: As always, please ensure your full name is listed on your Meetup profile, if you RSVP yes to join. Building security will need it to grant you access to the event.
This monthly meetup covers algorithms. We'll split attendees into two main groups: Whiteboarding skills: You'll solve algorithms in small groups, breaking off into your preferred programming language and working together to find a solution. Problems are provided and vary in difficulty, check out the Github for examples of past problems: https://github.com/WomenWhoCodeNYC/Algorithms. For Beginners: You'll pair with other members and practice answering easier algo questions. This group will be led by a more experienced developer who will help you out when you get stuck.
Civic Hall - 2nd Floor 156 5th Avenue - New York, NY
Josh Aas -on- Let's Encrypt: A Free, Automated, and Open CA. Talk title: It's time for the Web security and privacy to take a big step forward by adopting encryption via TLS for all traffic. Let's Encrypt (letsencrypt.org) is new free, automated, and open certificate authority created in order to help the Web take this step. This presentation will cover how Let's Encrypt works and why it works the way it does. We'll also talk a bit about how Let's Encrypt got started and plans for the future. Speaker Bio: Josh Aas is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Internet Security Research Group, the organization behind Let's Encrypt. He is also a Senior Technology Strategist with Mozilla Corporation. In the past Josh worked on Firefox and Gecko in the areas of networking, security, media, and platform support.
We're going to be discussing how to build the perfect tech team when four of the industries leading professionals discuss team structures, methodologies, product vs. design led organizations and hiring strategies within agency, startup and corporate environments. Panel Members: Kevin Sweeney (Director of Engineering at Vimeo), Ashley Hemingway (Director of User Experience at AppNexus), Matt Powers (Head of Product at WayUp), Christopher Daly (Head of Design and UX at Sotheby's). Moderator: Jesse McBride (Senior UX Recruiter at UX Hires). Schedule: 6pm - 6:30pm: Chit chat, drinks and mingle, 6:30pm - 7:45pm: Panel Discussion, 7:45pm - 8:15pm: Audience Q & A, 8:15pm - 9pm: Close panel, mingle, network, drinks
Microsoft (Across from Port Authority) 11 Times Square (42nd St. @ 8th Avenue) - New York, NY
First NYVR Meetup of 2016 is going to be amazing. We'll have one of the first VR celebrities, Cymatic Bruce, here to talk about one of the original "social VR" trailblazers - AltSpace VR. Don't miss this one! AltspaceVR SDK Demonstration Bruce Wooden, Head of Developer Relations at AltspaceVR, will be giving an overview of some of the newest features of AltspaceVR along with a live coding demonstration of the AltspaceVR SDK. The AltspaceVR SDK enables developers to rapidly build contained VR experiences and apps using the power of three.js and web code.
RAISING WISE CHILDREN IN THE DIGITAL AGE. Will you be present? How can the next generation live balanced, connected lives in this tech-driven age? What challenges and possibilities does technology offer to families? What role do parents, educators and mentors have to model behavior, offer tools, and teach skills that allow children and teens to live with purpose and joy? Join us as we explore these issues from a variety of perspectives with presentations and discussions that will foster an ongoing conversation about how, together, we raise a conscious generation. Conversations with: Manoush Zomorodi, host, WNYC Studio’s Note to Self: Finding Balance in the Digital Age. Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Clinical Psychologist, author, The Conscious Parent. Dr. Michael Finkelstein, author, Slow Medicine and 77 Questions for Skillful Living. Also featuring: Barnaby Spring, Field Principal, Brooklyn South Support Center; introducing mindfulness practice to NYC schools. Sabrina Hayeem-Ladani, poet and performer working at the intersection of art and social justice.
The new Microsoft Offices across from Port Authority 8th Ave between 41st and 42nd St. (11 Times Square) - New York,
NOTE: ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE TO GET PAST SECURITY - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/class-indie-game-trailers-screenshots-101-tickets-19810695323. Class: Indie Game Trailers & Screenshots 101. Visit Eventbrite to see the class description, lesson plan, and to purchase a ticket. Visit us at playcrafting.com!
The DL Rooftop Lounge 95 Delancey Street (On the corner of Delancey & Ludlow) - New York, NY
Hey Techies - Let’s meet at The DL! Join us on Thursday, January 21st for an awesome networking event. On what is sure to be a night of fun and networking, bring your cards and come prepared to meet tech professionals and enthusiasts alike. This rooftop event is sure to be a great networking affair to bring in the new year, and all are welcome to mix and mingle under the stars! Come celebrate the new year with Tech in Motion NYC and never forget to be social! – get in the conversation - #techinmotion. As always we would like to thank our sponsors Workbridge Associates, Jobspring Partners and QS World MBA Tour for sponsoring this month’s event.
Two great talks in one awesome night! ECMAScript 6 Deep Dive. We will dive deeper into ES6 through the use of code examples, while analyzing the advantages against their ES5 counterparts. We'll look into real world applications of ES6 using popular web frameworks such as NodeJS and ReactJS. About the Speaker: David Leonard is currently in his last year at the City College of New York, where he is pursuing his Master's Degree in Computer Science. He recently completed an internship with Yahoo! over the Summer in Sunnyvale, California, and will be joining Yahoo! full-time in New York City after graduating in Spring 2016. Node.js in an Aircraft: Case Finnair A350 IFENode.js. Deploying software into an aircraft is like trying to navigate through a jungle of corporate processes. It's difficult and it's time consuming. The session will explain how Reaktor brought Finnair's IFE into the 21th century. About the Speaker: Petteri Parkkila works at [Reaktor] (@reaktornow), a Finnish creative software company. He and his team designed and implemented the Inflight Entertainment System for Finnair, the leading airline in Scandinavia. Petteri has over 10 years of experience in the software industry from which the last 3 years is in the domain of aircraft software.
NYU Courant Institute 251 Mercer St., Room 109 - New York, NY
I am very pleased to host Esther Dyson as our first speaker for 2016. Esther Dyson, formerly a techy and a trained cosmonaut, is now taking on the new goal of defining and demonstrating health as an asset class – a store of value resident in human bodies. Esther discusses how she came to this work and how health can defined and how the value it creates can be measured, attributed and funded. Bio: Esther Dyson is an angel investor, and the founder of Wellville, a nonprofit initiative to produce health in five small (<200,000 population) US communities. She is on the board of health-oriented companies including 23andMe and Voxiva. She is an investor in Applied Proteomics, Clover Health, CUR, Eligible API, GeriJoy, Health Tap, HealthLoop, Medesk, Medivo, Medicalgorithmics, Meetup, Omada Health, PatientsLikeMe, PatientsKnowBest, Proofpilot, StartupHealth and others. Esther received her BA in Economics from Harvard. Here is a link to her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/edyson
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