"What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black...
...We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times. We've had difficult times in the past, but we -- and we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; and it's not the end of disorder.
But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land.
And let's dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people."
This part of a speech that Bobby Kennedy gave in Indianapolis after the assassination of Martin Luther King. He gave it to a mostly African-American crowd who hadn't yet heard about Dr. King's death. You can imagine how they must have felt--scared, angry, saddened, despondent, but RFK's words seemed to give them some hope and comfort. The full video of the speech is here.
After the events of this week and frankly, this past year, my hope is that we are near to reaching #peakhate. We are seeing some very terrible actions by people who want to divide us, place blame, and incite violence. My hope is that we can move forward after a strong rejection of these values towards greater understanding and compassion, setting the stage to pass the torch of political power to the most diverse generation this country has ever had.
Or, we can be another fallen empire for the history books.
And on that serious note, here are some tech and startup things...
I'd like to introduce you to the brothers Muscarella, Christopher and Stephen. I met Chris a long time ago in the early days of the NYC tech community, and then got reconnected with him in Berlin in 2012. I was speaking at a conference and he noticed from social media that I was going to be there.
"Charlie, hosting a dinner next Weds at 6:30 with some interesting people in Berlin. Want to join?"
It was full of great food and thoughtful conversation with a great group of diverse individuals--feeling more real and meaningful than most "techie" experiences that I had. It was one of the earliest Kitchensurfing dinners.
I met his brother Stephen later at a Kitchensurfing lunch back in Brooklyn--in the townhouse that years later that would become home to Brooklyn Bridge Ventures and a host of other Townhouse co-workers. It was the home base of Kitchensurfing at the time. We ate--once again a fantastic meal--at a beautifully crafted table that Stephen built.
He struck me as one of the most genuine and self-reflective guys I'd ever met. That's what you experience around both of them--a readjustment of what's important, a timelessness associated with quality and meaning. I became friends with Stephen, whose life is vastly different than my blur of e-mail and meetings and trying to optimize every moment. We've taken the long way around--biking to sports games, going for morning constitutionals in Prospect Park with a cup of hot tea. He taught me how to change the oil in my car.
So when Stephen told me he and his brother were building something that people would use everyday to slow down time by preparing a meal--high quality cookware that people would learn how to take care of and keep for the rest of their lives, I wasn't surprised at all.
LeagueApps has created a 3-on-3 basketball tournament called Ballin’ for Charity that is focused on the NYC tech community. LeagueApps platform powers how sports is organized around the world. So it’s only appropriate that we’re putting all of our connections to work to host Ballin’ forCharity, a 3v3 Invitational Basketball tournament on Saturday March 19th.
You know you should be doing UX research, but are you? This online workshop & research toolkit will teach you exactly what you need to start doing user research and usability testing with your team and product.
When: Wed, March 23 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Cost: $59 (includes live workshop, templates, checklists, and a follow-up office hours call)
Every few years, a new technology comes along and takes the game industry by storm. In 2016, Virtual Reality is that technology. This is your chance to be on the cutting edge of the “next big thing,” before the markets are saturated and competition becomes fierce. Learn the VR technologies available while you build 3 games in 8 weeks. Maybe you have no experience making games and maybe you have a VR kit that you haven’t mastered or made games for yet. All are welcome.
Join Appnexus on March 30 to learn about how we dug ourselves out of the desperate hole of multi-process and shared nothing, and how keeping our system topology flat has saved us a few ulcers. Featuring AppNexus Senior Software Engineer John Wittrock.
On April 6th, 6:30pm two abitious founders are hosting interactive SheWorx100 Series, a dynamic evening gathering of entrepreneurs and changemakers. The event will feature 15 female VCs who will discuss the myths of fundraising, actionable pitch strategies, and acquire the skills necessary to fundraise efficiently and effectively.
I'm going to add a little bit of a comment to this event--maybe one that's a little bit controversial. As a white male, I'm aware that I won the birth lottery, particularly as it relates to the tech community. I have never walked into a room and felt uncomfortable. I have never been harrassed and have rarely been dismissed or spoken down to. I do not pretend to know what it is like to be anyone but me, a white male.
That being said, I think it's important to keep in mind your goals around these kinds of diversity events in the larger plan around your fundraising. If you're seeking to connect with likeminded entrepreneurs in a comfortable environment where the default is business support versus personal judgement, these kinds of events are amazing. If you're looking to get feedback from people on the other side of the table and put a face to a name in a smaller room, great.
But, at the end of the day, if you're out raising venture capital, you need someone--male, female, white or black--to take a leap with you to lead your round and write a check. You need someone who has the pull in their firm--a firm that you know has real money to spend and a track record of making early, risky bets, to get you a check in a timely manner.
So while I support these communities, I think founders need to be doing two important things:
1) Ask any investor, male or female, that you meet how much money does the fund have to put to work, who else they backed at your stage, how long did it take, were they early in the process or a lead, and whether it that particular professional that ran point on the deal? You need to know that the person you're talking to doesn't just look like you, but that they're actually the right investor for you at your stage.
2) Never approach your fundraising as if events or funds intended to support people from your background are the only opportunities you have to get a check--no matter what you hear about the numbers. If you look at these events like your only shot, you're not going to raise from these firms or anyone else. Every firm, no matter what its makeup, looks for confident founders building exceptions. They want the founder who goes headlong against the odds. So, if you want to want to diversify your investor base through these events, fantastic! But don't ever let the existance of these types of fundraising events give you the feeling that the rest of the investment community won't support you. I can't think of a company where the *only* investors willing to invest in a female founder were other women, or where the only backers of an African-American founder had a similar background.
This should be a great event, but you should feel welcome at and deserving of every other fundraising opportunity the community has to offer as well.
Description: In this interactive workshop we will examine what techniques and processes improve or retard velocity, and your role as a leader in shaping these. We will examine technical, process and people issues, and take a look at how these affect individuals, teams, and whole organizations. You will come away with a number of actionable ideas, and deeper understanding of what makes teams fast or slow. Speaker: Jean Barmash is currently Sr. Director of Engineering at Tradeshift. He has over 16 years of experience in software industry, and has been part of 4 startups over the last seven years, three as CTO / VPE and one of which he co-founded. Jean lives in NY with his awesome and supportive wife and two hilariously-funny kids. Twitter @Jbarmash.
iOSoho - New York City's largest iOS Engineer Meetup
Vimeo 555 W. 18th St - New York, NY
Alfie Hanssen, Vimeo’s Director of Mobile & TV Apps Engineering, will present on their new soon-to-be-open-source video system. Longtime iOSoho stalwart Mike Sanderson will present on "Defensive Coding against APIs". Vimeo / IAC is located on 18th St between 10th & 11th Ave – across from Chelsea Piers. Please enter on 18th Street and check in at the Vimeo table. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Google Chelsea Market Office 75 Ninth Ave, Floor 2 - New York, NY
This presentation is an overview of the Angular 2 framework. All code samples are provided in TypeScript, which is a recommended language for developing Angular 2 applications. We’ll also go over the tools required to develop and deploy Angular 2 applications. Yakov Fain is Java Champion and a co-founder of the IT consultancy Farata Systems. He wrote a thousand blogs and several books about software development. He's a co-author of the upcoming Manning book "Angular 2 Development with TypeScript". Most of all Yakov enjoys learning and teaching software.
Agenda: •6-6:30: Networking & Pizza •6:30-7:15: How We Built an Integrated Compliance Framework Using MongoDB and Lift •7:15-8: Q&A and more networking. Presentation: Neil Visnapuu, Director of Products and Strategy at Ascendant Compliance Management, will present on how his team built an integrated compliance framework using MongoDB and the Lift framework.
DigitalOcean 101 Avenue of the Americas, 10th Floor - New York, NY
In this talk, George will demonstrate the Phoenix Learning appliance and walk us through the process of working with Meteor on a Raspberry Pi server. George Bajuscik is a full stack engineer, EE, physicist, educator, and Tango dancer interested in helping education be fun and effective. Alain Goldman – Getting Past Go: Tips & Tricks for the Meteor Beginners after the Todo App. Meteor is a terrific platform for building simple applications quickly without much experience. However, on their own, after the tutorials, some users stumble trying to build their own applications, often confused by how things work. Alain Goldman, an organizer of the Beginner Programmers meetup, discusses some of these challenges and suggests how to overcome them. Alain Goldman is a Rails instructor for beginner programmers.nyc, a Meteor enthusiast, and an organizer for the Beginner Programmers meetup that helps novices learn more about programming languages used in software development careers.
Work-Bench 110 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor - New York, NY
Join us for this panel with three inspiring leaders who will share their personal experiences as a women and as minorities in the enterprise sales profession, how they became leaders, and their views on increasing the diversity of the B2B sales talent pool. Joining us on our panel of sales leaders, we will have: •Kristin Shevis, SVP Sales and Services at Conversocial •Safiyyah Saafir, Principal at Saleosophy •Eric Maldonado, Managing Director of Sales at Markit. We look forward to hearing more about their journey in sales and candid experiences in reaching success in their careers as sales professionals and leaders.
Stack Overflow 110 William Street 28th Floor - New York, NY
At this stackup, hear lead developers share their software development work. Get an inside look into how New York City startups develop their dev strategy around streaming and video. Speakers will discuss what makes their team unique, the dev challenges/constraints they come across, hacks and tips they are proud of, the company's long term technical strategies, unique tech choices they have made, etc. This is a developers only event. Some of our presenters include: Marco Scoffier w/ Canary, Justin Ruggles w/Vimeo, and Mark Kornfilt w/ Livestream.
A coding education is the golden ticket to a great job these days. Employers all over the world are crying out for more candidates with the digital and coding skills that they need. Everyone from President Obama, to state governors, city mayors and schools are trying to figure out ways to better help students learn these valuable skills. In response, lot's of coding bootcamps & platforms have emerged offering short intensive online & in-person courses that aim to teach these skills quickly. Join us on March 15th to discuss these different approaches to coding education, and dive into whether new models are better positioned than traditional schools to deliver desired outcomes for students and employers. An awesome line-up of panelists will be announced shortly! Here's to another great NYEdTech Meetup!
Tech Job Fair @ Byte AcademyByte Academy is pleased to announce a Software and Data Science Job Fair. Tentative Schedule: 5:30-7:15 PM Network with other attendees, Book appointments with company representatives, 5:45-8 PM Appointments with company representatives (first come, first served), 8-9 PM Mingle with the companies and other attendees. Representatives from a number of NYC-area software companies will be available to recruit for their software and data science roles and answer any questions you have. Upon entering, you will have the opportunity to book appointments with the companies of your choice. The focus will be on Python, Data Science, Java and related disciplines. Refreshments will be served. Attendance is free.
AXA Equitable Center 787 7th Avenue - New York, NY
**Note: This event will be held at a new venue (AXA).** Our speakers this month include: •Eliot Horowitz, Founder and CTO of MongoDB (leading NoSQL database) • Fenton, General Partner at Benchmark (premier Silicon Valley vc firm; #2 on the Midas List) • FentonBenchmark •Kieran Snyder, Founder and CEO of Textio (AI-powered platform that predicts how text will perform before it's published)Kieran SnyderTextio •Eric Colson, Chief Algorithms Officer at Stitch Fix (curated personal styling e-commerce platform)
IoT Central | NYC (NYC IoT: Internet of Things Meetup)
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Share your IoT Demos with the IoT Central | NYC Community and Network with Internet of Things Leaders & Professionals in the NYC Metro area! If you have an IoT related demo to show, please apply here. Companies demoing will be able to show the demo at a table at the venue. 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. Please note that you must be registered for this event with your first and last name in order to attend. Attendees will be checked in at the entrance.
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.About our host, Sawhorse Media Sawhorse MediaSawhorse Media is a technology company in NYC, responsible for Muck Rack and the Shorty Awards. Muck Rack connects journalists with PR pros, companies and sources. The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media each year. Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Vine, Instagram and the rest of the social web.
Work-Bench 110 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor - New York, NY
For our March meetup we have a panel discussion and two exciting companies demoing their technologies: Panel: "How to Hire Top Talent for your Enterprise Tech Startup" •Panelists from BetterCloud, Datadog, Cockroach Labs, and Percolate •Moderator: Stephanie Manning (Work-Bench), Demos: •Demos TBA. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Postlight's office 902 Broadway, 8th Floor - New York, NY
This 2 part Intro to Git and GitHub course runs Wednesday, March 16th (install and setup) AND Thursday, March 17th. Your attendance is expected at both classes in order to participate. The class time will be from 7-9pm each evening. Ever make changes that broke your code and forgot how your code worked before? Want to work with someone on a code project, but aren't sure who has the latest version of a particular file? Version control can solve these problems and more! Git is a popular version control application that can track your code changes, as well as help you to be more methodical in your programming. Win win! This session will introduce the basics of version control, how to use git to keep track of your changes to a project, and using GitHub (a hosting service) to collaborate with other developers. About Your Instructor Mae Capozzi: After graduating with an English major, Mae decided to learn to code. She strives to write clean, maintainable code and secretly loves fixing merge conflicts. When she's not coding, she's writing or playing music.
**To help you gauge whether or not this class is a good fit given your current skill set, you must take this mandatory quiz. You will be asked to enter your confirmation score when you register via Meetup.** Flexbox, or Flexible Box Model, is a set of CSS3 properties for creating a flexible layout. We will cover: •Flexbox syntax and how it requires us to think about layout in new ways •Flexbox properties and how they work •How Flexbox distributes space and and behaves for flexibility in layouts •How to decide if it makes sense to use Flexbox in your current project. About the Instructor: Sam Provenza is a UI designer and CSS enthusiast based in Brooklyn, NY. Her current role is at Hook & Loop in New York City where she shares her passion for new web technologies and perfecting the user experience.
DESCRIPTION: 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. 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. Schedule: 6:30 Arrive/Network/Food, 7:00 Welcome from Women Who Code, 7:05 Welcome from Betterment and a short intro talk from Stefania Druga (@stefania_druga) called "Recommender Engines and the Algorithms That Back Them"!, 7:15 Meetup starts, 9:30 Event ends after solution presentation from volunteers
Brian S. Cohen (New York Angels). Brian is the Chairman of the New York Angels, the most active angel group in North America. He co-founded Technology Solutions, Inc. in 1983 with his wife, which he later sold to the McCann Erickson World Group, becoming Vice Chairman of their technology group. As a publisher, Brian helped found a number of computing publications, including Computer Systems News & InformationWeek. As an investor with the New York Angels, Brian has invested in dozens of early stage tech companies. He recently co-authored the book "What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know." Agenda: 6:30 pm, Networking, 7:00 pm Fireside Chat, 8:00 pm Meet The Community. Hosted By Crysdale, New York City Director. is the Founder/CEO of StrategyHack, running marketing strategy hackathons for startups and professional marketers. He has a diverse background with 8+ years experience spanning engineering, social good and technology startups. In his spare time, he enjoys day dreaming and cross country skiing.
Location TBD. Join us the 3rd Friday of each month for networking and coding! Socializing starts at 6:30PM — Make new friends, find a study group or study partner, or just practice your people skills. :-) Xcoding — That's what it's all about, right? During a typical MeetUp people socialize, work on Stanford assignments, ask other members questions, ask for help with a bug, offer help to others, etc. There is no set agenda and no formal presentation. If you prefer to sit in a corner and code away, you can do that. If you want to walk around offering people a helping hand, you can do that too.
CoderDojo NYC is a non-profit teaching youth ages 7-17 web, game and app development. We'll be teaching: •Scratch (visual programming) •HTML & CSS (Thimble) •Circuits (littleBits). Orientation starts at 11:30am sharp! This is an orientation in the morning to volunteer for a workshop for kids in the afternoon. This is not for parents &am
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