Just realizing that I forgot to list one risk factor in my Fund II PPM--the possibility that the US turns into a fascist dictatorship. That probably won't have a positive effect on venture capital returns.
I mean, think about it--how well do you think those late 1930's German venture capital vintages did? How about Venezuela funds from 1998?
So, if you're annoyed or distracted by all your favorite tech and startup people talking about Trump--you should probably get used to it because this administration has become a real problem for our industry. It's no longer just a political issue when you're operating in an environment where the goverment is threatening the otherwise very stable national platform by which you've built your business on. Investors are willing to take early stage risk because they don't have other risks like nationalization of industries, martial law, dissolution of human rights, etc. It's easy to take that for granted, but that's why places like Russia have trouble getting their startup community off the ground. What investor wants to take that extra layer of government risk?
Does it get to the point where a VC has to say, "Well, I'd love to back you, but you're Muslim and the chance that you'll be deported is a founder risk I can't take."
That's the path we're headed down now if we don't stop it. Never in my lifetime have I ever seen a US government enact a law that favored one religion over another. That's a line I never thought I would see crossed--and we're barely a week into the administration.
This should be everyone's problem just because of human decency, but if that doesn't get you, now we've got a serious business risk on our hands, too. Don't think that a war with China won't put a damper on your quarterly earnings or the pre-money of your next round either.
Oh, and don't forget paying 20% more for all the goods and services not made here. Get ready to have to start paying your software engineers even more so they can afford to live.
Even if these terrible things don't come to pass, you're going to have a serious talent crisis unless your company starts speaking up. Startup workers tend to be younger, more educated, live in cities--meaning that whether you agree with them or not, these aren't the kinds of policies they can get behind. They want to live in a tolerant, global world free of discrimination--and they care a lot about the missions of the companies they get involved with, both as employees and as consumers.
So while you might be worried about pissing off half your red state customers if you sign an anti-Muslim ban petition, you might lose half your dev team if you don't, and then where are you? What are you doing as a company to show that you have core values these days? What does it say to your employees that are immigrants or children of immigrants if you stay silent?
No matter who you voted for, these issues are now on your doorstep, begging for action, because they touch all of us.
To help fight this clown show, I joined the ACLU as a monthly donor. I never considered it before, but couldn't be prouder of the work they did to free detainees this weekend.
Homer Logistics, one of the companies I am most proud to be an investor in, because they employee their delivery workers on a W-2 basis, paying benefits and around 50% above minimum wage, is looking for a junior PR person to do some of the sorely needed basics of pitching and managing their public relations effort. Ideal canidates have spent a couple of years at a firm and are looking to go in house at a company they can take a lot of responsibility at. Interested candidates should give their *best pitch* to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OpenUp is a new extension that lets you shop without the fear of missing out. You can save products and get emailed when they go on sale. And there's a nifty little feature that lets you ask for recommendations for similar products at your desired price point. Plus, the founders were kind enough to support my Empire State Building run up for the Challenged Athletes Foundation this Wednesday.
Disruption, Innovation, Revolution are all terms that are tossed around the technology world. The legal industry is ripe for change but what will be that next big innovation? Join us to hear new ideas from LegalTech innovators and thought-provoking Darwin Talks from experts. Talks range from access to justice, hackathons, hacking, measurement, to blockchain and artificial intelligence. In just five minutes, each presenter will share their ideas about where the legal profession is heading.
On Monday, January 30th, join us for the first in a new series that spotlights up-and-coming creative entrepreneurs who are designing actionable solutions for a better world. Huge’s Rachael Feinman will lead a Q&A with Jessica Schreiber (founder of FABSCRAP), Emelie O’Brien (founder of Earth Angel) and Josh Treuhaft (founder of Salvage Supperclub), about how to turn a collective challenge into a sustainable business.
Web applications can be developed with a wide variety of technologies. One of the best tool sets for writing web app tests is the combination of Java and Selenium; however, writing meaningful tests can be very difficult.In this month's meetup we will learn how to use Java and Selenium to test web apps, best practices for using these technologies, and the benefits of using the DollarX library to simplify them. Our presenter will be Danny Loya, a software engineer from Lab49. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by our friends at Squarespace.
This 2 part Intro to Web Accessibility course runs Monday, January 30th AND Monday, February 6th. The class time will be from 7-9pm each evening. **Only registered attendees will be admitted - No drop-ins will be accepted on either day if not registered** Who can use your websites? Are they accessible to as many people as possible? Web accessibility has traditionally described the process of enhancing websites for people with disabilities. Come to this class to learn more about developing with accessibility in mind—and building a better web experience for everyone. This class will focus on general design principles, with some hands-on exercises. You should also plan to bring a laptop to work along with the class. Your instructor: Kathy Wu is a software engineer at Justworks. With a degree in Marketing and a self taught education in programming, she spent most of her career in advertising where she built web applications for brands such as Nesquik, Edy's/Dreyer's, and Beneful.
Made in NY Media Center 22 John Street - Brooklyn NY, NY
Exploring Virtual and Augmented Reality with NY Women in VR Meetup, CUNY Tech Meetup, NYCEDC and Made in NY Media Center by IFP, A community building initiative for NYC-based Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) professionals. NY Women in VR Meetup, CUNY Tech Meetup, the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP invite you to join us for a VR/AR Meetup Mashup on Tuesday, January 31st, 6:00pm-8:30pm at the Made in New York Media Center by IFP at 30 John Street in Dumbo Brooklyn. The evening will feature live demos, lightning talks, and networking!
On Tuesday January 31, please join us for a deep dive into Dask, Python's powerful and flexible paralleling computing library. The session will be led by Dask's lead developer, Matthew Rocklin. Event Summary: The data science Python ecosystem (NumPy, Pandas, Scikit-Learn) are efficient and intuitive for advanced analytics workloads. Unfortunately, these tools are restricted to data that fits into memory and runs on a single core. This talk will describe the basic architecture of Dask, classes of applications in which it is commonly useful, and provide rich examples of its use. For more information see: http://dask.pydata.org/en/latest/.
At this stackup, hear lead developers share their latest dev achievements in iOS-related technologies. Get an inside look into how New York City startups develop their dev strategy. 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. Our presenters include: Sam Grossberg (Foursquare), Brian Papa (theSkimm), Vera Kern (Noom)
Microsoft 11 Times Square (8th Ave between 41 and 42) - New York, NY
Our speaker at this event will be: Brian Cohen, New York Venture Partners and New York Angels. To pitch your startup at this event, please apply at: http://goo.gl/forms/Qa4ndN3Q9O. Format: Introductions, Q&A, 5 Pitches and Feedback. To hear about future events, please sign up at http://eranyc.com. Organizer: Murat Aktihanoglu (@muratny)
The Flatiron School 11 Broadway, Suite 260 - New York, NY
Looking to meet others learning online in the New York City area? Look no further! Whether you are working on Bootcamp Prep or on one of our other online tracks, this is your opportunity to meet fellow coders and dive into programming together. A few of our Flatiron School Instructors will be floating around the room answering questions and offering guidance - take this opportunity to get some in-person assistance! In advance of the study session, we'll be pairing you up with other students who are at a similar point in their progress. Know someone else who is working their way through a Flatiron School online course? Bring them along!
Raven's Head Public House 38-04 Broadway - Astoria, NY
QueensJS will be hosting our 30th meetup on Wednesday, February 1st, at our usual haunt, Raven’s Head Pub in Astoria on 38th & Broadway, just around the corner from the Steinway MR stop and 7 short streets over from the Broadway NW stop. Your speakers for the evening will be announced soon! QueensJS expects all speakers and attendees to follow the JSConf code of conduct. RSVPs, due to limited seating, will cost $5. All proceeds go towards charities that work to increase code literacy among NYC youth. There are no refunds, but you are more than welcome to transfer tickets.If you would like to sponsor or speak at one of our events, please email us at organizers at queensjs dot com!
The Flatiron School 11 Broadway, Suite 260 - New York, NY
Join us for a broad-ranging discussion from Ed Donner, CEO of untapt and former JPMorgan MD, covering two of the hottest areas in tech right now. Ed will kick off with FinTech, the movement which is changing the face of banking and finance. He will outline some of the areas being disrupted the most, and give predictions for the year ahead. Next Ed will turn to Artificial Intelligence, discussing some of the recent advances in AI such as Deep Neural Networks, and how they are being used to solve tough business problems. Finally, Ed will speak about ways to build a career as a software engineer at startups and large companies. He’ll share his background in Financial Services, FinTech and AI, and offer up some career advice and tips. See you there!
Share, learn and network with fellow Product Managers at The Product Group. Some topics to expect: The Best Product Person 2014 (Chris Butler) and more... Featured Product: JW Player. From Henry Lee of JW Player..."I am a product manager at JW Player (jwplayer.com) and we empower video professionals with world-class technology to deliver, grow audience, and monetize their video content. Last month JW Player streamed 15+ billion videos to 1+ billion unique viewers. My products are the JW Player SDKs, which provide video playback technology for native apps on mobile and OTT devices. A recent feature we released was to support 360 Video & VR playback in our iOS, Android, and web players." Hope to see you there!
ThoughtWorks 99 Madison Ave., 15th Floor - New York, NY
Open to current and prospective GDI NYC instructors! Join GDI NYC at Thoughtworks on Saturday, February 4th from 10AM-12:30PM, to learn about our paid and volunteer instructor opportunities. Lunch will be provided during this event (and a fridge is available if you'd like to bring lunch). During this training/introduction, you will learn: •Responsibilities and duties of Instructor •Benefits of instructing with GDI NYC •What instructing a GDI NYC class is like •Complete a mini training session •Take part in fun 5min ‘mini workshops’ on topics prepared by attendees •Learn how to sign up to start as an instructorIn preparation for the event, please complete the GDI Instructor Info Form with your most up-to-date availability (nights and wknds) and prepare a short (~ 5 minute) lightning talk or ‘hands on’ activity of your choosing. Have fun with your presentation - we look forward to your creative ideas, and individual styles!
We Work HQ (Back Entrance) 110 W 19th St - New York, NY
Want to make an iOS sticker app? Want to showcase your artwork on the app store? Want to learn a little more about apps, Swift, or the iOS framework? Join us at WeWork HQ in Chelsea on Saturday, February 4th from 11am - 4pm for a free iOS Sticker App workshop to start experimenting with Swift! WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: You'll leave with an introduction to Xcode, Swift, and the iOS framework for the purposes of creating a sticker pack, and sticker app. And you'll take home a nifty app!
BKUX is pleased to partner with IxDA NYC for a pre-conference meetup at 61 Local on Sunday, Feb. 5 to kick-off Interaction 17. We are thrilled to show off our corner of Brooklyn and share our community with Interaction 17 attendees. Bypass the Super Bowl crowds by joining us at this friendly bar in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill neighborhood.
Acquiring customers is the most important thing startups need to do. Yet how do you cut through the noise and get access to customers? We go over the most exclusive growth hacking strategies needed to start and scale your company! Host is Christine Souffrant Ntim- Forbes30Under30, AdAge 40Under40- who speaks at over 20+ global conferences a year! I'm sharing all of the FREE strategies and tips I used to get 80+ press mentions in Forbes, Entrepreneur etc, speaking engagements @TEDx, UN etc, and paid tactics in 1 hour! www.Csouffrantntim.com.
IoT Central is introducing its IoT Thought Leader Series with our February event featuring Maciej Kranz author of Building the Internet of Things: Implement New Business Models, Disrupt Competitors, Transform Your Industry. As billions of standalone devices across the world are getting connected, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become one of the most talked about technology trends. But IoT is not really about technology and connected devices. At its core it is about business outcomes and people; it is about new ways of doing business, talent and change management; it is about migration to open technologies and open business structures based on co-development and ecosystems of partnerships; it is a multi-year, multi-phase journey. So how do you get started? How do you implement IoT to transform your business, adopt new business models and grow new revenue streams? Maciej Kranz's book and his talk is about these things. Maciej Kranz is currently the Vice President, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group at Cisco.
Microsoft 11 Times Square (8th avenue entrance, close to the corner of 41st St) - New York, NY
Hi hardwarians, We’ve got a cracker meetup to celebrate the beginning of the year. If you've heard of equity crowdfunding - raising money by crowdfunding some of the equity of your startup - we have Slava Rubin one of the cofounders of Indiegogo to explain what it is and how you can do it. We'll also have a robot for physical rehabilitation, and an innovative data company that uses specialized helmets to collect stress signals along the streets of New York. Hope to see you there!
Handshake Headquarters 627 Broadway 9th Floor (Broadway/Bleecker) - New York, NY
Difficult conversations are inevitable. They happen with prospects, and even at times with other employees internally. Handling these conversations requires great skill and empathy, but ultimately, it requires the courage to go ahead and tackle that conversation. The more you get in the habit of facing these conversations with confidence, the more adept you will become at it. Tactics you will learn will help you be a better sales person and better all around employee. Join us for a conversation on this topic. Feel free to shoot me (Meg Hewitt) an email or LinkedIn message with panel question suggestions in the meantime. OUR SPEAKERS include: Kiva Kolstein - Chief Revenue Officer @ Handshake, Elliot Silverstein - Account Executive @ BetterCloud, Sweta Sharma - Sales Development Executive @ SailThru
Calling all Coders! Happy New Year! It's time to get going! Based on the survey, respondents favor Tuesday's between 7 and 9 with opportunities to share their work, do some hacking, and network with other developers. We've listened and reserved space at the Urban Future Lab, on a Tuesday from 7-9. Bring your projects, your knowledge, and a willingness to share what you know. A few of the lead developers from The Spry Group will be on hand to help with projects. They specialize in node.js, python, django, and angular.
Are you trying to get more customers? Need press exposure to validate your brand? We go over the top 100 tactics needed to get new customers and get featured in press from all over the world. Deliverables: How to structure your product and marketing message, How to leverage HARO for free press leads, How to leverage google competitor alerts for press features, How to pitch reporters and get featured in Tech Crunch, Forbes, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur and more! More information at: http://brandentrepreneurs.com/
The startup ecosystem embraces the entrepreneur who can visualize a product, build it and launch it to market. For non-technical co-founders, it can be a daunting task to launch a tech startup with no prior expertise in tech. This boot camp covers a step-by-step guide to gaining the basic tech skills needed to launch a company. From coding to product management to beta testing, we go over the candid startup tactics needed to succeed. More information at: http://brandentrepreneurs.com/
Microsoft 11 Times Square (Entrance on 8th Ave between 41st and 42nd St.) - New York, NY
Conversations is a series of events focused on open discussions on the changing new media landscape. Our events will feature panels with insights from the most respected news organizations, the newest disruptive publishers, and tech and media thought leaders. Through conversations, let's work to transform media together. This event -- structured as a debate -- will chart and discuss key areas of technological advance that will impact the information landscape and consider how technology companies, media, governments and academia will respond to the benefit or detriment of democracy. It will imagine potential futures, and identify developments that are key to understanding which of those futures is most likely to play out. Crucially, it will ask the audience to decide: can we solve this problem? Or is fake news an unavoidable side effect of the internet? PANELISTS: John Borthwick (CEO, Betaworks), David Carroll (Associate Professor of Media Design, Parsons The New School for Design), Jane Elizabeth (Senior Manager, American Press Institute), Sally Kohn (Political Commentator and Columnist, CNN and The Daily Beast), Dean Pomerleau (Co-Director, Fake News Challenge), Melissa Ryan (expert in politics and technology). MODERATOR: Justin Hendrix (Executive Director, NYC Media Lab)
work—bench 110 5th Avenue, 5th Floor - New York, NY
Please note our new Meetup location. Data is now recognized as one of the founding pillars of our economy, and the notion that the world grows exponentially richer in data every day is already yesterday’s news. What are some of the key challenges that we, as designers, will need to address in out future with data? How can we start questioning the impersonality of a merely technical approach to data, and to begin designing ways to connect numbers to what they really stand for? The talk will provide some key ideas on how we can move forward. Giorgia Lupi is an award-winning information designer and artist.
Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at NYU Tandon School of Engineering 2 Metrotech Ctr, Fl 8th, Brooklyn, New York 11201 - Brooklyn, NY
WORKSHOP FEE: $20 (early bird) / $40 (standard) ATTENDEES MUST PAY AND REGISTER AT: http://bit.ly/selfdrivetruck. About This Workshop: The global race to put driverless trucks on the road is not only well underway, it's furiously speeding up. Fasten your seat belts! Join us for the special, interactive workshop that will combine learning, networking, and thought-provoking discussion on an emerging technology that is developing quicker than we can wrap our brains around it. Our expert guest presenter, Seth Clevenger (Technology Editor for Transport Topics Magazine), who writes extensively about driverless trucks and the technology that powers them, will offer unique, insider information into this explosive innovation.
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