You know what today isn't? It's not a day to celebrate Christopher Columbus for anything. Having a parade today is a joke, and a bad one.
He never set foot on American soil and didn't discover anywhere that didn't already have people living there or prior visitors, not to mention what he did to the natives he found when he showed up in the West.
Columbus is the creepy uncle you stopped inviting to holidays after everyone found out some bad stuff no one in the family will even discuss again. Defending him is like saying "Thanksgiving isn't the same without him!" when you know full well what happened.
So it's either willful ignorance or blatent racism--that special kind of NYC outer borough racism that you get from NIMBY white people who forget where their families came from--that is being shown by GOP Mayoral Candidate Nicole Malliotakis when she says she stands with Italian-Americans and wants to focus on the "real problems" of NYC.
Apparently, Ms. Malliotakis doesn't see racism and human rights abuse as real problems.
Oh, and I'm Italian, and no, we're not on the same side.
I cannot wait for her to get absolutely embarrassed in the Mayoral election and for her political career to come to a screeching halt.
In the same vein, I believe tech companies have a responsibility to build inclusive work environments so they can inspire the next generation of women in tech. That’s why I'm partnering with CommonBond, a FinTech company and online student lender, to support Women in Tech Week.
Starting today, 10/9, you can help raise money for Girls Who Code by posting your answer to the question “Why do you support women in tech?” or “Why are you proud to be a woman in tech?” on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Use the hashtag #2017WITW and tag two friends. For every post tagged, CommonBond will donate to Girls Who Code.
If you have any questions or want to learn how to become more involved feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Their goal is to foster a community of practice for people developing solutions to supply chain problems at startups, large corporations, academic institutions, and everything in between. They have a particular focus on the application of cutting edge technologies to supply chain innovation.
You know what sucks? Software that hasn't been tested. ConTEST is the conference that explores the role of software quality and testing in the context of the modern world.
On Wednesday, I'm running a lunch session of an angel/VC education series where we're discussing generalist vs vertical specific investing. If you're an accredited angel investor, or a non-partner at a VC fund, and you're free around lunchtime on Thursday, please let me know and I'll get you an invite. Also, if you're aspiring to work in VC and you're from an underrepresented background, you're welcome to join as well. E-mail email@example.com for details.
Do you have space for 75 or more people to co-host a tech event with me after work? Willing to share it for free (perhaps in exchange for supporting something that you're up to in this newsletter)? Let me know.
Just a final note. Last week, I had set my newsletter to go off at 7:45AM Monday as normal, and I did so before we found out about the Las Vegas shooting. It's getting so disheartening that you walk away from the news for a few hours and you completely miss the tradegy of the week, and then you have to watch the complete lack of empathy and competance from our government.
How much money and attention did Pence waste yesterday on political theater when he should have been focused on working with smart people on how to prevent the next mass shooting...
...and now, back to the hope and inspiration of the startup communtiy to create a better tomorrow...
Pivotal Labs 625 Avenue of Americas, 2nd Floor - New York, NY
Note: We will start at 6:30 exactly. As always, a group of us will hang out afterwards at a bar nearby. We like to hang out at Rye, which is at 11 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011, between Avenue of Americas and 5th. They have both drinks and food. http://ryehousenyc.com/
Alley Chelsea 119 West 24th Street 4th floor - New York, NY
“Your brand is what people say about you after you leave the room” — Jeff Bezos, Amazon And here's another one, of lesser-known origin "there's nothing new under the sun." That surely makes any entrepreneur, innovator or inventor grimace. But the reality is that anyone launching a business must be able to tell their customers why their product is different from their competitor's product. Branding is how startups convey this difference, whether through design, messaging, the product itself or their marketing channels themselves. For some founders, the intangibility of branding is a hotbed of frustration and, for others, opportunity. We're excited to speak with the entrepreneurs who have launched three of the most exciting brands in NYC. Rachel Blumenthal is the CEO & Founder of Rockets of Awesome, a subscription kids’ clothing startup. Oisin Hanrahan is the CEO & Founder of Handy, a platform for on-demand household services. Tory Hoen is the Creative Director of Brand for MM.LaFleur, a popular fashion startup that designs workwear for women. They'll share their insights, experience, and insights with us over some cocktails. Here are some of the topics we'll cover: Which comes first? The product or the brand? How to build a strong brand with limited resources. Their own experiences defining the brand in the early days. Advice on branding exercises for newbies to branding. How changes in business trajectory have shaped the brand and vice versa. The role of design and when it's time to bring in a professional. Who "owns" the brand as the business grows.
Work Market 240 W 37th St, 9th Floor - New York, NY
Free food, beer, drinks, swag & much more! Nikita Shamgunov, CEO & Co-Founder, MemSQLTrading systems are faster and generating larger volumes of distributed data. This data complexity hinders timely insights on global risk as well as portfolio management. This session will discuss the latest innovation in data management, and how utilizing a distributed and scalable converged database can optimize transactional and analytical workloads. We will discuss the technical impact of real-time data pipelines and scalable SQL in a distributed computing platform that is designed for addressing challenging financial application scenarios. We will include live demos of large scale data (several billion rows) that is processing on Volume Weighted Average Price (VWAP) and real-time image recognition.
Five female founded start-ups will pitch for the opportunity to win $5,000 in this Make it in Brooklyn Event. Brooklyn is home to more female founded start-ups than any other city in the US, and we are bringing the best of them together. In addition to the pitch competition, attendees will also have the chance to network with some of the leading female entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in New York. Prizes include $5,000 cash, tickets to The Other Festival, and $15,000 worth of design and branding services from Berlin Cameron. In partnership with The Other Festival and CityPoint, join us on October 10, 2017 at City Point. Doors open at 7PM, pitches start at 7:30PM. Free beer and light bites will be provided. Interested in applying? Tell us about your start-up here. Meet our panel of judges: Alessandra Henderson: VP of Network at Human Venture, Jennifer DaSilva: President at Berlin Cameron, Valerie Biberaj: Director of the Kate Spade & Company Foundation, Yao Huang: Founder of The Hatchery, Ishveen Anand: CEO + Founder of OpenSponsorship.
Thought Works 99 Madison Ave., 15th Floor - New York, NY
This has been the year of cryptocurrency and decentralized digital contracts. The industry has experienced unprecedented growth, we’ve seen the emergence of new assets like ICOs, and increased applications of blockchain technology. This week, we're exploring the intersection of blockchain and artificial intelligence with industry leaders from Blockchain and IBM. **NOTE to register, you must also RSVP on Eventbrite. We will use Eventbrite registrations for check-ins.** Schedule: 6:00pm - Networking and Pizza, 6:30pm - Kickoff and Sponsors (ThoughtWorks and IBM), 6:40pm - Talk #1: Liana Douillet Guzmán, 7:10pm - Talk #2: Bruce Weed, 8:00pm - Extended Q&A and Open Member Discussion.
This meetup will feature startup spotlights, networking and a round table discussion on "Predictive marketing: a fine line between useless data and patterns that sells. "Business spotlights: Agenda:1) 6:30-7:15: Networking and brief introductions. 2) 7:15-7:45: Spotlight on two local businesses that will present their current marketing challenges to receive honest, constructive feedback. 3) 7:45-8:45: Round table discussion on "Predictive marketing: a fine line between useless data and patterns that sells. 4) 8:45-9:00: After event networking. Look forward seeing you there!
work—bench 110 5th Avenue, 5th Floor - New York, NY
As artificial intelligence evolves, we can use AI to work alongside people and extend our human abilities. Wei Wei and his colleagues will join us to present their research and principles that form the Intelligent Cognitive Experience (ICX) Design System. Wei Wei, Han-shen Chen, and Chia-wei Liu are the co-instructors of the Interface Cognitive A.I. course at Parsons as well as the co-creators of the ICX design system. The system is created to facilitate collaboration with multidisciplinary teams, and to develop the human-centered experience of symbiotic cooperation between humans and intelligent machine agents. By walking through Human Cognitive Processes and design experimenting with Cognitive Computing Technologies, our speakers will share some ideas how to create Intelligent Machine Agents (IMA) which are capable of discovering complex contexts, identifying human needs, predicting outcomes, and supporting solutions. Students from the class will also present their projects.
New York has a fast growing startup ecosystem, and entrepreneurs here are lucky to have so many resources available to help them in their journey. However, many people don't know about all of the resources available, the differences between them, or what resources are right for them. At "How to Start Up in New York", we will gather representatives from different entrepreneurial organizations, and top local entrepreneurs, to outline the local resources and provide tips on how to build a startup in New York. Speaker: Andy Saldana (NY Tech Alliance), Justin Hendrix (NYC Media Lab). Who Should Attend? Anyone who is launching or thinking about launching a local startup, Anyone who wants to meet local investors, accelerators, co-working spaces, and founders, Anyone who wants to learn about the resources available for local entrepreneurs. This event is free to attend. Join us for a fun evening!
In today's rapidly moving landscape, it is now imperative to have a solid personal brand. Do you want a flexible lifestyle? Do you want to launch a book, a business or a global movement? Do you want to travel and make money for speaking engagements? These are questions to ask yourself when transitioning to building a strong brand that leads to flexible work schedules, multiple income streams and most importantly, passionate life projects. Part 1: Define Your Brand, Part 2: Validate Your Brand - learn how to source clients with social media and email marketing, Part 3: Monetize Your Brand - Learn how to make money with webinars and speaking engagements. About the Host: Christine Souffrant Ntim is an award-winning Haitian-American entrepreneur & startup ecosystem expert for emerging markets.
Learn how to teach computers to see. This course will teach how to compile and install OpenCV for Python3, develop an object detection pipeline, integrate machine vision with deep learning back-ends like tensorflow. At the end of the course, you will build an artificially intelligent pet door, that detects your pet and unlocks the door. To build this workflow we will be using Nvidia Jetson machine vision developer kit available here: https://goo.gl/8tcS3Q. During this course, you will receive a cloud based python development environment with GPU support. This is included in the entry fee. We will teach you how to deploy python applications in the cloud. This is a limited ticketed event, on a first come first served basis.
Microsoft 11 Times Square (8th avenue entrance, close to the corner of 41st St) - New York, NY
Hi hardwarians, We've got another great meetup for you, with a bit of a twist. We'll have some great startups presenting, but we're going to try something new: we'll have someone from a more established industry to come talk about some of their toughest challenges - problems worth solving for those of you who are so inclined. Hope to see you there!
iOSoho - New York City's largest iOS Engineer Meetup
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Mongo DB 229 W 43rd Street - 5th Floor - New York, NY
Hey CUNYTechies! We're excited to have MongoDB host our October meetup. MongoDB has pioneered the NoSQL space and has been a heavy-hitter in both the open-source and enterprise solution community. Join us as we get a tour of their HQ, hear from a panel, followed by great connecting time. You don't want to miss out!
Lowenstein Sandler 1251 Ave of the Americas New York, NY 10020 - New York, NY
The retail industry has undergone unprecedented change over the last 5 years, driven in large part by e-commerce, eater demand for convenience and better products, and narrowing margins. Now, Amazon’s $13.7 billion dollar acquisition of Whole Foods is forcing retailers and brands to innovate even faster. Is the future of retail online? What role will bricks and mortar play? How do we increase accessibility to underserved communities? Are meal kits a fad? How do we support small emerging brands? What will it take to cater to the rapidly evolving needs of modern eaters? Join us to hear from some of the game-changing startups who are changing the way we shop for food at our October Food+Tech Meetup. Founders will do a deep dive into their business and technology models, challenges and lessons learned. We will also have networking with the community and lots of great emerging food and drink startups to sample including Haven's Kitchen, Rise Brewing Co, Bon Harvest, The Brooklyn Kitchen, Yumami, mēle + More!
With the accelerated adoption of agile and multi-disciplinary teams known as ‘Pods” Product Design, as a profession, is on a trajectory to demand generalist designers over specialized ones. In response to this eventual pivot “The Product Design Playbook" is a comprehensive collection of methodologies and concepts that will guide designers and teams alike to build high quality products quickly and repeatedly. For this Product Thinking event, concepts covered will span across the spectrum of continuous agile product development. The presentation is intended to communicate a direct approach to help designers and teams discover and understand what to expect through learning about situational concepts to leverage at any given time throughout the continuous product development process.
Turn To Tech 40 Rector Street, 10th Floor, suite 1000, New York, NY - New York, NY
Get your feet wet in native iOS app development. This is a beginner workshop. We'll all build a simple app using Swift. Have you ever wondered what your life would be like today had you invented a popular app such as Instagram, Snapchat, or even Angry Birds? Creating fun, mobile apps is easier than you think! We will start off by looking at the process of app development and then dive right in by creating a fully functional mobile app that will run on your phone by the end of the evening. The session will be led by Aditya, one of TurnToTech’s master teachers and iOS expert. This intro course will be specifically about building iPhone apps for those with little to no experience, but it will also serve as an excellent opportunity to connect with like-minded folks in the industry. RSVP today!
Spotify 45 W 18th St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011 - New York, NY
Looking for a way to get some whiteboarding interview practice? We've got you covered! You'll be paired up with two other attendees and a mentor for whiteboarding practice. We'll provide common interview questions and challenges for you to work on and help each other with. One person at a time will solve a problem on the whiteboard while their partners and mentor provide feedback. Bring: An ID to show security and your laptop.
WWCode events are intended for all women (trans and cis), trans men, and genderqueer folks who are interested in attending. We are emphatically queer and trans friendly and committed to matters of social justice as an organization. Select events may be open to the general public, which will be clearly noted in event descriptions. Our Code of Conduct is in effect at all of our events. If you have any questions, please message the Directors of this chapter. 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.
Join us for NYC's most famous and longest running monthly tech event! This Month we have a great program planned. We will be featuring a great speaker, George Neville-Neil, a leading cyber security expert along with a few amazing security startups demoing their latest tools to keep you safe. The program will also include a great Hack-of-the-Month and a demo from our sponsor, Zenefits. Find details below about them all below.
#BetaNYC, NYC's open data, open gov, & civic tech community
Carto 201 Moore Street - Brooklyn, NY
Our organization’s programming and advocacy work is based from the values and goals in The People’s Roadmap to a Digital New York City, a comprehensive visioning document co-written by BetaNYC and NYC’s civic technology and open data community. Our 2013 document was the result of six community meetings across all five boroughs and a collaborative online writing process. Four years later, 14 of the 34 proposals have been introduced as legislation in City Council. Seven have become laws and nine have gone on to become public-private partnerships. NOW, we seek to revise the People's Roadmap and update our vision for the next four years. Join us for this in person visioning session, and help write the future of NYC's civic/community technology, open data, and civic design!
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