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Doing a short survey on why people leave their jobs. Can you answer the following questions on why you left your last job? It should take about two minutes.
I'm also working on a podcast about it--so if you've got any stories that you want to share anonymously (we'll do some voice masking) I'd love to hear about issues that maybe started out small that ballooned into bigger problems, culminating in you quitting, which surprised no one except, of course, management. If you're interested in sharing, reply here.
Would you like $200? That's what Conductor, our sponsor for this week, is offering towards their C3 conference.
Do you want to meet over 800 marketers, many from large global brands?
C3 is a brand conference takes place March 7-8 at New World Stages in the heart of NYC, and features strategic and practical presentations and panels on organic marketing. The event is aimed at SEO professionals, content marketers and digital marketing leaders. This year there are 3 brand new tracks called Big Picture Strategy, Creative Innovation and Winning Tactics. Speakers range from many of the world’s best known brands in B2B and B2C to other key influencers in the industry. The panel so far includes brands such as Home Depot, Slack, Microsoft, Aetna, American Eagle Outfitters, HTC, GoDaddy, Forrester, Sealed Air and many more.
This link gets you $200 off the conference. (Don't forget to click "apply code" on the next screen.)
How much would one single closed client be worth to you? And really, if you can't close a deal when 800 brand marketers are present, maybe it's worth the price of the ticket to find out you're not selling the right product.
Check out C3 before it sells out.
Looking for an opportunity to pitch investors away from the hustle and bustle of the city?
Peak Pitch is an annual investor/founder event that gives select Seed and Series-A founders the opportunity to pitch and discuss their companies with top-tier VC investors in a fun and dynamic way--on a one day ski trip that doesn't even require an overnight stay.
Entrepreneurs can pitch their startup as they share a 6 minute chairlift ride with potential investors, before skiing to the bottom of the slopes to do it all over again. (Or just relax in the lodge and network with investors and founders there!)
Featuring 80+ top-tier investors and 80+ entrepreneurs, Peak Pitch brings together great people to create special opportunities.
In case you were wondering, here's what Dr. King actually said about consumerism *in that same speech*.
I have to wonder, did the Dodge folks know exactly what they were doing? I mean, this is a complete generalization, but I doubt a lot of liberals or people of color who might be bothered by that ad are driving around in Dodge Ram pickup trucks. Given that red staters seem to be for anything that blue staters backlash against, does that make Dodge *more* popular in their target demo?
Pretty cynical, but the alternative is to just believe that the ad agency that did that add either a) is staffed entirely by idiots or b) has no people of color at senior positions of influence.
Oh, wait. That's probably it. Nevermind.
Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes has been thinking about and researching income inequality.
He proposes a simple, bold solution: a guaranteed income for working people, including unpaid caregivers and students, paid for by the one percent. The way Hughes sees it, a guaranteed income is the most powerful tool we have to combat poverty and stabilize America's middle class. Money―cold hard cash with no strings attached―gives people freedom, dignity, and the ability to climb the economic ladder.
A guaranteed income for working people is the big idea that's missing in the national conversation. This book, grounded in Hughes' personal experience, will start a frank conversation about how we earn in modern America, how we can combat income inequality, and ultimately, how we can give everyone a fair shot.
He'll be discussing the book at Grand Central Tech this month:
On Saturday, March 3rd, join BetaNYC for international open data day and NYC School of Data 2018!
This year’s conference — our ninth — asks you to invision better community resources to improve our neighborhoods. Join us for thought provoking sessions and small group workshops on digital literacy, privacy, smart cities, open government, and civic technology. Come spend the day learning or working on a civic project in our #hackhall!
For more information, visit https://schoolofdata.nyc.
Free child care for all participants. Get your early bird tickets till Tuesday, 6 February at 11:30 PM ET here.
Suggest a HackHall project by Sunday, 11 February @ Midnight at https://betanyc.forms.fm/sodata-2018-hackhall.
And now, back to lots of things more exciting than the Halftime show...
06:00PM - Deepa Subramaniam & Lara Hogan: Building Vibrant Product Organizations Tech Talks @ Skillshare Skillshare HQ 35 East 21st Street, Floor 5 - New York, NY We're excited to host a fireside chat with Wherewithall Founders Deepa Subramaniam & Lara Hogan. They'll be interviewed by Michael Karnjanaprakorn (Skillshare Founder & Executive Chairman). We'll explore Deepa & Lara's passion for helping world-class product and engineering teams reach their greatest potential. Whether you're a new member of a product organization or leading the charge on change, you'll walk away with tips for executing your vision and contributing to success at any level. We'll kick off the talk at 6:30pm. Drinks and light bites will be served. Hope to see you there! RSVP
Monday, February 5
10:00AM - Digital Marketing Bootcamp GA Terry Rice 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY Create an end-to-end digital marketing campaign using the latest marketing techniques to promote your business or service and drive measurable results. RSVP
Tuesday, February 6
06:00PM - Most Effective Ways to Acquire New Pipeline in 2018 NYC Sales Development Forum Namely 195 Broadway - New York, NY Filling your sales funnel is a 24/7 imperative. Without a steady stream of leads in the pipeline, your sales cycle is inconsistent and unreliable. Optimizing your sales pipeline mitigates the risk of having lulls in new business. With consistency, your company is better positioned for efficient and sustainable growth. Improving your sales funnel isn’t simply a matter of flooding it with prospects. Be scientific and strategic in your sales approach. These standout speakers will discuss how they will go about acquiring new pipeline in 2018! RSVP
06:00PM - Retail X Series B2C Seed Fundraising from VCs Sapna Shah, Red Giraffe Advisors Friends of eBay 625 Sixth Avenue 3rd Floor - New York, NY Join us to learn how to target VCs for a B2C seed financing. How do I tailor my pitch to VCs? What should I have ready before I begin the process? What questions will I get asked? How do I target VCs that focus on B2C in this space? Guest Speakers: Andrew Mitchell, Founder & General Partner, Brand Foundry Ventures, Claire Fauquier, Principal, Corigin Ventures, Sarah Foley, Principal, SWAT Equity, Sallie Jian, Vice President, SeedInvest. RSVP
06:00PM - NJ Tech Meetup 93 NJ Tech Meetup Howe Center - Stevens Institute of Technology Bissinger Room (4th Floor) 8th/Hudson - walk up River St to 6th St., then up Wittpen Walk to Howe Building - Hoboken, NJ Speaker: TBA. Schedule: 6:00 (sharp!) - 6:30: Speed Networking & Pizza, 6:30 - 7:30: Welcome/Startups present, 7:30 - 8:15: Speaker, 8:15+: Closing remarks/head to Ainsworth (local bar) with food/drink specials3 great startups to present. RSVP
07:00PM - February 2018 NY Tech Meetup and Afterparty NY Tech Meetup AppNexus 28 West 23rd Street - New York, NY Join us for NYC's most famous and longest running monthly tech event! You'll see a fantastic lineup of New York tech companies presenting live demos of their products, followed by an afterparty where you can network with the community and meet our demoers and sponsors. This month, NY Tech Meetup and La French Tech New York present David Bessis, CEO & Founder at Tinyclues speaking about what it means to build an AI first product. This conversation will be followed by demos from technologists building AI forward products. RSVP
06:00PM - Understanding Retirement Investments The Financial Gym The Financial Gym 134 West 25th Street 2nd Floor - New York, NY Have you ever looked at your 401k and have absolutely no idea what any of it means? You're not alone. Join us for an evening talking about everything retirement savings related with specifics on: Understanding the different options offered by your employer in English, not the gibberish the white-haired guy from your company's benefits department tells you; How much you should actually be contributing to live your best life NOW and LATER; What your investment profile should look like and how much to invest - life goals vary in length and your investments should vary with them. There will be opportunities for questions so feel free to bring them along for the evening! Presented by the Financial Gym's founder and personal finance expert, Shannon McLay, will get your retirement investing in tip-top shape over engaging conversation with cocktails in hand! RSVP
Wednesday, February 7
06:30PM - Ladies Python Career Study Night NYC PyLadies Clutch Talent 36 East 23rd Street, 2R - New York, NY We're partnering with Clutch Talent for a Ladies Python-specific technical interview study night. Get together with fellow engineers and work on your Python interview prep! This event is open to software engineers / developers of all levels. You'll primarily work together to prep for the technical portions of interviews (whiteboarding, data structures/algos, pair programming, and cultural/behavioral interview questions). •We'll provide: Whiteboard + plenty of scrap paper, Copy of Cracking the Code Interview 6th Edition to use, Practice data structures/algorithms and whiteboarding problems with answers •Important to know: All attendees are expected to abide by the PyLadies Code of Conduct. Code of Conduct: http://www.pyladies.com/CodeOfConduct/. RSVP
06:30PM - B2C Marketing & Acquisition Strategies for Startups Stacklist Alley Powered by Verizon Chelsea 119 W 24th St. 2nd Floor - New York, NY For those brave entrepreneurs who are launching B2C businesses, go you! Your addressable market is probably enormous - awesome - but you’re also probably feeling the pain of standing out, marketing yourself, building a funnel, acquiring your first 1,000 customers, retaining them… and staying focused on priorities amidst the lure of shiny new tools, tricks, and hacks. We'll go over some of the most important things to consider when it comes to marketing to your customers from Day 1, including Identifying your target consumers, Testing an MVP in a B2C business Branding, Positioning, and Marketing Key metrics including calculating customer acquisition, lifetime value, Managing the customer experience from UX to Customer Service, Acquiring new customers and reducing churn, Tips for growing your social media following, Helpful tools to use, And, as always, how to get it off the ground. Schedule: 6:30 - 6:50: Drinks & Networking, 6:50 - 7:50: Panel, 7:50 - 8:15: Audience Q&A, 8:15 - 9:00: More Drinks & Networking. RSVP
07:00PM - QueensJS Episode 41: A New Year QueensJS Raven's Head Public House 38-04 Broadway - Astoria, NY QueensJS will be hosting our 41st meetup on Wednesday, February 7th, 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: -Anne DeCusatis (@precisememory) rocking out to "A Pop Punk Introduction to Scala" -Aaron Sikes (@courajs) will eventually give "Promises are a Monad and Why it Doesn't Really Matter" -TBD, QueensJS expects all speakers and attendees to follow the JSConf code of conduct (http://jsconf.com/codeofconduct.html). 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. RSVP
06:00PM - Top Tech Talent Job Fair New York Software Engineers (NYSE) Pace University 163 Williams Street, 18th Floor - New York, ny New York Software Engineers job fair attracts the best talent in the tri-state area. Come meet employers, ask questions, and make connections. For Tickets, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/top-tech-talent-job-fair-tickets-41393083828. RSVP
Thursday, February 8
06:00PM - HealthTech Women NYC: Kick of the New Year Happy Hour! HealthTech Women WeWork 142 W 57th Street - New York, NY Meet the HealthTech Women and our community of women impacting health technologies as we kick off 2018 with a BANG! Join us on Thursday, February 8 in NYC for an evening of drinks and networking. If you're in the health industry, supporting the industry and/or care to learn about technologies impacting this space, please come and introduce yourself. We can't wait to see new and familiar faces. Feel free to invite a friend or colleague to join in on some fun! Our events do sell out so make sure you confirm your spot by RSVP'ing. RSVP
07:00PM - Feb 8th SofarSounds, MyStudioSession & Tech Projects! (sponsored by DistroKid) NY MusicTech Meetup VR Bar 67 Jay Street - Brooklyn, ny Demos By: SofarSounds: Intimate gigs all around the world! Studio Session booking platform: MyStudioSessions. An interactive sing-along for Amazon Echo by Adam Varga. A tech talk -how an artist's website was built in React/HTML5 by Sylvestre Gug. Musical Performance: A Live generative Songcraft by Kwame +Amazing VR experiences at VRBar ++Tasty sandwiches & non-alcoholic drinks. Sponsored by our friends at DistroKid!!! RSVP
07:00PM - Think Like a Scientist: Using Toyota Kata to Enable Continuous Improvement NYC Lean/Kanban Spotify 45 W 18th St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011 - New York, NY “In science, every new discovery raises 10 new questions” The playwright, George Bernard Shaw, once remarked in a dinner toast to Albert Einstein. Another way of saying this is, for every gain in knowledge, there is a corresponding larger gain in the things we are consciously ignorant of, and both of the former pale in comparison to the mountain of things we are not even aware we do not know. Considering this, we can think of scientific discovery as a continuous path of small steps through a non-ending queue of ignorance. Initially, that may sound dismal, but it is also true that as long as we wield this ignorance effectively, our potential learning is non-ending. Once one declares that they ‘know’ something fully and truly, that is when discovery comes to a resounding halt. Through the lens of Toyota’s culture of improvement, we will explore how scientific thinking enables effective problem solving and product development flow. This will include an introduction to University of Michigan Professor Mike Rother’s Toyota Kata research and how it fits into the company's practices that have been codified into the lean tools many are familiar with. Additionally, I will tell the story of an actual attempt to put the method into practice. RSVP
08:30AM - Chelsea weekly Lean Coffee (morning) NYC Lean/Kanban Le Pain Quotidien 124 7th Avenue - New York, NY Weekly morning Lean Coffee in the Chelsea area. If you want to learn what a Lean Coffee is, click here: http://www.meetup.com/nyc-kanban/pages/Running_a_Lean_Coffee/. RSVP
Friday, February 9
10:00AM - Facebook Advertising for the Win GA Terry Rice 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY In this workshop you will get insights and practical lessons from the field, you’ll learn how to make the most of Facebook advertising in this fast-paced, hands on class. RSVP
10:00AM - Google Analytics Bootcamp GA Jon Chang 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY Learn how to use your Google Analytics to get real insights into your website’s visitors, their behavior and any patterns and trends. RSVP
10:30AM - CocoaPods Peer Lab CocoaPods NYC Artsy 401 Broadway, Floor 24 - New York, NY Here's the idea: come join other NYC developers for a peer-based learning lab. You've got a question? Maybe someone can provide you with some insight. Maybe you can help someone else. Bring a laptop and some code to work on. We'll have coffee, cereal, and pizza at the end. If you have dietary restrictions, please let the group organize know when you arrive – we're happy to accommodate you. Everyone is also welcome to bring snacks, too. This event falls under the CocoaPods Code of Conduct, available at http://cocoapods.org/legal. Please respect it, the organizers take it seriously. RSVP
06:30PM - Women's Only Study Session Flatiron School Presents The Flatiron School 11 Broadway, Suite 260 - New York, NY Want to meet other women coders leaning online in New York City? Look no further! Join us for our next Women’s Only Study Session where you'll have the opportunity to meet other women coders and dive into programming together. We recommend our Free Bootcamp Prep Course or on one of our other online tracks, but you are welcome to work on any coding material! A few of our current women Flatiron School students will be floating around the room answering questions and offering insights on what life as a Flatiron School student is like - take this opportunity to get some in-person assistance! Be sure to bring your laptop, we will provide the pizza. Have another woman coder who is working their way through a Flatiron School online course? Bring them along! Elevator code is 11749! RSVP
Monday, February 12
01:00PM - Intro to Product Management | Livestream GA Sherika Wynter Online Class - Livestream, NY In this online workshop you will gain exposure to all the basic elements and responsibilities of performing the role of a product manager within a digital company. RSVP
Tuesday, February 13
05:45PM - Design and Management at Scale [FirstMark's Design Driven] Design Driven NYC (a FirstMark Event) BuzzFeed 111 East 18th Street - New York, NY For February's Design Driven, we're hosting an evening focused on stories of design, product, and leadership at scale. We're honored to welcome: -Lara Hogan, Founder of Wherewithall (and Engineering Leader @ Etsy, Kickstarter, etc.) -Stephen Spyropoulos, VP UX & Design at Hudson's Bay Company (Lord & Taylor, Saks, Gilt, etc.) -Xiaodi Zhang, Chief Product Officer at 1stdibs. RSVP
06:00PM - IoT NY #51: Industrial IoT in Manufacturing Internet of Things (IoT) NY Two Sigma 100 Avenue of the Americas - New York, NY This month's IoT NY is in held in conjunction with Time-Series Data NY. For all things time-series data related outside the realm of IoT, join here: https://www.meetup.com/time-series-data-new-york/. The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Smart Factories. Industry 4.0. Call it what you want, one of the biggest market opportunities for IoT deployments and applications lies within manufacturing. Nowadays our products are almost always assembled by machine: plastic extruders, sheet metal stampers, textile spinning machines, robotic arms programmed for specific tasks. The machines and equipment vary, depending on the product being made, with the manufacturing processes overseen by humans. Until recently, the performance parameters of the machines (e.g., pressure, humidity, moisture, temperature, rotational speed) have been largely invisible to us. In other words, we need to capture data. Consequently, the efficiency of our processes is jeopardized by the fact that we don't know what is happening at all times along our assembly lines. In other words, we don't capture data at all or if we do, we don't put it to actionable use. This is why manufacturing is one of IoT's biggest markets. With the right data collection, processing, storage and analytics solution in place, companies can save hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars through process optimization, maximizing resource efficiency and, ultimately, increasing productivity. Speakers: Devon Peticolas, Data Engineer @ Oden Technologies -Eric Fogg, COO & Founder @ MachineMetrics RSVP
06:00PM - Retail X Series B2B Seed Fundraising from VCs Sapna Shah, Red Giraffe Advisors Davis & Gilbert 1740 Broadway - New York, NY Join us to learn how to target VCs for a B2B seed financing. How do I tailor my pitch to VCs at the seed stage? What should I have ready before I begin the process? What questions will I get asked? How do I target investors that focus on B2B in this space? Guest Speakers: Jeffrey Silverman, Co-founder & Managing Director, Laconia Capital, Joseph Sartre, Partner, Bleu Capital, Dessy Levinson, VP & Head of Story, 645 Ventures. RSVP
06:30PM - Blockchain + Media: What the hell? Postlight Postlight 101 Fifth Avenue - 10th Floor, NY Maybe the blockchain is what we need to save the media! Maybe it will kill the media and we can all get some rest. Whatever, we need to discuss it. IMMEDIATELY. That’s why Postlight, a blockchain-neutral software development firm, is bringing together blockchain experts who see a bold future for cryptocurrency in the media. Can readers, publishers, and content creators live together in benevolent crypto-harmony—safe from corporate cutbacks, the predations of the ad machine, and the whims of thin-skinned billionaires?Join us, and figure out what’s actually going on. On the panel: MARIA BUSTILLOS is editor in chief and co-founder of Popula, a news and culture magazine coming in Spring 2018 to the new Ethereum-based Civil publishing platform. She is a journalist and critic whose work has appeared in Harper's, the New Yorker, The Awl, the New York Times, the Paris Review, the Times Literary Supplement and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles. BRADY DALE covers initial coin offerings for CoinDesk, where he's been a staff reporter since October. As the token craze gathered steam, he wrote a useful story about the Useless Ethereum Token. Dale began as a reporter freelancing for sites like Next City, Fortune and Technically Brooklyn, always with a focus on technology and communities. He grew up in Kansas and lives in Brooklyn, with several other states in between. His Twitter (@BradyDale) is pretty okay. RSVP
06:45PM - The UX of Firing and Hiring (and all that stuff in between…) UX + Data work—bench 110 5th Avenue, 5th Floor - New York, NY The experience of hiring and firing is an arduous and painful affair for all parties involved. Unfortunately, during those events is also where you will encounter the most human, but not necessarily humane, contact. Then there is all that “stuff” in between... The process of firing, hiring and looking for jobs sucks. The person looking for a job will encounter countless employment sites, faceless company portals, vague job descriptions, ugly web forms, random LinkedIn invites, networking events, and an overall lack of feedback or encouragement. Technology does not seem to have helped as much as add additional layers. All of these contribute to an overall lonely and miserable user experience. There must be decent solutions out there to help address this problem. The company hiring needs to write up job descriptions, sort through piles of candidates, and take time and money to interview, budget, negotiate and eventually retain qualified individuals. Positions may go unfilled for long periods of time and/or the quality of candidates may be lacking. Let’s apply our UX principles and design thinking caps and look at this experience from all sides to begin identifying what works and what needs fixing. RSVP
06:00PM - Data Visualization Using D3 GA Joe Keohan 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY This study group is designed for General Assembly students who would like to learn more about Data Visualization using D3. RSVP
Wednesday, February 14
10:00AM - Data Science 101 GA Jonathan Bechtel 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY This workshop will define what data science is, review some of the main tools used by data scientists today, and discuss how they can be implemented in real world work. RSVP
Thursday, February 15
06:30PM - Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, & Other Threats of Toxic Tech Women Who Code NYC Meetup HQ 632 Broadway 9th Floor - New York, NY Author and consultant Sara Wachter-Boettcher will give a talk based on her new book, Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, & Other Threats of Toxic Tech—a revealing look at how tech industry biases and blind spots get baked into the digital products we use every day. She’ll discuss where tech has gone wrong, why public backlash is coming (and that’s a good thing), and how all of us working in the field can be part of the solution. Copies of Technically Wrong will be available for purchase at the event.BioSara Wachter-Boettcher is a Philly-based content strategy and user experience consultant who has worked on the web since 2005. As the principal of Rare Union, she’s led projects and facilitated workshops for Fortune 100 corporations, education and research institutions, and startups. She is the co-author, with Eric Meyer, of Design for Real Life from A Book Apart, and the author of Content Everywhere from Rosenfeld Media. Technically Wrong (W.W. Norton) is her first mainstream book. What to bring: Yourselves! Food & drink will be provided, including veggie, vegan & gluten-free options. Agenda: 6:30-7:00 - Food & Mingling, 7:00 - Talk by Sara. Women Who Code events are open to all supporters of Women in Tech, regardless of gender. Women Who Code Code Of Conduct: https://www.womenwhocode.com/codeofconduct RSVP
07:00PM - Monad stacks living in an imperative world ny-scala [Visit the event's page for address] Managing technical debt is hard, especially for small teams, moving fast. One way to work it down is to standardize how the information flows between the different components. We introduced a small library to the Troops codebase built around a single monad stack to take care of our logging and dependency management needs while also enforcing a standard way of handling errors. In the talk I'll describe how we are building expressive services that are easier to understand without compromises. BioTamas Neltz is a Software Engineer at Troops, where he works on the platform that powers Troops' workflow management service. He's been working with Scala for the past 7 years, passionate about functional programing paradigms and applications to real-world software. *Note* As of now we don't have a sponsor, so you may want to pick up food on your way in. RSVP
08:30AM - Chelsea weekly Lean Coffee (morning) NYC Lean/Kanban Le Pain Quotidien 124 7th Avenue - New York, NY Weekly morning Lean Coffee in the Chelsea area. If you want to learn what a Lean Coffee is, click here: http://www.meetup.com/nyc-kanban/pages/Running_a_Lean_Coffee/ RSVP
Friday, February 16
10:00AM - Excel Bootcamp GA Frank Sumanski 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY Get hands-on experience incorporating some of the most popular Excel functions into your daily workflow. RSVP
Saturday, February 17
10:30AM - CocoaPods Peer Lab CocoaPods NYC Artsy 401 Broadway, Floor 24 - New York, NY Here's the idea: come join other NYC developers for a peer-based learning lab. You've got a question? Maybe someone can provide you with some insight. Maybe you can help someone else. Bring a laptop and some code to work on.We'll have coffee, cereal, and pizza at the end. If you have dietary restrictions, please let the group organize know when you arrive – we're happy to accommodate you. Everyone is also welcome to bring snacks, too. This event falls under the CocoaPods Code of Conduct, available at http://cocoapods.org/legal. Please respect it, the organizers take it seriously. RSVP