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Fix Your Pitch for Good, the for charity pitch workshop series that I've been doing at my office is back. We successfully raised over $2600 since mid-January, so why stop now?? If you're nervous that the pitch you're giving might not land and you're not sure what an investor is going to think of it, you can donate a little bit of money to charity to make sure you're not wasting a whole lot of time. Check it out here: https://fixyourpitchforgood.eventbrite.com/ (You can also just come watch others get their pitches workshopped as well.)
Thinking of starting a company, but need to trim your financial overhead?
Trying to pay back the debt you incurred working at your last startup?
Just trying to stretch your dollars and plan for the future? The Financial Gym, a portfolio company of mine, has opened its flagship location in Flatiron and is open for business. The Gym has a membership based service where you get 1:1 coaching and help around getting on top of your finances.
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My softball team that has a tech reporter, three venture backed tech founders, and obviously a VC, needs one more female player. Ideally, it's someone who has played before. We're casual, but softball is less fun when you've literally never played. Let me know if you're interested. It's a seven game season around Manhattan during the spring.
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06:30PM - Unlocking open data for Community Boards through data journeys - Manhattan Open Data Week event BetaNYC Office of the Manhattan Borough President 1 Centre St 19th Floor - New York, NY As the result of a three year partnership with the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, BetaNYC has designed tools and customized trainings specifically intended to help Community Boards access, analyze, map and use data to inform decision-making. This workshop will introduce an easy-to-use BoardStat tool to query NYC 311 - service requests and explore trends in health, safety and quality of life concerns. Additional key datasets / tools will also be reviewed. Come ready to learn and get right into datasets and graphs. Bring a laptop and be prepared to learn how to easily make 311 part of your workflow! RSVP
Monday, March 5
06:00PM - NJ Tech Meetup 94: Startups Pitch Entrepreneur Mag Editor In Chief, Jason Feifer 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: Startups Pitch Entrepreneur Mag Editor In Chief, Jason Feifer. 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
Tuesday, March 6
06:00PM - March 2018 - MongoDB User Group - MongoDB 3.6 Change Streams New York MongoDB User Group MongoDB 229 W. 43rd St, 5th Floor - New York, NY We'll have two presentations on the MongoDB 3.6 change streams feature. Harry Wolff: In this talk you will be introduced to Change Streams. What they are and how to use them.From there we're going to put our knowledge to to the test. We'll upgrade an existing application built using React and GraphQL and add some real-time behavior powered by GraphQL Subscriptions and MongoDB Change Streams. Real time applications for the win! --Aly Cabral: Real-time feedback is an essential part of modern application development where developers want to sync across platforms, systems, and users to provide better end-user experiences. In MongoDB 3.6, change streams will empower developers to easily leverage the power of MongoDB's internal real-time functionality to react to relevant data changes immediately. This session introduces change streams and walks you through developing against them. We will dive into use cases and explore how to make good architectural decisions around this new functionality. RSVP
06:30PM - Pathways to a Career in Tech Panel at Datadog Women Who Code NYC Datadog 620 8th ave 45th Floor - New York, NY We are excited to be hosting a panel featuring Pathways to a Career in Tech. Several women will share their stories of transition along with Q&A. PANELISTS: Samantha Drago (Software Engineer at Datadog) transitioned from customer service and marketing by attending Dev Bootcamp and working as a support engineer at Datadog. She currently writes code and designs systems to support Datadog's core platform. Cara Marie (Offensive Senior Security Engineer at Datadog) transitioned from web design (via ticket scalping) by attending Hackbright Academy and focusing on security related projects. She currently performs offensive assessments of Datadog’s infrastructure. Justine Kay (iOS Developer at Intrepid/Accenture Digital) transitioned from fine art photography and yoga teaching to mobile software engineering after becoming a C4Q Access Code fellow and working for Intrepid, a mobile design and development consultancy recently acquired by Accenture Digital. She is currently working on a team that is focused on refactoring and implementing new features on a user-facing app that controls a high-end home automation system. Additional Panelists - TBA HOST: Datadog - 620 8th ave 45th Floor; New York, NY. RSVP
07:00PM - March 2018 NY Tech Meetup and Afterparty NY Tech Meetup AppNexus Razzle Dazzle Room 28 West 23rd St., 4th Floor - 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. We are working on a great program that will be out of this world! Stay tuned for the details and tickets will be available February 1st. RSVP
06:30PM - March NY FinTech Meetup: Financial Inclusion NY FinTech [Visit the event's page for address] Co-hosted with The Financial Solutions Lab.The panel will discuss: From good to great: Are FinTechs the solution for financial inclusion? Agenda: 6:30-7:00pm: Registration & Networking, 7:00-8:00pm: Panel Discussion- Herbert Moore, CEO and Co-founder of WiseBanyan, Calvin Bradley, Co-founder of Blockchain For Change, Jake s, Co-Founder and CEO of Payperks, Matthew Carey, Co-Founder and CEO of BluePrint Income. Moderated by Adam Herling from the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI). 8:00-8:30pm: Networking. RSVP
Wednesday, March 7
06:30PM - Isaac Oates: Startup Advice from the Founder of Justworks Stacklist Alley Powered by Verizon Chelsea 119 W 24th St. 2nd Floor - New York, NY Join us for an intimate conversation with Isaac Oates, Founder & CEO of Justworks. Justworks helps small business entrepreneurs get access to large company benefits, letting them provide the care their team deserves and compete for top talent. Their fast and easy to use HR platform has been a favorite for startups, getting great reviews from their users. Isaac founded Justworks in 2012, and since then they've raised over $50 million in venture funding from investors including Redpoint Capital, Index Ventures, and Thrive Capital. Justworks has been named one of the best small & medium workplaces by FORTUNE and Great Place to Work, and Isaac was named a Glassdoor Highest Rated CEO in 2016. We're excited to speak with the founder of one of New York's hottest startups! We'll discuss his entrepreneurial journey, and find the lessons and insights you can carry into your business. RSVP
07:00PM - QueensJS presents Yet Another IDEs of March Joke QueensJS Raven's Head Public House 38-04 Broadway - Astoria, NY QueensJS will be hosting our 42nd meetup on Wednesday, March 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: -Jess Anastasio (@jessanastasio) will amp us up with progressive web apps -Sharell Bryant (@shrell) strikes a chord with "Exploring Music Theory with Web Audio API" -Andrew Hayakawa gets fancy with "Styling in React." 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.If you would like to sponsor or speak at one of our events, please email us at organizers at queensjs dot com! RSVP
08:30AM - Rapid iOS Development: How We Killed Daily Standups and Tripled our Releases Techfest Club: the monthly event for women in tech Hudson's Bay Company 225 Liberty Street Fl 31 - New York, ny This is our second year at Hudson's Bay Company (Saks 5th Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Gilt) for International Women's Day! This month, Kyla Robinson, Senior PM and Natalia Bartol, Director of Mobile Engineering, will talk through their team's transition to Kanban. A rare engineering and product management collab talk! Thank you to HBC for hosting. *PLEASE NOTE LOCATION DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE!* Rapid iOS Development: How we killed daily standups and tripled our annual releases. A tale of accountability and Kanban. This talk will cover: -How to build understanding and trust between engineers & product/ project managers. -How to focus on priorities instead of deadlines. -Strategies for providing estimates and communicating them to stakeholders. -Balance between building the right way and releasing often. This talk is for you if: -You’re an engineer and you’d love to meet less and code more. -You’re a product manager and are searching for ways to increase your release cadence. -You work on a cross-functional team and are looking for effective strategies to collaborate while minimizing process overhead. RSVP
Thursday, March 8
01:00PM - Intro to UX Design | Livestream GA Kiri Martin Online Class - Livestream, NY This is an introduction to user experience design. Whether you understand the basics or have just heard the term, this online class explores the topic and how to learn more. RSVP
06:00PM - Democratize AI: The Future of Work Democratize AI Work-Bench 110 5th Avenue 5th Floor - New York, NY THIS IS A FREE EVENT [WITH REQUIRED RSVP]! PLEASE GET YOUR TICKET HERE Join us for the launch of the Democratize AI event series that will take place on the second Thursday of each month at Work-Bench! On March 8th, we will be exploring an exciting topic, the Future of Work: How are artificial intelligence and automation transforming the way humans work? What are the impacts on society and relationships in the workplace? What will recruiters look for in an AI-first world? We will be investigating real-world use cases and the divergent streams of opinions. We are pleased to welcome three incredible speakers for this first edition. The panel discussion will be followed by an open Q&A. 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, March 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
Saturday, March 10
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
12:30PM - Intro to Digital Project Management Girl Develop It NYC Flatiron School 11 Broadway, Suite 260 - New York, NY This class is a 1-day workshop running from 12:30pm-5pm Saturday March 10th. Curious about what it takes to be a digital project manager (DPM)? Or maybe you want to become more organized and help your company run more efficiently? This class is an introduction to managing digital projects large and small, and will take you from knowing absolutely nothing about how to manage a project to a solid understanding of what’s involved in making your project successful. We’ll walk through each step of planning, estimating, and running a digital project, complete with detailed examples and course materials for you to take home. The class will also include group exercises that will let you experience and practice some of the more challenging aspects of the job. Class discussions will include details on our processes at work, stories from our careers, and the tools that Suzie & Jess use on a daily basis. RSVP
10:00AM - Product Management Bootcamp GA Georges Clement 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY Find out which of your ideas are most viable by learning how to test them quickly and efficiently. RSVP
Sunday, March 11
10:00AM - [live stream] From Activities Product Managers Should Stop to Customer Intimacy The Product Group Worldwide Worlwide Event Any town - New York, NY Come and join us for the next live stream event of The Product Mentor! Sit back and listen or join with your own questions. @11AM ET 5 activities product managers should stop doing with Jordan Bergtraum. A successful Product Manager needs to be good at knowing which activities NOT to take on just as much as which activities they should. The PM role is broad enough to drown a whale, don't add more dead weight to your already difficult job and sink. You will learn 5 activities that you are likely doing on a weekly basis that you should STOP doing immediately. @12PM ET Product management management with Chris Butler. How do you know you (or someone you are managing) are a great product manager? How do you continuously push the quality of product work higher in your organization? How do you identify what is 'great' product work anyways? This talk will give methods to help product managers grow and be great. It will be helpful for people that are product manager managers today, those who want to be managers, and any product manager that wants to take their skills up a level. @1PM ET Know your customers intimately with Tim Nunn. There's nothing more important in good product development than knowing your customers intimately and yet most of us don't afford the time to do so. What's stopping us and how can we overcome it? RSVP to attend AND THEN at the start of this event visit http://TheProductMentor.com/live to join in! Thanks & see you there! RSVP
06:30PM - Data Analytics 101 GA Melissa Guller 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY In this hands-on introductory workshop, you’ll learn to ask the right questions of your data, while learning basic analytic functionality & manipulating real- data sets. RSVP
07:00PM - @OkCupid: React Native for iOS Developers && Command Pattern + UICollectionView iOSoho - New York City's largest iOS Engineer Meetup OkCupid 555 West 18th Street - New York, ny OkCupid will be hosting us this month. Food and drink will be provided! Command Pattern and UICollectionView, Julian Tejera-Frias, iOS Engineer @ OkCupid. OkCupid has a highly dynamic UI powered by UICollectionView. In this talk, the OOP classic Command Pattern commands the spotlight in order to create clean, succinct code to manage your collection views. Julian Tejera-Frias is an iOS Software Engineer at OkCupid. He is an avid object oriented programming advocate. Julian is obsessed with all the little details which take an app to the next level. React Native for iOS Developers, Orta Therox, Software Engineer @ Artsy. Artsy has been doing React Native for 2 years. What cultural impact did this have, and how has it shaped our thinking? Orta Therox has been doing native app development for about 14 years, half of which has been as an Engineer at Artsy. He is Open Source by Default. RSVP
06:30PM - Blockchain Beyond Crypto Currencies brought to you by Founder Institute Founder Institute New York: Startup Founder 101 Rise New York 43 W 23rd St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10010 - New York, NY In 2009 Blockchain was born, a technology that has changed the world and has the ability to help solve some of the most prevalent problems of humanity. Blockchain is the technology that makes possible its most well-known use, bitcoin cryptocurrencies. But the underlying technology allows infinite possibilities far beyond the well-known virtual currency. Unfortunately, the Blockchain discussion is too often focused on very cryptic technological issues for the majority, which only alienate many potential users of the most powerful tool we have seen since the World Wide Web was invented. In this session, we will understand what Blockchain can do, leaving aside the technical jargon and we will know concrete examples of uses of this technology. Speakers for this special event include •Conchita Galdón (CEO & Founder / Manager, Puentes Global / Area 31 @ IE Business School). This event is FREE, and we expect over 50 people in attendance. For more information, visit http://fi.co/e/startup-pitch-bootcamp-learn-how-to-pitch-from-top-entrepreneurs-f417ca55-742d-4f59-ba56-cfcc0d46d2f1/meetup. RSVP
Tuesday, March 13
06:30PM - DAG and the Third Generation of Big Data Stream Processing SQL NYC, The NoSQL & NewSQL Database Meetup Galvanize, 2nd Floor 303 Spring St. - New York, NY Attend this fun-filled meetup to learn all about directed acyclic graph (DAG) and why it is so powerful for Big Data processing. We will walk you through the evolution of Big Data computing from sequential to DAG as well as other techniques such as SP/SC, Cooperative Multithreading, Data Locality, In-Memory sources and sinks, and WaitFree algorithms that power the third generation of Big Data processing. This talk will also feature an introduction to Hazelcast JET, an Apache 2 licensed, DAG-based platform for in-memory streaming and fast batch processing that illustrates many of the techniques found in a third generation Big Data platform. We will walk you through Java coding common tasks and then step it up to writing full-blown applications in less than a hundred lines of Java code, for applications such as Bitcoin, Twitter sentiment analysis and real-time worldwide commercial aircraft monitoring. Greg Luck, Chief Technical Officer, Hazelcast. RSVP
06:45PM - Art Practice as Data Set: A Field Guide for Artists, UXers, and Product Leaders UX + Data work—bench 110 5th Avenue, 5th Floor - New York, NY Visual-artist-turned-UX/UI-designer is an increasingly common career trajectory. We'll explore why this trend is happening, and examine how artistic practice involves stewardship of data sets. Whether you're an artist who'd like to pivot into UX/UI, a leader or recruiter in search of fresh approaches to product thinking, or a UXer who wants to think more like an artist in your day-to-day work, you'll come away with practical suggestions you can put into practice as soon as you’d like. Speaker bio: Page Whitmore is a designer-ethicist and artist. Parsing data sets to identify their narrative heartbeats, she uses design thinking and co-creation to build and improve products. A strategist and empath, she lives to help organizations improve their operating processes by placing human experience at the center of innovation. In her independent practice, she treats product design as a conceptual art medium. Page holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. RSVP
06:30PM - Visual Design 101 GA Adam Bookbinder 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY In this hands-on introductory workshop, learn the basics of visual communication by applying Photoshop’s powerful functions to digital product design. RSVP
Wednesday, March 14
06:30PM - Intro to Python Programming Geekettes DigitalOcean 101 6th Avenue - New York, NY Get Started with Python, in this introductory class. Python, is an extremely readable and versatile programming language that can be leveraged for both scripting and object-oriented programming. Ideal for data analysis, web development with Django, or testing projects that may ultimately be written in another language, Python offers a lot of potential use cases for both emerging and established developers. This workshop will get you set up with a Python programming environment and walk you through a project that showcases Python's strengths. To learn more about Python, a free eBook is available via https://do.co/python-book *Please note that this is a women-only event that intends an inclusive definition of women. (Current and future Geekette members). *Light snacks and drinks will be provided, bring photo ID for building entry. RSVP
06:30PM - Monthly Meetup and Roundtable NYC Technology Startups Building Links 85 5th Ave, 4th Floor - New York, NY This meetup will feature startup spotlights, networking and a round table discussion Agenda:1) 6:30-7:15 : Pizza, Networking and brief introductions, 2) 7:15-7:45: Startup pitches 3) 7:45-8:45: Round table discussion 4) 8:45-9:00: After event networking. Look forward seeing you there! RSVP
10:00AM - Introduction to Sketch App GA Ivan Freaner 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY Put down your pen and paper and learn to Sketch your next design. Sketch, learn the web design tools of the modern web RSVP
Thursday, March 15
05:45PM - Meet Intersection: Building NYC Like A Smartphone CUNY Tech Meetup 10 Hudson Yards 10 Hudson Yards - New York, NY How do you build a city like a smartphone? If you've spotted a Link (Wi-Fi kiosk) in your area, then you're watching Intersection explore this question in real time and help NYC become a Smart City. We're excited to have Intersection host our March 15th meetup. Though space is limited they've graciously opened their doors to give us a glimpse of the smart city future at work. Join us to hear insights from Intersection's awesome leadership panel: David Mitchell: Chief Technology Officer Leslie Borrell: Senior Director, Link Engineering Kurt Wilson: Senior Director, Product Development Intersection is at the forefront of the smart cities revolution, improving the experience of public places through technology that provides connectivity, information, and engaging content and experiences. Learn more at www.intersection.com. RSVP
06:00PM - Recommender System in Digital Media NYC Data Engineering BuzzFeed, Inc. 111 East 18th St, 13th Floor - New York, ny Schedule: 6:00 - Doors & Food 6:30 - Talk 1 7:15 - Talk 2 8:00 - Wrap & Chat. Talk 1: Speaker: Adam Kelleher, Principal Data Scientist @ BuzzFeed Talk 2: Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Algorithm Speaker: Alex Spangher, Data Engineer @ New York Times Digital Abstract: In this talk, I'll talk about several approaches taken during our work on the next New York Times Recommendation Engine, specifically focusing on spatial reasoning, dimensionality reduction, and testing strategies. Topics covered will include implicit regression, Bayesian modeling and neural networks. If there is additional time, I will talk about our crowdsourcing pipeline for emotion-tagging. RSVP
07:00PM - Harnessing the Power of Lean-Kanban in the Enterprise: Ehab El-Badry NYC Lean/Kanban Spotify 45 W 18th St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011 - New York, NY Most large enterprises are large and sluggish, and very little seems to get done with the need for so much effort and coordination. Waste is the status quo and is everywhere, yet somehow is invisible to all that have grown accustomed to seeing it. It doesn’t have to be that way. This case study follows one team’s journey from being yet another cog in the ineffective machine of one such large organization, to becoming a beacon for real change and inspiring real agility, using kanban and lean principles to light the way. Speaker: Ehab El-Badry has been treading his own agile journey for over 12 years. He’s worked in a technical capacity and then project management, before deciding that influencing and inspiring others is an art worthy of becoming a full-time profession and hence dedicated himself to agile coaching. He has coached organizations from small startups to large enterprises in various domains from Finance to Entertainment to Education. He also successfully led his own startup and helped others start their own. RSVP
07:00PM - CL+B: Welcome Meet New York Legal Hackers [Visit the event's page for address] The Computational Law & Blockchain Festival will run from March 16, 2018 through March 18, 2018. You can register for the New York node here! You can register for the New York node here. Join us as we kick off an incredible weekend of hackathons, workshops, and discussions! You can learn more about CL+B Fest 2018 here: http://legalhackers.org/clbfest2018/ RSVP
Friday, March 16
01:00PM - Hackaday World Create Day 2018 Hackaday MakeIt NYC fat cat fab lab 224 West 4th street Second Floor - New York, NY Join us and our friends at Fat Cat Fab Lab and build something that matters! On WORLD CREATE DAY, the Hackaday community from around the world will meetup and spend time building together on Saturday, March 17th. Pick one of those projects you’ve been meaning to dive into and get together with some old and new friends to hack on your projects together. Dozens of meetups will be happening all over the world: https://hackaday.io/meetup/4-world-create-day-2018. The core of World Create Day is to stop making excuses and just make something. Great builds start with a plan. The Hackaday Prize will begin soon, and since you’re already getting together with other people, form a team and dream up your entry. This is your take on building something that matters to the world. Come up with a plan that solves a problem facing humanity and publish your work on Hackaday.io. You may be surprised by the support you get for your idea, but you’ll never know until you put an idea out there. Join in Hackaday’s World Create Day on March 17th and let’s show the world the kind of hope that blossoms when we decide to build something that matters. RSVP
Sunday, March 18