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There's an opening tonight for our "Fix Your Pitch for Good" Series where I workshop startup pitches for an hour in exchange for a charity donation. We had a great session with two companies last time who came in with pitches that really didn't move the group at all--and they both walked out with really solid storylines that everyone really thought nailed what they were trying to do.
Before you waste a lot of time fundraising with a story that doesn't go anywhere, why not get some help and do some good at the same time? Check it out.
Has anyone ever offered you a ridiculously amazing intro for your startup and you had no idea what to ask of them? I posted a way to think about coming up with something on my blog today. (Pls share if you liked it.)
Put your data, design, digital, and policy skills to work to improve the lives of millions of New Yorkers --> http://buildwithnyc.github.io/
Want to hire students representing a spectrum of practices that range from computer programming and UX design (for app development, software engineering, game development, augmented reality, virtual reality, and interaction design) to 2D and 3D graphics (for human-computer interfaces, augmented reality, virtual reality, motion capture, and game design & development) to photography, film, and audio (for media installations, performing arts research, and integration with various mediums)? Check out the Integrated Digital Media Program at NYU's Meet and Greet next week.
Interested in Urban Tech? Been to New Lab at the Navy Yard yet? New Lab, The Hub at Grand Central Tech, Urban Future Lab, Urban-X and B. New York City are recently formed innovation hubs around urban tech in New York. What roles do they play in our city? Find out at a really interesting discussion tonight and meet lots of other urban tech enthusiasts.
Congrats to all the runners in the tech community who braved frigid temps with me and thousands of others to run the #PuppyKillingAirlineThatShallNotBeNamedNYCHalf yesterday, including Daniel Doubrovkine, CTO of Artsy and James Ruben, PM at HQ Trivia and former NYer Laura Temel. I tried to find others through social media, but apparently, everyone's hands were too cold to post anything.
I did ok for a cold weather race, but not near my BK half pace from last year. Ridiculously, I wound up filling in as a last min sub for my friend's D4 Chelsea Piers ice hockey game against the best team in the league. 11 or 12 goals given up later, I learned a few things. One, as long as you've forewarned everyone that you're just learning and asked them to try everyone else they know, failing miserably when you've never done something before isn't really that bad. Two, sometimes just showing up and sucking is still helpful. Turns out forfeits are a -1 in the standings, so had I not shown up to get lit up, they would have lost a point in the standings.
I know it's super cold out at the moment, but kayaking season is coming soon! If you're in Brooklyn (or even if you're not) and you're looking for a summer activity, come down and volunteer for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse. We provide free kayaking to the community and training for volunteers. Our volunteers go on trips around the harbor and open up an amazing opportunity for locals to use the waterfront.
FAQ: 1) No, the water won't kill you. I mean, I wouldn't quite go bottling it for drinking, but our spot is safe for swimming and boating. 2) You don't need to know how to kayak. In fact, you don't even need to be in a kayak to volunteer if you don't want to. 3) Here's my question: Why *wouldn't* you sign up to come hangout in Brooklyn Bridge Park for a few hours to meet a bunch of cool people doing something different by the water on a nice day in the summer? Sign up for our e-mail newsletter to get more info.
I'm hiring someone for a part time, entry level role helping to coordinate some events and reporting. It's the kind of flexible schedule thing where if you were exploring a startup on the side, or working with a few companies to see how they pan out, or found another part time thing somewhere that you want to match it with, we could work something out .
Pluses: It's paid. You'd get a lot of exposure to startups and you'd be a big help to them.
Minuses: It's not an investment job at all. It's not a path to an investment job.
Works well for graduating seniors--where you could start now and worth through the summer as you look for something FT.
Reply here/rec your awesome friends, but you *must* tell me about something you organized, built, ran, and how you made it better or run particularly well.
Heard the weather this week is going to be Stormy...
06:30PM - Innovation Hubs - What role do they play in our city? Smart Cities New York Town Hall [Visit the event's page for address] What we'll talk about New Lab, The Hub at Grand Central Tech, Urban Future Lab, Urban-X, and B New York City are recently formed innovation hubs in New York. What roles do they play in our city? How are they transforming the way people work and collaborate in accelerating the development process of new technologies? We will hear from the people who run these spaces to find out. We're inviting the tech and business community, local residents, government officials, academic institutions, and relevant NGOs to join us in learning about how these innovation hubs are not only fostering entrepreneurship but finding solutions to pressing issues affecting our city. In addition, we will hear about our upcoming SMART CITIES NEW YORK conference and expo taking place at Pier 36 in NYC May 8-10, 2018 and how you can be involved. •Who will be speaking: Marjan Blumberg, Managing Director at B. New York City; Emily Wheeler, former Director of Cleantech Initiatives at ACRE at NYU Engineering; Robinson Hernandez, Managing Director at The Hub at Grand Central Tech; Alex King, Director of Membership at New Lab; Micah Kotch, Managing Director at Urban-X. RSVP
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, March 20
06:00PM - Angular March 🔥 Meetup Angular NYC Google 111 8th ave entrance - New York, NY 6:00 - Meet and hang out, 6:30 - Talks on NgRx effects, NativeScript, Angular Universal and more... 8:00 - Post event hangout at Think Coffee: 73 8th Ave. Lightning Talk: Special FX with NGRX Effects, Nir Kaufman. SIde effects are the most challenging aspect when using Redux. NGRX effects is a module that makes it easy and manageable. Let’s take 10 minutes to implement an async flow from scratch and learn how to it right! Talk 1: Angular Universal, Jason Jean. Talk 2: Taking Advantage of the Observable Data Structure, Jonathan Vargas. Talk 3: Move, shake and drop with NativeScript and Angular, Jen Looper. If you’re interested in giving a talk, please let us know! Speakers of all levels and backgrounds are welcome, and we have experienced mentors who can help you prepare your talk! Code Of Conduct: We expect all speakers and attendees to follow the JSConf code of conduct. RSVP
06:00PM - [Partner Event] Search at GIPHY: Staying on Top of the Zeitgeist NYC Open Data NYC Data Science Academy 500 8th Ave, Suite 905 - New York, NY Hi search engine enthusiasts, We're excited to provide you with one of the brightest and trendiest examples in which search engines can make or break a product. Yael Elmatad, Lead Data Scientist at GIPHY, will explain how she and her team develop their search engine to remain at the top of the social media frenzy. Search at GIPHY: Staying on Top of the Zeitgeist. While on the outside GIPHY search may seem like a standard search problem, being on the top of the zeitgeist is an increasingly viral world is a constant challenge. GIPHY has devised ways to make sure our users are getting the most relevant search via models that allow us to exploit known performant content while experimenting with potentially successful content. This model ensures relevant content is surfaced to the end user while still trying to explore the space to ensure that new and exciting content has a chance to propagate up towards the top of the page. RSVP
06:30PM - brunchwork w/ Google Alley Chelsea 119 W 24th St - New York, NY You're invited to an unforgettable sweetgreen dinner with Google's Director of Project Management Jonathan Rochelle. Enjoy an intimate conversation with Jonathan... and curated connections over a seasonal meal. SPECIAL GUESTS: Jonathan Rochelle (aka JR) is currently Director of Product Management at Google and one of the original co-founders of many Google Apps, including Google Sheets, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Drawings, Google Forms, Google Apps Script, Google Fonts, the new Google Sites, Google Classroom and Google Jamboard. Jonathan led product development for these collaborative apps in G Suite from inception, through their first 8 years (from 2005 until 2013), which are now used actively by almost 1 billion people. RSVP
06:00PM - Data Visualization Using D3 GA Joe Keohan 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY This study group is designed for both General Assembly students and those who would like to learn more about Data Visualization using D3. RSVP
Wednesday, March 21
06:30PM - Stuyvesant in Tech Speaker Panel - March 21 The Stuyvesant High School Alumni Association General Catalyst 434 Broadway 6th floor - New York, NY Come join us for our StuyAlumni in Tech event! The panel will consist of leading Stuyvesant alums, working in the tech industry: Amol Sarva '94, Co-Founder and CEO of Knotel, Ari Paparo '88, CEO of Beeswax, Eva Sadej '08, Founder and CEO at Flossbar, Josh Mohrer '00, Managing Partner at Tusk Ventures, Vishal Garg '95, Founder and CEO of Better Mortgage. For more information about each of the panelists, please visit our website. Alumni from all class years are invited to attend this event for networking, light food and drinks. A Q & A will follow the formal presentations. We invite you to RSVP as soon as possible as we anticipate this event will fill up quickly. Tickets are $10 and free for students. RSVP
06:30PM - Women in Tech Panel Discussion Flatiron School Presents The Flatiron School 11 Broadway, Suite 260 - New York, NY Calling all women in tech! Come out for a fun night of networking and candid discussion on the tech space. We'll also have plenty of snacks and drinks!Schedule for the night: •6:30pm - Mingling •7:00pm - Panel Discussion •7:40pm - Q&A •8:00pm - Mingling (food and drinks) See you there! RSVP
06:30PM - Creating New Goods: Product Development Advice for Startups Stacklist Alley Chelsea 119 West 24th Street 2nd floor - New York, NY Consumer product startups are often overlooked in the startup & investment scene, but thanks to up-and-coming disruptors in the space like Dollar Shave Club, Glossier, and Bonobos, we're seeing a big rise in consumer products and direct-to-consumer startups. New consumer product startups are taking advantage of new tech, marketing channels, and the changing habits of consumers to build brand awareness and grow their companies. With all of the opportunity for new consumer goods startups, there are still many challenges an entrepreneur will face. Developing a prototype, creating the product, manufacturing, distributing and marketing all become hard questions to answer. Join us and our expert panelists who've created successful consumer goods to discuss important product development and e-commerce topics like: Developing early prototypes and finding product/market fit, Identifying target customer segments for your product, Finding manufacturers and distributors, Marketing your product through social media and other channels, Understanding short term and long term channel strategy, Thinking about MVPs in the context of physical goods, Understanding the private label option. RSVP
06:45PM - AI and Society: Aradhya Chouhan on using NLP to classify Fake News New York Artificial Intelligence In Healthcare Word Up Bookstore 2113 Amsterdam Ave - New York, NY Aradhya Chouhan will present his work on using NLP and Deep Learning for fake news classification. The Run down: Introductions:10 mins –Introduce yourself with the formal pleasantries of who are you and what do you do. Presentation [TBD]: Aradhya Chouhan is a master's degree student at NJIT. He will be presenting his work so far on NLP and Deep Learning for fake news classification. Networking: 15 mins –Schmooze it up you guys. Exchange business cards, ideas, or jokes. RSVP
06:30PM - The Blockchain Revolution: Transforming Healthcare Trellis eBay 625 6th Ave - New York, NY The blockchain is the technology powering bitcoin, as well as a myriad of services that are changing our lives. Today, there are a number of emerging use cases and applications across various sectors, including healthcare. Quadrant Biosciences is translating science into innovative diagnostic solutions and are the team behind ClearEdge, a data-driven clinical brain health assessment toolkit that brings concussion diagnosis and treatment into the modern age. Join us for an insightful conversation, where we will dive deep into the technology supporting ClearEdge, various applications in healthcare such as data exchange and interoperability and the basics of blockchains. This event will fill up quickly, so make sure to secure your seat! RSVP
Thursday, March 22
07:00PM - Core Team Member Ed Faulkner on "Designing for Learning", plus lightning talks Ember.js NYC Movable Ink 5 Bryant Park, 8th Floor - New York, NY Ember core team member Ed Faulkner (@eaf4) will be in town from Boston to talk about "Designing for Learning"Ed writes: The day-to-day work that we do as both app authors and framework makers is deeply connected to learning. How do we write code or design APIs that will be easy to learn? How do we decide how much effort to spend learning new things when we’re also trying to get a job done? This is a general programming talk -- no Ember experience is prerequisite -- but the lessons are particularly relevant in our community because we strongly emphasize learning, teaching, inclusion, and the balance between stability and innovation. Lightning Talks* "What we’ve learned about a Monorepo of Ember Apps and Addons" from Zach Moroni (snackzone on Github)* "Simplifying Simple Forms" from Daniel Sudol (danielspaniel on Github) ~~ We have room for 1-2 more lightning talks. If you are interested in presenting a 5-10 minute lightning talk at this meetup, please get in touch with luke __at__ lukemelia dot com. 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 23
10:00AM - ALLEYCON 2018 - Tech conference by Columbia Columbia Business School The Times Center 242 West 41st Street - New York, NY The theme of this year’s conference is “Pivotal Decisions”. The conference will be centered on real stories about how people make pivotal decisions as they lead technology ventures. The conference will be broken down into three segments: Launch, Scale, and Reinvent. Confirmed speakers: Section 1: Launch: Iqram Magdon-Ismail, Co-founder of Venmo; Boyce II, Founder of Rough Draft Ventures, Partner at General Catalyst Ventures; Connor Lin, Co-founder, Carbon Money; Laura Kornhauser’17, Co-founder of Stratyfy; Carly Bigi’17, Founder of Thread Counsel. Section 2: Scale Olivia Landu, Founder & CEO, The Clear Cut; Hayley Barna, ex-CEO of Birchbox, Partner at First Round Capital; Amol Sarva, Co-Founder & CEO, Knotel. Section 3: Reinvent. Glen de Vries, CEO of Medidata; Deborah DiSanzo, GM of Watson Health, IBM; Laura Clayton McDonnell, VP of New York region, Microsoft. RSVP
Saturday, March 24
11:30AM - Blockchain brunchwork Galvanize [Visit the event's page for address] You're invited to an unforgettable sweetgreen brunch with Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Chairman Ron Quaranta and Chronicled cofounder Sam Radocchia! Enjoy an intimate conversation with Ron, curated connections, a business challenge, and pitch off... over a seasonal, locally-sourced meal. SPECIAL GUESTS: Ron Quaranta is an expert in the area of blockchain innovation, especially its impact on the world of financial markets. He serves as Chairman of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance that promotes the education and adoption of blockchain technology across financial markets. *Sam Radocchia is the cofounder and Chief Marketing Officer at Chronicled, which leverages blockchain and IoT technologies to deliver smart supply chain solutions. RSVP
Sunday, March 25
06:30PM - Startup Advice: A Discussion with Justworks Founder Isaac Oates NYC Startup Community Alley Chelsea 119 West 24th Street - New York, RSVP HERE: https://goo.gl/yMK2HN. 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. Prior to Justworks, Isaac was an Amazon software engineer until he left in 2008 and launched his own startup called Adtuitive, a contextual advertising platform. In 2009, Adtuitive was acquired by Etsy, where Isaac designed, built, and launched the company's payment processing platform. Isaac's experience launching Adtuitive is what gave him the idea to start Justworks, noticing how difficult and complicated it was to set up health care for his employees. 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
Monday, March 26
06:30PM - Am I, or Can I Be a Data Scientist? New York Data Science Galvanize NYC 303 Spring Street - New York, NY Join us for a discussion about how to start a career in data science. You'll leave this event with a clear perspective and structured options for beginning your career in this quickly-growing field. You will also have a list of the best resources available to use to plan your studies with Galvanize! But don't forget to RVSP to secure your spot (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/am-i-or-can-i-be-a-data-scientist-tickets-43342348130)! This program is for people who are serious about becoming data scientists.Throughout the course, you'll learn the tools, techniques, and fundamental concepts you need to know to make an impact as a data scientist. You'll work through messy, real-world data sets to gain experience across the data science stack: data munging, exploration, modeling, validation, visualization, and communication. Our unique setting in the Galvanize community of startups and tech companies is the perfect place to learn and expand your network! Find out more at https://new.galvanize.com/new-york/data-science. RSVP
06:30PM - Visual Design 101 GA Tyler Hartrich 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
Tuesday, March 27
06:30PM - 😀 Codeless SQL Caching: 5x Performance Gain from 5-Minutes of Integration SQL NYC, The NoSQL & NewSQL Database Meetup Galvanize, 2nd Floor 303 Spring St. - New York, NY David Wheeler once said that 'All problems in computer science can be solved by another level of indirection' but how do you leverage this for databases? In this session, Erik Brandsberg, CTO of Heimdall Data, will provide an overview of how to implement a transparent indirection layer between the application and database to provide users with: •Query result caching with automatic invalidation to improve scale and performance •Load balancing of read/write splits to better leverage resources •Transparent failover for zero-downtime operations •Auto-caching logic for grid caching with Redis, Amazon Elasticache, Hazelcast & Pivotal Gemfire •Analytics that identify poorly performing queries, along with automatic query plan extraction •Security to lock-down databases against zero-day SQL injection attacks. The presentation will include live demos on various unmodified third-party applications. These techniques were designed for Postgres, MySQL, MS SQL Server and any JDBC-based database. RSVP
07:00PM - Intro to Web & Programming Concepts Girl Develop It NYC Fullstack Academy 5 Hanover Square 11th floor - New York City , NY This class is for people with little to no technical experience. Not sure how the Internet works? Want to dip your toes into the tech industry? Tired of techies throwing around acronyms that make your head spin? In this class, we will walk through the fundamentals of web development in beginner-friendly terms. While we won't be writing code, we'll take you through various components of the web and how they work together. If you want to learn how to communicate better with your technical team or friends or you're considering a career in technology but don't know where to begin, this course is for you. RSVP
06:00PM - Data Visualization Using D3 GA Joe Keohan 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY This study group is designed for both General Assembly students and those who would like to learn more about Data Visualization using D3. RSVP
Wednesday, March 28
06:30PM - Leveling Up - Making the move to a senior or a leadership role Women Who Code NYC Managed by Q 161 6th Ave - Floor 11, NY How do you level up in your career? We’ll talk to our panelists about how they have navigated moving up in their own careers. We’ll focus on how to decide whether to take the senior IC path or management path and what you should do to move in the right direction. What skills and competencies do you need to get that promotion? We’ll also cover how to handle incidents of bias along the path to your career goals. Managed by Q will be hosting this event at their Soho office. Panelists: Lena Anne Krug, VP of Platform Engineer at Meetup, LaBrina Loving, Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft, Allison McHenry, Director of Video Engineering at Vox Media Moderator, Sonali Sridhar, Cofounder of Recurse Center. RSVP
06:30PM - AI for Property Management Issue Classification Machine Learning and Data Science Business Network 447 Broadway 447 Broadway 2nd Floor - New York, ny Our meetup event will focus on AI for property management issue classification, and include a presentation of research into how property management issues can be classified based on type [electrical, plumbing, etc] and priority [low, moderate, high] using NLP and other ML methods. We encourage real estate property managers, owners, and tenants who are interested in how machine learning can be used to classify and provide insight into property management issues to attend our meetup. Agenda: 6:30pm-7pm: Business Networking, 7pm-8pm: Presentation and Discussion of Property Management Issue Classification Research, 8pm-8:30pm: Q&A, Followed by Business Networking. Admission is free. Snacks and beverages will be provided. RSVP on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-for-property-management-issue-classification-tickets-42015377124. 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 30
10:00AM - User Experience Design Bootcamp GA Vincent Brathwaite 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY Immerse yourself in a full day of user experience design fundamentals and walk away with an actual mobile prototype. RSVP
Saturday, March 31
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
Sunday, April 1