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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.
Looking at the cost of a PR firm? Don't have a big ad budget?
Then you've probably thought about content marketing--but you realize there's probably more to it than just writing a bunch of blog posts. If you're in charge of marketing for your startup, you should check out this week's Content Marketing Stackup on Thursday night.
Got a deal or discount for a startup that you want to offer to 1000's of other startup employees? Contact Marsha.
Applications Open for ERA Summer ‘18 Accelerator Program
Apply Today: https://www.eranyc.com/apply/
$100K in seed funding; NYC’s leading accelerator; Largest mentor network in NYC (350+); Work daily w/ full time staff + venture partners; NYC’s strongest post-program support w/ alumni network of 150+ companies
Deadline: Mar. 29th; Program Start: June 11th
One of the most empathetic and personable people I know is looking for a new sales challenge. She's had an ectlectic and creative acting career that eventually landed in sales at a high end gym. She has crushed every number put in front of her and wants to transfer her obvious skill with people over to tech sales. If you're looking to add to your sales team, and you agree that the best salespeople can sell just about anything, drop her a line.
BUILD NYC is a pioneering nonprofit that uses the power of entrepreneurship to propel youth to college and career success. On April 19, 2018 at Lavo Nightclub, BUILD NYC is honoring Gary Vaynerchuk, social media icon, venture capitalist and CEO of VaynerMedia. At the VIP reception, Gary will be hosting the #AskGaryVee Show with our student entrepreneurs and signing copies of his new book. The main reception will follow with an award presentation, dinner, and dancing. Discover how entrepreneurship is changing the world for good and join us on April 19, 2018!
NYC Blend’s second event is focused on sharing stories of how successful, underrepresented founders identified and cultivated mentors throughout their career. In addition to fireside chats, we'll be joined by BUILD NYC to learn more about their work in the community. Join us for light snacks, drinks, and networking!
Featured speakers: Alexandra Wilkis Wilson (Founder, Gilt Group & Glamsquad & Fritz), Lisa Skeete Tatum (Founder, LandIt), Mutisya Ndunda (Founder, Alpha Vertex) and others.
Kindly RSVP: nycblendapril2018.splashthat.com
Wall Street to Silicon Alley
A roundtable discussion with former investment bankers and finance professionals who made the leap into the world of startups.
Investment bankers are becoming a driving force behind many of today's successful startups. If you're tired of building excel models, editing powerpoints and running "scenarios" then join reformed investment bankers as they discuss their journey from Wall Street to Silicon Alley and learn how you too can make the leap.
"The economy is looking really good. It has been many years that we have seen these kind of numbers. The underlying strength of companies has perhaps never been better."
- Song of the Defeated Orange Man
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
Monday, March 26
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
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
Tuesday, March 27
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
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
06:00PM - Money Mindfulness The Financial Gym The Financial Gym 134 West 25th Street 2nd Floor - New York, New York Money Mindfulness at the Financial Gym Let's face it: talking about money can be stressful and confusing, but it doesn't have to be. It's not too late to transform the way we think about and interact with money. Join us for an evening that will replace any feelings of powerlessness over your money to pure empowerment by it. The Financial Gym is hosting an evening of mindful meditation and money-talk. You'll have the opportunity to: Participate in an Intention Setting Meditation class led by MNDFL Meditation, Learn tactics and methods to prioritize your finances and cope with stress, Enjoy yummy food and wine while mingling with other like-minded individuals eager to be in control of their finances. RSVP
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
06:30PM - Marketing StackUp Brooklyn Bridge Ventures Financial Gym 134 W 25th Street 2nd Floor - New York, NY What's a StackUp? A StackUp is an event where technology, design and marketing leads of a pre-screened set of companies show off what they do and how they do it - from a tech point of view. For this StackUp, only marketers can attend. At this StackUp, marketing leads share their latest marketing achievements. Gain an inside look into how startups are developing and implementing their marketing strategies. Presenters will share marketing methodologies/philosophies they use, what they market and who they market to, how their marketing teams are setup, types of tools they use, what channels they're working through, etc. Some of our Presenters Include: •Alana Kornfeld (VP, Branding Strategy & Content), FSA Store -One-stop destination for FSA-eligible products allowing clients to purchase tax-free medical products •Jared Graf (Director of Marketing), AdHawk - Aggregates a company's total digital marketing data, and offers advertisers one-click optimization solutions •Amber van Moessner (Director of Content Marketing), Vimeo - Video sharing platform that allows users to upload, share, and view HD videos. Looking forward to seeing you there! 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
06:00PM - Qualification + Finance = ROI NYC Sales Development Forum [Visit the event's page for address] As an SDR, you must be able to pack a powerful message to gain the attention of the decision makers & champions you interact with every day! When you're selling to finance directly you also need to take into consideration that the finance team will be evaluating you with ROI top of mind. Learn from our panelists of experienced sales professionals as they answer the following questions when qualifying into finance. Who in finance influences deals & how? How do you communicate real value for finance in the qualification process? How should you lay the groundwork/start building the case for ROI when qualifying? OUR PANELISTS: CRISTEN DRAPER, DEEP GUJRAL, ALEA HOMISON. AGENDA: •6:00 pm - Networking & Hors-d'oeuvres •6:45 pm - Panel Discussion begins •7:15 pm - Q&A with Audience •7:45 pm - Wrap-up. RSVP
Tuesday, April 3
06:30PM - Tech Talks: Test for Success! Women Who Code NYC INTURN 23 West 18th Street 5th Floor - New York, al Join us for a fun night of tech talks where we'll be talkin' testing! Testing is a crucial part of development, whether you've got microservices or monoliths, webpages or widgets. We're excited to present the following speakers and talks: 1) Laura Medalia: Mocking and Testing in a Microservice Architecture 2) Carly Litchfield: Make Backend Devs Jealous of Your Test Suite 3) Samantha Quiñones: Observability and Confidence in a Highly Regulated Environment 4) Jiaqi Liu: Building a Data Pipeline with Testing in MindIt’s one thing to build a robust data pipeline process in Python, but a whole other challenge to find tooling and build out the framework that allows for testing a data process. RSVP
06:30PM - Data Science 101 GA Suneel Chakravorty 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
06:45PM - A Data-Driven Conversation with Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman UX + Data work—bench 110 5th Avenue, 5th Floor - New York, NY Meetup co-founder and CEO Scott Heiferman revolutionized communities by blending technology with meaningful in-person interactions. Along the way, he’s used data to understand what users are looking for, and lay out a vision for the future. Learn from the creator of Meetup himself, in conversation with serial entrepreneurs and podcast hosts Jeremy Levy and Andrew Weinreich. This event will double as a live podcast taping for their show, Deciding by Data (http://decidingbydata.com/), sponsored by Indicative (https://www.indicative.com). If you can’t be there the day-of, you can catch it in their feed after the event! RSVP
06:00PM - The Art of Travel Hacking The Financial Gym The Financial Gym 134 West 25th Street 2nd Floor - New York, New York Financial freedom means having the opportunity to live life to the fullest! Join us for #WineAndLearnWednesdays where we'll be discussing how to mix that desire for adventure with being financially savvy! COO & Level 2 Trainer, Bridget Todd, will be leading a panel discussing how to travel the world without breaking the bank. You'll have the opportunity to ask Financial Trainers any questions you can think of about travel hacking (from rewards cards, to freebies to travel fund preparation and more!). Mix and mingle with members of the FinGym Fam over yummy snacks and wine whilst we discuss our next adventures! RSVP
06:30PM - Reviewing code like a human with Cyle Gage - 4th April New York PHP Meetup 770 Broadway 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 - New York, NY Come and join us for the the New York PHP Meetup on April 4th with Cyle Gage presenting on "Reviewing code like a human". We are currently looking for 1-2 lightning talks (10-15 mins) for next months Meetup. Please reach out to us if you're interested in giving a talk, or you know an engineer who might be interested! This is a great opportunity to share a project you’ve been working on or anything you’re passionate about. Our event is about learning, sharing, and exchanging ideas so don’t be nervous! New speakers are very welcome - we'll help guide you even if you've never given a talk before. •Schedule: 6:15 - Doors open, 6:30 - 6:40pm - Intro & welcome to New York PHP + refreshments 6:45 - 7:00pm - Lightning talk 1 - Up for grabs 7:10 - 7:25pm - Getting Squishy with Protocol Buffers & PHP - Russell Barnhart, 7:30 - 8:15pm - Reviewing code like a human - Cyle Gage, 8:15 - 8:30pm - Questions & closing, 8:30pm+ - Come and join us for a drink and chat at a local bar. RSVP
07:00PM - Ember Project Night: Memory Leaks Ember.js NYC EmberMap 315 W 36th Street - New York, ny Join us for a fun project night where we'll discuss, debug, and fix memory leaks in Ember applications. As a group, we'll go through some of the exercises in the memory-leak-examples project: https://github.com/ember-best-practices/memory-leak-examples. Sam Selikoff (@samselikoff) and Ryan Toronto (@ryantotweets) of EmberMap will facilitate. https://github.com/ember-best-practices/memory-leak-examples. Event space is limited, so please update your RSVP if you cannot make it. Your RSVP must include your first and last name to get into the building. 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 (https://flatironschool.com/programs/online-bootcamp-prep-course/?utm_campaign=Learn%20Meetups&utm_medium=Meetup&utm_source=Learn%20Meetups) or on one of our other online tracks (https://flatironschool.com/campuses/online/), 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
Thursday, April 5
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, April 6
02:00PM - NYU Venture Capital Case Competition Final Round NYU Strategic Venture Society NYU Stern School of Business 40 West 4th Street - New York, NY Strategic Venture Society is thrilled to host its annual NYU Venture Capital Case Competition Finals this spring. The top 6 teams from the preliminary rounds will pitch some of the most exciting Series A or Series B startups in four categories to compete for prizes. In the final round, we're welcoming judges from GV, NEA, FirstMark, NYU Data Future Lab, Two Sigma Ventures, and Rough Draft Ventures. The four tracks that we're offering this year are: consumer hardware, transportation, fintech, and healthcare. Come watch as the top aspiring venture capitalists from NYU pitch these startups to seasoned venture capitalists! RSVP
10:00AM - Data Science 101 GA David Yakobovitch 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
Saturday, April 7
10:00AM - Facebook Advertising Bootcamp GA Sharon Lee Thony 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY Learn how to use Facebook Advertising tools, including Ads Manager, Custom Audiences, the Facebook Pixel, and Custom Conversions to create a powerful Digital Marketing Strategy. RSVP
Sunday, April 8