This Sunday is the NYC Triathlon. To raise money for ScriptEd, a non-profit teaching high school kids coding skills, I've been running 1:1 pitch workshops for companies that want to file off the rough edges of their pitches. I've got two more slots open in July. I've also been selling ads in this newsletter towards it. If you'd like to sponsor this newsletter for $250, you can go here and make a donation--then e-mail me what you want your blurb and link to say. (You can also just donate something smaller if you just want to be supportive, too.)
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Sometimes, I stay up too late trying to think of something interesting to type here. Occasionally, inspiration comes, and other times, it doesn't--so I just talk about a cool event, like this one discussing investment opportunities at the intersection of women's health and technology.
Yet, anytime I post anything about investing in women or gender, I do so waiting for somebody to say something about the article that was written almost seven years ago about my interactions with women in the tech community--how I had a pattern for turning professional conversations into social ones.
For years, I didn't address it, because the topic felt too complex to handle in a single post, and yes, I also hoped that it would just fade away.
For sure I changed my approach--becoming a lot more intentional about bringing clarity to these sorts of conversations and being a lot more observant of power dynamics that I didn't realize were present before. Just because someone isn't a founder pitching doesn't mean the power of being a well-known VC isn't there for a wide range of people in the tech community. I didn't realize that early in my career.
Have I always hit the right mark since then? I hope to, but I'm sure there are times that I've missed and I've said some apologies and probably owe a few more.
Recently, I talked about that article and how men and women are trying to figure things out in tech on a closed door session at a gender and tech conference--and it fostered a lot of great discussion. It wasn't easy--not for me and not for the women I spoke to about the topic of gender relations either.
What it made me realize is that if I'm going to follow through on my goal of being the most accessable early stage investor in NYC--someone that you can always count on be open, available, honest and direct, while respecting your effort, then I need to make myself outwardly more open to discussing this difficult topic.
Avoiding it creates mistrust and suspicion.
I know how hard I work for all of the founders I back--both men and women--and I'm proud of my professional body of work in this industry. I can also say that I've been on a journey of reflection, self-awareness and improvement that continues--and I've mustered up enough courage, probably a little late, to make open conversation about this topic a part of it.
So, not that anyone needed permission, but sometimes it helps to know ahead of time that the conversation is welcomed, so feel free to ask about it. If you've ever thought about pitching me, but weren't sure what to make of things you read or heard, feel free to ask. Ask what you'd like if you see me on a panel doing Q&A, or pull me over to the side post-panel--whatever you prefer.
It's a difficult and emotional topic that I've decided not to avoid anymore, so let's talk. I'm not sure when I'll write more, or where, but for now, I like discussing this here first in this community of Monday readers.
Thanks for listening.
06:00PM - ReactNYC: bpOSxM0rNPM React NYC Quartet 114 West 41st Street - New York, Creating a React / Redux App Generator🎤 Aaron CordovacomponentDidGenerate - Almost everyone has used create react app before and for good reason. With a single stroke at the command line, you can spin up a new react application ready to go. But what about other tools such as SCSS, redux, or even a full-stack app with a back end? Introducing Create New App! In this talk we'll see how Create New App works, look at the code it generates, and highlight some key node packages that were used to bring this to life!Building a Server-Rendered React App for Public Data Using Next.js🎤 Abe RubensteinIn this talk, I'll tell you how I used Next.js (a framework for static and server‑rendered apps) and the Enigma Public API (free search and discovery of public data) to build my latest project, "Today in Public Data."TBA RSVP
Monday, June 25
07:00PM - Applications of Optical Character Recognition w/ Dr. John Paisley New York Artificial Intelligence In Healthcare Correlation One 254 West 54th Street Floor 13 - New York, ny Columbia University Computer Science professor Dr. John Paisley will explain optical character recognition and its applications to fields such as healthcare.We will cover two things:1) A Seminar on OCR Models2) Networking Session with food and soda.More to come. RSVP
06:00PM - Mission Physician Transition Health 2.0 NYC - The New York Healthcare Innovation Group McCarter & English NYC Office (31st Floor Please Enter Through Courtyard Entrance) 825 Eighth Ave - New York, ny Physicians are increasingly dissatisfied with just being clinicians and want to get involved in healthcare innovation. Similarly, innovative companies need the clinician's insight into how care actually works in order to create solutions that work for doctors, patients, and all stakeholders in the healthcare value chain. Join us for an evening to discuss progress, and pitfalls, tools and trials, and learn from a few folks who have made the transition work beautifully. RSVP
Tuesday, June 26
06:30PM - Women in iOS@NikeInnovationLab: A/B Testing Framework;Multiplayer AR Experiences iOSoho - New York City's largest iOS Engineer Meetup 28 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010 28 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010 - New York, Ne A/B testing creates developer overhead but it doesn't have to. In this talk, Jenny will share the strategies she uses to reduce testing frictions and improve developer experience. These changes will deliver a more successful product and happier developers. Everybody wins! RSVP
06:30PM - Peeking into the On-Demand Economy ACM New York City NYC Data Science Academy 500 8th Ave, Suite 905 - New York, NY Today, an increasing number of digital and mobile technologies have emerged to match customers, in almost real time, with a potentially global pool of self-employed labor, leading to the rise of the on-demand economy, which has brought about dramatic changes in our society. It creates new business models and new dynamics of labor allocation. It enables new models of computation, that is, human-in-the-loop computing. And it leads to new forms of knowledge creation—people all over the world are contributing to scientific studies in dozens of fields, either by making scientific observations as amateur scientists or by participating in online experiments as subjects. Despite its already significant impacts, the on-demand economy has still been considered as a black-box approach to soliciting labor from a crowd of on-demand workers. Little is known about these workers and their aggregated behavior. In this talk, using the on-demand crowdsourcing platforms as an example, I present my attempts and findings on opening up this black box with a combination of experimental and computational approaches, with focuses on understanding who the on-demand workers are, how to model their unique working behavior, and how to improve their work experience. RSVP
06:00PM - Habits That Are Killing Your Productivity The Financial Gym The Financial Gym 134 West 25th Street 2nd Floor - New York, New York Get more done in less time and be more productive than you ever thought possible. Learn how simple tweaks to your daily routine can 10x your efficiency! Paula Rizzo will walk you through ways to rethink how you plan out your day so you can cut down on procrastination, make more attainable goals and have time to do the stuff you really want to do. RSVP
Wednesday, June 27
06:00PM - IoT NY #55 - Summer Special: Building a Business on Connected Hardware Internet of Things (IoT) NY New Lab 19 Morris Avenue, Building 128, Cumberland Gate - Brooklyn, NY There has been a lot of hype around IoT, but as the dust settles it is becoming apparent that it was not unwarranted. The promise that IoT offers is a more efficient, more productive, less wasteful, and safer world. It also opens up entirely new possibilities for education, human interaction and understanding. But the beginning of any industrial revolution, such as IoT is a part of, is bumpy at first. Some are succeeding in delivering IoT products and solutions incrementally to their respective markets yet many have tried and failed in building a connected hardware business. So how does one go about it? This event will focus on the stages involved in successfully executing on the creation of a connected hardware business, from the early stages (ideation, prototyping, fundraising, manufacturing, logistics, go to market) to the growth stages (sales, partnerships, business development). These businesses might be enabled by connected hardware and grown with the use of data, but it in the end, it is people who build them. We'll hear from 2 panels of speakers of various connected hardware companies and ventures who will share their experience at these 2 stages and their lessons learned, followed by audience Q&A. RSVP
06:30PM - Food Waste Innovation Food+Tech Meetup Kickstarter HQ 58 Kent Street - Brooklyn, NY It’s no secret that food waste is a massive problem. Every year, $218 billion is spent on food that is never eaten--amounting to 52 million tons sent to landfills annually. Another 10 million tons is discarded or left unharvested on farms. In response, a number of companies have emerged to tackle this issue. From repurposing food waste into added-value products to recovering nutrients from food that is thrown away, join us to hear from innovators in the space at our June Food+Tech Meetup. Presenters will do a deep dive into their business strategies, technologies, challenges and lessons learned. Come network with the community and get a taste from emerging F&B startups. RSVP
06:30PM - Ladies Python Study Group NYC PyLadies BounceX 620 8th Ave, NY NY - New York, NY This event is for women in tech. Men who ardently support women in tech are also welcome. Ardent supporters are defined as those who are dedicated to the participation, education and advancement of women in tech, are familiar with our Mission and Code of Conduct, and agree to participate in our events and create a collaborative and welcoming environment for all. RSVP
06:30PM - Data Science 101 GA James Larkin 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
07:00PM - Robert Wagner with "Ember Performance Workshop Abridged", + ⚡️talks Ember.js NYC Movable Ink 5 Bryant Park, 8th Floor - New York, NY Robert Wagner will join us from Washington DC to talk about a key concern for all modern web apps: performance. He will cover how to cut down on initial load time, by pruning your bundle with broccoli-concat-analyzer, visualizing and fixing performance bottlenecks with ember-perf-timeline, and speeding up pages with large data sets using occlusion rendering with vertical-collection. This will be an abridged, and updated version of some of the content from the Robert's Performance Workshop from EmberConf. RSVP
07:00PM - You have to work with a PM! Now what? Designers + Geeks New York ustwo New York 26 Broadway - New York, Great collaboration between a product manager and a product designer can result in magic. Join Deepa as she shares tips and tricks for fostering great partnership between PM's and designers on a wide-range of product teams including at the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, Kickstarter and other companies. RSVP
11:00AM - Intermediate Excel: Formulas & Functions GA Nigel Caldon 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY Improve your all-around Excel skills - Learn a variety of intermediate functions such as VLookups and If Statements, as well as advanced charts and Pivot Tables RSVP
Friday, June 29
10:00AM - Google Analytics Bootcamp GA 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
Saturday, June 30
10:00AM - Blockchain Bootcamp GA David Yakobovitch 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY Whether you are a developer or a curious enthusiast, this event will help you understand why blockchain technology just might be the next great coordinating tool for humanity. RSVP
10:00AM - Storytelling Using D3 GA Joe Keohan 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY Are you interested in interactive storytelling? This workshop will introduce you to storytelling best practices using D3 to make your story come alive.
Sunday, July 1
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! RSVP
Monday, July 2
06:30PM - Content Creation Crash Course GA Victoria Reitano 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY Learn how to create content on the fly, edit videos on the go and build content that converts for all platforms without breaking a sweat. RSVP
01:00PM - Intro to Statistics | Livestream GA Vish Srivastava Online Class - Livestream, NY During our online introductory workshop, learn the basics of statistics, the science of collecting, summarizing, and drawing valid conclusions from data. RSVP
Tuesday, July 3
07:00PM - Tech Tuesday / Open House at Hack Manhattan Hack Manhattan Hack Manhattan 137 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor - New York, NY Hack Manhattan is a public makerspace for people to come together and socialize, work on projects, and share knowledge. A makerspace is a collaborative workspace, for those who love to create things—learning through doing—in a social environment. RSVP
06:00PM - Artificial Intelligence in the cloud -- Challenges and opportunities. New York Artificial Intelligence In Healthcare WeWork W. 57th St. 142 West 57th Street - New York, NY A general overview of the current state of healthcare artificial intelligence and the road ahead. We will be discussing current challenges in healthcare artificial intelligence including:* Regulatory hurdles.* User adoption and trust.* Current technical limits of artificial intelligence.* Need for better standards and regulations.* Human factor and its limitations.* Ethical and moral challenges around healthcare artificial intelligence.* FUD and hype around artificial intelligence in healthcare.We will also discuss the future potential of healthcare artificial intelligence including:* The rise of cryptographically strong application layer.* On-premise private/federated cloud.* Efficient scalable care delivery through data.* Data driven reduction in medical errors.* Smarter health and wellness assistants.* Precision healthcare.* New dawn of drug discovery. RSVP
Thursday, July 5
07:00PM - The Product Group July 2018 The Product Group iHeartMedia 32 6th Avenue, 1st Floor (iHeartRadio Theater) - New York, NY Share, learn and network with fellow Product Managers at The Product Group. Some topics to expect...- Accelerating Learning- and more...Featured Product: Emissary.io RSVP
11:00AM - LinkedIn for Job Hunting & Career Advancement GA Katie Fogarty 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY LinkedIn is the #1 job hunting & career advancement platform around. Learn how to create a killer profile, source jobs & capture recruiter attention. Time to get discovered! RSVP
Friday, July 6
06:00PM - After Work Networking Brooklyn Entrepreneurs (BKE) Cafe Habana 17 Prince Street (betw Elizabeth St and Mott St) - New York, NY This is a big city with so many great people to network with. But how valuable is it to be in a city with great networking opportunities if you don't get out and network.This is a FREE open public NETWORKING event for people who like to be involved in SOCIAL networking in the local area. Everyone is welcome. RSVP