In December of 2014, I kicked off a years long competition by signing up to raise money for ScriptEd by competing in the NYC Triathlon with the e-mail subject "You're goin' down, my elite new Twitter friend!" (ScriptEd's founder, Maurya Couvares)
Her response: "I think this might the first time I've met someone from the tech community who got a faster time than me. You're on!"
After pushing myself to three consecutive wins and a PR, I knew my days were numbered as Maurya took her game up to another level.
Maurya crushed me by four minutes, coming in at 2:23, thanks to her six minute advantage on the swim. (My swim was in the top 3rd, which I'm very proud of, considering I only learned to freestyle in the past year, but it wasn't any match for hers.) We both finished in the top 200 out of over 3100.
Congrats, Maurya! And true to my word, I'll be doubling my matching of all ScriptEd related triathlon donations, bringing it to 20%. So, if you want to sneak one in today, including the purchase of a $250 ad slot in the newsletter, you can go to this link here. Please get your final donations in today!
By now, you know me as a liberal tech VC that lives in Brooklyn, but you might be surprised to find out that I'm represented in Albany by a Trump loving Republican named Marty Golden.
Marty introduced the state version of the defense of marriage act and was the face of opposition to marriage equality in New York.
He voted against the Fair Pay Act, citing it was too expensive to pay women the same as men.
He sponsored a bill to give billionaire residents of a luxury condo building a 95% property tax abatement.
He's against putting more speed cameras in school zones--because it affects him personally. His car has been ticketed 10 times for speeding by traffic cams in school zones since 2015. TEN TIMES!
I've had enough, and so has my friend Andrew Gounardes, who is running against him. We deserve better--and moreover, the New York State Senate is currently deadlocked. This seat will flip the State Senate blue.
Andrew has an inclusive agenda that includes support of reproductive rights for women, voting reform, and affordable housing. He is endorsed by Moms Demand Action, Run for Something, Brooklyn Young Democrats, and a host of others.
That's why I'm holding a fundraiser for him next Tuesday--one that will show off how tech can contribute positively to our community and foster a dialogue with Andrew as he makes his way to Albany.
- Five minute demos from progressive startups like Bravely, Agrilyst, Vigilant, Tinybop, and Wethos.
- A conversation with Andrew about what its like to run for office, why this seat is important and the issues he's focused on.
- An opportunity for the audience to share their concerns and interests with Andrew.
Suggested donation is $50, which will go towards Andrew's campaign, but you're welcome to give more.
Contributions can be made here and you can RSVP to the event here.
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Our next Marketing Stackup will be 7/25. Stackups feature 15-20 min talks by startup professionals about how they run their practices. We're looking for one more startup marketer to join presentors from Ollie and Sailthru. Are you the lead marketer for a NYC startup looking to share best practices with an audience of your peers. Reply to this e-mail.
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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
Monday, July 2
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
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
10:00AM - One Day at Bootcamp: Python, focusing on Pandas and SciKit Learn Metis: New York Data Science Metis New York 27 East 28th Street, 3rd Floor - New York, NY Back by popular demand, Metis NYC will be hosting “One Day at Bootcamp” to give you a chance to see what the experience is really like! You’ll receive free, interactive training in Python, focusing on Pandas and SciKit Learn from Metis Senior Data Scientist, Julia Lintern. IMPORTANT NOTE: The curriculum is designed for those familiar with Python data structures, loops, functions, and other common programming requirements. Please register via the form only if you plan to attend - seats are limited and in high demand. RSVP
Saturday, July 7
Sunday, July 8
06:00PM - Productivity Through AI in Workplace Automation and RPA [Free Event] NYC Bots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Betaworks Studio 29 Little W 12th St, New York, NY 10014 - New York, NY What happens when AI joins the team? The potential for automation to boost productivity and take on the uninspiring menial activities in a job is tremendous. We'll consider how businesses effectively integrate automation into the human workforce and get the best out of each.We’ll hear from Dennis Mortensen, CEO of x.ai, who’ll describe the future of work for knowledge workers involving managing and interacting with suites of intelligent agents, and from Saber, a founding member of EY’s Tax Emerging Technology Lab on how to leverage RPA (Robotic Processing Automation). RSVP
Monday, July 9
06:30PM - NYC Female Founder Roundtable: How to Get Ahead in Entrepreneurship Founder Institute New York: Startup Founder 101 Rise New York 24 West 24th St. Entrance - New York, NY We know that is full of entrepreneurial women and this event aims to bring women together and give you access to top female entrepreneurs and passionate women in business. They will share their 'why', their stories, challenges, successes, tips and answer your burning questions about entrepreneurship. Join us for a roundtable in this closed setting where we discuss being a female entrepreneur. RSVP
07:00PM - July 2018 NY Tech Meetup 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. Thank you to our Host, APPNEXUS! RSVP
07:00PM - @Peloton: Crafting Space to Be Ourselves && Design Patterns in Swift iOSoho - New York City's largest iOS Engineer Meetup Peloton (12th Floor) 125 West 25th St. - New York, ny This year, Peloton’s iOS team nearly tripled from three to eight members. A rarely-discussed aspect of internal growth is crafting a culture that lets teammates comfortably pose questions, ask for help, be their true selves, and feel welcome. We’ll explore the more nuanced ways we’ve attempted to do so—from interviewing, code review practices, to making sure our source is welcoming to current and future engineers. RSVP
06:00PM - July NY Info Security Meetup NY Information Security Meetup @NYInfoSecurity Work-Bench 110 Fifth Avenue, Fifth Floor - New York, Fireside Chat: Colin Ahern, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, City of New York Cyber Command. Colin Ahern is the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for the City of New York and oversees Security Sciences for NYC Cyber Command. Before joining the City of New York he worked in financial services as a security engineer and cyber threat researcher. Colin also served seven years in the US Army and was awarded the Bronze Star (Meritorious) for his service in Afghanistan. Jeff Capone, CEO & Co-Founder of SecureCircle. Jeff Capone, PhD, is CEO of the security startup, SecureCircle, which he founded in 2015. An award-winning executive leader with expertise in enterprise software development, network and storage solutions, and IoT applications, Jeff has a track record of founding and selling successful software companies. He developed SecureCircle’s patent-pending Transparent File Encryption solution designed to transparently protect unstructured data in any form.Prior to SecureCircle, Jeff served as CTO at NETGEAR and CEO and Co-Founder of Leaf Networks, which was acquired by NETGEAR. RSVP
Tuesday, July 10
06:30PM - John Feminella on Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System Papers We Love Two Sigma 101 Ave. of the Americas, 23rd Fl. J - New York , We're happy to host John Feminella, technologist and advisor, presenting on Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System by Satoshi Nakamoto on its 10-year anniversary. The original Bitcoin paper was published by a pseudonymous individual named Satoshi Nakamoto on Halloween 2008, in the quiet recesses of a small cryptography mailing list, where it was mostly ignored. A couple of months afterwards, Satoshi published the original Bitcoin client software that implemented the ideas in the paper.Ten years later, a lot has happened both about cryptocurrency, and a lot of money has changed hands. In this talk, we explore the core ideas laid out in the paper, the historical background around digital currencies, and how these ideas and history were implemented in the original Bitcoin client. RSVP
06:30PM - Language Comprehension & Language Generation in Eventful Contexts ACM New York City NYC Data Science Academy 500 8th Ave, Suite 905 - New York, NY For our July meetup, we are excited to have Nasrin Mostafazadeh join us to talk about language comprehension and language generation around events. Nasrin is currently working at Elemental Cognition in NYC. Building AI systems that can process user input, understand it, and generate an engaging and contextually-relevant output in response, has been one of the longest-running goals in AI. Humans use a variety of modalities, such as language and visual cues, to communicate. A major trigger to our meaningful communications are "events" and how they cause/enable future events. In this talk, I will present my research about language comprehension and language generation around events, with a major focus on commonsense reasoning, world knowledge, and context modeling. I will focus on multiple context modalities such as narrative, conversational, and visual. RSVP
06:00PM - Top Tech Talent Job Fair NY Tech Talent Turn To Tech 40 Rector Street #1000 - New York, NY New York Tech Talent job fair attracts the best talent in the tri-state area. Come meet employers, ask questions, and make connections. RSVP
Wednesday, July 11
06:30PM - How to Crack the Product Manager Interview by former Facebook PM Product Management New York Product School, New York 1216 Broadway, 2nd Fl. New York, NY 10001 - New York, NY Interviewing for a Product Manager position is never a piece of cake. It takes experience, spectacular communication skills, and extensive prep. In this session, you’ll hear about the golden rules of interviewing that will help you score your dream job. Main takeaways:-How to prep for an interview-The essentials of successful interviews-Evaluation criteria: critical thinking, prioritization, experience, product management, teamwork, and more.-Spectacular communication: brevity, tone, passion-Asking the right questions. Valentine Aseyo is the SVP of Product @ Bandsintown, the #1 concert discovery platform that connects 40 million fans with their 450 thousand musicians. RSVP
06:30PM - SEO & Content Marketing: What Startups Need to Know Stacklist Alley Chelsea 119 West 24th Street 2nd floor - New York, NY In a study done by Search Engine Journal, 93% of all traffic comes from a search engine. An impressive statistic, but also scary when you learn that 75% of users never look past the first page of results. That's why having good SEO is key for businesses looking to increase their search traffic. But good SEO isn't the only piece of the puzzle when it comes to ranking on the front page. Having amazing, informative, helpful content that your readers enjoy and share is critical. By combining your content marketing and SEO efforts, you'll build an effective marketing channel for your startup that will get you qualified, targeted search traffic. It's how startups like Basecamp, Buffer, and Kissmetrics have grown to reach millions of people through their blog, newsletters, e-books and more. Join us on July 11th as we dive deep into content marketing and SEO for startups, and how you can use it to grow your business. RSVP
07:00PM - Get Involved with GDI NYC: Meet & Greet and 100K Celebration! Girl Develop It NYC Skillshare 35 East 21st Street Floor 5 - New York, ny Please join Girl Develop It NYC and the GDI HQ team for a Meet & Greet event to grow our NYC leadership team and to celebrate an important milestone: surpassing 100,000 members. Whether you’re a potential student, instructor, or chapter leader or you're just curious about Girl Develop It, we would love to meet you! Can't make it right at 7:00? No problem, stop by anytime between 7:00 and 9:00. Enjoy light refreshments and a special premiere of two new videos about GDI. This event is in Manhattan but we are excited to meet people from all boroughs of NYC. RSVP
10:00AM - Visual Design Bootcamp: Bring Your Ideas to Life GA Adam Bookbinder 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY In this hands-on bootcamp dive into the world of design covering the essential principles and software visual designers use to create effective work across today’s media landscape. RSVP
Thursday, July 12
06:00PM - AI in healthcare -- A physician's perspective, with Matt Spotnitz, MD. New York Artificial Intelligence In Healthcare WeWork W. 57th St. 142 West 57th Street - New York, NY The field of diagnostic radiology is at a critical inflection point. Artificial intelligence powered systems are increasingly being developed to match or out-perform trained physicians in the field.A recent great example of AI in diagnostic radiology is the CheXNet project from Stanford, that uses deep-convolutional neural nets to analyze one of the largest publicly available chest x-ray data-set. One of the key benefits of such automated image analysis techniques is to improve the existing workflow of classifying an image and applying it to reduce medical errors.Dr. Matthew Spotnitz, M.D., M.P.H. is a physician with clinical experience in Radiology and Surgery. His presentation will discuss the kinds of errors that occur in diagnostic radiology, why they happen, and how AI can reduce them. During this Healthcare AI talk by Matt, he will also give an overview on physician perspective of the current AI revolution in healthcare. RSVP
06:30PM - The Future of Blockchain - Panel Flatiron School NYC Coding Community The Flatiron School 11 Broadway, Suite 260 - New York, NY Join us for a conversation around Blockchain, its future in tech, and steps to securing a job in the field. Flatiron School Co-founder and Dean Avi Flombaum will deliver the keynote, and Sarah Rombom, Managing Director & Head of Product Management at BlackRock will moderate. Panelists include:- Mike Dudas, Founder & CEO, The Block- Katherine Wu, Director of Business Development and Community Management for Messari Inc. RSVP
10:00AM - Update your LinkedIn and Land Your Dream Job GA Jacqueline Boone 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY Update your LinkedIn photo with a professional headshot by Krystle Chanel Photography. Then head to class to learn about how you can land your dream job using LinkedIn! RSVP
Friday, July 13