Do you live in Bed Stuy? That's where my next local tech dinner is going to be. Tech dinners bring together a group of people who live in the same neighborhood that all work in the tech, startup, and creative communities. In the last year, I've actually funded a founder that I met at one of our dinners and placed another as the VP of Marketing at one of my portfolio companies--so you never know what might happen, besides of course eating awesome food from our hired chefs and meeting your neighbors. Sign up here to attend or to host.
Do you meditate? Or, does the idea of working for a company building the world's largest meditation community sound like the perfect way to blend your professional skills with your personal ethos?
I've backed a company in this space that is looking for senior leaders in Engineering, Marketing, and Corporate Sales. Reply here if you're looking to be a leader in a company that is already in business, has revenues, and just got a funding round to inspire even more people to come together to bring peacefulness and calm into their lives.
Check out the Startup Leadership Program SLP - a fellowship for early-stage founders focused on education, mentorship, and community. The program is unique since it focuses on the founder rather than the company.
SLP is a 7-mo program now in its 11th year with an alumni base of 2,500 fellows, +$550m raised, and 18 cities worldwide. SLP is a non-profit that takes 0 equity and is run by founders providing an interactive curriculum on starting a company, access to mentors/investors, and a lifelong global network.
I’ve worked with SLP in the past, and I think they do a good job of balancing the more technical topics of entrepreneurship with a strong community/family-like aspect that’s just as important. I recommend you take a look at their info session on July 17 at Cooley.
Info Session: https://slpny2.splashthat.com/
Looking for the next big innovators in retail and consumer? XRC Labs Cohort 6 launches tomorrow. Check out the launch event here.
Confession: I watched exactly zero minutes of World Cup soccer because I really don't like soccer. I understand this makes me the only human on the planet that feels this way. Feel free to vote me off the island.
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 16
06:45PM - New Protocols and Tools for the Decentralized Web. New York Artificial Intelligence In Healthcare Byte Academy 295 Madison Ave Fl 35 - New York, The decentralized web is emerging. New protocols that will power this internet are being developed at ConsenSys. Protocols like Linnia which will allow users to own their data and control who accesses their data. No longer will users have to migrate their day. Data is logically centered around the user, and physically distributed. With data under the control of users, users can buy, sell, remix all sort of data as they please. Applications can be found in creating more efficient electronic health records and data markets for machine learning start ups in healthcare to gain data. RSVP
09:30AM - MariaDB Roadshow NYC - All-Day Event on this NewSQL Database SQL NYC, The NoSQL & NewSQL Database Meetup Galvanize, 2nd Floor 303 Spring St. - New York, NY MariaDB is hosting a roadshow in New York City on Tuesday, July 17 to introduce our latest open source database solutions, features and capabilities. We'll also be sharing best practices and real-world use cases for enabling mission-critical performance, security and analytics. MariaDB database experts will walk through HA strategies, performance tuning, delivering fast, powerful and scalable analytics, advanced data security, and running databases on containers. Plus, you've probably heard a lot about the recently released MariaDB Server 10.3, which is part of MariaDB's larger transactional solution MariaDB TX 3.0. They've got a session dedicated to learning what's new. It's a great opportunity to learn more and interact directly with the team at MariaDB. RSVP
Tuesday, July 17
06:00PM - Angular July 🔥🎆 Meetup Angular NYC RubiconMD 330 Hudson Street Suite 302 - New York, ny Talk 1: Practical Forms with Ngrx-formsby David Burke. Forms start out simple and then get complex. We get decision fatigue between template driven, reactive forms, and how to manage their state. ngrx-forms is a library that helped me reduce boilerplate, cater to complex UX in form interaction, and provide consistency between forms and across web and native app platforms.Talk 2: Simple RxJS Tricks by Rohit Sodhia. Reactive programming is more than a library; it's a different style of thinking. Angular makes great use of RxJS for HTTP requests and system events, but it can be hard to take the next step in solving reactive problems. I'll go over a few useful RxJS methods and provide practical Angular examples that should kick you forward in into Reactive mastery! RSVP
06:30PM - NY Video Meetup - July 17! NY Video Vimeo 555 W. 18th St - New York, NY We'll be hosting the next NY Video Meetup at Vimeo HQ on July 17th. We'll send an update on the speaker lineup, but make sure to reserve your spot now to meet and learn from innovators in the video space. As always, there will be pizza and beer followed by an evening of networking. RSVP
06:30PM - Product Management & Design Advice for Startups Stacklist Alley Chelsea 119 West 24th Street 2nd floor - New York, NY Startups have disrupted and innovated several industries in the past few years by building & designing products that engage and delight their users. But what goes into developing these delightful products? A good product needs good UX, and good UX comes from aligning product management and design. But first, there needs to be thoughtful considerations as to what the user wants and needs. Companies that can perfect this balance between management, design, and thoughtfulness will have an easier time acquiring and retaining users. So as an early-stage company, how should you be thinking about your product and how can you continue to make it better? What goes into product management and design? We're excited to discuss this and more with product managers and designers from NYC. RSVP
07:00PM - Innovation Celebration w/ Sony Square NYC Sony Square NYC 25 Madison Ave - New York, NY You're invited to an unforgettable Innovation Celebration at Sony Square NYC. Immerse yourself in different dimensions of sound and experience... while exploring the latest in technology. Enjoy sweetgreen dinner, cocktails and curated connections with other members over a series of hands-on challenges. RSVP
06:00PM - Hyper-Accelerator Investor Pitch Night 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 As you may know, twice a year MedStartr and our Partner VentureOutNY, run a week-long hyper-accelerator class for our portfolio companies, partners, investors, mentors, and of course, all interested startups that can afford our very reasonable fee. The Summer Sessions this year are July 12-16. This week of training and meetings with healthcare stakeholders culminates in a series of events including an investor pitch contest where the teams will pitch to a panel of healthcare investors. RSVP
Wednesday, July 18
06:00PM - FinGym Client Boss Babe Panel! The Financial Gym The Financial Gym 134 West 25th Street 2nd Floor - New York, New York Have you ever wondered what it takes to be your own boss babe? We are bringing FIVE of our clients together who all call themselves their own boss to discuss their entrepreneurial journies. The panel will be moderated by the Financial Gym's ultimate boss babe, our founder and CEO Shannon McLay! Below are our client panelists who will be sharing everything from how they decided to take the leap and work for themselves to how they keep themselves motivated to grow their businesses! RSVP
06:00PM - Causal Data Science: Black Boxes, Black Swans, Black Markets and Black Holes! Analytics & Data Science by Dataiku NY NYC Data Science Academy 500 8th Ave, Suite 905 - New York, NY Join us to explore causality in data science with speakers Jed Dougherty of Dataiku and renowned NYU Professor Bud Mishra! Abstract: A recent analysis, conducted by the Federal Reserve Board, showed that before and during the financial crisis of 2008 the average bank profit-and-loss (PnL) did not exceed the bank VaR from December 2003 to April 2007, while the bank average PnL exceeded VaR six times from June 2007 to March 2008. In other words, banks which maintained capital reserves equal to their Value-at-Risk faced on average six near bankruptcies during the crisis. What most intrigued the economists and political and social scientists, was the sheer lack of a single plausible causal explanation of these events – which is thought to have ranged from (i) “One eyed Scottish idiot!” (Jeremy Clarkson); (ii) “Complex financial products; undisclosed conflicts of interest; the failure of regulators, the credit rating agencies, and the market itself,” Interest Rate Spreads, Emerging Markets: e.g., BRICS – and so on. Both the unusual abruptness and intuitive implausibility earned such scenarios the name, “Black Swan Events” – and many more. It also raised the question whether there is a theory of “causality” that could have rigorously explained such events empirically from data – we suggest that the machinery of model checking for a suitably expressive logic (e.g., PCTL Probabilistic Computational Tree Logic, a branching time propositional modal logic) provides just the right capabilities to succinctly specify and efficiently verify statements about such scenario. It derives its power from the way it combines logic, probability and reasoning about time, which are lacked in the currently popular black-box AI systems. RSVP
06:30PM - Women in Tech Panel: Tech as Social Justice Flatiron School NYC Coding Community WeWork Dumbo Heights 81 Prospect Street, 7th Floor, Brooklyn - New York, NY Calling all women in tech! Come out for a fun night of discussion around tech as a social justice effort. We'll also have plenty of snacks and drinks! Panelists include: Alice Bonhomme-Biais: experienced software engineer coaching social impact startups. Alex Quin: teaching formerly incarcerated folks to code as a means of liberation with The Code Cooperative. Dana Edell: Executive Director of SPARK Movement, a national activist movement working to end the sexualization of girls. RSVP
06:30PM - After Hours w/ ClassPass & The Newsette Convene 101 Greenwich Street 2nd Floor - New York, NY You're invited to an unforgettable dinner with ClassPass' General Manager of Digital Product Jenny Wu and The Newsette's Founder and CEO Daniella Pierson. Enjoy an intimate conversation with Jenny and Daniella...and curated connections over a seasonal meal. RSVP
Thursday, July 19
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, July 21
10:00AM - Code & Coffee - July Girl Develop It NYC Capital One Bank 853 Broadway - New York, Join us for our monthly Code & Coffee! Whether you're looking to keep practicing what you learned in your last class or are in the midst of a project, your community is here to help. This will be an informal event where members can meet each other and collaborate. Have a project idea and some skills, but haven’t attended a GDI event yet? Want to focus on helping others with their projects? You're welcome too! This is also a great event for first time attendees who just want to socialize. We're very friendly and would love to have you join us. As a group, we’ll hold each other accountable for completing our projects, and provide ongoing support and feedback. Bring a laptop and something to work on. RSVP
10:00AM - Data Visualization and Intro to Tableau GA Jonathan Bechtel 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY This class is an introduction to data visualization techniques and tools for describing, analyzing, and communicating data in a business setting. RSVP
Sunday, July 22
06:30PM - NY's Biggest Professional Networking Mixer - Entrepreneur, Tech & Game-Changers NYC Startup Community Monarch Rooftop Lounge 71 West 35th Street - New York, NY Calling All: Tech Startups! Entrepreneurs ! Artists ! Professionals ! Free-lancers, Thinkers, Game-Changers, and Heroes! Are you looking for co-founders, partners, coaches or core team members for your start-up? Please join us for an evening of creativity, inspiration and passionate conversations. Hosted By - New York Entrepreneurs, Startup & Business Coalition. RSVP
Monday, July 23
07:00PM - July (un)Meetup with ny-purescript ny-scala Tapad 60 Madison Avenue 3rd Floor New York, NY 10010 - New York, NY The idea of this meetup is born out of the "unconference" format, which means it's loosely organized and community driven. At the beginning of the meetup people pitch topics and then break off into groups to discuss those topics. The topics are chosen by members of the community and they can either be something that person knows a great deal about or knows nothing about and wants to learn more. It should be expected that not a great deal of preparation goes into the topic, and this hopefully encourages more people to suggest topics since there is no pressure to prepare for weeks on end. Also participants are free to go from topic to topic if they wish to do so.The first time I heard this idea it was suggested for the Northeast Scala Symposium, and I thought it would be a disaster. I was wrong. It was a complete success, and is now by far my favorite day of the conference, and I think that opinion is shared by most of the organizers. Give it a shot and I think you'll like it too! RSVP
06:00PM - NYAI #22: AI & Modular Solutions in Music and Beyond (w/ Dr. Cole Ingraham) (NYAI) New York Artificial Intelligence Capital One Labs 114 5th Ave, 6th Floor - New York, NY Join us for what's sure to be an awesome night in AI! This month's event is focused on AI and Modular Solutions in Music. Excited to welcome back Dr. Cole Ingraham (Music Systems Architect at Amper Music) who will talk about "From Many, One. Modular Solutions to Complex Problems", followed by a Panel Discussion.Wine + Beer + Snacks + AI + Networking = The Best Tuesday ever! RSVP
Tuesday, July 24
06:45PM - Visualizing Data: From UIs to Sci-Fi UX + Data work—bench 110 5th Avenue, 5th Floor - New York, NY Visualization can be used to build everything from actionable user interfaces to science fiction narratives. Engineering data-driven user interfaces requires identification of data that qualify as vital information followed by transformation of that information into visuals that can be easily understood. On the other side of the spectrum, designing a procedurally generated interface that adapts to interactions such as that of a sci-fi game exposes more opportunities for creative interpretations of data.Sagar, who currently works at Uplevel Security, will demonstrate how Uplevel focuses on building visualizations that centralize and contextualize cybersecurity data. He will talk about how such an approach can provide the insights required for an efficient, powerful cybersecurity response, as opposed to building more conventional UIs that require users to manually scout for information on the UI.This talk will also explore how visualization can be employed as an artistic medium to create abstract art and procedurally generated science-fiction games.This session will feature various hands-on demos including games, apps and art pieces built using computational visualization. Additionally, Sagar will also introduce a beginner- friendly visualization library called p5.js. RSVP
06:00PM - Summer of Tech | Rooftop Mixer Tech in Motion: New York City The DL Rooftop Lounge 95 Delancey Street (On the corner of Delancey & Ludlow) - New York, NY The sun is out and so are we, to celebrate with our tech community! Developers & Engineers will join us in spades, to mix and mingle with those in their trades. Come drink with DevOps, Jive with Javas, Mingle with Mobiles and Swing with Scalas! RSVP
Wednesday, July 25
06:30PM - Text Stack 2.0 Full-Stack Engineering Greenhouse HQ 110 Fifth Ave, 3rd Floor - New York, NY This one goes out to all you Vim vs Emacs enthusiasts out there. We've got two speakers who will be presenting pretty interesting approaches (serverless and distributed stacks) to building a browser-based IDE/text-editor. Read on for more, and hope to see you there!~ Presentation #1 ~ Building Conclave: A decentralized, real-time, collaborative text editor for the browser (~30 mins) Sun-Li Beatteay, Software Engineer @ DigitalOceanSun-Li is a software engineer working at DigitalOcean on their Spaces product. Presentation #2 ~ Building a Browser-Based Serverless IDE using Docker and Websockets (~20 mins) Kareem Amin, Co-Founder @ ClayKareem is a co-founder of Clay, a rapid development platform that allows you to automatically pull data from the web and the SaaS services you use into a spreadsheet-like UI so you can quickly build flexible tools that automate your work. RSVP
06:30PM - July Happy Hour NYC Design Systems Coalition The Winslow Public House 243 East 14 St. (Just West of 2nd Ave) - New York, NY Join us for a happy hour and meet other design systems professionals and enthusiasts! This event will give folks the opportunity to meet up in a casual setting.Get there early to get a free drink :)I'll order us some light snacks and the bar serves great food if you want something more filling.If your company wants to sponsor and add to the bar tab, please get in touch. RSVP
Thursday, July 26
06:30PM - After Hours w/ Facebook & Rent The Runway WeWork Grand Central 450 Lexington Ave - New York, NY You're invited to an unforgettable sweetgreen dinner with Facebook AI leader Soumith Chintala & Rent the Runway's VP, Brand & Customer Strategy & Product Marketing Angie Gentile Hellman. Enjoy an intimate conversation with Soumith and Angie, and curated connections...over a seasonal, locally-sourced meal. RSVP
06:30PM - User Retention & Customer Success: Advice from the Experts Stacklist Alley Chelsea 119 West 24th Street 2nd floor - New York, NY In a study by the Harvard Business School, it was shown that a 5 percent increase in customer retention can lead to an increase in profits between 25 and 95 percent. That's because it's easier to have someone familiar with your brand purchase again, and they're more likely to refer your product to friends. So as a startup, how can you increase your retention rates? The work doesn't stop after the sale, now you have to work hard to keep your customers happy and engaged. We'll discuss how B2B and B2C companies reduce churn and use retention as a key metric to grow their startup. RSVP
07:00PM - Civic Service Design: Bringing Design to City Government Designers + Geeks New York The Brass Factory 185 Wythe Ave, 2nd Floor - Brooklyn, NY Civic Service Design: Bringing Design to City GovernmentPresented by Caroline Bauer, Studio Manager of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, NYC. New York City launched the Service Design Studio at the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity), the nation's first municipal design studio dedicated to improving the lives of low-income residents. This talk will introduce you to the Studio and its role inside city government. You’ll hear about the different ways that the Studio is working with city agency partners to improve the design and delivery of government services through capacity building and two project case studies. RSVP
10:00AM - Digital Marketing Bootcamp GA Salim Holder 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY Create an end-to-end digital marketing campaign using the latest marketing techniques to promote your business or service and drive measurable results. RSVP
10:00AM - User Experience Design Bootcamp GA Ashley Treni 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, July 28
10:00AM - Excel Bootcamp GA Melissa Guller 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY Get hands-on experience incorporating some of the most popular Excel functions into your daily workflow. RSVP
Sunday, July 29
10:00AM - Google Analytics Bootcamp GA Jon Chang 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