You may have heard that NYC is potentially going to cap the number of cars with Uber and similar services.
On one side, Uber is adding more cars to already congested streets--and taxi medalians have been capped for years.
On the other, you'll hear that Uber solves the transportation desert problem in NYC and also makes live easier for riders of color who are used to getting skipped over for rides.
I'm not there yet on whether I have an opinion as to what the right number of Ubers should be in NYC, but I do have a very strong opinion as to the treatment of drivers and other "gig economy" workers.
You see, Uber drivers, Taskrabbits, Relay bike delivery people, etc. are all 1099 workers. Each individual trip and task is treated as a gig--a one-off project not unlike the way you might, for example, pay someone to design your website or code up an app.
The problem is that 1099 offers near zero in the way of worker protections for anyone who does it like a full time job. So, while a W-2 worker has protections around overtime and being overworked, 1099 workers don't have any.
I spoke to an Uber driver the other day. He talked about the way Uber's rules deal with driving time versus total time. Uber has a 10 hour limit on driving time--i.e., time on the clock with a rider--but up until recently, had no limit on the amount of time you could drive around trying to get to that 10 hours. He said it would often take 15 hours to get 10 hours of rider time in.
A W-2 worker would have protections around 15 hour shifts and overtime requirements, but 1099s are SOL.
On top of that, when you take expenses into account like gas, leasing, and insurance, drivers are making below minimum wage.
It's been said that the city is considering putting in minimums for drivers, and I would say that before we cap the number of cars, we should be improving the lives of drivers. Let's measure time in the car and make sure drivers are *netting* at least the minimum wage for all the hours they're in the car, because you literally can't earn the income without paying the expenses.
This way, we focus on the first step of making sure Uber and others find a viable business model that doesn't involve abusing its workers. Then, if it finds it can still exist, then we should figure out how many cars there should be.
Interestingly, one of the ways it can do this is by increasing utilization--i.e. putting less drivers on the road, increasing wait times, so that each driver spends more time getting paid. Right now, it floods the system with drivers to decrease wait times for consumers. I, for one, would wait an extra couple of minutes if I knew that meant fair pay for drivers.
Are you in sales? Is wellness important to you? Those are two circles on a Venn diagram that don't always overlap, but the stress of making your numbers each quarter might give you a unique perspective on how important it is to stay centered and balanced at work.
A meditation company is hiring for a Head of Sales. The company sells meditation centered programs into companies and needs a sales leader who can bring structure into a sales function that has only been staffed by the founder up until this point. The expectation is that this person will create quotas, sales copy, create a pipeline, and build out a team--growing the million dollar business that founder has already built out.
Reply here if you're interested or know someone.
On Saturday, I was volunteering at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse and I met a couple who came to kayak. He was Swedish and she was Korean. I asked how they met.
About 32 years ago (he was probably in his 50's now), he took the year off to travel. He was on a boat in Israel when he met his wife, who was travelling from South Korea. They exchanged addresses and wrote letters to each other for two years. After two years, he visited her in South Korea and then they decided to get married. They were in New York as a leg on a trip to visit Niagara Falls for their 30th anniversary.
Maybe you should look up from your phone the next time you're travelling. :)
A few years ago, I went down to Startup Chile and I have to say, I was pretty impressed with the program. It was well organized and Santiago was a great place to be.
If you have a startup that has a functional product, early validation, and it's the type of business that doesn't need facetime with a customer, think about using Chile as a platform to go global, with an equity free fund of up to $80k USD (approx.), a 1-year work visa and a full acceleration program.
What are you waiting for? Apply Now to Generation 21 of @Start-Up Chile and become one of their #GlobalFounders
Why Start-Up Chile? https://lnkd.in/gdgcm9Z
URBAN-X is looking for pre-seed startups working to help reimagine city life. One of my portfolio companies, Industrial Organic, came out of URBAN-X.
Startups in their portfolio tackle some of the toughest challenges that cities face today; they create disruptive and scalable solutions across sectors such as real estate and construction, infrastructure, mobility, food, water, energy and more.
Applications are now open for Urban-X’s cohort 05, which will kick off this winter in NYC. Operated by MINI and Urban Us, the program invests $100,000 in up to 10 startups per cohort over the course of a 5 month program, with hands-on customer development, software development, hardware engineering, product design, and fundraising help. Our network of over 2,000 mentors, prospective partners, customers, and policymakers is incredibly deep and specialized for startups solving city-scale problems. Selected startups receive $100,000 USD in capital investment plus significant in-kind software, hosting, and development services, as well as the opportunity to partner and pilot with BMW / MINI’s global headquarters in Munich. Early applications are due July 4th, the final deadline is August 31st. Interested startups can apply here: https://angel.co/urban-x-fall-2018.
For questions reach out to Miriam Roure, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The next NYC Blend event on Monday, August 13th is at the AWS Loft! NYC Blend is a collaborative event series for the NYC tech community promoting diversity, inclusion, and empowerment. This event's theme is "Sourcing Diverse Candidates." We're bringing together leaders from startups at various stages of development to share insights on what successful diversity hiring looks like - and how startups may apply these lessons to their recruiting processes.
Featured speakers: Chymeka Olfonse (Founding Regional Executive Director, BUILD NYC), Chris Davis (CFO, Managed by Q), Caroline Hofmann (COO, Republic), Amit Khanna (General Counsel, Knotel)
Kindly RSVP: nycblendsourcingdiversecandida.splashthat.com
Congrats to Josh Stylman and his team at Three's Brewing. The founder of Reprise Media and an active angel investor just won the award for the best craft beer in New York for the second year in a row.
Happy Birthday Matt Brimer and Frank Denbow! #oldschoolGA
It's "a complete fabrication that I am concerned...about...my son."
05:30PM - Building a Safer Driver Experience with Waze
Google NYC Tech Talks
Google 85 10th Ave, Floor 3 - New York, NY
With Google's mission in mind — to make the world's information universally accessible and useful — Waze has been helping millions of users get to where they want to go. Now, we're exploring how to integrate this application into all that you do. With iOS 12, Apple is opening up their in-car system, CarPlay, to third-party navigation applications. Waze is on track to be one of the first navigation applications available on CarPlay when iOS 12 launches this Fall. Join us to learn about the process and challenges of developing Waze for the CarPlay system, while ensuring an engaging and safe hands-free experience.
Monday, August 6
06:00PM - Deep Learning Workshop
New York Big Data Workshop
WeWork Penn Station 315 W 36th Street - New York, NY
We will try transfer learning with application to art (and think about how to apply to audio, etc).Bring your laptop with python 3 and keras installed.
07:00PM - What is OCaml?
Python + Data Science
[Visit the event's page for address]
Complete beginner OCaml lecture.Obviously this group has nothing to do with OCaml. I am just trying to learn it on the side so I decided I will teach this short class. Full Agenda TBD.Helpful if you bring your laptop and install OCaml before attending.
06:00PM - August NY Info Sec Meetup
NY Information Security Meetup @NYInfoSecurity
110 Fifth Avenue New York - New York, NY
Dave Martin, Head of Product Management, Arctic Wolf Network, brings to Arctic Wolf more than 20 years of experience with IT security and networking technologies in a variety of engineering, product marketing, product management and business development roles. He currently serves as the Head of Product Management responsible for market positioning, product strategy and feature definition for our market leading CyberSOC services. Prior to joining Arctic Wolf, Mr. Martin has held executive and technical positions at companies including NSFOCUS, Edgewater Networks, Nokia, Ipsilon Networks and Newbridge Networks. Mr. Martin is a US Patent holder, a recognized security and networking expert and regular speaker at trade shows, partner conferences, insight panels, webinars and other industry events.In today’s business environment, it’s imperative for organizations of all sizes to have a dynamic online presence. However, with always being connected, there comes real risk to your business. Ransomware attacks, like Petya and WannaCry, have demonstrated how businesses can be brought to a halt by locking access to business-critical data. So, how do you protect yourself? What should you be looking for?
Tuesday, August 7
06:30PM - Dollars & Sense: The behavioral principles impacting money, work and life
Action Design NYC
WeWork NoMad 79 Madison Ave - New York, NY
We’re excited to have Jeff Kreisler, co-author with Dan Ariely, to talk with us about his book "Dollars and Sense"! We’ll talk about money mistakes, how to fix them and how the forces at play in our financial decisions are the same forces that impact our personal and professional lives.
06:30PM - Rethinking CPG
Kickstarter HQ 58 Kent Street - Brooklyn, NY
Increasing demand for healthy, sustainable and personalized options has disrupted the CPG space. Big food companies are losing market share to startups with more nimble business models, greater consumer focus and faster innovation cycles. Since 2013, food and beverage startups have raised $9.5 billion across 2,100 deals globally. From direct-to-consumer functional foods to plant-based ingredient innovations, startups are radically rethinking how food products are developed, packaged and sold. Join us to hear from some of the game-changing startups who are rethinking consumer packaged goods at our August Food+Tech Meetup. Founders will do a deep dive into their business models, approaches to product development and lessons learned. We will also have networking with the community and lots of great food and drinks to sample from, RIND Snacks, Dafero, Freville Farm, Lavva, The Worthy Company, Masienda, Egunsi Foods, Seek Food, DIRTY LEMON, Makku and Yolele Foods.
06:00PM - ReactNYC: P_SlAzsXa7E
Justworks 601 W 26th St 4th floor - New York, ny
Wednesday, August 8
06:00PM - Introduction to libuv: What's a Unicorn Velociraptor? (NodeJS)
Discovery Communications 850 3rd Ave # 1003 - New York, al
07:00PM - How to Survive a Coding Bootcamp
Flatiron School NYC Coding Community
The Flatiron School 11 Broadway, Suite 260 - New York, NY
Join Flatiron Educational Coach and author of the book, How to Get Run Over by a Truck, Katie McKenna as she talks about how the process of learning how to code, can not only teach us a new and amazing skills, but can help us to tap into our inner strength, grit and our ability to be resilient in the face of challenges. During the course of this talk Katie will share how she went from tragedy to triumph after being run over by an eighteen wheel truck utilizing all of the same skills that you’ll acquire while learning to code.*** By attending the Event, You give Your express consent to Your actual or simulated likeness being included within any film, photograph, audio and/or audiovisual recording to be exploited in any and all media for any purpose at any time throughout the world, the copyright to which shall be owned by Flatiron School without payment or compensation. This includes filming by the police or security staff that may be carried out for the security of customers. ***
06:30PM - Real User Measurement Insights
New York Web Performance Group
Meetup HQ - 9th Floor 632 Broadway Suite 901 - New York, NY
Many websites use real user measurement data to analyze their performance, as well as to validate that optimizations are having the desired effect on end user experience and business metrics. Akamai's mPulse service is a popular commercial RUM solution that is used by thousands of websites, and it gives us a unique panoptic view of web performance.This is not your typical RUM talk. I won't be talking about implementations, product features, etc. Instead we are going to dive deep into the data and try to answer some interesting questions about the web.
Thursday, August 9
07:00PM - Dance Dance Healthcare Revolution!
Health 2.0 NYC - The New York Healthcare Innovation Group
111 Worth st 111 Worth St New York, New York 10013 - New York,
By Popular demand our Summer Social this year will be a rooftop dance party! Come dance the night away with the Healthcare Innovation Crowd in NYC! True to our Healthcare Revolutionary roots, we will also host 1 minute startup pitches - so startups apply at http://bit.ly/MedMoApplyhttp://bit.ly/MedMoApplyAt our last Healthcare Revolution Dance party the teams went on to raise over 400 million dollars in the next year and included Misfit Wearbles, Avado, CareSet and more, so do not delay, apply today! Price includes Drinks, Snacks, Music, Live DJ, Dancing, fun and games. You can BYOB as well.
10:00AM - 3D Modeling & Animation Bootcamp
Dominika Juraszek 10 East 21st Street - New York, NY
This one day intensive workshop will help you get on the accelerated path to learn the core concepts and hands-on tools in 3D modeling & animation using top industry software-Maya.
Friday, August 10
10:30AM - Design Sprint 101: Design Better User Experiences & Products … Faster
Girl Develop It NYC
Pace University - Seidenberg School of CSIS 163 William Street 2nd Floor - New York, NY
In this interactive, 4-hour introduction to Design Sprints, we’ll illustrate the process developed by Google Ventures and popularized in Jake Knapp's book, Sprint, by guiding you through ideating, prototyping and testing a new digital product. Led by innovation and design strategy expert, Kandis O’Brien and the team at The SIX, you’ll learn practical strategies to help you become a more effective problem solver and you’ll leave with an understanding of how to use the 5-day Design Sprint process to solve complex businesses and design challenges.
10:00AM - Live stream! From Adversarial Models to FOCUS!
The Product Group
Worldwide Worlwide Event Any town - New York, NY
Come and join us for the next live stream event of The Product Mentor! Sit back and listen or join with your own questions.@10AM ET: Adversarial models in product with Chris Butler. To make something great it needs to be forged through adversarial means. During this talk, you will understand what adversarial models are for yourself, your teams, and your products. We will touch on the various places that adversarial models are used in today's world and how adversarial models (with compassion) creates great products.@11AM ET: Your hypotheses are probably wrong with Nis Frome. Users are 'divinely discontent' and their preferences and expectations are a moving target. If you're hypotheses are based on outdated research reports or media headlines, you're probably making the wrong decisions. I'll provide data to prove that. @12PM ET: The only three things you should focus on with Andrew Hsu. When everything is in chaos because you work at a start up, here are the only three things that matter for you to focus on. This will help you focus and keep moving forward.
Sunday, August 12
04:00PM - Mount Sinai Innovation Partners Fellowship & Commercialization 101
Mount Sinai Innovation Partners
Leon and Norma Hess Center for Science and Medicine Hess Seminar Room B 1470 Madison Ave - New York, New York
Discover the world of opportunities in technology commercialization through Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP) Fellowship & Commercialization 101. This information session will offer a high level view of technology transfer, research innovation, and entrepreneurship, as well as insight into Mount Sinai's educational opportunities to advance in the field. Dov Shamir, PhD, Manager of Education and Entrepreneurship at MSIP, will lead this session.
Monday, August 13
07:00PM - @Venmo: Reactive Architecture && SOLID Uses for Child View Controllers
iOSoho - New York City's largest iOS Engineer Meetup
Venmo 117 Barrow Street 5th Floor - New York, ny
Venmo will be hosting us this month. Food and drink will be provided! Not a big fan of MVC? Interested in learning what else is possible? Willing to refactor but not rewrite your code? Join us for two terrific talks where Dan and Andrew will explore architecture patterns and a possible way to refactor an existing MVC flow.
06:00PM - Entrepreneurs Roundtable 121
Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
Microsoft 11 Times Square (8th Ave between 41 and 42) - New York, NY
"Entrepreneurs Roundtable" monthly events are free community events open to entrepreneurs and investors in New York City. The event series has been going on every month since 2008. Our goal is to help New York City startup ecosystem grow and connect the entrepreneurial community with each other for learning and networking opportunities. Every event features an active early-stage investor with 5 startups pitching to them for feedback and fundraising followed by community networking.
06:30PM - Full-Stack vs. Specialization NYC Tech Debate with Brian Guthrie & Rick Martínez
NYC Tech Debates
Workbench 110 Fifth Avenue Fifth Floor - New York, NY
Is it better to specialize or become a Full-Stack developer? Is becoming truly 'Full-Stack' unrealistic? Is Full-Stack development a good option for you in 2018? Come hear Brian Guthrie, Director of Engineering at Meetup.com and Rick Martínez, startup technologist/ex-Plated debate Fullstack vs. Specialization.
07:00PM - Guaranteed fresh: Defining a Data team’s relationship with the business
Analytics & Data Science by Dataiku NY
General Assembly [East] 902 Broadway, 4th Floor - New York, NY
Dataiku is pairing up with General Assembly for two talks about working through one's relationship with the business side of data science.Schedule:7:00pm: Pizza + Beer mingling. 7:30pm: Kenneth Sanford, Lead Architect at Dataiku. 8:00pm: Scott Breitenother, VP Analytics at CasperTalk
06:00PM - Log-Based Architecture for Distributed Systems & Running Postgres at Scale
NYC Data Engineering
JW Player 2 Park Ave, Fl 10 - New York, NY
JW Player is the world's largest network-independent video platform representing over 5 percent of global internet video. The talk will focus on a log-based architecture ("The Polylog") we've developed to handle data change capture in order to easily build new services and databases based on other service's full datasets. Some of the tools we'll cover include Debezium for database change capture, Kafka for storing the logs, and the Denormalizer, which is an in-house tool we built to do left joins on streams. Potential use cases of the Polylog include:- Using logs as a primary datastore- Syncing upstream databases with document stores like Elasticsearch- Database migrations for breaking up monoliths- Denormalizing records across topics in a streaming fashion- Monitoring data changes- Disaster recovery and fault tolerance.
Wednesday, August 15
06:30PM - Intro to Web Scraping With Python
620 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018 620 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018 - New York, Ne
Learn the basics of web scraping with python's Beautiful Soup library. We will discuss what web scraping is and some interesting use cases before diving into some practice exercises.
06:30PM - React Native @Uber
React Native NYC
Uber 1400 Broadway 12th floor - New York, ny
06:00PM - Angular August 🔥🌵 Meetup
eBay 625 6th Avenue, New York, NY - New York, NY
Talk: Passing through Angular portals by Nir Kaufman, Web technologies & Angular GDE. Let’s talk about Portals in Angular. We will start by understanding the challenges of dynamic rendering in Angular and inspect various techniques to achieve this. Then we will dive into CDK Portals and learn why, when and how to use it in your app. Talk: Sharing is caring: a menagerie of Angular providers by Eudes Petonnet-Vincent. Dependency injection is one of Angular's most useful patterns. It allows to share data and communicate between components even in its simplest form. We'll go over the numerous ways to declare providers for dependency injection in Angular, one by one, to understand what use case they can solve.
Thursday, August 16
06:00PM - Fear of Killer AI Robots? There's a workshop for that...
NYC Seminar & Conference Center 71 West 23rd Street Room 515 - New York, NY
This is the first event in our new Mission AI program. AI is going to destroy humanity? Not so fast! Elon Musk is right. We should be concerned about AI's potential to harm humanity but how do we make AI safe? Learn how companies, governments and scientists are working to develop safe, innovative AI to benefit humanity and the challenges they must overcome. Explore how you can participate in AI research. By the year 2020, global spending on artificial intelligence research is estimated to reach $46 billion, with money pouring in from big tech companies, private investors, public institutions and governments. AI is set to change humanity and our world in unimaginable ways and AI research is the fuel catapulting us into to this next era of technological innovation. This workshop, taught by Dr. Seth Baum (Executive Director of The Global Catastrophic Risk Institute and an AI researcher specializing in AI safety and risk) will introduce you to the global AI research ecosystem (the researchers, the companies, the conflicts, the money funding it and and the research leading to new innovations).You will learn how to stay on top of the latest research without becoming overwhelmed, and how you can participate in AI research even if you aren't an academic or a technologist. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A with Dr. Baum.
06:30PM - App Security Automation in Continuous Delivery pipelines - DevSecOps FTW
Continuous Delivery : NYC
Shopkeep 460 Park Avenue South - New York, NY
Scalable and Comprehensive Application Security is an essential requirement, especially for DevOps and rapid-release applications. However, most environments today find it challenging to successfully incorporate a robust and resilient Application Security practice into their Continuous Delivery Pipeline. This session will address different techniques and integration practices that can be used to automate Application Vulnerability Assessments, married with Functional Testing (for Web Services and Single Page Apps) for SAST, DAST and SCA. The session will be replete with demos and case examples with minimal theory coverage only used to support the concept of Application Security Automation.
10:00AM - User Experience Design Bootcamp
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.
Friday, August 17
10:00AM - Code & Coffee - August
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.
Saturday, August 18
10:00AM - Google Analytics Bootcamp
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.
Sunday, August 19