07 10 / 2014

We are happy to announce a partnership with Ninefold, a high performance Rails hosting platform. Ninefold will not only provide the hosting and support of the NYTM website and membership platform, they will also provide financial support allowing us to continue our Hacker-in-Residence program.

With that, we would like to give a big welcome to our newest Hacker-in-Residence, Sam Blake. Sam is a graduate of the Flatiron School’s Fellowship Program and he will continue the work of building and updating our web-based products and serving as a community ambassador.

With both Ninefold’s great product offering and Sam’s excitement, we look forward to making great things happen here at NYTM!

Learn more about Ninefold below and at ninefold.com.

Ninefold, A more awesome way to deploy Rails.

Can deploying to production be a joyful experience? We think so. Dedicated to making devs happy, Ninefold is a high performance Rails hosting platform that takes the pain out of deploying your app.

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02 10 / 2014

Not able to make it to the event? Watch it live here. 

Here is the lineup for the October 6, 2014 Meetup in alpha order:

emozia
www.emozia.com
@TeamEmozia

emozia is developing technology which enables machines and software to understand and respond to human emotion.

Fly Labs Inc.
www.editonthefly.com
@editonthefly

Fly: a fast new way to craft videos

Glimpse
http://itsglimpse.com
@itsglimpse

Glimpse: A dating app built on Instagram

KuaiBoard
http://www.kuaiboard.com/
kuaiboard

KuaiBoard: Turn your keyboard into your clipboard and type text quicker

Mondevices, Inc/ Monbaby
www.monbaby.com
@mondevices

MonBaby: a wearable baby monitor in a smart button that tracks your child’s breathing, movement and sleep patterns on an iPhone/Android app.

Partake
https://getpartake.com
@getpartake

Partake: The easiest way for couples to share expenses.

PowerToFly
powertofly.com
@powertofly

PowerToFly is a social platform that connects women in tech to great jobs at high-growth companies.

Shyp
www.shyp.com
@shyp

Shyp: the easiest way to send anything, anywhere. Now live in NYC!

theScaffold Inc.
www.thescaffold.com
@teamscaffold

Bad leadership is rampant: theScaffold gives the world great leaders.

Hack of the Month

Special Launch Announcements

Digital NYC
@DigitalNYC
Digital.NYC

Digital.NYC is New York City’s hub for tech and startups.

.NYC
@dotnyc
http://www.ownit.nyc/

NYC has become one of the first cities in the US to claim their own gTLD, and only those physically located in the five boroughs can own it.

Thank you to our Monthly After Party sponsor:

.NYC - @dotnyc

Welcome to our new Annual Supporting Sponsors:

IBM- @IBM

Ninefold - @ninefold

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01 10 / 2014

 

Join us on Thursday October 16, 2014 for the first ever tech conference in Harlem, presented by Silicon Harlem. This conference is a landmark event for the area and will become an annual event. Silicon Harlem’s mission is to transform the community of Harlem by embracing technology and innovation. If that matters to you, then you don’t want to miss this!

Envisioning the Technological Future of Harlem, we will focus on strategic visioning of technology’s role in advancing the economic growth and sustainability of upper Manhattan. The conference will also inform attendees about government, foundation and private corporate funding. We intend to leverage the intellectual capital of the Universities in the city, particularly Columbia University and City College both in Harlem, resulting in opportunities to collaborate on ideas to help create jobs and rich programs for the community.

For more information and registration visit: http://event.siliconharlem.net/

23 9 / 2014

A lively conversation about the future of energy services in New York will be taking place Monday, September 29th!

At this month’s NY Tech Meetup, presenter “Heat Seek” gained attention from Mayor Bill DeBlasio for their app that tracks heating code violations in NYC.  City officials showed their support, awarding the company top prizes at BigApps 2014, and now local groups and service providers are looking to explore how technology can be similarly applied to non-civic issues.

NY Tech Council, Direct Energy and Panoramic Power will gather next week to discuss how policy and technology can empower consumers and businesses to better manage the cost, convenience and efficiency of energy use.  

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Want to join the conversation?  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovation-to-inspiration-a-conversation-on-the-future-of-energy-tickets-12859566309

14 9 / 2014

Stand with #TeamInternet on Sept. 15. Together we can speak out and push the FCC to do the right thing.

Rally organized by Freepress
When: Mon., Sept. 15, from 12:30–1:30 p.m. 
Where: City Hall Park Eastern Plaza (Chambers Street and Park Row), New York City 
Bring: Plenty of energy and a big, bold sign with your message to the FCC

Learn more about the rally HERE. 

10 9 / 2014

Earlier this year, NY Tech Meetup visited the FCC and members of Congress to express our support of net neutrality.

And today we are joining sites from across the web who are displaying an alert with a symbolic “loading” symbol (the proverbial “spinning wheel of death”) to promote a call to action for users to push comments to the FCC, Congress, and the White House. 

Today is a day of action for all of us to make our voices heard. Tell lawmakers to protect internet freedom and defend net neutrality.

You can find more information the day of action and get involved at www.battleforthenet.com

Need a quick primer on net neutrality? John Oliver can help with that: 

09 9 / 2014

fight4future:

Hey there,

Exciting news! The Internet Slowdown net neutrality protest planned for September 10th is really taking off. This morning, a dozen of the world’s largest websites announced that they’re joining in a big way. Sites you know and love like Etsy, Kickstarter, Wordpress, Vimeo,…

05 9 / 2014

Can’t make it to the September Meetup? You can watch the live video stream HERE. 

Here is the lineup for the September 9, 2014 NY Tech Meetup (listed in alpha order):

Bubble
http://bubble.is
@bubble_group

Bubble: A new way of programming web and mobile apps without code

Campus Job
https://www.thecampusjob.com
@TheCampusJob

Dashlane
www.dashlane.com/
@dashlane

Dashlane: the world’s best password manager and digital wallet - making identity and payments simple and secure everywhere

Heat Seek NYC
heatseeknyc.com

We are trying to reduce winter deaths in NYC by bringing the internet of things to local advocacy groups.

Hopscotch
www.gethopscotch.com
@hopscotch

Hopscotch: Programming designed for everyone.

Knotable
knotable.com
@knotablehq

Knotable is a conversation platform that lets you get into the flow. It focuses people together on topics that matter. It’s for web, iOS, Android, and email. Made to cancel meetings and kill permathreads.

Makr
http://www.makrplace.com/
@makrplace

QuickMVP
http://quickmvp.com
@quickproduct

QuickMVP: test your new business idea in just 5 minutes.

Tengrade
www.tengrade.com
@tengrade

Tengrade. Real opinions from friends. On anything.

Hack of the Month

bitshift
http://bitshift.it/

bitshift: a semantic source code search engine.

Thank you to our monthly sponsors:

CFSI - Monthly Meetup sponsor

Interop - After Party sponsor 

20 8 / 2014

Jessica Lawrence feature pic

JESSICA LAWRENCE | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NY TECH MEETUP (NYTM)

Published On August 20, 2014 | BusinessInterviews

Jessica Lawrence is the Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup (NYTM), the largest Meetup in the world and a non-profit organization supporting New York’s growing technology community. NYTM’s goal is to build a sustainable and diverse technology industry that drives economic growth, leads innovation, and creates positive, high-impact change. The organization’s perennially sold-out monthly events have served as a springboard for hundreds of the city’s technology start-ups from Tumblr to Foursquare to Livestream.

My Definition Of Success | Success in the past has sometimes meant getting good grades or a promotion or a raise, but success for me now means flourishing – both my own, and the flourishing of those around me. It isn’t just about being happy, but having a true sense of well-being. Author and researcher Dr. Martin Seligman has a model with five components that resonates with me: it’s about experiencing positive emotions like joy, comfort, hope; being engaged (experiencing flow), having positive relationships, experiencing meaning (finding connection with something greater than yourself), and experiencing a sense of accomplishment (setting goals and working towards them). I feel successful when I’m flourishing and when I’m able to help others experience it as well.

I Am Driven By | I’m in large part driven by a sense of unfulfilled potential. I have a continual sense that I can contribute more, that there is more that I can extract from myself, more ways that I can add something meaningful to the world. I’m also driven by the desire to help others reach their full potential and flourish. I picked up Austin Kleon’s book, Show Your Work!, the other day, and even just a few pages into it found myself saying, “This is an amazing book! This is so helpful!” I’m driven by wanting to give that experience to people – to have them feel that a talk I’ve given, an article I’ve written, a conversation I’ve had with them, a product I’ve made, or a company I’ve built has made their lives better.

The Difference Between Good And Great | The difference between being good and being great is most often tied to how much effort you are willing to put into something. The great writer is the one who gets up every day and writes, even when it’s difficult. The good writer sits around waiting for inspiration instead of working.

A Key Talent | Conscientiousness has been crucial to me. Although by no means perfect at it, I tend to think first about how my actions will impact others: how will the conference that I’m planning or the dinner that I’m curating or the website that I’m helping to design make people feel? When I was planning a conference in fall of 2013, I developed a new practice that helps answer that question: I wrote myself a letter, pretending that it was coming from a thrilled conference attendee. In their voice, I described all of the aspects of the conference that would leave them thrilled, whether it was inspiring speakers, feeling taken care of, or having amazing food. I then translated those concepts into actionable ideas, like creating name badges out of Scout Books notebooks so that they would always have a notebook handy, or having a chalk artist create portraits of every attendee on the chalkboard wall in the event space. The letter gave me a framework and something concrete to work towards.

How I Use My Mind | I use my mind by observing my mind, by looking for patterns, by getting curious about what is and is not happening. When I’m stuck, it’s usually not because of external forces, it’s because my mind is in the way. I’m counting myself out before I’ve even tried. I’ve let fear apply the brakes. I’m ascribing intent when there wasn’t any intent there. It’s not about defeating your mind but understanding it and gently reshaping its distortions.

Dealing With Doubt | I have moments of self-doubt, fear, and negativity every day. My internal dialogue is harsher to me than any external critic ever has been. It’s a voice that says, “who are you to be speaking up and speaking out?” It’s a voice that judges me when I do little things wrong or when I find a task challenging. That voice can feel like an enemy that I have fight on a daily basis, but it can also feel like a friend. It keeps me humble. And it teaches me how to work through challenges, even if they are self-inflicted. I’ve learned to pause my catastrophizing and work with my fear by articulating what I’m really afraid of and why, and by looking at the best-case, worst-case, and realistic outcomes of any situation. I also think that being bold isn’t something that you do once and then do on auto-pilot from that point on. Being bold, moving ahead in spite of fear, is a daily practice.

Performing At My Peak | I don’t think that anyone can always perform at their peak. I think the trick is to not let those non-peak times turn into catastrophic moments of self-judgement. One day of sitting at your desk and getting absolutely nothing done does not mean that you’re a lazy, unproductive person. Giving one less than stellar talk doesn’t mean that you’re a bad speaker. Failing to close a few deals doesn’t mean that you’re a horrible salesperson. Make a small mental note of the circumstances at the time so that you can recognize patterns if they develop, but otherwise, let it go. Part of performing at your peak if forgiving yourself when you’re not, and moving on.

Advice On Building Wealth | I would recommend that before they take steps to grow rich, they understand exactly why they want to be. Security? Power? A sense of winning some grand life competition? To change the world? To feel successful? Because they think being rich will make them happy? Despite all the evidence that once we have our basic needs met, additional money doesn’t make us happier, many of us still hold onto the belief that we’ll be happier with more money in our bank accounts or with nicer houses and cars. Once you understand your motivation – your underlying goal – relating to being rich, ask whether money is a requirement to get you there. Can you accomplish it without being rich? Can you actually find a sense of security or feel successful without accumulating more money? Are you using your current lack of money as an excuse for not moving forward with what you want to accomplish?

The Legacy You Would Like To Leave | I want my legacy to be about how I made people feel and the positive impact that I had on their lives. Did I help them thrive? Did I make them laugh? Did they feel supported and loved around me?  Did I help them reach their full potential? Did I solve important problems and make the world better?

Useful Links | 

Website: http://nytm.org/

Website: http://jessicahlawrence.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jessicalawrence

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicahlawrence

12 8 / 2014

Lately, NYTM has been meeting with lots of international tech organizations who are all asking a big question: “How do we break into the New York tech scene?

In a recent interview with Montreal NewTech, Andy Saldana, our Sr. Manager of Events and Development at NYTM, shares insight and resources for anyone looking to “relocate, expand, or collaborate in NYC”.

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NewTech - How big is the NY startup scene currently? Do you have numbers in terms of total # of startups, number of investments?

Andy- It’s difficult to estimate the exact size of the NYC Startup scene as it is growing very quickly. This spring, NY Tech Meetup collaborated with Association for a Better New York, Google, Citibank and HR&A to conduct a study examining the economic impact of New York’s Tech Ecosystem. The findings conclude that “Tech is not a silo” but is “infused throughout the city’s diverse economy.” It also finds that there are 291,000 jobs in the NYC tech ecosystem. You can find more details about the study athttp://www.nyctecheconomy.com/.

Other indicators of the size of the startup scene is our “Made in NYC" list, and the city’s "Made in NY" list. Both sites list companies that base 75% of their development here in NYC. Each list has over 600 and 1000 companies listed, respectively.

- See more at: http://mtlnewtech.com/post/94447657600/how-to-break-in-the-new-york-tech-startup-scene-a#sthash.KW8RKwwv.dpuf

NewTech - Let’s say a Canadian startup wants to move to NYC. How would you accelerate the process? Any insights on meeting investors, potential partners, getting new customers?

Andy- I would definitely suggest checking out our Monthly event and our website! Second, they should check out as many of the tech and entrepreneurial meetups found on meetup.com and events such as Creative MorningsInternet WeekSocial Media Week or any of the number of conferences that happen monthly and annually in the city. NYC is thriving with coworking spaces such as WeWork that also encourage community and collaboration and are great places to work! The NYC EDC also runs some great programs focused on entrepreneurs that many startups can take advantage of. Here’s the link . In addition there are great programs like VentureOut NYC that connect startups with investors in NYC. If startups are ready to look for Angel funding, AngelList and Gust are great tools places to start.

NewTech - Can you highlight names of individuals or organizations that are a must in New York? For a growing startup.

Andy- In addition to some I mentioned in my previous responses here are a few resources that are a must. Subscribing to the NYTM newsletterGary’s Guide, StartupDigest, This Week in NYC Innovation are all great newsletters for trends, events and community news. AlleyWatch, AlleyWire, TechCocktail are great sites for startup news funding and general content. General AssemblyFlat Iron School and New York Design and Code Academy are great places to learn and hire local developers. There are a ton of resources out there for anyone new, looking to relocate, expand and collaborate in NYC. We at NY Tech Meetup are always happy to help as much as we can!

You can read the full interview at: http://bit.ly/1osIyTb

Big thanks to MTL NewTech!