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How A Marriage Proposal Is Like Social Networking

Last Friday I proposed to my former girlfriend…now my fiancee…and after much hemming and hawing, negotiating and thumb wrestling, she said yes. Feeling like a rockstar riding the high of finding and locking down (without the need for tranquilizer darts) such a wonderful person with whom to share so much I […]
How A Marriage Proposal Is Like Social Networking
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The Coolest Ideas From Last Night’s Tech Meetup

[credit provider=”Christy Purington at flavours.me” url=”http://flavours.me/cpurington”] Last night we attended the monthly New York Tech Meetup where nine startups and three sets of student hackers presented.Here were the shining moments:
The Coolest Ideas From Last Night’s Tech Meetup
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56 Commandments Of A Master Networker

[credit provider=”Chriskamaris via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/businessnetworkcomputer/2923718783/”] Business networking  is one of the most effective marketing and prospecting tools you can use to grow your business. Of course, done incorrectly it can actually be harmful to your business.Somewhere down the road salespeople were given the idea that business networking meant pitching and […]
56 Commandments Of A Master Networker
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Here’s What You Missed At Start In Paris

Start in Paris is the Parisian answer to the New York Tech Meetup. Each month, 5 startups get 5 minutes to demo a product to an audience, which then votes for the startups. Beforehand a guest speaker, most often an accomplished entrepreneur, speaks for 10 minutes, and afterwards there’s an […]
Here’s What You Missed At Start In Paris
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8 Great Resources To Help You Find Local Networking Opportunities

Unless you are a veteran salesperson with 10 years of experience, you are probably not very comfortable with the sales process. Let’s face it: It is not easy. Closing the deal is extremely hard, but finding the initial leads can often be even more difficult. As an entrepreneur in a […]
8 Great Resources To Help You Find Local Networking Opportunities
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Check Out This Amazing Twilio Demo

In our roundup of this week’s New York Tech Meetup, we mentioned that Twilio gave an absolutely amazing demo. A post from Fred Wilson tipped us off to the fact that there is video of the demo available.
Check Out This Amazing Twilio Demo
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NY Tech Meetup Election: Meet The Candidates

We count a dozen people running to be the next NY Tech Meetup organiser, replacing Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman (SA 100 #10), who announced last month that he’s leaving his post. The candidates will introduce themselves at tonight’s meeting, 7 p.m. at IAC’s (IACI) West Chelsea headquarters.
NY Tech Meetup Election: Meet The Candidates
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Heiferman Steps Down As NY Tech Head

Big changes are coming to the New York Tech Meetup: At Tuesday’s gathering, NY Tech organiser and Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman (SA100: #10) announced he’s stepping down as head of the event. Scott’s successor will have big shoes to fill: the monthly meeting grew to become the Alley’s must-attend gathering […]
Heiferman Steps Down As NY Tech Head
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Revenue Crisis: Here Come The Pro Accounts

In his Wired magazine cover story, “Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business,” Wired editor Chris Anderson wrote: “It’s now clear that practically everything Web technology touches starts down the path to gratis, at least as far as we consumers are concerned.”
Revenue Crisis: Here Come The Pro Accounts
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Why I organise the NY Tech Meetup

Meetup founder Scott Heiferman’s response to Allen Stern and other critics of the NY Tech Meetup. NY Tech will hold an organizational planning meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21. 1. To give promising first-time NY internet entrepreneurs exposure to the tech community that might help them out. I was in their […]
Why I organise the NY Tech Meetup
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Just What Does It Take To Present At The NY Tech Meetup?

Last night in NYC the NY Tech Meetup was held at the IAC headquarters in Manhattan. I’ve been covering the monthly event for nearly two years now and try to get every presentation on video for those of you who either couldn’t make it or are located elsewhere. Over the […]
Just What Does It Take To Present At The NY Tech Meetup?
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SAI Weddings Page: Alley Stars Get Hitched

Turns out you can be an Internet nerd and still get pretty girls to talk to you. So we’re extra proud to congratulate two of Silicon Alley’s brightest on their respective weddings:
SAI Weddings Page: Alley Stars Get Hitched
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NY Tech Meetup Saves The Best For Last With Boxee

Those who left IAC’s Gehry building early missed the best part of last night’s NY Tech Meetup: startup Boxee demoed the latest alpha version of its free, open-source software that turns your computer into a social media centre. Gidon Coussin walked the 400+ crowd through Boxee’s slick interface, navigating songs, […]
NY Tech Meetup Saves The Best For Last With Boxee
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Meetup Lands Union Square Ventures Money

New York’s most visible venture capital firm is investing in one of New York’s most visible startups: Union Square Ventures says it’s put an unspecified amount into Scott Heiferman’s (SA 100 #5) Meetup, which it dubs “the original ‘Web Meets World’ company.”
Meetup Lands Union Square Ventures Money
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NY Tech Meetup: Real-Time Language Translation, Internet Booze

About 400 New York geeks and entrepreneurs converged on IAC’s swank West Side Highway offices for still the hottest monthly event in Silicon Alley: The NY Tech Meetup. (New to the gong show? Seven startups got in front of the crowd to spend five minutes a piece pitching their ideas, […]
NY Tech Meetup: Real-Time Language Translation, Internet Booze
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Tonight’s NY Tech Meetup: Who’s The Tech President On Super Tuesday?

The lineup is in for tonight’s New York Tech Meetup at IAC’s HQ in Chelsea. We’re especially excited to hear from Andrew Rasiej, No. 96 on the Silicon Alley 100 list, founder of the Personal Democracy Forum, and creator of techPresident, which tracks how the candidates are doing online. (No […]
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MeetUp + AmEx = Seth Godin

Want to hear marketing guru (and SA100 member) Seth Godin speak? Try buttering up your favourite Meetup employee: Seth’s appearing at an event the company is putting on with Amex this afternoon. No connections? Then you’re out of luck — unlike most Meetups, this is a closed, invitation-only event. It […]
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NY Tech Meetup: Blockles Steals The Show

One highlight at an otherwise-rather-dull NY Tech Meetup, Tuesday night at IAC’s Chelsea HQ: Blockles, a new, multi-player, Web-based Tetris game by i’minlikewithyou founder Charles Forman, who, pictured at right, looks like he has been spending too much time at the gym lately. Charles has spent the past few months […]
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NY Tech Meetup At IAC: Don’t Call It Tetris; Gilt’s Debut

Tonight’s CES-free NY Tech Meetup is once again (permanently?) at IAC headquarters, so same rules as before: You’ll need to get your name on the list in advance. We can already give two of tonight’s presenters a thumbs-up: Charles Formans’ Blockles game is an excellent way to waste an hour […]
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Careful What You Pitch At An IAC-Hosted Meetup

Two weeks ago, an earnest group of engineers showed up at the IAC-hosted New York Tech Meetup to present Ignighter, their own take on a dating site. Ignighter’s twist: Founders Peter Kamali, Dan Osit and Adam Sachs have created a Facebook app (of course) to help people arrange group dates. […]
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Startups 101: Make Sure Your Pitch Doesn’t Suck

Michael Galpert, COO of online design tool company aviary, went to last night’s NY Tech Meetup and left fuming. Too many lousy presentations, he told us afterwards. Not companies, mind you, but presentations. Today he offers some simple and smart advice on his blog to would-be presenters at next month’s […]
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NY Tech Meetup Review: The Meta Meetup

The monthly NY Tech Meetup packed the lobby of Barry Diller’s IAC building Tuesday night. (And in case you’re curious, no Jakob Lodwick sightings.) Presenter summaries after the jump: Ignighter It’s a group dating application where friends get together and find other groups to schedule dates events. It’s headed by […]
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Heiferman Unveils ‘Meetup Alliance’

Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman (SA 100 list #5) usually spends his time at the NY Tech Meetup introducing presenters. But Tuesday night he became a presenter himself and showed off his own company, specifically its new “Meetup Alliance” initiative. (SAI readers may have already read about the program here.) If […]
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NY Tech Meetup: Meet TheFunded At IAC

Tomorrow’s NY Tech Meetup is once again being held at IAC’s Chelsea headquarters. Upside: Cool building with groovy, big display screens. Downside: Registration hassles – you won’t be able to breeze in without having your name on the list. Details here. Tuesday’s agenda: • Someone from IAC — perhaps someone […]
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MeetUp Nabs Google Vet Dominic Preuss

Anyone who attends the monthly NY Tech Meetup has seen the fliers: They explain why working at Meetup is a better than working at Google (better options, better social life, better bathrooms). And they’ve apparently convinced at least one new hire: Dominic Preuss, a 3.5-year Google vet who has been […]
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NY Tech Meetup: Startups Meet Giants

An anomalous NY Tech Meetup at IAC’s airy headquarters in West Chelsea: For the first time in our memory — ever? — there were as many presenters working for tech heavyweights (Google, Microsoft, IAC, Facebook) as those showing off their startups.
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Does Silicon Alley Need Bloomberg’s Help?

In a word: No. But it’s interesting to hear that Mayor Mike, or at least Katherine Oliver, who runs the city’s high-profile film and tv division, has taken an interest in the city’s digital business ecosystem. Katherine’s office is in charge of convincing film and tv productions to shoot in […]
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Shake A $15 Billion Hand!

It’s not Mark Zuckerberg, but it will do: We can now confirm our earlier report that one of Facebook’s senior platform managers is flying out for next month’s Facebook Developer Garage, Wed., Nov. 7 at Daylife.com’s offices. Said manager will also be around the night before at the sold-out November […]
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Facebook Coming To Nov. NY Tech Meetup?

Not confirmed, but a source tells us Facebook plans to have a rep — either presenting or mingling — at the Nov. 6 NY Tech Meetup. A Facebook “Developer Garage” meetup, where coders can chat about their projects with a Facebook tech, is slated for the next night. We’ll post details […]
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NY Tech Meetup: Racing Against The Clock

We got a look at eight startups at the NY Tech Meetup last night, but the most innovative introduction came from organiser Scott Heiferman: A big, red, led clock that forced each presenter to stop their pitch after exactly five minutes. This moved the proceedings along quite swiftly; it also […]
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Tonight’s Meetup: Presenter List

NY Tech Meetup usually sends out a list of presenting companies within a day or so of the event, but we haven’t seen one yet, and the meetup’s less than seven hours away. We do have an unofficial list, however, which we’ll update if we get any more info. Update: […]
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Sports Social Network Urban Tailgate Expands In Second Year

Urban Tailgate founders Todd Swedock and Chris Vander Poel Urban Tailgate, a social network for sports fans, aims to solve a simple problem: if you live in New York but support out-of-town teams, where do you go? The company matches people with local bars where they can watch their favourite […]
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Sept. NY Tech Meetup: A Big Night

NY Tech Meetup organiser (and Meetup CEO) Scott Heiferman predicted a “nutty” evening in advance of last night’s meeting. Not sure about nutty, but with nine companies presenting to 450 attendees, it was a big night. We were one of the nine, and we’re grateful for the kind reception. After […]
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Tonight’s NY Tech Meetup A Double Dose, Plus Meet Your Editors

Last month, NY Tech Meetup organiser Scott Heiferman couldn’t find enough companies to show off. This month, the Meetup CEO and recently cashed-out Fotolog founder got flooded: Tonight’s meetup will feature 10 presentations, twice the usual amount. “A nutty one tonight,” he promises. Showing off their goods:
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NY Video 2.0 Meetup Needs A Home

From Day Rayburn: The Video 2.0 Meetup in NYC usually takes place at Columbia Business School but the building will be closed next week. The organiser of the meetup, Yaron Samid, is hoping someone knows of a space that can be used for next Thursday, August 30th from about 6:30-9:30pm. […]
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Help Plan The Next BarCampNYC

Rachel Clarke, a digital strategist at JWT and prolific blogger, is taking the lead and organising the next BarCampNYC. What the heck is BarCamp? We didn’t know either, so we did some research:
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Diggers Converge In Midtown For Diggnation Party

About 50 folks showed up for last night’s Diggnation party at Turtle Bay in Midtown East, including a good mix of Alleyites in the tech, media, and entertainment fields, and one prolific juggler. A good sign for the NY tech community: people seemed more interested in socializing and networking than […]
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Tonight In The Alley: NYC Diggnation Meetup

Join a boatload of Diggnation fans (including yours truly) tonight for the fifth NYC Diggnation Meetup at Turtle Bay in Midtown East (987 2nd Ave. btw. 52nd and 53rd Sts). Things will kick off around 7:30 in a secluded section of the bar with plenty of plasmas and projectors. About […]
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Meetup Rolls Out Facebook App

NoHo-based Meetup has quietly launched a Facebook application, joining the scores of startups pushing their content onto the social networking site. So far it’s attracted about 280 people — which means it’s being roundly ignored by Facebook users. That’s a shame, since it’s the rarest of Facebook apps — one […]
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August NY Tech Meetup: Change Good, Startups Hard

A new format and relatively small summer crowd.  Instead of a handful of startups presenting, the crowd of about 200-250 broke off into 20 groups to discuss topics ranging from Facebook development to “coworking” to multimedia content to tech M&A. Lots of enthusiasm about the minigroup idea, but the Cooper […]
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Tonight’s Meetup: No Presentations, Lots Of Chatter

Are you one of 700 people who looked forward to seeing interesting startups present at the NY Tech Meetup tonight? You’re going to be disapointed: organiser (and Meetup CEO) Scott Heiferman says the monthly meeting is going to scrap its usual format, where a handful of companies strut their stuff […]