A Couple Of Good Events Next Week

It has gotten to the point that there is an event (or multiple events) every day in NYC for the tech startup crowd. This week is particularly crazy with Internet Week. But I want to highlight a couple good ones next week:

The Internet Society is holding a one day conference next Tuesday called What Kind Of Internet Do You Want? Featured speakers include Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf. The conference costs $25 for Internet Society members and here's a little secret – membership in the Internet Society is free. So if you are interested in the technical, social, and regulatory architecture of the Internet, this should be a very interesting event.

The Silicon Alley Talent Fair is happening next Thursday at the Armory on 69th Street. This is the self organized response to the "official" talent fair that a host of companies could not get into. The organizers of this event have done a great job and there will be a lot of interesting activities at this event. Here's a link for employers who want to attend. And here's a link for talent that wants to attend. If you are looking to land a job in the startup sector in NYC, you should really attend this event.


Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    Smaller and focused this week is “Social Discovery and the Implicit Graph” on Wednesday @ USV. Didn’t know you hosted events.Going to try and make this one.

    1. fredwilson

      we have an event space in our new offices. we don’t let just anyone use itthough. it is mostly for USV and our portfolio companies to use. this eventwas organized by several of our portfolio companies. i think it will begood.

      1. awaldstein

        Tumblr, Foursquare, Disqus, StumbleUpon and Hunch is an interesting mix as long as they keep it lively.

        1. fredwilson

          keeping it lively is the keyi did an event last night that slowed down in placeswhen that happens, i feel like i need to step on the gas and go intohyperdrive

          1. awaldstein

            Not all moderators are equal Fred.But honestly, these companies are painting the future canvass of a juicy space. By design, this topic has chutzpah of its own.

          2. JimHirshfield

            In truth, last night’s event seemed to spend 10 minutes on-topic (offline/online) and an hour + on the usual start up, vc, angel, biz model, you name it. But fun nonetheless. I can appreciate why you’re less into it, but what happened to the agenda?

          3. fredwilson

            i didn’t set the agendathey asked me to come and i didi talked about what i am interested ini’m not particularly interested in offline/onlinein fact i’m not even sure what that means

        2. Ro Gupta

          looking to interested, energetic folks like yourself to keep this discussion lively, arnold :)treating almost like a focus group leading up to a more traditional panel on the same topic at next week’s RWW summit

          1. awaldstein

            Hi RoMight be interesting sometime to grab a smaller panel and really dig into this. I’m game.I’ll try and make this tomorrow if my schedule allows. Be good to reconnect. 

    2. William Mougayar

      It says this event was held on June 3rd http://plancast.com/p/5pvv/…

        1. William Mougayar

          Thanks. I’ll be sure to pick your brains after 🙂

        2. fredwilson

          you guys are always on AVC early in the morning. i love it. my morningcoffee klatch

          1. William Mougayar

            I think the reverse is true too.I have an early call with Europe, then 8pm with Japan. Some kind of day where I feel my reach is global 🙂

          2. awaldstein

            Better from our time zone William than PST. I spent years reporting into Singapore and managing channels in NA and Europe from SF. A long time to never know what time it was 😉

          3. awaldstein

            Kudos to USV for sponsoring the event yesterday Fred.Sold out and a lot of pent up enthusiasm for the discussion. Too many panel members, hyper informal but the energy and interest was real and genuine. A win.What’s interesting is how NY is a sandbox for the intersection at a street level of the social, interest, implicit, explicit graphs. Platforms like 4Square are creating a dynamic new lens on urban life. An ongoing informal series might be interesting.

          4. fredwilson

            i’m going to regret that marketing post for a very long time

        3. ShanaC

          Will you keep notes?

          1. awaldstein

            Highly unlikely ;)Been blogging on this a bit so whatever ends up inspiring me will end up there.

          2. ShanaC


    3. paramendra

      How did you find out about this event? First time I am hearing. I guess it is listed on the Internet Week site. 

      1. awaldstein

        A client found it and pinged me. Social discovery is code for marketing in my vernacular and that’s part of what I consult on.

  2. David Noël

    Damn, would have loved to attend the talent fair but leaving the city for SF two days before the event.

  3. William Mougayar

    Wow, that Internet Society event looks like a great one with Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf. I once listened to Vint Cerf in 1995 at an international convention in Geneva, and I almost still remember his talk when he explaining the potential of the Internet in a very non-hyped way. It’s good to step out of the pure technology startup mode, and be part of the global societal & governmental related discussion, especially when the event is framed by two such fatherly figures of the Internet. Whatever their message will be, it will be good grounding and a step away from the fast and furious world of startup land.

    1. ShanaC

      Honestly, I wish more people would remember the term “Code Is Law” (Lessig) and that if you don’t start changing laws, and start understanding what other people are doing, you may get shafted.

      1. Prokofy

        “Code is law” is antithetical to the actual rule of law. It’s ideological clap-trap.I wish I had world enough and time to debunk every single page of Lessig. But I made a good start here by utterly demolishing his Tiny Causby story:http://secondthoughts.typep

    2. Prokofy

      Don’t forget it was Tim Berners-Lee whom we have to thank for this idiotic need to type http:// on the Internet all the time. Stuff like that. Oh, and the slow start to commerce and built-in allergy to paid content.

  4. Peter Sullivan

    Isn’t next week the ReadWriteWeb mini conference thing up at Columbia as well?

    1. fredwilson

      yupi am speaking at it

      1. Peter Sullivan

        which I could make it but will be in NYC the following week…has speaking at all these events lost its enjoyment?

        1. fredwilson

          candidly, yes

          1. ShanaC

            So why do you do it?

          2. fredwilson

            I want to make sure entrepreneurs know our investment thesis, what we areinterested in, and that we are approachable and interested in them and theirprojects

          3. Prokofy

            You know Fred it wouldn’t hurt to take a break from all these panels and pump your your value as a sought-after speaker.

  5. Charlie Crystle

    For non-NYC/SF/Austin/Boston readers:I held an event in Lancaster, PA last night. 17 founders/startups at various stages got together to talk about the local startup ecosystem.It turns out, there is one, which few of us knew about until we got together–we’re it. My point? Make your own breaks. There’s great stuff happening in the Valley and NYC. But seek out each other first–you’d be surprised what’s going on just down the street.

    1. fredwilson

      that’s awesome charlie. “it turns out, there is one”

      1. Charlie Crystle

        blogged it: http://diggingintwo.blogspo…

        1. fredwilson

          instant rebloghttp://fredwilson.vc/post/6…

          1. Charlie Crystle

            🙂 validation 😉

          2. The padrino

            You nailed it lol

    2. andyswan

      Fuel to fire:  Same thing happened in Louisville.Make it happen.  You don’t need each other but it’s pretty hard for it to hurt anything.

      1. Charlie Crystle

        you don’t, but it was amazing to see a number of founders last night make immediate decisions to start executing in a more focused manner. 

        1. andyswan

          Indeud.I guarantee you that you will have better ideas and solutions that I can usewithin 100 seconds of hearing about my startup than I will with 100 hours ofpondering.Fresh, intelligent voices and energy almost always helps.

          1. Charlie Crystle

            yeah–I always do better getting advice from other founders than sitting around thinking about everything.

  6. Steve Hallock

    Thanks, Fred.  I happen to be landing in NY on Thursday and am going to go to the Talent Fair on your recommendation.

    1. Ron Zeligzon

      Looking forward to meeting you Steve. I’ll be there as well. 

      1. Steve Hallock

        Looking forward to meeting you too, Ron!  We should set up a meetup time and place for AVC’ers.  Of course we’ll need a secret handshake…-Steve

  7. Michael Langer

    Fred, Will you be at the event?

    1. fredwilson

      Not the internet society one. My partner brad will be there. I plan to be atthe talent fair

  8. paramendra

    Going to the Tim-Vint event if you are going. 🙂

  9. Prokofy

    I just want to note that I totally oppose what Dave Winder, Doug Rushkoff, et. al. are doing. What they basically want to do is to make a separate and independent Internet (so they imagine) set free from “regulatory frameworks” and hierarchies, governments, corporations, etc.It’s 1960s hippie stuff, and some of these guys are in fact actual 1960s hippies, always fighting “the Man,” and then of course figuring out how to commodify the alternative culture themselves all the while.I went to the PDF forum where they were trotting out some of this stuff, post-Wikileaks, and wrote this lengthy critique about “Dave’s Darknet”http://3dblogger.typepad.co…(“Marazm” is a Russian word meaning “insanity”).While it all sounds wonderful, it is utopian, and the worst part of it is, it makes you dependent *on them* for your Internet. So you break free from evil Amazon or Faceberg or whatever it is they think “runs the Internet” and refuses to store WikiLeaks blah blah, but then…you’re dependent on them, and as anarchists, they are even more oppressive than companies that function under the rule of law.As for “where it’s happening” for start-ups and who gets left out of what party, etc. etc. you know, at TechCrunch Disrupt, I was impressed by this young man I met from Tomsk who said they had formed a start-up club with 150 people in it and they’d get together and see 10 presentations. http://en.wikipedia.org/wik…Now, to be sure, Tomsk — it’s in Siberia — is one of those places where the “near me” applications say “500 kilometers away”. But still. People make start-ups, not cities.

  10. BuyGiftsItems

    A client found it & pinged me. Social discovery is code for promotion in my vernacular & that is part of what I consult on.Viagra

  11. paramendra

    Okay, so I am going to this one. Looking forward to seeing Brad for the first time. I hope he is a nice guy. 😉 A Few More Events? http://goo.gl/fb/YDyvI

  12. Derek Busord

    One of the funniest things I have ever seen. Bombing the comments section of Fred Wilson’s blog and apologizing. Awesome.