Good morning, All,
Ok, so it’s been raining. It’s April! That’s what it’s supposed to do. Still, it’s a good time for startups and here’s what you should be doing:
This week, you can learn more about ER Accelerator ER Accelerator Happy Hour. Come, grab some free beer, network – and meet some ER
Accelerator mentors. And don’t forget: ER Accelerator is now accepting applications for its inaugural June 2011 program: http://eranyc.com Apply to work with an amazing team of partners, sponsors, interns, resident technologists, resident designers and 150+ mentors including Fred Wilson, Howard Morgan, Esther Dyson, Jeff Stewart, David Pakman, Brian Cohen, John Frankel, Anil Dash and more. Application deadline is April 30th: http//eranyc.com/apply. Also, the next Entrepreneurs Roundtable, which will be on April 20th. Guest VC: Esther Dyson, so sign up now: http://bit.ly/erg5JO
Next, Startup Weekend NYC is back, this time on April 15th-17th at General Assembly. Join 150 other ‘doers’ to pitch ideas, form small teams and launch a startup in just 54 hours. The learning experience is invaluable, the energy is contagious, and the likelihood that you’ll meet your future co-founder is higher than that at any event you’ve attended – with the possible exception of our Find A Cofounder events, of course! Plus, we happen to be a huge fan of Shane Reiser, who does an amazing job at organizing the event – and keeping the energy going without flagging for a minute. To sign up or learn more, head over to http://nyc.startupweekend.org . If the April event is sold out – never fear! Check the website again on April 18th to grab your ticket to the next one, happening June 10th. And blame Shane: we’ve been bugging him to send us the info, but he’s been a bit busy: startups coming out of startup weekends are attracting the attention of the press – and investors. Good stuff! And June will be here soon enough!
Next, yes, we’re doing another StartupOneStop gathering, and the date is Tuesday, April 26th at Connelly’s on 45th Street. Startups – get your pitch on. On Digital Media, the aptly named podcast about the technology, creation, distribution, consumption and monetization of digital media, will be on hand to talk with you about your business. And video and audio interviews will be syndicated throughout the interwebs – and available for you to submit for incubators, applications – or an SOS elevator pitch (hint hint). Learn more at http://odmcast.com. RSVP page will be up tomorrow – and we will tweet it as soon as it’s available. And if you’re not following us on twitter, just open this email again and the link will be there in our twitter feed.
The Founders Lab is coming to New York City! They will select about 15 hackers and engineers, designers, product and marketing mavens to begin to develop high-growth mobile ventures in NYC. You may apply individually (most common scenario) however, pairs or teams who want to work together and are open to change, may also apply. Founder Labs builds fresh founding teams and validates ideas. Application deadline: April 20th. For more information: http://bit.ly/gcOJF8
Last but not least: NYC Techstars is doing a summer program and applications are now being accepted. Early application deadline is May 15th. And heads up, Seattle members: Your deadline is April 25th, so get on it. To apply: http://www.techstars.org/apply/
Pieces we liked this week:
Thank you, Brad Feld: I Encourage Entrepreneurs to Ignore the Word Bubble. Truer words never spoken: “Today, there is once again enormous focus on entrepreneurship as the salvation for many things, with the naysayers starting to say ‘but it’s a bubble’ or some variant. If you recognize that we are in a strong, positive, upward segment of the current ‘tech company creation cycle’, that’s more than enough.” Yes, we work in an industry that’s cyclical, as Feld points out, and we’re a resilient – and inventive – lot. Buck up and read on: http://bit.ly/gYk1bM
9 Women Can’t Make a Baby in a Month aka Lessons Learned From Web 1.0. He didn’t call it that in his article, but that’s basically what it is and Mark Suster is a big proponent of the lean startup movement, which is basically just good common sense. Full story here: http://bit.ly/gQ1jmM
How to Get a Check from an Angel at Venture AssociationNJ Meeting -MyCentralJersey.com There’s another meeting coming up soon, and no jokes please: yours truly happens to have been born in mythic New Jersey: http://bit.ly/hIf7r1
Zero-Dollar Validation: Free Ways to Vet Your Startup Idea. This one is written by SOS member Mariya Yao (who also posted last week about Xanadu, her new NYC-based design and development consultancy that specializes in mobile UX and cross-platform mobile development). Some good advice here – and it’s free! http://bit.ly/evmBPH
Since so many of us resort to the cloud, be aware of the pros and cons: Should You Move Your Files to Amazon’s New Cloud Drive? http://rww.to/gz44CN
Now, we’ve always believed that if you can’t imagine, you can’t make it happen. So we leave you with two thing, both from Mashable. First, Ten Vintage Video of the Future (and when it comes to the fashion one, oh yeah, that’s how I wear my hair): http://on.mash.to/e0XSko. And from the Stranger Than Truth files, for those of you who saw the Google April Fool’s prank (gmail motion beta), well, maybe it wasn’t so prankish: Google’s Gmail Motion Prank Turned Into Reality: http://on.mash.to/g7TRIE.
Over and out for now. Hope to see you on April 26th, if not sooner, and until then, help is on the way…