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"But what about truth? What about reality? Do we really want to live in a world in which billions of people immersed in fantasies, pursuing make-believe goals & obeying imaginary laws? Well, like it or not, that's the world we've been living in for 1000s of yrs already." // Meaning Of Life In World Without Work

"The more data Tesla gathers from its self-driving cars, the better it can make them at driving themselves. It's why Tesla, which sold 25K cars in Q1 is worth more than GM, which sold 2.3M. Vast pools of data act as protective moats." // World's Most Valuable Resource Is No Longer Oil, But Data

"Chinese investments transforming Africa's economy, providing millions w/ formal employment for first time, fostering generation of entrepreneurs & creating manufacturing clusters. An industrial revolution in Africa is no longer a far-fetched notion." World's Next Great Manufacturing Center

WannaCry ransomware outbreak (150 countries) and second wave coming? Verizon outbid AT&T for spectrum holder Straight Path ($3.1B). Coach acquired Kate Spade for $2.4B. Potential laptop ban (European flights to US)? Vice raising @ $5B val in prelude to IPO. Lyft + Waymo collaborating. Google's Sidewalk Labs looking to build new city from internet up? Corning getting $200M from Apple's Advanced Mfg Fund. Musk's Boring Co electric sled test run. Y Combinator's Sam Altman running for Governor of CA? And Picasso's Femme Assise on sale @ Christie's (May 15).

NEW THINGS ==> Metropolis By NVIDIA (Video analytics paving the way for AI cities). Echo Show By Amazon (Alexa + 7" touchscreen + voice-calling; Available Jun 28). Smartbus By Citymapper (Reinventing entire software stack for running & operating a bus; Pilot in London).

As y'all know, my New Years Resolution is to get to know GarysGuide members & subscribers better :) So shoot me an email & introduce yourself!

ANNOUNCING ==> URBAN-X Accelerator (Engineering the City as a Service; For startups shaping future of cities thru technology & design; $60,000 funding for 7% equity; With MINI and SOSV; @ A/D/O creative space in Brooklyn); apply by May 31.

ANNOUNCING ==> 43North Accelerator (8 startups per year; $5M in total funding; Additional $300,000 in funding among 2017 winning startups; Incubator space, mentorship + 10 years of freedom from NY state taxes; @ Buffalo, NY); apply by May 24.

ANNOUNCING ==> Futureworks Shops (9 advanced manufacturing spaces across NYC; By SecondMuse & Imagination in Space). Nucleus Venture Building Program ($20K funding / startup; 5% equity; 3 months; @ UK Lebanon Tech Hub in Beirut Digital District); apply by May 27.

ANNOUNCING ==> Alexa Diabetes Challenge (Looking for patient-centric solns reducing friction of self mgmt; Leverage Alexa + ecosystem of supporting cloud tech to improve experience of those diagnosed w/ type 2 diabetes; $250K grand prize); apply by May 22.

ANNOUNCING ==> e-Trade For All (Digital residency platform to make starting a company easier for entrepreneurs in developing nations; In partnership w/ United Nations & Estonia's eResidency program w/ Alibaba founder Jack Ma as advisor).

SPACE ==> BOND Collective (15 custom designed suites @ FiDi, Flatiron, Gowanus; 15% off 1st month w/ 'GarysGuide').

BOOK DEAL ==> Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech by Heather Cabot (Angel investor & adjunct professor @ Columbia Grad School of Journalism) & Samantha Walravens (Award-winning journalist); 5 FREE Copies!

CAUSES ==> May 23 Girls Write Now Awards (Dedicated to mentoring next generation of women). Jun 07 BUILD NYC Spring Celebration (Entrepreneurship to ignite potential of youth from under-resourced communities & propel them to college & career success).

DON'T MISS! ==> May 20 Creative Tech Week w/ Aldis Sipolins (Head of VR & Game Design, IBM Research), Drew Arnold (CEO, Lit), David Liu (Creative Director of VR, Viacom NEXT) + 50 cutting edge creative tech experts; 2 FREE Passes ($80 each)!

DON'T MISS! ==> May 18 Harlem Tech Summit w/ Fred Wilson (Union Sq Ventures), Gale Brewer (Manhattan Boro President), Ryan Williams (Co-Founder, Cadre), Mark Thomas (SVP Partnerships, NYCEDC), Kai Bond (Comcast VC), Cristina Lara (Global Diversity, Amazon); 10 FREE Passes ($35)!

DON'T MISS! ==> May 15 Jersey Innovation Week (Jumpstart Angels Lunch, Beer Tech Fest, PACT Awards, TEDxNavesink, DreamIt Shark Tank). May 16 HealthTech Conf w/ John Walsh (CTO, Horizon), Tom Gordon (CIO, Virtua), Farida Kopti (Dir., Merck), Ralph Neuneier (Research Head, Siemens).

DON'T MISS! ==> May 20 FinTech Brunchwork w/ Vinay Patel (Co-Founder @ Bee Card & Crain's 40 Under 40) & John Vaskis (Head of Hardware, Tech & Design Sales @ Indiegogo); 2 FREE Passes ($40)! Jun 08 Raising Seed Funding w/ Alex Iskold (MD @ Techstars); 5 FREE Passes!

DON'T MISS! ==> May 20 LevelUp w/ Stephanie Ciccarelli (Founder,, Brian Thon (Founder, True Tone Studios), Jennifer Smith (Dir. Talent Sales,, Bobbi Owens (Voiceover Artist), Jim Kennelly (Lotas Productions); 1 FREE Pass ($325 each)!

DON'T MISS! ==> May 20 FindSpark Next (Poncho, L'Oreal, BridgEd, Giphy, Omnicom, Wix); 3 FREE Passes ($249)! May 25 Business Of Blockchains (Learn about blockchains & how to reframe service or product using it; Theory to implementation w/ hands-on exercises; @ NYU Tandon Engg).

DON'T MISS! ==> May 16 Webby Awards hosted by Joel McHale. May 16-17 NYU ITP Spring Show. Thru May 24 NYC x Design Week. Jun 02 API-First Hackathon w/ IBM Watson ($5K prize). Thru Dec 03 Drones: Is Sky The Limit @ Sea, Air & Space Museum.

May 18 Propelify Festival w/ Dawn Zimmer (Mayor of Hoboken), Arianna Huffington (Founder, Thrive Global), Albert Wenger (Union Sq Ventures), Bonin Bough (Host, CNBC Cleveland Hustles), Sam Rosen (Founder, MakeSpace) + startups, drone races, ferris wheel, food trucks; 10 FREE Passes ($58)!

May 24 LDV Vision Summit w/ Albert Wenger (Union Sq Ventures), Donna Romer (VP Product, IBM Watson), Clement Farabet (VP A.I., NVIDIA), Rudina Seseri (Glasswing VC), Emily Becher (MD, Samsung Next Start), Ira Shlizerman (Research Scientist, Facebook); 5 FREE Passes ($252)!

May 16 Techonomy w/ founders Miguel McKelvey (WeWork), Slava Rubin (Indiegogo), Jake Schwartz (General Assembly), Tracy Young (PlanGrid), Melanie Shapiro (Case), Fred Wilson (Partner, Union Sq Ventures), John Martin (CEO, Turner); 2 FREE Passes ($600)!

May 17 Creative Tech Week: Mixed Reality Party (Microsoft VR, Algo AR portraits, VR booth of infinite mirrors, Interactive sculpture); 5 FREE Passes! May 19 ACT-W 2017 (Two Sigma, AppNexus, DonorsChoose, Medal, Waddle); 20 FREE Passes ($55)!

May 16 Retail E-Commerce w/ Rachel Shechtman (Founder, STORY); 3 FREE Passes ($100)!
May 16 Shark-Up Nation w/ Brian Cohen (NY Angels), Haim Dabah (HDS Capital), Alec Ellison (Outvest Capital), John Frankel (ffVC), Stanley Stern (Alnitak Capital); 10 FREE Passes ($36)!

May 18 JW Insights Video Tech Conf (FREE) w/ founder/CEOs Jonah Goodhart (MOAT), Bill Wise (MediaOcean), Ari Paparo (Beeswax), Andy Brown (Kantar), Rebecca Paoletti (Cakeworks). May 17 A.I. & Robotics (Autonomy VC, Comcast VC, ScienceVest); 3 FREE Passes ($35)!

May 19 Ethereal Summit w/ Laurent Lamothe (ex-Primer Minister of Haiti & Founder @ LSL World Initiative), Brock Pierce (Founder, Blockchain Capital & Chairman @ Bitcoin Fdn), Joe Lubin (Co-Founder @ Ethereum & ConsenSys), Elizabeth Rossiello (Founder, BitPesa); 5 FREE Passes ($600)!

FREE PASSES! (details) ==> May 16 A Scientist, Journalist & Policy Expert Walk Into A Bar (Columbia, Mashable). May 16 Asian Women Hacking Startups (Female Founders Fund, Samsung Next, Hullabalu). May 16 Women EdTech Investors (Princeton Review, ReThink Edu).

Mo' FREE Passes! (details) ==> May 16 Startup Fundraising. May 17 VCs, Angels & Ordinary Folks Investing In Emerging Tech w/ Christina Bechhold (Samsung NEXT VC) & Eugene Lewis (Republic). May 18 A.I. Redefining How We Live, Work, Play (,, IBM Research).

Mo' FREE Passes! (details) ==> May 18 Entrepreneur Pitch. May 19 Blogologues. May 22 Designing Games For Impact. May 24 Startup Climbing. May 24 Sheworx Roundtable w/ Vanessa Pestritto (Lattice VC). May 25 Chatbots: More Than Hype (, Betaworks, Marvel, McKinsey Ventures).

UPCOMING EVENTS ==> May 23 Galvanize Launch Party. May 23 Fundraising Fundamentals w/ Cooley.

CLASSES ==> Flatiron School Bootcamp Prep (Free for 1st 500). May 16 Web Design Open House @ Noble. May 17 People 1st & Team Craftsmanship. May 24 Reboot Coding Bootcamp Info Session. Jun 07 SEO Strategies @ Noble. Jun 10 Data Science w/ R: Machine Learning.

Mo' Classes ==> Jun 10 Data Science w/ R: Data Analysis & Visualization. Jun 11 Data Science w/ Python: Machine Learning. Jun 11 Data Science w/ Python: Data Analysis & Visualization. Jun 26 12 Wk Data Science Bootcamp @ Metis.

DEADLINES ==> May 24 Global Challenges Prize ($5M; For individuals/orgs fixing climate change, poverty, population growth). Parallel18 Accelerator (@ Puerto Rico; 34 startups; Looking for a few mentors; Flown to Puerto Rico for 5 day stay betn April & July).

Mo' Deadlines ==> NASA FUN3D Software (Used internally @ NASA, Boeing, Lockheed to simulate fluid dynamics; $55K prizes for 10x code optimizations). Unsettled: Bali (30 days co-working retreat in paradise; Jun 03 - Jul 02; Stunning private villa within a short distance of Ubud @ Bali, Indonesia).

CONGRATS! ==> Vivek, Kris & Clover Health (health insurance tech) raised $130M. Willard & Kobalt (music royalty platform) raised $75M. Alan & Spring (e-commerce retail app) raised $65M. Joshua, Tyler & Broadway Tech (high-performance software for financial institutions) raised $42M.

Mo' Congrats! ==> Spencer, Peter, Ben & Cockroach Labs (open-source database) raised $27M. Latch (smart lock maker) raised $10M. SimpleReach (content data platform) raised $9M. Greg & Axoni (distributed ledger tech for financial services) raised $2M.

RECENTLY READ ==> Future Of Shopping, Reality Check, Gig Economy, Ethereum In China, MicroVC Math, Net Neutrality, Bikes vs Cars, Hit-making Power, Mesh Networks, Skin In Your Game, Local News Model, Fundraising Approach, Culture Clash Comedy, Deakins' Bladerunner, SRK TED Talk & Greek Renaissance.

WHO'S HIRING ==> Fullstack Dev at TransferWise, Office Mgr at Away, Dir. Content at Jet, Music Host at Anchor, Dir. Talent at Business Insider, Product Mgr at Olapic, Head of Creative at DietBet, Dir. Growth at Handy, Dir. Ops at Movable Ink, VP Mktg at VTS, Exec Assistant at Birchbox, UX at, Associate Director, Career Coaching (technology) at NYU Stern School of Business, Sr Product Mgr at IJR, Dir. Op Excellence at Spreemo, Dir. Ext. Relations at NJIT, & many more!

Mo' Hiring! ==> Head of Talent & Happiness at Tinybeans, Exec Assistant to CEO at Tinybeans, Head of Product at Tinybeans.

NYC ==> May 15 Canal Street Food Hall Launch. May 16 HBO's High Maintenance Party. May 16 Pier To Pier: Reclaiming NYC's Waterfront [Screening] w/ Arup. May 19-21 SpringDaze PopUp. May 20 Vulture Festival. Thru Jun 11 Whitney Biennial.

Mo' NYC ==> Jun 24 Prospect Park Soiree. Jun 24-25 Pinknic Music Festival @ Governors Island. Thru Aug 02 Synthetic Desert @ Guggenheim. Thru Aug 26 Love In Venice @ NYPL. Thru Oct 29 Dale Chihuly's Glass Art @ Botanical Gardens.

Now watch Master of None Season 2 (On Netflix), Bladerunner 2049, Subway Sweet 16 and Alien Covenant (premiering May 19)!

Until next week :)
(aka "The Guy with the Red Tie")

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Cirque du Soleil team showcasing (@ Microsoft Build) how they've been incorporating AR and VR using Hololens for collaborating & planning on their new show. Nice, yo!

Detailed tutorial + video of how Voyage built its first production self-driving taxi (codenamed Homer) by retrofitting a Ford Fusion w/ multiple sensors & cameras.

Tesla partnering w/ Kauai Island Utility Cooperative to power Kauai island in Hawaii w/ a Solar Farm which'll include 54,978 solar panels w/ 13 megawatts of solar capacity.

Semi-Automated Mason a.k.a SAM robot (by NY-based Construction Robotics) can lay 3000 bricks a day (6 times > human builders) & now rolling out to 100s of UK construction sites.
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