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This Week


6:00 PM8:00 PM

Brain Wellness

LET'S... win big at summer trivia

This event is for Betaworks Studios members and their guests only.

Here at Studios, we love asking questions: sometimes hard questions, sometimes basic questions, and–at this very special trivia hour–we'll be asking some festive summer questions!

Studios' resident quiz master, Kerri, returns for a round of seasonally-themed trivia.


6:30 PM8:30 PM


Product Council Meetup: The New York Times and Well + Good

This event is free to Betaworks Studios members. Non-members can purchase tickets here.

Product Council is a quarterly gathering to share product/startup stories, network, and learn valuable lessons from seasoned product veterans. Its hosted by Coalesce, a digital agency in NYC. July's event features both The New York Times and Well + Good.

Product Council brings together a curated audience of product managers, makers, and founders that host gatherings to to provide valuable expert analysis and audience feedback in a friendly and supportive environment. Our rotating expert panel listens to presentations from both early- and later-stage organizations and proposes solutions through open conversation and dialogue. What ensues is always a unique exploration of the strategic, creative, and critical thinking behind product design.


12:30 PM1:30 PM

Brain Wellness

Think Lunch: July 17

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

Think lunch sessions are a Betaworks ritual. For the last five years every week around 15 curious individuals have gathered together to talk about a range of subjects. We have covered diverse topics ranging from Crypto, Immigration, Fake News, whether Elon Musk is good or evil, and brands you love versus brands you need.


7:00 PM9:00 PM

Frontier Technology

UnityNYC Meetup: Synesthetic Echo, Looking Glass & Floor Demos

Join UnityNYC for their monthly meetup to check out demos built on Unity and network over drinks. 


6:30 PM9:00 PM


Brunchwork After Hours: Dinner with Magic Leap & The New York Times

This event is for Betaworks Studios members and Brunchwork members only.

You're invited to an unforgettable dinner with Magic Leap Vice President of Health Jennifer Esposito and The New York Times Head of Product & Design Alex Rainert.

Enjoy an intimate conversation with Jennifer and Alex... an audience challenge, and curated connections over a healthy meal.


12:30 PM3:30 PM

Frontier Technology

Frontier Tech Deep Dive: July 19

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

Join us every Friday for lunch and a deep dive into frontier technologies that betaworks ventures finds interesting!

Next Week

Monday, Jul 22

5:30 PM6:30 PM

Frontier Technology

Demos & Sh!t I'm Working On: July 22

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

Start every week with some inspiration. Every Monday night we will bring you quick product demos from around our community. What are your fellow members working on? What are you building?


Monday, Jul 22

6:00 PM9:00 PM

Digital Citizenry

The Great Hack: A Social Cinema Screening

Have you ever filled out an online survey? Do you wonder why you receive ads for products that you happened to research the day before? Be afraid. Be very afraid. Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset, and it is being weaponized to wage cultural and political wars. We’re in a battle for control over our most intimate personal details. The Great Hack uncovers the dark world of data exploitation through the compelling personal journeys of players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data breach that rocked the world.

Academy Award nominees Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim (The SquareControl return to the Sundance Film Festival with this deeply layered, ethically complex, disturbing and riveting documentary. The Great Hack compels us to question the genesis of the information we consume daily and challenges us to think about what we give up when we tap that phone or keyboard and share ourselves in the digital age.

Tuesday, Jul 23

6:00 PM9:00 PM


Reinventing the Power of Community with Reddit and Grey

Betaworks welcomes creative agency partner Grey and community creator Reddit for a special programming session focused on how famously effective ideas live and expand in the Reddit platform.

Through this event, attendees will learn how to engage, inspire, mobilize, understand, curate, question, monetize and embolden communities – who seek out togetherness – toward the goal of realizing and growing business ideas.

The overall story is..

- A look at how are communities are dividing themselves along political and social lines – and why they want it to stop
- A look at how communities are banding together in new ways
- And finally, a demonstration of how online communities could light the way towards unity in culture and business IRL


Examine Community: Why Does Togetherness Matter in a Divided World?



Activate Community : How to Utilize Your Loyalists to Move Business



Innovate Community: A “Change My View” Insights Experiment


Wednesday, Jul 24

12:30 PM1:30 PM

Brain Wellness

Think Lunch: July 24

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

Think lunch sessions are a Betaworks ritual. For the last five years every week around 15 curious individuals have gathered together to talk about a range of subjects. We have covered diverse topics ranging from Crypto, Immigration, Fake News, whether Elon Musk is good or evil, and brands you love versus brands you need.

Wednesday, Jul 24

6:30 PM8:30 PM

Frontier Technology

Demos & Game Play Night with Playcrafting

Get to know NYC’s largest community of game developers at Playcrafting's Game Play Night at Betaworks Studios.

Playcrafting is New York City’s largest community of game developers. We are proud to be in our third year producing the city’s biggest gaming convention Play NYC on August 10 & 11. We will be previewing some of the games that you will see during the weekend, as well as providing opportunities for you to get involved in the gaming community.

Presentations will include games from Verizon’s 5G Challenge, Bose’s AR Game Jams, and many more!

Friday, Jul 26

9:00 AM6:00 PM

RENDER: Human After All

Jul 29 - Aug 4

Monday, Jul 29

6:00 PM8:30 PM


Regulating and Investing in the Future of Mobility

Since 2017, over $128 Billion has been invested in startups shaping the future of Mobility. As more solutions enter the space, there is an increased need for startups to work hand in hand with government organizations and municipalities worldwide.

Join us for an interactive discussion about how entrepreneurs are collectively navigating and influencing the future of mobility and the evolving regulations, and how compliance is impacting mobility-related investment decisions.


Sasson Darwish

Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets

Tara Pham

Co-Founder & CEO, Numina

Stephen Smyth

Co-founder & CEO, Coord
Jennifer Byrne

Co-Founder & President, Quesnay - Moderator

Tuesday, Jul 30

6:30 PM9:00 PM


Startups x Brick & Mortar: Trends, Challenges & Opportunities

This event is free to Betaworks Studios members only. Non-members can purchase tickets here.

For the first time in decades, “brick & mortar” matters in the startup world. Where once it implied that a business was old fashioned, lacked innovation and was burdened with working capital, brick & mortar is back in style.

Investors and entrepreneurs are getting bullish about innovating in industries that have a heavy brick & mortar component, like real estate, education, hospitality, medical services and restaurants.

If you’re curious about building a brick & mortar startup, or using retail locations as a serious growth strategy, join us on July 30th as we sit down with founders with retail locations to discuss:

- Operating a brick & mortar store as a startup
- Expanding and scaling your operations
- Financing a brick and mortar startup
- Fundraising for your company
- Branding, positioning and designing your physical store
- Maintaining a cohesive user experience digitally and IRL


6:30 - 6:50: Drinks & Networking
6:50 - 7:50: Panel
7:50 - 8:15: Audience Q&A
8:15 - 9:00: More Drinks & Networking

Thursday, Aug 1

9:00 AM10:30 AM


Startup Lean Coffee: August 1

Join us at Startup Lean Coffee, a monthly gathering of founders, early employees, advisors, investors, and anyone involved or interested in joining the startup world in any capacity. Our sole purpose is to help each other improve by sharing questions and experiences. All you need to bring is your attention, curiosity, and willingness to share.

Previous topics have included working with offshore dev shops, product experiments, technical co-founder or not, and when to raise money.

We follow a Lean Coffee meeting format, a lightly facilitated meeting where participants democratically build an agenda and discuss each topic for a fixed time, voting to continue discussion or move on to the next topic after the time runs out.

Startup Lean Coffee is hosted by Betaworks Studios. Participation is free; but space is limited.

Friday, Aug 2

8:30 AM6:00 PM


StackSummit: Build The Team

This event is free to Betaworks Studios members only. Non-members can purchase tickets here.

Building a strong team is both the most challenging aspect of growing a company and the most important job of a founder. The ability to find, attract and hire the right talent is the key to building a great company.

And as you grow your company from 1 employee to 10, to 30, to 100+, what happens to your startup team? Your culture? How do you manage and lead your growing team? As an early-stage startup with limited resources, how do you hire the right people for your company?

We're prepared to answer these questions and more at StackSummit: Build The Team hosted by Stacklist and Greenhouse.

Together with Greenhouse, we’re providing a full day of panels and lessons that will equip you with the best tips, tactics, and tools to build a startup team. You’ll hear from founders and experts from some of the most successful companies in New York that have grown teams from 1 to 100+.

Aug 5 - Aug 11

Wednesday, Aug 7

9:00 AM11:00 AM


SheWorx NYC Breakfast with Meredith Finn

SheWorx Breakfast Roundtables are dynamic discussions reserved for for 25 female entrepreneurs. At this SheWorx breakfast, we sit down with Meredith Finn, Partner at March Capital, to discuss Meredith's career and answer your questions.

This breakfast is free to attend for Betaworks Studios members.

Sep 2 - Sep 8

Friday, Sep 6

8:30 AM11:30 AM


Inside the Investment Committee: How Pitches Work with General Catalyst

This event is free to Betaworks Studios members. Tickets for non-members are available for $150.


Gain a unique insight into the inner-workings of a VC investment committee during this pitch event and discussion.

One founder will pitch their business to our panel of VCs, this month from General Catalyst, followed by a discussion with the VCs on their thoughts, suggestions, and what they look for in a pitch.

One Betaworks Studios member will be chosen to pitch their company.

IIf you'd like to submit yourself for consideration, please do so in the RSVP form.

Sep 16 - Sep 22

Monday, Sep 16

6:00 PM9:00 PM

Frontier Technology

Why is Design More Important in an Age of Smartphones?

Good design is more important today both online and offline due to the wide use of digital platforms as well as their distraction. This is seen from the ease of use of Amazon and Macy's digital stores, the ability of Apple and Dyson to charge premium prices for their products, Hermes stores exhibiting art to attract new, younger customers and the glossy, ad filled hundred page plus New York Times supplements on design, at a time when the print media is rapidly losing appeal.

These issues will be discussed by a Silley Circuits panel:

- Graham Roberts, director of immersive platforms storytelling, The New York Times
- Nancy Fire, founder of Design Works International

- Tiago Estrada, head of Customer Experience at Atmosphere Proximity

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