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This Week

Wednesday

6:30 PM9:00 PM

Betaworking
Panel

Building a Direct-to-Consumer Startup

This event is open to Betaworks Studios members at no cost. Non-members can purchase tickets here.

Direct-to-consumer (D2C) startups have revolutionized e-commerce and disintermediated and redefined retail. From startups to growth-stage companies, the D2C business model has become increasingly popular.

With the rise of social media, and online tools like Shopify and Stripe, entrepreneurs have never had an easier time creating an online shop and selling their product. These entrepreneurs get a direct relationship to their customer, and by cutting out the middleman, they increase their own margins while saving their consumers money.

But, while the technology has empowered entreprenreurs, launching, sustaining and growing a D2C startup is by no means easy. To succeed, entrepreneurs must nail product development, as well as the logistics of inventory. They have to differentiate themselves and manage the economics of customer acquisition in some very crwoded and noisy verticals.

NYC is filled with promising D2C startups, and we're looking forward to a conversation that will be rich with insights and tools to help these entrepreneurs succeed. So please join us on October 2nd for a founder/CEO discussion on what it takes to build and grow a D2C startup!

We’ll discuss:

- Designing your product
- Managing inventory operations
- Acquiring customers
- Understanding channel strategy and options
- Standing out in a crowd

Panelists to be announced.

Thursday

6:30 PM8:30 PM

Betaworking

First Generation Founder Happy Hour & Networking

FirstGeneration is an organization supporting the community of immigrant and first generation founders in NYC. 

IOn October 3rd, FirstGeneration is hosting a Happy Hour to bring together immigrant/first generation founders and the wider community of people working in early stage tech to help make our community more inclusive.

Friday

9:00 AM10:30 AM

Betaworking

Startup Lean Coffee: October 4

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

12:30 PM1:30 PM

Frontier Technology

Frontier Tech Deep Dive: October 4

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, Oct 7

5:30 PM6:00 PM

Frontier Technology

Demos & Sh!t I'm Working On: October 7

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?

BEER WILL BE SERVED!

Monday, Oct 7

7:00 PM9:00 PM

Frontier Technology
Workshop

UnityNYC Workshop Series: Game Audio for Non-Audio People

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

The audio of a game is something that can leave an impact on the player long after they have finished playing. It can make or break a player's immersion in a fictional world. Game audio can also be an aid in gameplay, directing the player in a certain direction or giving direct feedback on their playing.

While the quality of those sounds certainly has a lot to do with it, just dragging nice-sounding files into your game engine is only a small piece of a successful sonic experience. Whether you are a fledgling game audio professional, or just a game developer looking to better understand how audio works in your game, come learn some basic considerations that you can take to improve the audio in your project.

Instructor Jeff Penny is a game audio professional from New York who holds a degree in Music Composition for Film, TV and Games from Berklee College of Music. He has been a part of numerous game projects from tiny student projects and game jams, all the way up through AAA. He has given talks on game audio in the past as well as teaches lessons privately.

Tuesday, Oct 8

12:30 PM1:30 PM

Frontier Technology

How Voice Technology is Transforming Gaming

Over the last 18 months, the global gaming industry has seen $9.6 billion in investments and if investments continue at this current pace, the amount of investment generated in 2018-19 will be higher than the eight previous years combined (TechCrunch). Similarly, voice assistants and technology like Amazon Alexa continue on a path of explosive growth in consumer adoption, while also gaining more and more attention from developers, investors, and brands. Whether it's tie-ins to platform games like Fortnite and Call of Duty, or new voice-native interactive games (like Jeopardy on Alexa or HBO's WESTWORLD voice game), gaming has risen to the top of the most prevalent and exciting use cases for VOICE.

Voice and conversational technology promise to deliver us all more convenient, more personalized, and more relevant experiences and utilities. In Episode 04 of this roundtable series presented by Skilled Creative (Creative Technology Agency, NYC), we will explore how How Voice Technology is Transforming GAMING.

Wednesday, Oct 9

12:30 PM1:30 PM

Brain Wellness

Think Lunch: October 9

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, Oct 9

6:00 PM9:00 PM

Frontier Technology
Panel

GreekTech Talks: Women in Tech

This event is free to Betaworks Studios members only. Non-members, please RSVP here.

We're super excited to announce that on October 9th, we'll be hosting GreekTech Talks: Women in Tech at Betaworks.

Who is this for:

Startup Founders

Angel Investors/ Venture Capitalists

Tech professionals

Tech Enthusiasts

Speakers:

Ioanna Stanegloudi, Co-founder at Verge.Capital

Eleni Delimpaltadaki, Managing Partner and Co- Founder at Equivico

Lucy Xu, Founder at The Port

Emmanouela Androulaki, Global VP of Account Management at Remerge

Thursday, Oct 10

8:30 AM10:00 AM

Frontier Technology

Squeezing Serverless with Event-Driven Architectures for Developers

Serverless is a new tool and requires a new mindset to resolve problems with it. Event-driven architectures are ideal to leverage all the good parts serverless brings to us and to minimize its downsides.

In this presentation, hosted by the team from The Agile Monkeys, we will talk about our search for the architecture that can truly make your application scale to infinity and beyond.

Thursday, Oct 10

6:00 PM9:00 PM

Digital Citizenry

College Behind Bars: A Social Cinema Screening

COLLEGE BEHIND BARS is not a story of non-violent drug offenders, false conviction or exoneration, unlike many recent documentary films about the criminal justice system. All of the BPI students featured in the film are serving time for serious, often violent offenses. In wrenching, deeply personal interviews, they describe their childhoods and family backgrounds, reveal why they are incarcerated, express profound remorse, as well as hope for redemption and their worries about what life will bring after release from prison.

Friday, Oct 11

8:30 AM10:00 AM

Frontier Technology

Serverless: The Tech Trend that Could Change the Software Industry Forever

Serverless is a new way of producing software that could change the whole software industry forever, changing the investment and cost dynamics of software projects. Serverless can significatively reduce the time to market and costs of building and maintaining bigsoftware projects and applications, so it opens new business opportunities and gives tools for startups to compete against big players with better and cheaper technologies. Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, and even Alibaba are in the middle of a price and features war to become the preferred cloud provider and lead the Serverless offering. Still, there are some challenges that you should understand before fully committing to this technology.

In this presentation, hosted by the team from The Agile Monkeys, we will dive into Serverless for non-engineers.

Friday, Oct 11

12:30 PM1:30 PM

Frontier Technology

Frontier Tech Deep Dive: October 11

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!

Oct 14 - Oct 20

Tuesday, Oct 15

12:30 PM2:00 PM

Brain Wellness
Workshop

Get Sh*t Done in The Cave: A Deep Work... shop

Caveday is committed to improving your quality of life by improving your quality of work. Come learn how to work smarter in The Cave.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the concept of Deep Work and how to get more done in less time. We’ll begin by talking about “flow,” the science of productivity, and all of the distractions that get in the way. Then, we’ll actually do a deep work sprint, where you’ll get more done in 20 minutes than you have in most entire mornings. (I know, crazy, but you’ll see). Finally, we’ll leave you with clear takeaways about being more productive at your desk and office every day.

Bring a laptop and project to work on– that thing you’ve been putting off or that thing that needs to get done. Once you leave The Cave, you’ll never work the same way again.

Lunch will be served.

Thursday, Oct 17

12:30 PM3:30 PM

Frontier Technology

Will Helicopters Soon Outpace Cars? with BLADE CEO Rob Wiesenthal

Join us for a lunchtime discussion with BLADE CEO, Rob Wiesenthal, as he discusses his work in urban air mobility, as well as his thoughts on the future of this field.

BLADE is a digitally-powered aviation company and the largest arranger of helicopter flights for civilian travel in the United States. By leveraging its technology platform, strategic lounge network of 10 dedicated properties in 4 states, and its integrated partnerships with over 30 aviation operators, the company has expanded its offerings from one route in one state to 22 core routes in seven U.S. states. BLADE has proven to grow the size of the short distance aviation market in the areas in which it operates. Over 75% of BLADE's first-time helicopter passengers have never flown in a helicopter before flying BLADE.

Lunch will be served.

Friday, Oct 18

8:30 AM10:00 AM

Betaworking

Inside the Investment Committee: How Pitches Work with Tribeca Venture Partners

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 Tribeca Venture Partners, 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.

Oct 21 - Oct 27

Thursday, Oct 24

8:30 AM10:00 AM

Betaworking
Workshop

Brand x Innovation: Who You Are vs. Who You Could Be

This event is free to Betaworks Studios members and $10 for non-members.

The most innovative organizations on Earth continually transform. They create new domains. They don’t see their branding as a thin veneer, applied for sales and marketing like a tactic—but rather as the DNA of their organization. They use the brand as a guiding identity and core truth to define the present while creating the future. 

Join us for Brand x Innovation: Who You Are vs. Who You Could Be, a 90-minute, no-BS, deep-dive over breakfast into how brand drives innovation to take down silos and build towards wins. We’ll discuss orgs like Dyson, Slack, Planned Parenthood, NOMA, adidas, and Rapha—all of which share a fundamental commitment to brand. By digging into branding and practice, as well as the day-to-day action behind innovation, we'll demonstrate how these elements become critical pillars for a sustainable, authentic, profitable, and ever-evolving business. 


We’re delighted to have you join us—two dynamic experts in branding, innovation, design, and business anthropology—for a breakfast, light networking, and a quick presentation. Then, we’ll all engage in an interactive workshop on ways to design an organization from the core out, in which a culture of persistent curiosity and exploration is woven throughout the fabric of the business (and made palpable in its brand). Armed with our “Brand x Innovation” techniques, you will leave the event having created a plan for building and growing new products/services authentic to your brand—and most impactfully, not easily replicated. 

Thursday, Oct 24

6:00 PM9:00 PM

Digital Citizenry
Panel

The Fine Line Between Woke-Washing and Real Brand Purpose

Millennial and Gen Z consumers don't want to save 15% on car insurance, they want to save the world. Inundated with advertising their entire life, they see through the trend of woke-washing cause marketing, rainbows on social media avatars for one month only and diversity initiatives that fall flat. They want the brands they support to practice true inclusivity and help build a better community.

Join us for a real talk with companies that have real brand purpose. Hear from the founders and leaders of Encantos, Kindred and Because of Them We Can who are building brands with social responsibility at its core.

Panelists to be announced.

Nov 4 - Nov 10

Friday, Nov 8

9:00 AM6:00 PM

Betaworking

RENDER: Good Game

For decades now, video games have been a cornerstone of pop culture, community, and creativity. Yet, over the last few years, we’ve seen expansions in gaming and gamer communities in ways we could barely imagine during the days of shopping mall arcades, Pac Man, and Space Invaders.


Now, fueled by streaming platforms like Twitch and Mixer, gaming has evolved into a new, hybrid form of media and entertainment. Not only do we game together, but now we also watch others game, in real time, around the world.


Game studios spend hundreds of millions of dollars building and developing blockbuster titles that earn more on their opening weekends than even the biggest Hollywood films.

Nov 11 - Nov 17

Tuesday, Nov 12

6:30 PM9:30 PM

Betaworking

Product Council Meetup: Looker & StayTuned

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. November's event features both Looker and StayTuned.

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.

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