— In many cases, sticking to one thing in the beginning of your career in NYC won’t cut it. Most internships or entry-level jobs pay virtual peanuts, and some even less than that. However, the people who are able to bust their butt at their first job or internship while also flipping burgers, making ice cream or selling shoes are usually the people who end up making it. New York can chew people up and spit them out, but if you make it here — well, you know the rest.
App developers are prime examples of this city’s wonderful multi-taskers. They are constantly developing, learning, improving and evangelizing their creation. We love developers, so we don’t make this comparison to insult them, but app developers are like aliens in many movies. They’re actually all around us, we just don’t see them.
But if you’re really looking for them, app developers are quite easy to find. Just check out NYC’s myriad of demo nights, lectures and networking events. It’s there you can see what’s next in the world of apps, and sometimes you can see what’s coming after what’s next.
Before we preview the coming week, let’s take a look back at what we were interested in last week.
NYESN: Startup Pitch & Tech Demo Night
The New York Entrepreneurs Startup Network has done fantastic work with their Pitch and Tech Demo Nights. This event was no different. If you ever have a chance, get to one of these over the winter. This month’s panel included Donald Coolidge, CEO of the development company Majestyk Apps. There are often app developers in attendance to pitch their latest project, so it’s always nice to see who’s confident enough to stand up in front of a bunch of strangers and say why they should invest in their dream.
A Look Ahead
Startup Demo Night Series #17 (E-Commerce & Marketplaces)
Appular loves demo nights. We say it in every article, and we’re going to keep saying it. There really is nothing better than watching someone talk about the project they have been passionately developing for months — sometimes years. With that said, we’re excited for this event from the good people at the New York Entrepreneurs Business Network meetup group. Some of the great apps in attendance will be KeyMe, TUNDeals and Sport Pass. What’s our second favorite thing about most demo nights — pizza and refreshments, and this event will have those, too.
NYC-GDG October Meeting
If you’re looking for some in-depth development conversation and lightning talks focused on Google Development tools, this is the meetup for you. The meetup still has openings for people interested in giving lightning-talk presentations, and is already set to feature prominent mobile developers Dario Laverde and Nitye Narasimhan. As you probably could have guessed, this meetup will be held at the Google office on Ninth Avenue, and is sponsored by the New York City Google Developer Group.
Startup Essentials (event #2): StreetEasy CTO & Co-Founder
If you’re just starting out in NYC’s tech and mobile app culture, it can be a bit overwhelming. It’s often difficult to wrap your head around the enormity of the project you’re undertaking, but the city’s meetups can help put it all in perspective. One of the best ways meetups do that is through successful app entrepreneurs sharing their experiences. This event is for exactly that. The featured speaker will be Sebastian Delmont, the CTO and co-founder of the app StreetEasy. In August, StreetEasy was acquired by the real estate marketplace Zillow for $50 million. Needless to say, this Sebastian probably has some pretty good advice.