5 Meetups We Love in New York City

Here at Work-Bench we host a variety of meetups, so we thought we’d spread the word about a few of our favorites here in New York City. From meeting your next hire to getting hired, meetups have enormous potential for founders, entrepreneurs, and community members looking to meet new people and be inspired — and besides, learning what’s going on in your field will always be invaluable.

Despite their differences in focus, these meetups have a number of things in common — from flawless logistics to professional, passionate member communities. For any ambitious startup or aspiring individual, here are some of the meetups you can’t afford to miss:

If you’re into: Predictive analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence 
Go to: Data Driven NYC 
Why you’ll love it: For anyone familiar with Matt Turck’s meetup, you won’t be surprised that this made the list. Consistently selling out with 8,000 members, and held at Bloomberg LP’s offices, it’s no wonder Matt has built such an engaging community around Data Driven NYC. Where else can you go see a company like Context Relevant auto-generate 300 hundred million random triangles, and run them through their software to derive Heron’s formula? Come here to be impressed by a century’s worth of math re-engineered in a night.

If you’re into: All things enterprise technology 
Go to: The New York Enterprise Tech Meetup (NYETM) 
Why you’ll love it: Founded, organized, and led by our Venture Director at Work-Bench, Jon Lehr, this Meetup features demos from 4 top-tier enterprise tech companies on a monthly basis. Past demos include: Box, CoreOS, MemSQL, and Tamr, and Jon likes to #humblebrag that people have been hired, found co-founders, gotten funded, and closed enterprise contracts through this monthly event — a testament to the high-quality caliber of the audience. Composed of over 3,700 corporate buyers, enterprise entrepreneurs, investors of all stages and graduate students, the NYETM is the place to be for all things enterprise tech.

If you’re into: Selling into Fortune 500s 
Go to: The NYC Enterprise Sales Meetup 
Why you’ll love it: Aside from sampling co-founder Mark Birch’s favorite dumplings, you’ll love the mindshare of this community bent on nailing the complex enterprise sales cycle. Learn how to create targeted lists, negotiate the enterprise deal, and get live critiques on your pitch from proven enterprise sales executives. Previous speakers include Jeremy Donovan, Head of Sales and Marketing at the American Management Association, Brian Manning, Director of Strategic Sales at ZocDoc, and Jason Leibovitz, VP of Sales at LiveWorld. Despite being less than a year old, this group has grown explosively to over 1,000 members.

If you’re into: Hardcore data science & programming 
Go to: The New York Open Statistical Programming Meetup 
Why you’ll love it: If you want to hear Chris Wiggins (Chief Data Scientist of the New York Times) relate computational biology to how the New York Times uses data, then this is the meetup for you. Led by Jared Lander, who recently co-organized the first, sold-out New York R Conference with Work-Bench, this group of 5,000 data geeks includes some of the foremost & most influential leaders on open-source data analysis tools like R, Julia, and WEKA.

If you’re into: Anything not already mentioned 
Go to: The NY Tech Meetup 
Why you’ll love it: Although this meetup isn’t strictly enterprise, it’s one of the crown jewels of the New York tech community. With over 40,000 members, it’s one of the largest tech meetups in the world, and anyone can find their niche interest at their consistently high-production events held at NYU and telecasted at various locations. Previous presenters include Floored, MongoDB, Lyft, Bowery, Sunrise, and many more. If you haven’t yet, we recommend seeing for yourself why this meetup sells out each month.

Did we miss one? Let us know what enterprise tech meetups you can’t live without.

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