Doing It for Themselves: 25 Women Driving New York’s Tech Scene

  • barbie at the makery Doing It for Themselves: 25 Women Driving New Yorks Tech Scene

    Computer scientist Barbie at The Makery. <br>Photo: <a href="http://www.dephyr.com/browse.php?u=Oi8vYmVjYXJlbGxhLmNvbS8%3D&b=13">Becky Carella</a>

    Women in the start-up world are outnumbered by men—we know this—and most of them tend to be later-stage employees in support roles, like marketing, public relations and office management.

    But we’ve noticed a trend in the New York tech scene: a strong surge of women in tech who are, well, just doing it. They’re starting companies without worrying about how male-dominated the VC-funded web start-up space is. They live and breathe the scene the way their male counterparts do, and many are just as rash, obnoxious and aggressive.

    Some of them are working to bring more women into tech, but mostly they choose to ignore the industry’s male-dominated tradition altogether, shrugging off the threat of sexism. Many seem not to notice when they’re pitching to a room full of men; some notice, and don’t care, or notice and care, but do it anyway.

    These women are the future angel investors, powerhouse VCs, public company CEOs and start-up mafiosa. For now they’re working 100-hour weeks and organizing events via Meetup.com, but–every day–they’re hustling. Here’s a predictive power list of 25 women to watch in New York.

    Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke, Olivia Fialkow and Emily Foxhall contributed reporting.

  • [caption id="attachment_8829" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Computer scientist Barbie at The Makery. <br>Photo: <a href="http://www.dephyr.com/browse.php?u=Oi8vYmVjYXJlbGxhLmNvbS8%3D&b=13">Becky Carella</a>"][/caption] Women in the start-up world are outnumbered by men—we know this—and most of them tend to be later-stage employees in support roles, like marketing, public relations and office management. But we've noticed a trend in the New York tech scene: a strong surge of women in tech who are, well, just doing it. They're starting companies without worrying about how male-dominated the VC-funded web start-up space is. They live and breathe the scene the way their male counterparts do, and many are just as rash, obnoxious and aggressive. Some of them are working to bring more women into tech, but mostly they choose to ignore the industry's male-dominated tradition altogether, shrugging off the threat of sexism. Many seem not to notice when they're pitching to a room full of men; some notice, and don't care, or notice and care, but do it anyway. These women are the future angel investors, powerhouse VCs, public company CEOs and start-up mafiosa. For now they're working 100-hour weeks and organizing events via Meetup.com, but--every day--they're hustling. Here's a predictive power list of 25 women to watch in New York. Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke, Olivia Fialkow and Emily Foxhall contributed reporting. [gallery]

Comments

  1. CallingBS says:

    How does monkey work at a fourth tier VC equate to “driving the NY tech scene”??

    1. Ben Popper says:

      Not sure who you’re referring to, but you sound pretty jealous

      1. Guest says:

        Is there any other kind of VC?

  2. Trulli_tjay says:

    congrats cheryl..so proud of u:)

  3. Jacob Slevin says:

    Wear it! Congrats!

  4. Caroline Young says:

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  5. Caroline Young says:

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  6. Jeanne Goulet says:

    Way to go Kanchan!

  7. Jeanne Goulet says:

    Way to go Kanchan!

  8. Rimagoa says:

    A Goddess in disguise You are Kanchan! Rejoicing for You.

  9. paramendra says:

    Impressive list. 

  10. Annelisa says:

    Congrats Kanchan! The secret is out to all your wonders. We can say we knew you when.

  11. Sunita Parbhu says:

    Inspiring! What a great group of women.
     

  12. Great group! I know some of them from different collabs and I can say they are all super generous with their time, especially to help my students in one way or another.

  13. Yoana Petit says:

    Great group of woman’s making history ( Techstars) but stay tune, because I will be the next on the list…. Yoana Petit. see you soon girls !!!!!

  14. Yoanapetit says:

    #18 Yoana Petit Venezuelan (tech start). She will be the next Mark Zuckerberg woman version, with her revolutionary Project of real time digitalization for deals and offers exclusive for MasterCard worldwide.

  15. alexisgo says:

    I am one of the women featured in this article. Can the editors please contact me? I am unable to find an email address on this site to contact you.

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