Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of September 19: The Billionaires & Supermodels Edition

This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (a.k.a. “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide, mentor at

This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (a.k.a. “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide, mentor at ER Accelerator and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over forty red ties. You can reach him at gary [at]

So, last week NY Mag wrote an article titled Bubble Boys which takes a look at some of the young upcoming hackers & coders (future Mark Zuckerbergs) in Silicon Valley. While the piece itself was pretty interesting, one thing gave me pause. No girl hackers or coders were profiled. Not to give author Christopher Beam a hard time as this probably was just an inadvertent omission, cuz surely there must be at least one profile-worthy hacker girl in the valley. Hopefully he’s working on fixing that flub. 🙂

Meanwhile, I thought this is as good a time as any to shine the spotlight on some amazing folks in the NY tech scene who are working tirelessly to help bring more women into the startup and tech world, cuz while the ratio is improving, it still isn’t where it needs to be quite yet. These include Sara Chipps and Vanessa Hurst of Girl Develop IT, Rachel Sklar and Emily Gannett of Change The Ratio, Adriana Gascoigne and Tommy Jenkins of Girls In Tech NYC, Nelly Yusupova of Webgrrls NYC, Tania Yuki and Jamie Lee of Women in Media, Shaherose Charania of Women 2.0 and Founder Labs, Janet Hanson of 85 Broads, Anna Akbari and Nicole Skibola of Womens Collaborative NYC, Stephanie Hanbury-Brown and Peggy Wallace of Golden Seeds, Angie Grabski of Step Up Womens Network NYC, Cindy Gallop of If We Ran The World and many many more. If I’ve missed any, lemme know.

Also check out Betabeat’s 25 Women Driving the NY Tech Scene and the New York Observer’s 50 Media Power Bachelorettes, LuminaryLabs’ Sara Holoubek’s Field Guide to NYC Female Founders, Influencers & DealMakers and HonestlyNow’s Tereza Nemessanyi’s post on the need for an XX Combinator incubator for women.

There are also quite a few women-in-business themed events this week in NYC including Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women NYC, The WomenSphere Summit, Women in Media Meetup, Womens Collaborative NYC and SheStreams Conference.

So go check them out and spread the word!

And now, onto our awesome lineup of upcoming boozing-and-schmoozing events (and trust me, there’s a ton of them this week!)

Mashable Social Good Summit 2011

What’s that? You want me to find u an event where u can go hang with billionaire Ted Turner, supermodel Christy Turlington, actresses Mandy Moore and Geena Davis, tennis star Serena Williams, cyclist Lance Armstrong and Archbishop Desmond Tutu? You got it, pal. 🙂
Monday, 9 a.m. @ 92 Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue

NY Angels Venture Creation Workshop Series: The Online & Mobile Advertising Eco-System, Who is Making Money and How
Wanna learn how to really make money in mobile? Well of course u do! Giving u all the inside dope will be Jeffrey Silverman (NY Angels), Scott Hoffman (Cliqology), Geoff Judge (Partner, iNovia Capital), Nick MacShane (Founder, Progress Partners), Brian Kaminsky (Group Publisher, Huffington Post / AOL), Art Muldoon (Co-Founder, Accordant Media), Albert Azout (CEO, Sociocast), Moritz Loew (MSNBC Interactive), Scott Meyer (CEO, Evidon) and Jon Greenwood (GM, Media Innovation Group).
Monday, 7:30 a.m. @ Microsoft Offices, 1290 Avenue of the Americas 6th Floor

Crain’s Most Powerful Women NYC
Yes, Ariana Huffington is in the list. No, she’s not number 1. No, I don’t know why. Yes, I know she’s awesome. Yes, I’m pretty influential. No, I’m not going to call Crain’s and ask them to change the list.
Monday, 12 p.m. @ 583 Park Avenue

NJ Tech Meetup 16
If ever there was a reason to cross over the Hudson into that far-off distant exotic land called Jersey, this is it! Featured speaker is Dean Levitt (Chief of culture,, startups include Artsicle, Peerbelt & Talisman Guidance and special guest is Screenplay Interactive.
Monday, 6:30 p.m. @ Howe Center, Stevens Institute of Technology Bissinger Room, Hoboken, NJ

The Future Of Web Advertising: 4 Startups That Could Change The Marketing Landscape for Online Retailers in a Big Way
Panelists include Lori Hoberman (Chadbourne & Parke), Peg Jackson (Gridley & Co), Erik Nordlander (Google Ventures) and Jeanne Sullivan (Starvest Partners). Featuring startups Album+, Appside, Cognection, Immersive Side and Lemon. Wait-just-a-minute, whats a “Lemon” you say? Why its a “Location Enhanced Mobile Opt-in Network”, of course. 🙂
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. @ Chadbourne & Parke LLP, 30 Rockefeller Plaza

Skillshare Presents Creative Arts: a party, art show & lesson!
Are you an “intellectually-curious, crafty, artsy doer”? Fo’ sure? Alrighty then, you’ll like this one. Learn about how u can learn about printing 3D models, cooking colorful food, producing documentaries and more!
Tuesday, 7 p.m. @ Gallery Bar, 120 Orchard Street

NYC Tech Connect: Technology You Can Touch
Ok, I’ll be honest. I have no idea what this event is about. BUT it does sound intriguing.
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. @ AOL HQ, 770 Broadway 4th Floor

Start Something: Why Every Creative Needs To Be An Entrepreneur
Ready to make the leap into startup world but need that one last final push? Thats where this event comes in. Providing inspiration will be Lauren Leto (Founder, Bntr and TextsFromLastNight), Laurel Touby (Founder, Mediabistro), Audacia Ray (Founder, The Red Umbrella Project) and Leigh Ann Tucker (Co-Founder, The Way We See the World).
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. @ The New School, 65 West 11th Street

Tech Cocktail NYC Mixer Sponsored by After10 and X.commerce
International tech traveler, Frank Gruber, is back with another edition of TechCocktail. The event will be all about … wait for it … tech and cocktails of course!
Wednesday, 7 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

Network and drink with Time, CNN and Turner executives
Where you enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and sip cocktails as you watch big companies woo startups. (Or is it the other way around?)
Thursday, 6 p.m. @ Time Life building, 1271 Avenue of the Americas 8th floor

VC Finance Update: Growth and Opportunity in the New York Tech Market
Looking for an event where u can corner connect with VCs and tell them all about ur hot lil’ startup? You just found it. In the hot seat will be Thatcher Bell (Principal, DFJ Gotham Ventures), Habib Kairouz (Managing Partner, Rho Capital Partners), Warren Lee (General Partner, Canaan Partners), Alan Patricof (Founder & Managing Director, Greycroft) and Benjamin Wolin (CEO & Co-Founder, Everyday Health). Moderated by Greg David (CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and Crains NY).
Thursday, 6 p.m. @ Citibank Center, 601 Lexington Avenue

NY Video September 2011 Meetup
Get your online video on with Douglas Atkin and Jordan Bienenstock (Yackit), Rob Barnett (My Damn Channel), Iliana Grossman and Mark LaRosa (Gust) and Ernest Feiteira (SeeTheJob).
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. @ AOL HQ, 770 Broadway 6th Floor

NY Tech Karaoke
You know what’s even more fun than hanging out and drinking with ur fellow tech peeps? Why, singing offkey with them of course!
Thursday, 7 p.m. @ Karaoke Cave, 9 East 13th Street

Bain Capital Ventures Cocktail Hour
Another day. Another awesome networking-schmoozing-drinking-cocktail event. Life is hard, no?
Thursday, 7 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

SMASH Summit 2011
AARRR! You know that sound? It means that super-duper angel, 500 hats-wearing pirate Dave McClure is back in town and this time he comes bearing gifts. A smashing summit, that is. With a terrific speaker lineup including Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures), Billy Chasen (, Shiva Rajaraman (Youtube), Steve Cheney (GroupMe), Bre Pettis (MakerBot), Danielle Morrill (Twilio), Chris Maliwat (Gilt Groupe), Dan Porter (OMGPOP), Eric Litman (Medialets) and more. But the person I’m really looking forward to having a “chat” with is LaunchRock’s Jameson Detweiler, the guy to blame for all those zillion startup landing pages. 😉
Friday, 9 a.m. @ Microsoft Offices, 1290 6th Avenue Sixth Floor

ER Accelerator Demo Day
Following in the trailblazing footsteps of TechStars and DreamIt comes ER Accelerator’s Demo Day. Come hang with ERA honcho Murat Aktihanoglu, directors Charlie Kemper & Jonathan Axelrod and a whole bunch of awesome mentors and startups. Demoing will be BuzzTable, Centzy, LetGive, nabfly, numberFire, Parking Panda, PricingEngine, PublicStuff, Sitesimon and WebThriftStore. Event is by invitation only.
Friday, 9 a.m. @ Undisclosed Location

Getting Covered by the Online Tech Press: How to Get Noticed and Keep Getting Noticed
Ok, so here’s the dealio. When blogger extra-ordinaire, Google+ aficianado and tech celeb Robert ‘Scobleizer’ Scoble (or as I like to call him “The Yoda of Tech Blogging”) tells you how to get coverage in the press, you log out of that room, put down ur iPhone 5 prototype and listen. You’ll thank me later.
Friday, 5 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

More on the horizon…
YCombinator NYC Meetup on Sep 26 @ Undisclosed Location
Demos and Drinks sponsored by Dealery! on Sep 27 @ Gallery Bar
Digital DUMBO’s Fashion Night Out: Official T-Shirt Release Party w Brooklyn Industries & Radballs on Sep 29 @ Dumbo Loft
NYVCA Ingenuity on Oct 5 @ 82 Mercer

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends!

Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of September 19: The Billionaires & Supermodels Edition