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Last night I went to see Rachel Sklar moderate a panel of four women conversing about the start-up world. Questions around growth strategy, management styles, coders, etc. The event took place at Pivotal Labs which has been taken over by Tech Stars for the past month. Great space.
The Pivotal Labs space has become the stomping ground in the past month and will be until April for people and events surrounding the tech space. It has become something akin to the local bar in college where friends hang out.
Last nights panel included Alexis Juneja who is a co-founder of Curbed, Sarah Tavel of Bessemer, Emily Hickey of Hashable and Beth Ferreira of Etsy ( and many other things ). An interesting group of women. All engaging, all smart, all on top of the start-up world. These are the positive women that I love to talk about. Loads of energy, lots of interesting experiences and advice all rolled up into one panel. There might not be a lot of these women running through the veins of the tech community but the ones that are are pretty damn impressive. Their energy and smarts is what will drive other women into this industry.
I also had the opportunity to reconnect with a bunch of people who I have talked to over the past six months. Catch up on their businesses and where they are at. I am hoping we will do that with the Womens Entrepreneur Festival too. As someone raved to me about the festival last night and what has taken place in her life since. I'd love to get everyone together again in June and hear a bunch of people, like speed-dating, get up on stage and give us a brief synopsis on how WEF impacted their life, their network and their thoughts since the conference. It would make quite a powerful presentation.
The buzz is in the air for women. It is fantastic seeing so many women in the room again last night who were sharing ideas and doing their own fair share of networking. Nice one Rachael.