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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. 

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Comments (Archived):

  1. Erin Newkirk

    Some of my favorite people in tech! Nice! Video?

    1. Gotham Gal

      someone was definitely filming last night.

  2. joshknowles

    “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.”No reason the fun needs to stop in April, we’re (Pivotal) not going anywhere! 🙂

    1. Gotham Gal

      true, true.

  3. Emily Hickey

    This is awesome Joanne thanks so much for being there – def great energy last night and so much to build on. –> it was so cool to meet you – you are the bomb!

    1. Gotham Gal

      so are you!

  4. Sarah Tavel

    Joanne – Thanks so much for the nice post, and for coming! I wish I had known you were there. Would have been great to meet; I hear great things from the other Earlystagers!

    1. Gotham Gal

      Would love to connect. Let’s email and set up a time off-line

  5. Beth Ferreira

    Always great to see you Joanne! Thanks for coming out last night.

  6. giffc

    Such a great group!

  7. Nithya

    Great writeup of last night’s event…sorry to have missed you there. It was nice to hear Rachael and the panel talk about tech start-up issues rather than focusing just on the number of women in (or not in) tech. Really interesting and impressive conversation.

    1. Gotham Gal

      totally agree. a really good flowing conversation about relative topics.

  8. Alison Dinerstein

    Would love to have more of this in Los Angeles.It seems that most of the Tech Startup Events here are mostly men speakers with spatterings of successful women in the business. We need a WEFhere in LA!

    1. Gotham Gal

      LOL. Let’s do it

  9. rebeccastees

    Love how you are building a community!