The technology space has long been a "boy’s club," but in the last decade the industry has seen a surge of women entrepreneurs that are breaking new ground. According to an article in the New York Daily News, the city attracts more women entrepreneurs in technology than California and Boston. A strong indicator that women are leading startups and New York City is providing the tools.
Please join the New York Technology Council and our panel of entrepreneurs as we discuss the challenges and successes of building a technology business in New York City. Topics will include scaling and selling a company, finding investors vs bootstrapping, opportunities in mobile, effective management styles, cultivating leadership skills, and what women can expect as the technology industry continues to grow and evolve.
Peggy Wallace, Managing Director of Golden Seeds - Peggy Wallace was one of the first investors to join Golden Seeds in 2005. In 2007 she joined the management team as Portfolio Manager, and in that role she provides strategic advice to the core group of 24 portfolio companies and/or their Golden Seeds Board representatives. In 2008 she and Golden Seeds founder consolidated their partnership when they became General Partners of Golden Seeds’ first fund. She continues as a Managing Partner for Golden Seeds and its second fund, and is largely responsible for passing on her deep experience in deal structuring to many of the members within the organization. Peggy leads the negotiations for all M&A transactions and follow-on financings for Golden Seeds funds and the group. Because of the sector diversity and geographic breadth of Golden Seeds, as well as her particular passion for following disruptive technologies, she remains very current on industry, economic, and global trends. Peggy has invested in over 30 privately-held companies, either directly or through one of the Golden Seeds funds. Peggy retains board positions with Chromis Fiberoptics, gDiapers and Honestly Now, all privately held companies. Peggy serves as a juror on the International Cartier Women’s Initiative Award. She holds a BA from The George Washington University.
Veronika Sonsev, Co-Founder of Women Innovate Mobile - Veronika Sonsev is the CEO and Founder of inSparq.com, a company that offers referral marketing and analytics software for online retailers. She is also a Founder of Women in Wireless (a non-profit that promotes and develops female leaders in mobile and digital media) and the WIM Accelerator (the first startup accelerator for women-run mobile ventures). In her 12-year career as an entrepreneur and executive at AOL and Jumptap, Veronika has built new business lines, developed strategic partnerships and launched international markets. Veronika earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from American University. She was named one of the Mobile Women to Watch 2012 by Mobile Marketer and one of the Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech by Femmeonomics.
Nina Sodhi, Founder of BluTrumpet - Nina is a seasoned startup exec and has a strong history of building and scaling early-stage companies. She is currently the founder and CEO of Blu Trumpet LLC, a mobile advertising company incubated at IAC. Prior to this, Nina was the COO of BumpTop where she helped shape the company and execute its sale to Google, Inc. Nina’s start-up experience also includes: Avogadro (acquired by OpenWave), OnDevice (acquired by KeyNote Systems), Cordant Systems, and Gamook. Nina began her career at Microsoft as a Program Manager in the Windows CE group, where she started to build her expertise in the mobile space. In addition to her experiences at tech companies, Nina was a VP at Merrill Lynch in their technology investment banking group for 3 years where she worked on a number of tech IPOs and M&A transactions. Nina holds a B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Yin Yin Chan, Co-Founder of OnePager - Yin Yin Chan is the co-founder and engineer at Onepager, a NYC-based startup that helps small businesses easily create and maintain a beautiful website at an affordable, flat rate. She also co-founded We Are NY Tech, a site that features the faces and profiles of the NY tech community, and is a partner at a boutique web agency named Simande. In her spare time, Yin likes to eat, bike, dabble with improv comedy and keep up with web development articles off Hacker News.
Nelly Yusupova, CTO of Webgrrls, Chapter Leader of NYC Webgrrls, Founder of DigitalWoman.com- Nelly has been at the forefront of the women’s movement online since 1999 and is a Wall Street Journal’s “Woman on the IT Fast Track”. She is a technical strategist, an Internet, social media, and marketing expert and consultant. Nelly works with entrepreneurs and teaches them how to use and leverage technology in their business. Nelly presents for many organizations and major industries events including: Women’s Enterprise Center, NY Entrepreneurs Business Network, Small Business Summit, BlogHer, Social Media Jungle, Mom 2.0, BlogWorld, and has been featured in INC Magazine, NBC Today Show, Fast Company Magazine, NewsDay.com, O’Reilly, SmartMoney SmallBiz, TechRepublic’s Women’s Radio.DigitalWoman is a speaker and corporate trainer. She keynotes and participates as a speaker, moderator and panelist at many of the major industry events throughout the country and she conducts workshops and seminar teaching about technology, social media, blogging, and overall effective Internet strategies.
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New York Technology Council
The NEW YORK TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL (NYTECH) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization comprised of individuals and companies who share a common interest in addressing challenges and opportunities for technology in New York.