Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.
I’m a big fan of organizations and groups that encourage more women to get involved in the traditionally male-dominated worlds of tech and entrepreneurship, by creating community and providing guidance and support. And this week, we have a ton of these women-focused events.
There is the Ladies Who Code hacknight, where they encourage you to bring your brilliant self, your laptop, and your beloved text-editor of choice! There is Celebrating Extraordinary Female Founders at Levo League (a site for Gen Y female professionals), as well as the launch party for PlumAlley (a new site supporting female-founded companies). There is the Go Connect – Ignite Your Ambition event organized by NY Tech Women and The White House Project. There is JumpStart Your Dreams, organized by She Creates Change (a community supporting women as they make their professional dreams a reality). And finally there’s Women 2.0 Founder Friday, with guest hosts Alexis Tryon (cofounder, Artsicle) and Anagha Nadkarni (cofounder, AppGuppy).
While you were clinging to your A/C unit over the weekend, Newark mayor and Twitter addict Cory Booker was ushering his new startup out of stealth mode. The company, called #waywire, is a media platform that combines original and syndicated videos with relevant user-generated content from young adults about what’s important to them and their perspective on issues in the news.
Wait, didn’t Al Gore have the same idea in 2005?
“Traditional news sources aren’t in any way talking to millennials,” Mr. Booker tells TechCrunch. Perhaps the site can start with whether any young adult actually wants to be labeled a “millenial”?
On the heels of a stronger-than-expected performance in the first quarter, LinkedIn just announced that it purchased SlideShare, the company that lets users upload, share, and embed PDFs, Word documents, but primarily PowerPoint presentations. The deal, which will close next quarter, was split between about 45 percent cash and roughly 55 percent stock.
For SlideShare, which last raised a $3 million from Venrock and angel investors like Dave McClure and Mark Cuban back in 2008, it’s an impressive exit for SlideShare CEO Rashmi Sinha. But someone may have gotten a little too carried away with the synergy. LinkedIn offered a SlideShare presentation on their SlideShare acquisition, with an entire slide devoted to Mr. McClure as an example of using presentations to “strengthen your professional identity.” And the top presentation of the day of SlideShare? LinkedIn’s first quarter results, of course.