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Best Tech Events This Week (Jeff Weiner Discussion, Comedy Hack Day, Tech Does Fashion Week Party, Women 2.0, NY Games Conference)


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]

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). Read More

Fresh Capital

Susan Lyne Joins Female Angels Backing Levo League, LinkedIn for Ladies, for $1 M.

Levo League founders Caroline Ghosn and Amanda Pouchot. (Facebook)

Levo League, the professional network for women of Generation Y, sounds like it took a page from Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office. “You’e a go-getter,” the site says, in stark white-on-black lettering. “Connect with women like you.” The New York startup just finished its angel round, collecting $1 million from Susan Lyne, Chairman, Gilt Groupe;  Gina Bianchini, founder and CEO of Ning; Fran Hauser, president of digital for Time Inc.’s style and entertainment and lifestyle groups, and others.

Though the round wasn’t raised only from women–Tom Cohen, PTC Advisors and Gen Y Capital Partners, joined as well–it’s an unusually high number of lady angels in one place. Women make up “maybe 5 percent, maybe worse” of the 3,100 investors on AngelList, cofounder Naval Ravikant told PEHub in a piece about the dearth of female angels yesterday. Read More