Tech and Women – It’s Time for DISRUPTION!


Disruptive Technologists in NYC Meetup

  • Monday, January 25, 2016

6:15 PM to 8:30 PM

  • Location – Microsoft 11 Times Square, 6th floor, corner of 41st & 8th Ave NYC
  • Price: $15.00 /per person  Please Pay PayPal as you RSVP with your full name

Since technology communities these days are dominated by men, women encounter different challenges that often lead them to leave the tech space. This disruptive event will discuss women in tech and how they dealt with such things as company tech culture, motherhood, gender, sexuality, age, discrimination, pay and flex time. We will get inside their minds as they share their stories. Come learn more about what it takes to be successful not only as women, but also as entrepreneurs.

Find out what route these powerful individuals took to get to their current destination–be it through investment, information technology or their own startups. The object of this conference is to give aspiring founders and other techies the general tools and confidence that will help them pursue their dreams.

Included:  Pizza, Soda, Marley Coffee, Hint Essence Water, Bavarian Beer and Wine!



Well-known “go-to” advisor in the New York City venture community. As a lawyer and mentor, Lori advises entrepreneurs and their investors on how to build successful businesses and strategically guide them through the emerging, later stages and exits of their companies. Lori works with clients in a range of industries, including mobile, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, enterprise solutions and ad tech. Lori also counsels angel and institutional investors in their investments and in the formation of investment funds.

Lori is a Mentor to 37 Angels and chair of the NYC Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum. NYC startup news blog, AlleyWatch, recently named me one of “20 Awesome People in the New York Tech Scene You Need to Know About.”

Robert Delman, GOLDEN SEEDS

Rob is Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an angel investor organization targeting women-led ventures with the potential to grow into multi-million dollar business, and a Limited Partner in the Golden Seeds Fund 1 and Fund 2, ARC Angel Fund, Canrock Ventures and BluePrint Health Fund III and Fund IV, all of which invest in seed and early-stage companies with high growth potential.

Rob was previously Vice President, NY for Astia, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to propel women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth. He currently serves on Astia’s NYC Advisory Board. Rob is a member of the World President’s Organization New York City Metro chapter;

Caitlin Thompson, Acast AB

Caitlin is the Director of Content for Acast, a Swedish company that offers end-to-end podcasting services — providing everything from a hosting platform and content managing system, to an embeddable player that integrates rich media and links, to dynamic ad-insertion technology, to a sharing and discovery app for consumers.

Caitlin Won a Knight Prototype Fund grant to create Talkbox, a hacked payphone that becomes a field recording device aimed at developing new audiences. She also developed podcast pilots – including the shows Duplicast, Empire Recap Podcast, Mad Men Pre-Game Show, How to be a Grown A$$ Woman, It’s A Free Country.

Aria Finger, 

Aria is the CEO and Chief Old Person of, the largest organization for young people and social change in the world, Aria Finger uses her expertise on all things young people and tech to lead a diverse, impact-driven team.  She has been an instrumental part of scaling from less than 100,000 members to over 4.6 million members in 125 countries today.  Starting at as an associate 10 years ago, Aria created their Teens for Jeans campaign which has clothed over 5 million homeless teenagers to date.

With her cause-related marketing experience, Finger has spearheaded partnerships with top brands including Johnson & Johnson, H&M, Sprint and American Express. Leslie ran Google, IKEA and TELSTRA.

Leslie Ali Walker, Need/Done

Leslie is the CEO and Co-Founder of Need/Done. The first app that helps working parents get the help they need from the people they trust. This is the app 42M women in America have been waiting for. Need/Done provides instant help from sitters & home-helpers your friends use and trust.

Leslie then joined WCRS as an ECD where she ran BMW, Mini, 118118, and 3 Mobile before deciding to direct commercials full-time with Partizan.


Susan Danzigers, Ziggeo

Susan Danziger, the Founder/CEO of Ziggeo, seeks to humanize communication through its patent-pending video capture API/SDK technology.  She also seeks to improve how we are all educated, beginning with her own teenagers, who are pursuing individual passions and interests independent of the existing school system.

Maria Seidman, Yapp

Maria is the Co-Founder of Yapp. It makes creating mobile app simple and affordable. She is an entrepreneur, mom, and recovering big company executive. She is obsessed with mobile applications and democratizing software for the masses. She was listed as Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2014 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.

Moderator: Kevin Pianko

Partner of WeiserMazars, performs audits of public and private companies and assists them with the financial and operational aspects of their business. He helps clients obtain alternative sources of capital and provides merger and acquisitions, and strategic alliance analysis. Kevin has industry expertise in life sciences, private equity activities, SEC/public companies, technology, manufacturing, professional services, and financial services. He is also a regular on Bloomberg Radio and NBC.

Host: David Carlos, Founder & CTO of

David is the Sexy Technologist, a Tech Geek and Entrepreneur!


Founding Sponsors the Bavarian Government = Invest in Bavaria; and Skip Mclaughlin = The Purpose Is Profit.


Please pay PayPal as you RSVP.

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WHEN: October 5, 2015 from 6.15 PM to 8.15 PM


6:15 to 6:45:  Pizza & Soda thanks to FundingPost, Beer thanks to Bavarian Government, Hint Essence Water, Marley Coffee and more….

6:45 to 8:15:  Announcements, Panel and Group Discussion

8:15 to 8:30:  Q&A

8:30 to 10:30 Special Disruptive Happy Hour

If you want to have updates and reminders about the event, you can join as a Member at:

Links to the videos of our last 4 events:

  1. 1.    The Ten Commandments of Startup Profits
  1. 2.    Balancing a Cool Idea with Profitability
  1. 3.    NYC Social Infrastructure & Tech Ecosystem: Are We At An Inflection Point?: 
  1. 4.    Disruptive Technologists in NYC – Internet of Things:

About: Disruptive Technologists is an organization dedicated to finding out what makes Disrupters tick – what they are thinking, how they do what they do and then inspire, promote, support, mentor and advise  in order to future Disruption in NYC through tech. We do this through the weekly publication, monthly panels through our organization Digital Technologists in NYC and through our monthly newsletter. We also report on and cover new Disrupters and attend the hottest events in order to spread their Disruptive words.  We offer an intimate look at this new breed of tech entrepreneurs and their innovative products and services.

Join us for the event to hear from some of the most qualified, dedicated, and passionate Disrupters in the business.

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