10 Lessons Learned by a Party Girl on her way to Tech CEO

Laurel Touby

Laurel Touby was honored with the 2011 Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award in San Francisco at EWIP’s third annual Women’s Leadership Conference. The sparkling and energetic honoree inspired the audience with the story of her unsuspecting rise from party host for freelance writers and editors to the CEO of mediabistro.com, a website for professionals working in media-related fields. In 2007, she sold the company for $23 million to Jupitermedia (now Web Media Brands). She is proud of her achievements (obviously, so are we) and remains involved with the business. Today, mediabistro.com has a million registered users with more than 12 million page views a month.

Touby charmed the conference attendees with her insightful “10 LESSONS“. The full speech is available on her personal blog, Culture Tripping.

1. NO AMOUNT OF TECH MAKES UP FOR CUSTOMERS
PUT YOUR AUDIENCE FIRST AND THE BUSINESS WILL FOLLOW

2. BE AUDACIOUS IN YOUR VISION

3. WRITE A PLAN

4. GET FUNDING

5. BLUFF WHEN NECESSARY

6. THINK OF TECH AS A MERE TOOL

7. KNOW YOUR STRENGTHS

8. HIRE HELP, NOT A PARTNER

9. DELEGATE WELL

10. KEEP YOUR HANDS DIRTY

Photo credit: Kathryn MacDonald

7 Responses to 10 Lessons Learned by a Party Girl on her way to Tech CEO

  • Thea says:

    My favorite: bluff when necessary. Something that is hard for a lot of women, but can be so rewarding.

  • http://www./ says:

    Thank you Erin for these amazing bridal portraits! We love them! We will never forget how hard you worked at the wedding! You were professional, calm, & so sweet! You helped make our day!Efrain & Tracy

  • Tja… Belgien um einiges besser aber bekommt die Pille nicht rein.Bei der Kombi knapp gescheitert weil die Iren zu blöde waren -.-In Summe also mehr als Pech gehabt! Schade, weiter gehts

  • I agree with your statement about me not being a doctor. But I think the good doctor was cutting for the sake of cutting near the end. It could be that some editing on his staffs part may have lowered the anxiety on my part.

  • “Get a Life” is mean.But a longer version where someone is calling you out on your flaws could be coming from a good friend who has your best interests at heart. Dating works best when you are friends, too.Of course, D also could have been dating you for the Internet notoreity, in which case, good riddance.Either way, I’m with the folks who are worried about you right now.

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