Fireside My Adventures With Tech Titans & Misfits September 22 6:30 PM EST

In 2008, 23-year-old Laurie Segall was a newly minted assistant at CNN and was living in an East Village walk-up apartment. As Wall Street was crashing down, Segall began discovering a group of scrappy misfits who were rising from the ashes of the recession to change the world: the tech entrepreneurs. A misfit herself, Segall gained entrance to New York’s burgeoning tech scene, with its limitless cash flow and parties populated by geeks-turned-billionaires. Back at the news desk, she rose through the ranks at CNN, while these entrepreneurs went from minnows to sharks, building companies that would become our democracy and our social fabric: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Uber, Tinder.

Over the course of a decade, Laurie Segall became one of the first reporters to give airtime to many of these founders—from Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) to Jack Dorsey (Twitter) to Kevin Systrom (Instagram) to Travis Kalanick (Uber)—while tracking their evolution and society’s cultural shift in the CNN startup beat she created. By the end of her tenure at CNN, she had become its on-air senior technology correspondent and had witnessed the rise of second-wave tech, from the boom to the “complicated years” to the backlash, as her misfits emerged as some of the world’s most influential leaders.

Join Ladies Get Paid author and founder Claire Wasserman for an interview with Laurie about her recent book, Special Characters: My Adventures with Tech’s Titans and Misfits.

**Everyone who registers will receive a recording**

Claire Wasserman with Laurie Segall

Key Takeaways:

  • An inside look at CNN, the culture, and the major players as the network transitioned over the course of a decade
  • Specifics around death by a thousand cuts sexism, both in media and tech
  • A look behind the curtain at Mark Zuckerberg during Facebook’s first scandal: Cambridge Analytica (and everything before and since then)
  • An inside look at the other side of Silicon Valley: high tech sex parties and a secret dominatrix dungeon where they lock up Apple engineers for “creative inspiration”
  • The importance of mentorship in her life
  • Behind the scenes with some of the most well-known tech titans: i.e. Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey
  • Impostor syndrome, and how she often had to figure out ways to work around the system
  • The links behind entrepreneurs and depression – we often hear about the big wins, but not the heavy losses
  • The Future of AI and the ethical implications

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