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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #16: Sponsored by SugarSync

Join SugarSync and Girl Geek Dinners on Wednesday, March 7, 2011 (5:30pm to 8:30pm) for Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #16 at SugarSync headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

Meet the women driving the SugarSync cloud, enjoy great food and drink (including, of course, some Sugar), see some cool technology and network with other amazing women in technology!

Meet fellow girl geeks:

  • Laura Yecies (CEO) who took a company with a great niche product and built one of the hottest startups in the valley. She will share “going from great product to great business” and how to scale your startup.
  • Paula Long (SugarSync Board Member), former VP Engineering at Dell,  and founder of startup Equalogic which got aquired for $1.4B. She will talk about “how to build an engineering team”.
  • Women engineers at SugarSyncwill be demoing the products and technologies they developed.and, go home with great schwag!

First 100 through the door get a SugarSync/Girl Geek Dinner Shirt! 

Event is FREE for girl geeks, and each girl geek can register one guy as her plus one. 

SugarSync Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

5:30 – 6:30Registration and networking over cocktails & appetizers

6:30 – 6:45 – Welcome by Laura Yecies, Paula Long and SSync Girl Geeks

6:45 – 8:00 Photo booth, networking, cocktails, appetizers & dessert.

8:00 – 8:30 – Giveaways & good night!


SugarSync Girl Geek Dinner Speaker Bios:

Laura Yecies photo

Laura Yecies (Chief Executive Officer)

Laura is a consumer software and Internet services industry veteran with two decades of experience leading top consumer brands such as ZoneAlarm, Yahoo and Netscape.

Yecies joined SugarSync in Q4 2008 to expand the company and initiate an aggressive business and product growth phase. Most recently, Yecies was General Manager of the ZoneAlarm consumer and small business division at Check Point Software, responsible for all facets of business development, marketing, sales, and product. She led key initiatives to drive ZoneAlarm’s technology vision and significantly increase revenue & brand awareness. Previously, at Yahoo, Yecies served as General Manager of the Yahoo Mail division. Earlier, Yecies was Vice President of the Netscape browser division at AOL. Prior to Netscape, she was charged with developing & leading the market entry strategy for Informix Software Corp. in Latin America. Additionally, Yecies served as Director of Marketing for Asia Pacific & Latin America at Gupta Corporation.

Yecies received her M.B.A. from Harvard, plus an M.S.F.S. from Georgetown School of Foreign Service where she graduated with honors. She received her A.B. Magna Cum Laude in Government from Dartmouth and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She has been on staff as a lecturer for International Marketing at Santa Clara University, and serves on the Board of several community non-profit organizations. She has lived in Brazil, England and France and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

Laura blogs on the cloud, women in technology and other topics at

Paula Long photo

Paula Long (Technology Executive)

Paula most recently served as a vice president of engineering for Dell’s Storage Group, following its milestone acquisition of Nashua-based EqualLogic for $1.4 billion. As co-founder and vice president of products and strategy at EqualLogic, Paula was a driving force in the company’s success and growth from a three-person firm in a New Hampshire attic to a company with more than 400 employees worldwide and more than $100 million in revenue per year. At Dell, Paula was responsible for the architecture, design, and delivery of EqualLogic’s products.

Long has extensive experience in managing strategic product development in the areas of storage, operating systems, web technologies, real-time systems, and enterprise software. Prior to EqualLogic, Paula was the director of enterprise products at Allaire Corporation, where she was responsible for application load balancing and high availability products shipping with ColdFusion and JRun. In these posts, Long also gained extensive experience building highly scalable mission critical solutions. She has won several awards for entrepreneurship, including New Hampshire High Tech Council Entrepreneur of the Year award, the Ernst & Young’s 2008 Northeast Regional Entrepreneur of the Year and was a national finalist for the same award.

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