On the red carpet last night for the closing party of Internet Week, Facebook’s IPO today was the hot topic.
“I’d love to get a time machine and go back to 2004 and invest in Facebook,” actor and comedian Will Arnett told Bloomberg Television’s “In the Loop with Betty Liu.”
As for Mark Zuckerberg? “I’d love to collaborate with him on my bank account,” Arnett added.
IAC (IACI:US) held the party at its building on Manhattan’s West Side, with streaming-television startup Aereo as co-host. Guests included actor Wilmer Valderrama and Mandy Ginsberg, Match.com president.
Mattison Mulls Alaia
Meanwhile, Dottie Mattison, senior managing director at Guggenheim Partners LLC, was at a Tribeca loft for an intimate dinner hosted by producer Kim Moses.
Mattison said she plans to wear an Alaia dress to the Billboard Music Awards, Sunday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Kate White commented on her own blouse: “Every editor of Cosmo has to have a little leopard,” White said.
The executives, both the primary bread winners in their families, were getting acquainted at Moses’s first New York Women of Influence Dinner, like the ones she hosts in Los Angeles.
‘Toy Story’ Producer
On the West Coast the guest list includes Darla Anderson, who produced the “Toy Story” trilogy for Pixar, and Dana Settle, a partner at Greycroft Partners LLC.
The purpose of the gatherings is to create opportunities and connections, said Moses, in town for the television network upfront presentations with advertisers to book advance commitments for the season.
Mattison, who ran the apparel business at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT:US), manages Prometheus Global Media, which owns the magazines Billboard, the Hollywood Reporter, Back Stage and Ad Week. White has led Cosmopolitan since 1998.
“Cosmopolitan has enough content to be a four-year college,” Mattison told White, citing the legacy of the magazine that under Helen Gurley Brown advocated for sexual and career freedom.
White has a career book coming out in the fall, “Sweet Success: How to Get It, Run With It, Savor It,” which follows her now-classic tome “Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead...But Gutsy Girls Do.”
Also at the dinner last night, at a round table decorated with pink peonies cut short so everyone could see each other: Deborah C. Wright, chairman, chief executive and president of Carver BanCorp Inc. (CAVR:US); Susan Gilbertson, managing director at Jefferies Group (JEF:US); Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation; Yvette J. Alberdingk Thimj, executive director of Witness, the nonprofit founded by musician Peter Gabriel which uses video to shed light on human rights abuses; and Fern Mallis, the fashion industry insider who will be interviewing Michael Kors at the 92nd Street Y on June 6.
Save the date: The Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic will be held at Liberty State Park on Saturday, June 2. The move from Governors Island will make the event smaller, so tickets are being sold for $25, with proceeds to benefit the Philadelphia- based nonprofit Work to Ride.
“What we do is capture children at a very young age, 7 or 8 years old, when they are curious about animals,” said the founder of Work to Ride, Lezlie Hiner.
The program pairs the children with horses through high school, teaching them how to ride and how to play competitive polo. It also provides academic support.
With a budget of $350,000 annually, the program works with 20 children at a time.
“It’s exhilarating, it’s fast, it’s competitive,” said Hiner. “I think that’s what the kids love about it most.”
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