Get ready for one of the biggest celebrations in tech here in NYC!

On May 20th, the 2014 Webutante Ball will be taking over Marquee for another epic party. Coinciding with Internet Week, thisyearly event is a chance for the A-listers in tech (and some of us C- through E-listers in other fields) to take a night off and relax, unwind, drink, and dance!

We caught up with the founder of the Webutante Ball, Richard Blakeley, who told us that we could look forward to another exciting event, and to expect an unusual photo booth experience “out of darkness.” Mysterious! Without spoiling any other surprises about the Webutante Ball, we poked and prodded and asked Blakeley a few other questions.

Scenes from the 2013 Webutante Ball at he Marquee Club in New York

With a background online media, video production, and content strategy, we assume that Blakeley pretty much knows everything about everything, so we asked if there were any cool, new sites or fun apps that we should know about.

Since the best apps are the most easy to use, and ones that you would use on the regular, he pointed out Poncho.is, which sends you your personalized weather report every morning. Another useful website for event organizers is Splash That, an easy way to set up your event website, collect RSVPs, and sell tickets.

As for sites with tangible products, Blakeley told us to check out Casper for your next mattress purchase. Developed by a team with lots of science credentials and marketed as “a bed that loves you back,” I’m definitely ready to take a nap.

Since anything and everything these day is web-based in a vastly expanding yet highly competitive market, we asked: What advice would you have for college grads who want to do what you? Blakeley laid it out for us:

  1. Build up your portfolio.
  2. Never say no.
  3. … But know when it’s time to move on.
  4. Do everything you can to get your name out there.

He adds, “No more excuses. If you really want the job, you’ll get it. Just keep working at it and eventually something will happen. Everything single thing that you write or you pitch might be your break, you never know. Eventually it’s just gonna work. And if it doesn’t, then you suck, and you can always move back in with your parents.”

Blakeley also founded/created the site This Is Why You’re Fat, which was such a huge that that it was picked up and published by HarperCollins. We asked, have you actually eaten everything on “This Is Why You’re Fat”? Ironically, Blakeley said that he was raised as a vegetarian and is still a pescatarian. So, no.

While deep fried mac n cheese, nacho lasagnas, and hot beef sundaes aren’t on the menu list for the Webutante Ball, we are still excited for the party and to hang out with Blakeley and the tech folk. Check out the event information below and get your tickets soon before they sell out!



Scenes from the 2013 Webutante Ball at he Marquee Club in New York

The 2014 Webutante Ball

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
8:00 – 11:00 pm

Marquee New York
289 10th Avenue

Save the date for your chance to get on Internet Week’s most coveted party list!

Walk the red carpet and dance the night away with specialty cocktails, wine and beer. Take glamorous selfies in an exclusive light-painting photo booth, and pose for press photos throughout the night. Join the party with New York tech scene’s A-list hotshots, founders, VCs, agency spies, and startup stars.

This year’s party will the biggest ever, featuring:

– Three open bars
– Signature cocktails
– Two floors of dancing
– Red carpet photo entrance
– Exclusive light-painting photo booth
– The crowning of the King and Queen


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