IdeaMensch New York City

September 19th at 6pm at WeWork – The Lounge

Ideas by themselves are of little value. Whether your idea is an app, a nonprofit, a book, a website or an invention – what matters is how you bring it to life. And really it doesn’t matter whether the idea you’re bringing to life is a business, a project or a cause – the one thing that connects all people with ideas are our passions, struggles and ways we go about bringing our ideas to life.

Our mission is to help people bring their ideas to life. That’s what we try to do through our daily interviews with folks ranging from Seth Godin to Tony Hsieh to Craig Newmark, and that’s what we’re trying to do with our 48-state road trip across America.

And that’s what we’re going to do with our event in New York City. At every event, we we bring in a wide range of awesome speakers who then spend 10 minutes talking about an idea they brought (or are bringing to life), how they did and what you can learn from it. And then you’ll have 10 minutes to ask them questions and continue the conversation. We try to create an intimate setting that allows for the audience to really engage with our speakers.

We promise you’re going to walk away with at least five super valuable nuggets of information to put to use for your own idea. This isn’t a networking event, but you’re sure to meet some fascinating people.

The event will run from 6pm to 9pm and will be held at:

WeWork – The Lounge
154 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013

Speakers include:

Jenny Blake is an author, blogger, life coach and speaker who helps others “wake up, live big! and love the journey. Jenny started her blog,, in 2005 and translated it into a popular book, Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want, which serves as a portable life coach for 20-somethings.


Jeff Unger is the Founder and CEO of eMinutes, an innovative law firm with a mission  to be the world’s best option for forming and maintaining small businesses. He has become best known as an expert on business organizations, including corporations, LLCs, and partnerships.


Shane Snow is the co-founder of Contently, a new media company that empowers journalists and brand publishers.At last count 27 years old, Shane loves pizza, science, his pet ferrets Grizz, Peanut (aka Dotcom), and Lunchbox, and his wife, Kristen (though not necessarily in that order).


Bassam Tarazi is the creator of a motivational framework called Colipera: Together. Be Better.. He coaches and advises those with 9-to-5’s maximize their 5-to-9’s. He is also the author of The Accountability Effect, a co-founder of the Nomading Film Festival, The Ignition Lab and Magnet.


Ishita Gupta is founder of Fear.less Magazine, a digital magazine that profiles hundreds of entrepreneurs, bestselling authors, and artists on how to live without fear including Guy Kawaski, Danielle Laporte, Tim O’Reilly, Seth Godin, and more. She was a part of Seth Godin’s Alternative MBA and then worked as Head of Hoopla at The Domino Project. She recently spoke at World Domination Summit and TEDx Hartford.


Christopher Kelly co-founded Sentry Centers in 2009 to capitalize on converging trends in real estate and workplace collaboration. Sentry re-purposes commercial office space into full service conference centers that simultaneously create value in real estate and serve corporate demand for local, offsite meetings.

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What People Say About Our Events

“I had the opportunity to attend the IM48 event in Missoula, MT and left inspired and energized. Mario and crew are the type of people who are pushing our society forward. The events they are coordinating are far more than opportunities to hear from successful entrepreneurs. Instead, it is my view the IM48 events encapsulate the powerful transformations that our occurring in 21st century economic life. These include the resurgence of the entrepreneur, ubiquitous technology, networking and the power of community. I believe our countries best days are ahead for a variety of reasons. For those who question my optimism I simply point you to any IM48 event and you will understand my position! You will meet people who are inventing, creating and connecting for the purpose of making their businesses, non-profits and communities better places. Simply put, I believe in them.” Cameron Lawrence, Missoula

“If you’re hoping for a non-pretentious, inspiring environment to connect with great people and empower your ideas, do not miss IdeaMensch. These are the most genuine, good-natured people you’ll get to connect with, and they might even share a beer with you. Whereas TED seems to showcase extraordinary people, IM showcases and empowers ordinary people doing the extraordinary.” Thomas Bush, Los Angeles

The #IM48 stop in Seattle brought out a great mix of entrepreneurs, creatives, execs and technologists. It’s an event where you can show up not thinking you’ll know anyone, and end up having 10 inspiring conversations. Andy Boyer, Seattle

I was at the Portland event tonight. SO SO SO inspiring. I own and run my own medical practice, in addition to being a single parent of three, so my time is precious. The three hours I spent this evening at Instrument were just what I needed: inspiring, thought-provoking, engaging…and all with a nice cold beer 🙂 Great way to top off a long Monday! Juniper Martin, Portland

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