Courtney Pulitzer's background in the Internet industry dates back to its nascency in 1994. Beginning her interactive career as a Web site designer, she developed Web sites for corporate clients at some of the top advertising agencies in New York. Her strong writing and marketing skills gained a great deal of attention when she began a social column in @NY, a regional online publication. The success of this column allowed Pulitzer to develop her own newsletter, The Cyber Scene, which currently goes out to thousands of subscribers. This popular newsletter tracked the events, companies, people and culture in wired towns around the world. Contributors from around the globe offered their perspective on the scene in their towns as well. Due to the history and quality of reporting, Pulitzer and the newsletter have become a trusted resource.
Addressing a desire to get together with friends in the industry, Pulitzer planned her Cocktails with Courtney events to be once a month in New York. These events drew budding entrepreneurs in addition to the original founders in Silicon Alley. As people in other cities read about these events, requests for Cocktails with Courtney events sprung up across the U.S. To date, there have been events in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, DC, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, and internationally in Vancouver, London and Cannes.
As president of Courtney Pulitzer Creations, Pulitzer focused on facilitating networking for Internet-related professionals on and offline in wired cities around the world. This was done through The Cyber Scene newsletter, Cocktails with Courtney and the Morning Circle and Stardust Circle events and Cyber Scene TV. The Morning Circles and Stardust Circles brought panelists and attendees together for engaging dialogue and a complete breakfast in a roundtable setting. Cyber Scene TV highlighted industry leaders and events in the Internet. Through these and public appearance work, Pulitzer introduced industry influencers, executives, media and investors to one another.
Pulitzer's well-rounded knowledge base and expertise in the new media and technology industry made her a frequent source in many publications. She has also been cited and featured in various media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Business Week, Red Herring, the New Yorker, The Industry Standard, Business 2.0, Live With Regis & Kathie Lee and CNN. Ms. Pulitzer served as a contributing editor to Yahoo! Internet Life and contributing writer to industry publications and Hampton's Country magazine.
A firm believer in giving back to her community, Pulitzer planned and produced several charity events and volunteered for several related associations including: the New York New Media Association, MOUSE (Making Opportunities For Upgrading Schools and Education), HEAVEN (Helping, Educate, Activate, Volunteer & Empower via the Net) and the World Wide Web Artists Consortium, the latter of which she was a founding board member. She chaired a New York Pops Musicians of Tomorrow committee and was an active volunteer and board member with the New York Junior League. Pulitzer set up a nation-wide fund via City Cares where 10% of all proceeds from her events went towards helping children gain access to technology.
After closing down her business, and living in Paris France for eight years where she took some time off to get married and start a family, Pulitzer is now working at Startup Tucson helping to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem.