Pete Cashmore wearing a white shirt in a special campaign created by fashion designer John Varvatos.
Pete Cashmore might be the most surprising Silicon Valley public figure to get a profile in style. Cashmore doesn’t actually reside in Silicon Valley. He does spend some time in San Francisco where his digital media company, Mashable.com, is based. But when he’s not in San Francisco, he’s most likely either in New York, or back in his native Scotland. Still, Pete Cashmore is a highly recognizable and well-known Internet entrepreneur, and we can all learn something about personal aesthetics by taking a closer look at him.
Each of us has a unique story to tell about who we are, and Pete Cashmore’s story will shed an interesting light on his personal style choices.
On the cover of “Time” magazine upon the release of her new book, Sheryl Sandberg wears a “safe” but well tailored dress.
Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg is a force of nature, making waves with her new book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.” She’s also a wife, mother, and now a published author. The point of her book is that women should not make excuses and justifications because their companies don’t advance women’s positions at work. To “lean in,” she means that women should give their all to their careers, while also believing in their ability to combine the responsibilities of work and family.
Jack Dorsey regularly wears a Dior Homme cotton poplin reverse collar shirt, making an iconic design a consistent everyday look.
For those who don’t tweet or swipe credit cards through a small white cube, Jack Dorsey is the creator, co-founder of Twitter, and is the founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company. He’s 36. And he has style worth profiling.
I’m launching a series of monthly posts dedicated to profiling the style of well-dressed Silicon Valley executives and entrepreneurs. The landscape of the community is evolving, and so are the mindsets of its business leaders when it comes to their personal style as an extension of their brands and of the companies they represent. Starting with a profile of Marissa Mayer this month, each month a different business leader will be profiled, through November. Then, in December, I’ll recap the eleven profiles and give you, the reader, an opportunity to vote on who you believe is promoting their best personal style and brand.
Marissa Mayer, President and CEO of Yahoo, deserves A Profile In Style because she visually defines what is possible in Silicon Valley. A north central Wisconsin native, Mayer has become one of Silicon Valley’s most public female corporate executives. Okay, so there aren’t so many female tech executives. And that makes Mayer’s public image that much more important and impressive.
It can’t come as any surprise to anyone who knows me, or regularly reads my blog that I’m anyone other than a social change agent packaged as an image consultant. My big hairy audacious goal is to be the go-to guy in Silicon Valley that successful high-profile people come to when they need someone to help them influence their image.
As a long time image consultant, who mostly works with Silicon Valley based entrepreneurs and executives, I’ve pondered the brouhaha that erupted this past week everywhere in the media, even in Paris where I’ve been visiting, when Facebook C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg showed up wearing a hoodie to meet with Wall Street investment brokers.
Someone thinks this sort of look, along with a dark jacket when necessary, is the look of “Valley Formal.” I say the whole concept is bull crap!
Silicon Valley sure is the target of some interesting bull crap, even in my realm of style!
Though I have basically given up on posting comments to information sharing websites like Quora, I’ll occasionally drop by to see what topics people are asking about, and how people are answering those questions.
Before getting on with part two of my take on GQ‘s list of Silicon Valley’s worst dressed men, I must give them a shout out for having created it in the first place. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. If you thought my opinions from last week’s part one were strong, you’ll have to continue the journey as we keep going through the rest of the list here.