Last Thursday night I co-hosted our last TECH cocktail of 2008. This wrapped up a 2008 TECH cocktail season that included 8 mixer events spread across Chicago, DC, Boston, Boulder and Champaign and one full day conference. We were pleased at the consistent growth of TECH cocktail and TECH cocktail Chicago 9 pulled in our largest crowd of the year with over 700 attendees. The event showcased six startups. Check out the photos from TECH cocktail Chicago 9.
The six demoing startups included:
Callpod.com – offers a number of unique consumer electronic products for your mobile device
CohesiveFT - provides customers a cloud computing solution with the ability to create custom-configured, container-hardened, subscription-supported application stacks
The Next Big Sound – offers streaming music from hundreds of up-and-coming bands on the verge of being discovered
Mocklinkr.com – a site for sharing mockups so that users can interact and offer feedback
CimpleCMS – a rapid application development framework in PHP for asynchronous communication
It also offered a special announcement from Microsoft as they launched the Microsoft BizSpark program with TECH cocktail as a network partner. What this means is that if you are a startup that meets the program requirements you can come to TECH cocktail (Eric Olson and I) for an opportunity to get free software from Microsoft.
Thank you to every TECH cocktailer out there for making 2008 very special and stay tuned to TECH cocktail for our upcoming 2009 schedule of events and activities. Cheers!