It has been a busy last 30 days as we hosted three TECH cocktail events in Chicago, DC and Boston respectively. Starting in Chicago in early August we drew a humongous crowd and showed off 9 new Chicago area start-ups as I previously explained. We did not stop with just Chicago, we continued to plan and host TECH cocktail events the past two weeks in DC and Boston. Both events were very well attended and showcased 17 more start-ups. The events attracted over 1400 guests and showcased 26 startups in 30 days. Not bad as we roll into our fourth year, with the same mission as when we started of "amplifying the local technology signal in local tech communities" while "having fun doing it."
I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for coming out to support the last three events in Chicago, DC and Boston. We couldn’t do the events without the support of the local technology community and our fabulous sponsors which included AOL’s AIM & Going.com, BOALT, Saper Law, Jess3, Shiny Heart Ventures, TransFS, SproutBox, Total Attorneys, Chicago Micro, OVAL Vodka and iStrategyLabs. We also had 26 great start-ups demoing at the events.
In DC, I reached out to my friends at TechCrunch to share the news of the local DC start-ups demoing and they posted my article. In case you missed it, here are the TECH cocktail DC 6 photos. The following start-ups showed off their stuff at the event:
|AddyMate A smart address book & communication hub that gives users the power to control how to be contacted.|
|Cost2Drive makes it easy to compare the cost of driving with the cost of flying anywhere in the US.|
|CYNCZ provides worry free, up-to-date contact information on any device, any time.|
|Grasshopr is a Web-based grassroots platform for groups and members to build advocacy communities and campaigns.|
|Keen Guides creates the platform for tour content providers. Be your own tour guide!!|
|LegalRiver helps businesses find the right lawyer through a free, anonymous and non-binding system.|
|Seizure Tracker is dedicated to providing people living with epilepsy and their doctors with free comprehensive tools to help understand relationships between seizure activity and anti-epileptic medications.|
|TapMetrics an all-in-one business & analytics solution for iPhone app publishers. No more iTunes Connect.|
|Thankfulfor.com is a microblogging site focused on gratitude. In 140 characters users post what they are thankful for privately or publicly. What are you thankful for? ThankfulFor is the first product created by Shiny Heart Ventures of which I am a co-founder.
In Boston, we had another great showing and you can check out the TECH cocktail Boston 3 photos. We also had eight fresh start-ups showoff which included:
|BandsInTown connects music fans to local live music through personalized recommendations and notifications.|
|SCVNGR developed the world's first platform to enable anyone, anwhere to develop, manage and deploy sophisticated interactive location-based mobile games, tours and experiences.|
|OneForty.com gave the public it's first preview ever at TECH cocktail Boston 3 as a directory for all the apps that make Twitter better.|
|PermissionTV provides a flexible online video platform for brand marketers and advertisers, media companies and publishers, as well as their.|
|BuySellAds.com is a super easy way to buy and sell ads online.|
|Personas is a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, currently on display at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab. It uses sophisticated natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of one's aggregated online identity.|
|Shareaholic is the must-have browser tool for sharing links via twitter, facebook, etc better, faster, and easier!!|
|HaveMyShift gives hourly workers options to choose their schedule. 4500 people have traded 26,000 hours of shifts and $16,000 in bonuses!|
Thank you again to all that helped support the events in the last 30 days. I look forward to working on another round of TECH cocktail events which will take place in October/November time frame. We also are looking for local community members in other cities that would like to help us bring TECH cocktail to their community. If you are interested in sponsoring, demoing or helping to bring TECH cocktail to your city please reach out to us at: [email protected] or via my contact form on this site.
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