Tech Cocktail is a media company and events organization for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts. Since 2006, its goal has been to amplify local tech communities and give entrepreneurs a place to get informed, get connected, and get inspired. Tech Cocktail dedicates itself to covering news, how-to’s, up-and-coming startups, and industry trends online, and hosting events in over 20 cities in the US and abroad.
From a simple community-building event, Tech Cocktail has transformed into a full-fledged media company with thousands of fans, followers, and supporters across the globe. Tech Cocktail has hosted local mixers, breakfasts, conferences, festivals, and other events around the country that have attracted thousands of attendees, educating entrepreneurs as they showcase their latest achievements and the local technology communities they live in.
Working with Tech Cocktail has helped startups find employees, co-founders, funding, and even acquirers. Tech Cocktail has hosted events in Chicago, DC, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Boulder, Austin, and more. A better informed, recognized, and connected tech community is possible through Tech Cocktail. Check out the full schedule of upcoming Tech Cocktail events.
The company was co-founded in 2006 by former Tribune and AOL product strategist, long-time tech blogger, and new media pioneer Frank Gruber and early Feedburner employee Eric Olson as a way to better and amplify the local Chicago tech startup scene. In 2010, after over three years as a passion project, Eric moved on to take on new endeavors and Frank teamed up with the leadership of expert technology producer and longtime AOLer Jen Consalvo as the company was reborn into a full-time media company.
Do you have a love for technology and all the latest innovations? Do you love startups, social media, mobile apps or new marketing and the tips and tricks of entrepreneurship? Are you a content producing machine with a strong and distinct voice? We are always looking for solid content creators, so if you think you have what it takes and want to be published in front of an audience of tens of thousands of people across the globe, contact us – here. We look forward to hearing from you!
Frank Gruber grew up in the Midwest heartland and is an entrepreneur, new media journalist and investor. He is the author of Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide To Building, Growing and Celebrating Startup Success published by Wiley. He co-founded Tech Cocktail in 2006, which has grown into a hub for the creative class, offering tech startup focused news, events, and resources. Frank currently is the CEO of Tech Cocktail.
Previously, Frank built and launched products for the masses while at AOL, Tribune and Classified Ventures along with startup efforts like Thankfulfor, Splog Reporter and more. As a journalist his works have been featured in a number of top media publications like TechCrunch, Fortune, HuffPo, etc. He was named by Forbes as one of the most connected people in tech. His alma maters include Purdue and Northwestern respectively. While living the startup life, he also enjoys swimming, strumming his guitar and/or ukulele, warm weather, beaches and sports – especially Chicago and DC teams.
Frank currently lives in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. but travels a lot as he circles the globe speaking, hosting events and helping entrepreneurs, startups and technology communities amplify their local technology signal.
You can find Frank Gruber online and on Twitter @FrankGruber or contact him by email at: frank [at] tech dot co. If you are reaching out to send us your news or to be featured on Tech Cocktail please fill out this form. Please send all sponsorship, partnership and advertising requests here.
Jen Consalvo is Co-Founder and COO of the tech-focused media company, Tech Cocktail, as well as the Founder of Thankfulfor, an online gratitude journal community. She has worked in product development for over a decade, leading large and small teams in a range of product areas such as digital imaging, community & social platforms and personalization. The majority of her career was at AOL, planning and building products used by millions of people globally.
Her deep network across the global technology community enabled her to introduce many entrepreneurs to AOL resulting in interesting new relationships and in some cases, multi-million dollar acquisitions. The most enjoyable part of her role was working together to find areas of potential partnership with these young companies.
Consalvo is also co-producer of Digital Capital Week (@DCWEEK), a week-long festival in Washington DC focused on technology, innovation and all things digital in our nation’s capital.
Jen was named a 2011 and 2013 Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine, was featured in DC Modern Luxury Magazine in “The Smart Set”, in the Washington Post cover story “Digital Nomads Choose Their Tribes” and also in the Huffington Post story “What is Work? Cutting Yourself Free With Heart“. Over the past few years, Jen’s products have been featured in such places as WashingtonPost, TechCrunch, CNET, Mashable and more.
Outside of the tech world, photography, travel and health are her passions. Jen’s photography has been published in several publications and her book, Love Your Photos: A Simple Guide To Photographic Happiness is available for download.
You can find Jen on Twitter @noreaster or contact her by email at: jen [at] tech dot co. If you are reaching out to send us your news or to be featured on Tech Cocktail please fill out this form. Please send all sponsorship, partnership and advertising requests here.
Julia Labandz Fischer is a Chicago based events planner and designer; known as an artistic visionary for her passion and ability to create a truly memorable occasion. She began her career while living in San Diego, working for Fortune 500 company, Yahoo!, in the Search Marketing Sales Technology division, where she perfected her entrepreneurial skills and sales techniques in the professional world. During her free time, she volunteered at Urban Kitchen Catering. It was working there that cemented her love for event planning. In 2007, Julia studied Food and Beverage Management at Kendall College and obtained in- depth industry knowledge concerning the most efficient ways to conceive, organize and execute special events, corporate receptions, lavish galas and charity functions. She also acquired insight on maintaining event budgets, site transformation, menu proposals, and creating a custom designed event experience.
As Tech Cocktail’s Event Coordinator, Julia assists in creating events that showcase the technological contributions from up and coming as well as established professionals; offering the latest in community- powered projects, technology news, events, and information. Julia’s devotion to harmonizing her extensive special events knowledge, impeccable style, and attention to detail, ensures that each event will be a successful and worry free affair.
You can contact Julia by email at: julia [at] techcocktail dot com. If you are looking for event promotions please contact us here. Please send all sponsorship, partnership and advertising requests here.
Ann Diab is the Editor of Tech Cocktail. She is proud to call Las Vegas home, and has been involved in the launching and nurturing of startups and tech companies in Vegas for over 15 years.
Mollie Andrade is Tech Cocktail’s Las Vegas Office and Event Ninja. She comes to us via California and Rhode Island. She has a BS degree in Communication Studies from New England College. Mollie has held positions as a veterinarian assistant and park ranger, which uniquely qualifies her for assisting with Tech Cocktail events. She is a fine artist who experiments in all media, with a current fondness for radical Instagram pictures. In between tending to Wolfgang, Jen and Frank, she is coordinator of Las Vegas Tech Cocktail events and can be found herding the faithful startup cats around Fremont Street.
Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in startups, innovation, and new trends. In 2012, she returned from a 6-month whirlwind tour of Asia, where she met tons of welcoming, inspiring, and infectiously passionate entrepreneurs. Follow her @kiramnewman.
Kira has been published in the Huffington Post, SocialMatchbox.com, The New Individualist, and American.com. She previously worked as an editor at the American Enterprise Institute in DC.
In college, Kira spent a semester in Paris, where she nurtured her love of the French language and baguettes. When she’s not discussing ideas over coffee, Kira can also be found swing dancing.
You can contact Kira at kira [at] techcocktail [dot] com. But if you are reaching out to send us your news or to be featured on Tech Cocktail please fill out this form.
Fran Rugo is Tech Cocktail’s marketing and events manager. Based in the Windy City, she shares a passion for sharing the Tech.Co story and helping produce the ultimate event experiences. Fran helps manage the planning and execution of events, marketing the coolest and latest Tech.Co resources and offerings, ambassador program, industry events, and more! Fran’s love for events and marketing are always accompanied with a positive attitude and a big smile to ensure that everyone, including the Tech Cocktail team, the attendees, and the vendors all have a great experience! If you’re in Chicago, you can find Fran checking out the latest coffee shops to work from.
When Fran isn’t marketing or planning anything Tech.Co related, you can usually find her on the lakefront running, brunching on Sundays, practicing her headstands in yoga, training for the next endurance race she has planned, or just taking walks and exploring all the Windy City (CHICAGO) has to offer! She’s passionate about giving back to her communities volunteering time as a Mentor at DePaul University and teaching leadership courses. She is usually blogging about living positively, how to make the world a better place, health and fitness.
Connect with Fran:
By Email: fran [at] techcocktail dot com
Follow Her: @FranRugo
Camila is a writer and community manager for Tech Cocktail in Miami. She has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she co-founded a communication strategy company called pFunk Media. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.
Follow her @cfunk305
Ronald Barba is a senior writer and assistant editor for Tech.Co. Formerly based in D.C., he now lives in NYC. He reports on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, looking at startup communities like Boston, Chicago, D.C., NYC, and everything in between.
Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in philosophy, cognitive science, politics, social justice, pop culture, and all things geek. He reads Murakami and Barthes, and alternates binge watch sessions of ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘The Mindy Project’.