Tech.Co (formerly 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.Co dedicates itself to covering news, how-to’s, up-and-coming startups, and industry trends online, and hosting events in cities everywhere.
From a simple community-building Tech Cocktail event, Tech.Co has transformed into a full-fledged media company with millions of readers around the world.
Tech.Co 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. Tech.Co has hosted hundreds of events in Chicago, D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Boulder, Austin, and more. A better informed, recognized, and connected tech community is possible through our efforts. Check out the full schedule of upcoming Tech.Co events.
The company was cofounded 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 amplify the local Chicago tech startup scene. In 2010, after three years as a passion project, Eric moved on to take on new endeavors as a venture capitalist and Frank teamed up with the leadership of expert technology producer and longtime AOLer Jen Consalvo as the company was reborn into a 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.
Jen Consalvo is Co-founder and COO of the tech-focused media company, Tech.Co and was the Founder of Thankfulfor, an online gratitude journal product with tens of thousands of users. 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.
Jen serves on the digital advisory board for The Nature Conservancy and for the Master of Arts in Media Entrepreneurship at American University.
She was nominated by Nevada’s TBAN for 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year, listed by Business Insider in their 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter, named a 2013and 2011 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. Consalvo was also the 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 attracting over ten thousand attedees.
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.
Joe is a creative agency veteran with extensive experience building marketing campaigns powered by an array of social, digital, and experiential strategies. Driven by the thrill of discovering new ideas and doing whatever it takes to bring them to life, he’s been a partner in some of the fastest-growing agencies on the East Coast and, in some cases, built them from the ground up.
Today Joe is focused on making sure our millions of visitors have the best experience possible when visiting Tech.Co while concurrently ensuring our team leverages the best emerging technologies in media to provide incredible results for our clients.
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.
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Tishin is an award-winning journalist, and TV correspondent who has covered technology, eco, bioscience and health for over 14 years. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, been a tech expert on the Emmy Award-winning show The List and currently has regular segments on network affiliate stations. She received the 2015 Arizona Governor’s Council Diversity award for her efforts in diversity in the workplace. If she’s not writing, you can find her surfing in the Pacific Ocean or spending time with family.
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Marita McGinn is Tech.Co’s Community and Events Manager. Based in Chicago, she is excited by community engagement in the tech and startup spaces. Marita oversees Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year Program, community program, contributor network, industry events, and more! She takes every chance she can to meet new people and develop strategic partnerships within the Tech.Co community.
When Marita is off the clock, you can find her exploring the awesome music scene in her neighborhood, discovering new IPAs to try, checking out exciting restaurants, or just seeing all that Chicago has to offer. She graduated Cum Laude from DePaul University as a DePaul Leadership Scholar with a BS in Management, concentration of Entrepreneurship. Marita loves being a part of the Tech.Co team, and wants to work with you!
Ezequiel is a business designer passionate about helping organizations reinvent themselves and create highly desirable offerings for their stakeholders. He helps Tech.Co with business development, client relations, and design.
His professional career encompasses 15+ years working with nonprofits, local government, philanthropy, and startups. He is the co-founder of Contexto, an innovation strategy consultancy, the co-host of Global Service Design Jam events in Miami, and the Miami Organizer of the Action Design Network, a twelve-city network of behavioral economists and designers.
Ezequiel holds a Masters of Business Administration from American University, a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from New College of Florida, and a Certificate in Executive Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.
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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. He has been writing since first grade when his novel “A Robot and Me” hit the top of the refrigerator. Since then, he has written coupons, training modules and listicles about his favorite bars for fun and paychecks alike.
As a Chicago-based writer for Tech.Co, he’s covered everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and world-changing technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable minds like Jeff Clavier, Amy Jo Kim and many more.
In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word “colloquially.”
Elliot is a tech reporter and reviewer of gadgets for Tech.Co. He hold a master’s degree in communication from Gonzaga, and has several awards for journalism and digital marketing. In his spare time he likes to brew beer, run half-marathons, and contribute to the digital world through his non-profit, Digital District. His gif game is also on point.
Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He’s based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state’s slogan: “sayWA.” In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on, Twitter.