About TechCo Media

At Tech.Co we report on the latest developments from the global tech scene and conduct in-depth product research to offer impartial buying advice. Our aim is to translate our own passion for tech into helpful buyers’ guides and practical resources for our readers. We also want to inspire by uncovering and reporting on the latest innovations.

Check out the full schedule of upcoming Tech.Co events. The global Startup of the Year competition kicks off in November of each year and culminates at the three day Innovate Celebrate.

History

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.

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 amplify the local Chicago tech startup scene. In 2010, after 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 media company.

Over the years, TechCo has hosted hundreds of community events, created programs designed to help elevate and educate startups, and worked with dozens of Fortune 500 clients, guiding them with strategies, events, content, and programs to connect them with tech savvy audiences and startups.

In December 2017, Tech.co was acquired by MVF, a global business that owns a number of leading digital publications and resource guides.

Tech.Co Team

Frank Gruber

Founder

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.

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Jen Consalvo

Co-founder

Jen Consalvo is Cofounder of TechCo Media  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.

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Conor Cawley

Senior Writer

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.”

Connect with Conor:
Email: conor@tech.co
Twitter: @ConorCawley
Website: ratpackcomedychicago.com

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Adam Rowe

Senior Writer

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.

Connect with Adam Rowe:
Email: adam@tech.co
Twitter: @AdamRRowe

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