TECH cocktail Thanks You

June 1, 2008

4:03 am

On Thursday May 29, 2008 in Chicago we had an action packed day of TECH cocktail activities which included our first ever full day conference, TECH cocktail CONFERENCE, followed by our 8th Chicago mixer, TECH cocktail Chicago 8. It was a lot of fun as we were able to further our mission of better connecting and amplifying the technology signal by bringing together some of the TECH cocktail community leaders from Boston, Boulder, DC and Chicago as speakers at the TECH cocktail CONFERENCE which attracted close to 300 guests. From the opening ceremonies where we played the TECH cocktail Song to Gary Vaynerchuk wrapping up the day of speakers it was a lot of fun. All the speakers did an amazing job and we are very appreciative of their participation and support.

Check out the TECH cocktail CONFERENCE photos taken by the very talented Leora Zellman. Additional photos from TECH cocktail Chicago 8 are coming soon. Also The Chicago Tech Report was quick to put out some videos from the conference sessions and speaker – watch the Chicago Tech Report here.

Gary Vaynerchuk of WLTV points to the crowd at TECH cocktail CONFERENCE.

Dick Costolo founder/CEO of Feedburner speaks at TECH cocktail CONFERENCE.

Harper Reed & Scott Van Den Plas of Threadless.com speaks at TECH cocktail CONFERENCEHarper Reed & Scott Van Den Plas of Threadless.com speak at TECH cocktail CONFERENCE.

But don’t take our word for it, check out these blog posts about the event:

CenterNetworks’ Take on TECH cocktail CONFERENCE

The May Report’s Take on TECH cocktail CONFERENCE

David Dalka’s Take on TECH cocktail CONFERENCE

Nick O’Neill’s Take on TECH cocktail CONFERENCE

Gal’s Guide Take on TECH cocktail CONFERENCE

VC in China’s Take on TECH cocktail CONFERENCE

Tim Courtney’s Take on TECH cocktail CONFERENCE

Of course there were skeptics too and everyone is entitled to their own opinion:

Mark Neigh’s Take on TECH cocktail CONFERENCE

Thanks for the candid feedback Mark.

After the conference we hosted our eighth mixer event on the north side of Chicago at John Barleycorn Wrigleyville. The event attracted conference goers as a perfect ending to the conference plus was open to the public which added another 400+ guests (so we had about 650 TECH cocktailers RSVP). The mixer event was sponsored by AOL, Illinois Ventures, Sun, Illinois Technology Partnership, ChicagoMicro, Dash Navigation, Kirix, Singleton Law Firm and Interactive Intelligence with special TECH cocktail drinks served by Death Door Spirits.

Special thanks to our preferred service providers Jess3, FR&R, Hinshaw Law and Teaming for Technology Chicago. Additionally, we offered an opportunity to purchase a 50/50 raffle ticket for the Chicago Children’s Charity. Congrats to Sharon Chewning and thank you for your ticket contribution as  fifty percent of it will be donated to Chicago Children’s Charity in TECH cocktail’s name.

Edmodo demos at the TECH cocktail Chicago 8 mixer event.

The event also lined up 10 startup demos so that they could show off some interesting technology. The following startups showed off their stuff at the event:

coloring.com – A Chicago-based startup devoted to offering its users fresh and fun new images to color online.

crowdSPRING – Leveraging the wisdom and design skills of the crowds this Chicago-based startup has created a marketplace for design opportunities.

DASH Navigation – Creating a truly interactive experience by combining the power of the Web and a GPS navigation system DASH has produced a very unique offering.

Edmodo – A self-funded bootstrapping startup co-founded by Jeff O’Hara and Nic Borg offers microblogging for education and groups.

isocket – isocket is a marketplace and platform for any kind of advertising. By providing the right environment and tools for advertising buyers and sellers, isocket enables easier, more effective advertising regardless of type or budget.

Snap and Buy – Currently in private beta, Snap and Buy looks to offer up comparison shopping while on the go via your mobile device with a camera.

Kirix – A Chicago-based startup, is looking to help change that by exposing your data in a Web browser experience with the launch tomorrow of Strata. Strata is a powerful set of tools that enables anyone to access, browse and manipulate data from a Web browser.

OneLlama – A product of six employee Champaign, Illinois-based startup One Llama Media, leverages audio analysis, search and discovery systems to offer a place for music lovers to discover, listen, share and buy new music.

The Point – A Chicago-based startup, enables users to create and join campaigns around any issue or idea.

tvCompass – tvCompass has developed an innovative second screen interactive TV, content and advertising monetization model for the WiFi connected digital living room. tvCompass officially launched its product with ESPN – on Tuesday, May 20. ESPN The Ultimate Remote is now available for order by consumers worldwide through our initial retail channel partner, Amazon.com.

Thank you to all the companies and products involved and for more details on the startups check out the TECH cocktail Chicago 8 preview.

Thank you to all that come out to any of our TECH cocktail activities. Find out about all our upcoming events via email by clicking here to subscribe. We also have a twitter account you can follow by clicking here. Additionally, we are on Flickr, Facebook and LinkedIn – friend us up and keep on top of all the TECH cocktail happenings.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups.

Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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