Congrats to the Winners of the Tech Cocktail DC All-Star 2014 Awards!

December 16, 2014

9:00 pm

There’s no better way to end the year than with a great holiday party, so we would like to thank the DC Tech community for celebrating with us in this major way. We gathered together with our friends at Vornado and Disruption Corporation in the home of the Crystal Tech Fund to celebrate the community’s big startup wins, and we are so thankful for the opportunity to recognize those in the community who have made a true, lasting impression in the past year.

Thank you for all your votes! We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Tech Cocktail DC All-Star 2014 Awards!

Best Community Leader:

Sweetgreen – Founded in 2007, sweetgreen is a destination for delicious food that’s both healthy for you and aligned with your values. Sourcing local and organic ingredients from known and trusted farmer, supporting communities, and creating meaningful relationships make up the core values of sweetgreen. Sweetgreen also produces on the popular Sweetlife Festival in DC in the spring.

Best Big Company with Startup Culture:

AddThis – AddThis provides free website plugins like share buttons, follow buttons, and content recommendations to help you get likes, shares, and followers and keep them coming back.

Best Social Good Startup:

Hear Me Code – Started as an informal class around the kitchen table, Hear Me Code now has hundreds of members spread across multiple classes to offer free, beginner-friendly coding classes for women, by women.

Most Likely to be Acquired:

Optoro – Optoro offers an end-to-end reverse logistics solution that helps retailers optimally process, disposition, and sell their excess and returned inventory.

Most Active in Local Community:

1776 –  1776 is a platform to reinvent the world by connecting the hottest startups with the resources they need to excel. 1776 startups receive mentorship, corporate connections, access to capital, media attention, and a pipeline of top talent—the raw materials critical for innovators to succeed.

Best Company Culture:

EverFi – EverFi partners with Fortune 500 companies and leading foundations to bring cutting-edge education technology to communities at scale, free of cost to K-12 schools.

Most Charismatic Leader:

Paul Singh – Paul Singh is the founder at Disruption Corporation and the Crystal Tech Fund. He has also served as Entrepreneur in Residence with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and DHS/USCIS and a partner at 500 Startups

Biggest Pivot:

Social Tables – Social Tables is an event software company to help event planners to prepare for space planning, streamline communication, and manage event data.

Most Disruptive:  – is a place where everyone can access the best deals and earn cash back on almost everything they buy online. Members can securely prove their group IDs through the site, so military and student members receive exclusive offers.

Most Innovative Product:

LoveThatFit – LoveThatFit lets you see yourself in the clothing online or on your mobile device first, making shopping easy and convenient.

Best Boot Strapped Startup:

Macaw – Macaw provides the same flexibility as your favorite image editor but also writes semantic HTML and remarkably succinct CSS. It’s time to expect more from a web design tool.

Best Design (Product):

nvite – nvite is the world’s first attendee-focused event registration and ticketing platform.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for the great work you’ve done to boost the DC tech scene!


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Previously the Managing Editor at Tech.Co, Ann Diab has a background of launching and nurturing of startups and tech companies. Empowering and educating entrepreneurs and startups to better productivity and culture is her passion. Growth Manager at WorkingOn to enable folks all over the world to enjoy work and improve communication. Follow me on Twitter.

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