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TECH cocktail DC: Taking TECH to Capitol Hill

Posted on May 18, 2007

TC DCI wish Senator Stevens and other lawmakers had shown up tonight for TECH cocktail DC so they could see what the people that make the web what it is think about it current state and its future. I think they would have walked away with a lot of interesting ideas and maybe even stopped calling the internet a series of tubes. They didn’t show though but it’s all good because a bunch of great people did.

We had a great group of folks tonight coming from companies like USA Today, AOL, Revolution Health, and others. The demoers were top notch and the sponsors, which make the event possible, came through big time.

As we have consistently shown in Chicago, there are a lot of interesting things going on outside the Bay Area that just aren’t getting the spotlight they deserve and DC was no exception to this.

One of my favorite stories of the night was that of and Gary brought his family’s wine selling business online in 1997 which was truly a visionary move and has made them one of the premier wine sellers on the net. About 18 months ago he started up which is a series of videos about wine that has made him a defacto wine expert to many. This is a perfect example of applying new technology to an existing business.

Anyhow, back to TC DC. Here is the wrap-up we put together for Enjoy it and thanks again to everyone who came out and made the inaugural event such a big success. Moving the TECH cocktail concept to DC was a big first step towards bringing the concept to other underserved markets so having a great turnout was especially important.


More than 250 bloggers, technology enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists gathered at the premier DC night club MCCXXIII for drinks, fun, and socializing last night at TECH cocktail DC 1. In addition to free beer and wine (some brought by Wine Library TV who recently acquired Cork’ the bar was filled with music as up-and-coming website developers highlighted promising sites such as Sportvite, Clearspring, Buzz XYZ, Patent Monkey and Wine Library TV.

While TECH Cocktail has already been a big success in Chicago, it is exciting to know that DC and potentially other markets are ready for social gatherings like TECH Cocktail.

Also attending was CollectiveX who helped us out with their new TECH Cocktail group which showcased their web site - join today!

Thank you to all our sponsors, demo’ers, helpers and guests for making TECH cocktail a reality thus proving that the Internet and web technology is more than just a series a tubes in DC.

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7 Comments so far
  1. Somewhat Frank May 18, 2007 1:47 am

    TECH cocktail Takes On Washington…

    A few hours ago, TECH Cocktail completed its first event in DC at the popular MCCXXIII bar (1223 Club DC, for the non Roman-numeral types). The event was packed with hundreds of guests mingling as the place rocked to music,…

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  4. Matt J. May 18, 2007 2:07 pm

    Google to acquire Feedburner? Makes sense.

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  7. Greg May 22, 2007 8:25 pm

    Eric -

    Great seeing you. Good times at Tech Cocktail DC. We all look forward to the next one!