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TECH cocktail Turns 1

Posted on July 14, 2007

Frank and I hosted the 5th TECH cocktail in Chicago last night (6th overall) which marked the one year anniversary of TECH cocktail. It’s really hard to believe that it has already been a year since TC1. That said, I thought I would start out with a little infographic I put together that sums up TECH cocktail’s first year (thanks to Jason Shellen for the inspiration). A picture says 1,000 words right? Plus, the graphic should keep my reminiscent rambling to a minimum.

TC Infographic

Chicago has definitely come together as a technology community over the last year and I think we’ll be able to do even more in the year to come. In fact, TECH cocktail and Chicago have also become trend setters. Other people in other great cities that lack tech events are coming to us and asking us to bring TECH cocktail to them. I see this as a very positive thing since all the technology communities in the U.S. will start becoming closer.

TC5 was the best event we have done to date and it is all because of the great people we have here in Chicago. We drew between 500 and 600 people and a lot of those people have already sent in notes telling us about some of the great people they met and how TC5 will help them going forward with their businesses.

Of course it also takes lots o’ cash to put on an event like TC5 (trust me, I wrote the check) so I’d like to thank our sponsors since we literally couldn’t do it without them. A huge thanks to SingleHop, LinkedIn, Digital Bootcamp, Saper Law Office, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, MK Capital, Origin Ventures, Chicago Micro, Fave Media and LiquidTalk.

Please check these guys out and help make their sponsorship contributions worth it. I know these guys primarily sponsor to help the community and aren’t as worried about their ROI but they have some great products and services and they are local so we should all be supporting them.

Next up I want to thank all of the demoers at TC5. Thanks to myAOL, PollEverywhere, My Open Bar, Braintree Financial, Humanized and Fave Media. We set out to create a platform for start-ups and others to showcase what they do so we’re glad so many great companies are taking advantage of it.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank Laura, Paulette and the John Barleycorn’s staff for keeping things running smoothly throughout the night and of course a big thanks to all the TCers out there. You guy make the event what it is and we’re forever grateful for your support.

I’ll leave you with this link to the TC5 pictures and make sure to tag yours techcocktail5 when you put them on flickr. Looking forward to seeing you all at TC6 in a few months!

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  1. Somewhat Frank July 14, 2007 12:36 pm

    TECH cocktail Celebrates One…

    Last night I was in Chicago with Eric Olson co-hosting TECH cocktail Chicago 5 for an estimated six hundred guests at John Barleycorn near Wrigley Field. Eric and I co-founded TECH cocktail just a year ago looking to help foster…