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TECH cocktail Chicago 6: Thanks Chicago

Posted on November 19, 2007

TECH cocktail Chicago 6TECH cocktail Chicago 6 went well this past Thursday and, I have to say, it was nice to be back in Chicago. Things are happening in that city. Watch out Silicon Valley! One of my favorite stories of the night was how a couple days prior to the event some long time friends finally received funding for their business.

Mike and Matt, the founders of Chicago based GrubHub, received $1.1mm in funding led by Origin Ventures to continue expanding their burgeoning empire. What made the story hit even closer to home was that there were significant ties from GrubHub and Origin Ventures to TECH cocktail.

GrubHub actually demoed at the second TECH cocktail event at the Gramercy in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago and Origin Ventures has been a long time sponsor of TECH cocktail. I am going to go with the story that both parties first met at TECH cocktail but I have yet to corroborate that.

As if that story wasn’t enough we had another great evening with over 500 people in attendance and some great sponsors and demoers. Since they foot the giant bill I think thanking the sponsors is now in order.

Thank you to the TECH cocktail Chicago 6 sponsors which included Centro, Carepages, Athena, Optimus Solutions, SingleHop, ChicagoMicro, myAOL, Interactive Mediums, Saper Law, Fiodan Corp., SitterCity, NUDirection Consulting, MK Capital, Origin Ventures, SeatQuest, Accounting Services Provider: Frost, Ruttenberg & Rothblatt, P.C. and Preferred Legal Services Provider: Hinshaw & Culbertson.

Now, on to the demoers:

42 Friends, LLC - Facebook app creations like “Growing Gifts“, “Goals” and more
Cappex - a safe and effective tool for finding the right college for you
Dawdle - buy and sell new and used video games, systems and accessories
VMDirect - video email system - online property management system
SeatQuest - online ticket search engine that virtually shows you your seats
Songza - online music search engine and player created by Humanized - personalized online review system
Waves.TV - create a Web TV channel and broadcast online in a matter of seconds

There are definitely some great companies in that list. Check them out when you have a chance.

Lastly, make sure to check out the photos from TECH cocktail 6 and add TECH cocktail as a contact on Flickr. A big thanks to Rachelle Bowden for being the official TECH cocktail 6 photographer. If you had your picture taken in front of our sweet backdrop go check out Rachelle’s site to find it and make sure to thank her for making you look so good.

Since it is so close to Thanksgiving I feel it is only apropriate to end with some notes on what I am thankful for.

Things are happening in Chicago and, even though Frank and I are living outside the city now, I am still very grateful to be a part of it all. Chicago is where I cut my teeth in technology so it will always be a special place to me (who knows - I may be back…) and staying involved in what is happening there is very important to me.

I am also lucky enough to have a lot of great friends in Chicago tech who are some of the best and brightest entrepreneurial and tech minds around.

Lastly, I am thankful for the all the love and support TECH cocktail has received from the community. Without all of you the event doesn’t happen.

Chicago is a great place to build a company and it is only getting better. Keep up the great work everyone!

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