We Did It! Awesome Washington, DC No.1 on Forbes List Of America’s New Tech Hotspots

Washington DC tech hub

Back in December of 2009, Elias Shams launched AwesomeDC blog with mainly One MISSION to accomplish:  To wipe out  all those Politics, corruption, and scandals crap from the face of Washington, DC.  Then to position the Nation’s capital as a city of technology, partying, clubbing and fun! Mainly  as a Tech hub. Read the 2nd paragraph right below the video of his interview with CNN where he says “My intention with this blog is to show the world Washington, DC is much more than just Politics, corruption, and scandals. Frankly, I am not sure of that myself either, but I will try  I will be covering everything happening in awesome DC, with the focus on the technology, parties, clubs, events, and of course the awesome Washingtonians” Read more of this post

Tech Cocktail’s 2011 DC Winter Mixer Event last week

Those of you missed it,  Tech Cocktail did an awesome job in organizing their 2011 DC Winter Mixer event last Wednesday at Slaviya in the heart of Adams Morgan. There were about 10 DC startups showcased their solution offerings including us, awesomize.me 🙂 :

  • Poshbrood – A website that takes the “Are we there yet?” out of family travel and helps frazzled moms find relaxing family escapes they deserve.
  • WatchParty –  WatchParty allows you to interact with others while you watch favorite shows! Be part of the audience without leaving your couch.
  • Awesomize.me – Your personal and corporate reputation/brand management tool,  leveraging the power of the community. Read more of this post

Washington Geeks To Mingle With Washington Chicks Again


by Elias Shams
Assuming, Tech Cocktail invites enough chicks this time, the photo shown here becomes reality. Otherwise, don’t get excited.

Tech Cocktail is kicking off their first event of 2010 this coming Thursday in Adams Morgan.

Those of you not familiar with them, they are a community building startup founded by Frank Gruber and Eric Olson that offers events and community-powered projects open to bloggers, technology enthusiasts, entrepreneurs & professionals interested in technology in under served technology communities.

I wish they could get more local investors attending their events – investors with the intention of really meeting up with our startups and not just for mingling. Read more…

TECH cocktail Where The Washingtonian Geeks Meet The Washingtonian Babes


One company the Washingtonian techies and VCs should thank to is TECH cocktail DC. They have been around since May of 2006. The company is a community building startup founded by Frank Gruber and Eric Olson that offers events and community-powered projects open to bloggers, technology enthusiasts, entrepreneurs & professionals interested in technology in under served technology communities.

Their mission is to amplify the technology signal in under served markets and have fun doing it which is right along our mission in Awesome DC for the entire DC and not just our technology sector.

Referring to my recent coverage comparing our Potomac River with California Silicon Valley, not every city has a sense of community seen in technology rich areas like Silicon Valley. TECH cocktail DC hopes to remedy the situation by creating a place for bloggers, technologists, entrepreneurs and other business professionals to meet, share ideas and have some fun. TECH cocktail is not exclusive to Chicago, and is open to the public in hopes people from around the globe will be able to participate. In the past TECH cocktail has also hosted events in Chicago, Boulder and Boston.

As for the two dudes behind the company, ERIC OLSON is a Massachusetts native and Bentley College alumnus who now resides in Chicago. Eric is currently working on TransFS.com – a comparison shopping website for credit card processing (with more financial services to come). Eric is also an MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to TransFS.com Eric worked as an Associate at DFJ Portage Venture Partners where he worked on evaluating and investing in the top technology startups in the Midwest. Prior to DFJ Portage Eric was in Partner Development at Google and in Business Development for Chicago-based startup FeedBurner, which was acquired by Google in June 2007.

The other co-founder is FRANK GRUBER is a product strategist and evangelist for AOL in the social networking & platforms group. Frank has lead the AIM team to create the AIM Lifestream and was also responsible for the myAOL suite. Frank’s expert analysis on Web 2.0, social media and emerging technologies have been featured in TechCrunch, Read Write Web, iMediaConnection and on SOMEWHAT FRANK. Frank also produces a video podcast called SOMEWHAT FRANK TV. Growing up in the Chicagoland area, Mr. Gruber received his Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Northwestern University, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Purdue University. Frank is also the co-founder of Shiny Heart Ventures. Frank was named of the 100 DC Tech Titans by Washingtonian Magazine in May 2009.

Tech cocktail events are open to everyone, You can be blogged or podcast. I have been attending most of their events and they are packed and awesome. They gave away a HP Envy laptop last time I attended their event.

Here is their interview during one of their events. Good luck hearing them.

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Death to Rolodex? Really? Well, that’s what it says on CYNCZ website

I attended the TECH Cocktail DC 7 event last week at LeftBank Lounge in Adams Morgan. I bumped into many of my old friends. Unfortunately, I didn’t see that many investors and noticed only a few handful of startups showcasing their products – including Genius Rocket which runs by a great friend of mine also another Washingtonian serial entrepreneur, Mark Walsh. The event was packed with people though mostly geeks like myself.

I also met the co-founders of a new startup, CYNCZ, Jaya Pandey and Neeraj Jaiman based in Clarksburg, Maryland. They have been around since March. My first reaction I was dying to tell him: Dude, you got to come up with a better, easier, and meaningful company name. I think their product is cool though. Not sure about their competitive landscape though. CYNCZ automatically synchronizes your connected address books and if any information is changed or missing on one address book, it will automatically update all connected address books. In a nut shell, they allow you access all your contact details, anywhere, anytime on any device. So, why death to Rolodex? Because they let you automatically synchronize all your contact information from all your devices. So, I guess you let your rolodex die. Give it a try and check it out for yourself. Love to get your feedback.

Here is how it works.

I left the place around 10 p.m totally wasted. Well, the drinks were free. So naturally, I filled myself up with my favorite brand of French red wine, Beaujolais 🙂

Here is their pitch on youtube. It is a little bit boring. But hey, didn’t we all start like this? I myself certainly did. I am so embarrassed to even look at the old videos of my telezoo days. What the hell was I thinking?


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