DC Tech Meetup

[7:00pm - 7:10pm] Welcome by Peter Corbett + Frank Gruber's "Update on What's Hot in DC Tech"

[7:10pm - 7:20pm] TileMill.com Demo by Will White (Developer, Development Seed)

[7:20pm - 7:50pm] Investor Q&A Panel: Grotech Team - Don Rainey (GP), Steve Fredrick (GP), Lawson DeVries (Principal) + Ed Barrientos (Angel Investor) moderated by Michael Mayernick

[7:50pm - 8:20pm] Founder Q&A Panel: Shane Green (CEO, Personal - just raised $7.6m), Matt Fellows (CEO, HelloWallet - just raised $3.6m), Anup Ghosh (Founder, Invincea),  moderated by DJ Saul

[8:20pm - 8:30pm] Open Mic moderated by Zvi Band and Justin Thorp

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  • Peter C.

    Hi. Let me make this easy: ANYONE WHO COMMENTS ON THIS RSVP AFTER MY COMMENT WILL BE BANNED FROM DC TECH MEETUP. If you want to discuss something use the Facebook group or the message board: http://www.meetup.com/DC-Tech-M...­ Sorry to be heavy handed but we can't turn off comments and this could get out of hand.

    COMMENTING AFTER HERE = YOU GET BANNED

    April 6, 2011

  • rick r.

    and maybe one for people who want to agree with people responding to others' concerns about improper use of the board

    April 6, 2011

  • Zvi B.

    I'd like to thank you for coming out last night - it was a great night. It's great to see so many people following up the next day. I'd encourage you all to join our Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/home.ph...­) if you'd like to introduce yourselves and connect with others on there.

    April 6, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Agreed - it'd be nice if there were a separate area for self-promotion/info-dumping.

    April 6, 2011

  • daniel m.

    the onslaught of self promotion will only have every user to change settings to not receive updates that are relevant to the events...

    April 6, 2011

  • Oz

    For those who need quick access to a vast pool of engineers, please check out www.innoengineer.com which is already a functioning marketplace with over 300 engineers registered.

    April 6, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those of you looking for kickass freelance designers/developers, feel free to get in touch with us at http://randomloops.com­. Would also love to get some feedback on our in-house startup http://rootein.com­

    April 6, 2011

  • Doug

    I really enjoyed it. It was great to hear from investors as well as founders. It was also cool to be in the company of like-minded people.

    April 5, 2011

  • Benjamin Y.

    For those who have iPhones were interested, my app is called Nexercise and it's on the app store. Thanks!

    April 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Seriously impressive turn out and run like a well oiled machine. I'm hopeful this will prove to be another winner for the DC technology community.

    April 5, 2011

  • Zvi B.

    Kash - This is a block away from Gallery Place/Chinatown, which is on the green line.

    April 5, 2011

  • Kash R.

    Is the location for tonight's event metro accessible? Also I will be coming from College Park, MD area - anyone willing to share a ride. Please message me.

    April 5, 2011

  • Ghazenfer M.

    Anyone coming from Sterling, Ashburn, Reston, Herndon area willing to share a ride? Msg me offline.

    April 5, 2011

  • Peter C.

    @lean they need to RSVP and join the waiting list. The list has already pulled 20 or so people into confirmed status so you should be fine.

    April 5, 2011

  • Leon N.

    I was wondering if you can bring a guest along?

    1 · April 4, 2011

  • Peter C.

    Thanks everyone for your comments. After 6 years of running huge, and tiny tech community events we've got a lot of insight into how to make this valuable. As I mentioned earlier - I'll address much of this tomorrow. Thanks!

    April 4, 2011

  • Denis B.

    @Scott Messinger: That's actually a great idea that was already tested and proven to be awesome at last spring's Bootstrap MD. The only difference was they did it by last name. Random numbers/letters would be better.

    March 31, 2011

  • Scott M.

    As others have said, there are MANY interest groups in the DC/Balt area. Recreating these at DC Tech seems like a waste. Personally, knowing I can meet other I would far rather be put in a random group and meet other people who I otherwise wouldn't run into. For instance, if our name tags each had a letter, during the break out time we could all meet up with people with the same number. This would help build create connections between pockets of people and strengthen the DC Tech scene.

    1 · March 31, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    At 560 people, it would make sense to create 10-20 "interest zones" throughout the venue where people can discuss a common interest, anything from "RoR" to "Looking for co-founder" to "Greentech". It can be as simple as a desk and with a large sign, or posters on the walls, and people can wander from zone to zone and connect.

    March 31, 2011

  • Greg B.

    Agree with Ed. Would like to connect with as wide a variety of techs cross-discipline as possible.

    March 30, 2011

  • Ed

    Great comments on the importance of networking with the right people. One of the things that I can suggest is to run a Network Roulette "speed dating" session either before or after the MeetUp. Brazen puts on these online events in tandem with the off-line event to help connect people in an efficient one-on-one manner. I'll speak with Peter and the other organizers to see if we could incorporate this into the next MeetUp.

    1 · March 30, 2011

  • Zainab Z.

    I completely agree with all the comments above about how it is really important to focus on meeting the right people at this event and not just listening to the panelists. Creating sub groups and checking out the attendee list are great ideas but I wonder if its possible to plan beforehand exactly who I should be meeting. Having an attendee list doesn't help because I still don't have real information about people.

    March 30, 2011

  • Ellen M.

    Similar interest or status subgroups is an excellent idea. I am open to meeting many but time is precious. Discussions with people in green tech and in government contracts support would be of most interest to me.

    March 30, 2011

  • Denis B.

    @Alex Murphy: There are already separate meetups for some of the specialized groups (i.e. PHP, Ruby/Rails, Social Media Club). I see the purpose of the general tech meetup as facilitating interdisciplinary interactions.

    1 · March 30, 2011

  • Alex M.

    I like the idea of "Labs" choose 10 bars, and put a label next to each bar, ie Rails Networking, Social Media, etc, and then everyone can go to the most appropriate bar based upon topic.

    March 30, 2011

  • LisaSchaefer PhD C.

    This reminds me of my freshman C programming class in college. - Yes, a long time ago, before C++ was invented - All engineering majors had to take it, so they crammed us into a 500 student lecture hall. People stopped going. I thought they might as well video tape it. But once a week we had 20-student breakout sessions where we could ask questions and arrange to meet other students later in the lab. Perhaps we could try subgroups of people w/similar goals who could follow up w/each other.

    March 30, 2011

  • Mike O.

    In response to Nick Martin's point--"By far the most valuable part...was the 30 second popcorn around the room where people shared what they were working on."--A possible solution could be to create various hashtags for the event through which people could tweet questions, share what they are working on, etc. Everything gets documented and a moderator could use the stream to pick out good questions to ask panelists. My buddy saw this kind of thing done at a SXSW panel discussion this year.

    1 · March 30, 2011

  • Peter C.

    @jacobboomer I believe that's an individual setting so check out your own Meetup.com settings. ALL: Let's hold the comments for now so people don't choke on email. We'll talk at the meetup :)

    March 30, 2011

  • John F Croston I.

    Is there way to turn off the e-mails generated from these comments or at least send them out daily, since my inbox is getting flooded.

    I would also not want spammers to be able to get ahold of my e-mail address or twitter account and start spamming me like has happened on other services.

    March 30, 2011

  • Hanna T.

    I couldn't agree more with Andrew! As a business developer for a tech firm, I'd love to meet and greet more folks!

    March 30, 2011

  • Kevin H.

    Must add that this discussion has come up at other techie meet-ups in the city...most recently at the (awesome) Lean Start-up event last night. To Nick, John and Rick's points maybe we could section off for some portion of the evening. In a leadership training exercise I had to do recently using "Open Source" method people suggest topics they want to discuss and people go to the groups that speaks to what they want to accomplish..e.g. start-up related, certain tech., dc week etc. etc

    March 30, 2011

  • Sean S.

    Couldn't agree more with the previous posts. Having a specified time to network with other attendees would be highly beneficial and add A LOT of value to the whole experience. The people have spoken, so lets make it happen!

    March 30, 2011

  • Peter C.

    Keep the feedback coming all. We're all ears and have certain things planned -- and we'll certainly iterate as we go.

    March 30, 2011

  • Mike O.

    sorry, along the righthand side of this page http://www.meetup.com/DC-Tech-M...­

    March 30, 2011

  • rick r.

    i was at a GEL event years back where they had volunteers literally connecting people - pulling them together in the room and introducing. way it worked is days prior to the event attendees would email GEL three people they wanted to meet and the volunteers would find the requestors at the beginning and just connect them during the greet period prior to the function. it worked.

    March 30, 2011

  • Mike O.

    The list of who is attending is running along the right-hand side of this page.

    March 30, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love Andrews idea and I do agree with nick we need more time to meet and greet

    March 30, 2011

  • Andrew F.

    I wonder if there's a way we could do a contact information exchange beforehand so we know who we want to contact. Is there a way to get a list of all attending that's an easy-to-use visual so we could quickly shoot them a tweet/email asking to connect at the meeting? Maybe there's an easy way to achieve this already.

    March 30, 2011

  • rick r.

    hard to successfully argue against nick and john's points. tech culture is not alone in obsessing over bigger numbers (followers, likes, friends, attendees) but maybe it can differentiate by finding a way to balance drive for size and meaning. i think the two can coexist with a little effort. huh, maybe i *did* argue against nick and john. but perhaps unsuccessfully.

    March 30, 2011

  • John B.

    Agree with Nick. Peter, great panel, but shouldn't there also be more time for sharing and networking among participants? It is a major reason why people attend. Thoughts?

    1 · March 30, 2011

  • Peter C.

    Wow....I wonder if we'll hit 600 RSVPs. That's all this space can hold!

    March 30, 2011

  • Terry J. L.

    Great venue!

    March 23, 2011

  • Mike B.

    Well done on the agenda. I'll be coming down from Bmore if anyone wants to carpool as well.

    March 22, 2011

  • Sam A.

    If anybody in Tysons wants to carpool let met know! I'll be driving from TeqCorner @samaparicio

    March 22, 2011

  • James C.

    Looking forward to the event.

    March 17, 2011

  • Tom G.

    great start out of the gate. looking forward to #2

    March 2, 2011

  • Peter C.

    I like how you type Danielle.

    March 2, 2011

  • Danielle G.

    The D.C. tech community is not just a group of random people gathering, but a Movement on a global scale.

    1 · March 2, 2011

  • Kaarin

    Looking forward to it!

    March 2, 2011

  • daniel m.

    great event. great turnout. i see 900 attendees easy.

    March 2, 2011

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