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May 14, 2012
 
 
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If there were doubts about the vibrancy of DC entrepreneurship, A Day of Foster.ly this past weekend wiped those out. Hundreds of tech and non-tech entrepreneurs waved off the gorgeous Saturday afternoon to spend 12 hours in Arlington schmoozing, paneling, listening, learning, and getting their drink and music on (at the end).
 
A Day of Foster.ly
Foster.ly came together earlier this year to help entrepreneurs in all industries connect and become more unified. A Day of Foster.ly was the group’s first big event and it drew Rep. Jim Moran, former CTO Aneesh Chopra, Virginia Sec. of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng, and over 400 entrepreneurs to the Artisphere (former Newseum home).
 
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ProConIt team that includes Matt Hills, Cameron Hamilton, and Grant Griebel
Entrepreneurs had the chance to pitch story ideas to reporters in a speed dating format. We listened to several pitches, including one from this ProConIt team that includes Matt Hills, Cameron Hamilton, and Grant Griebel. They created a friendlier way for people to weigh in on the issues of the day online. The Indianapolis Star, the Des Moines Register, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution use their social evaluation tool to gauge readers’ opinions of current events.
TenPearls president Imran Aftab
TenPearls president Imran Aftab set up shop at the Expo. His Herndon, Va.-based company helps launch mobile development, enterprise application development, and gaming companies. Imran recruits tech talent from Pakistan, where he’s not competing for Indian developers who are lured by companies like Google.
Brazen Careerist CEO Ed Barrientos as moderator (not pictured), Dokkit co-founder Mike Chan, Exaqueo founder Susan Strayer, LivingSocial senior recruiting manager Pete Radloff, and CoFoundersLab co-founder Shahab Kaviani
When it comes time to bring on a co-founder, make sure you know why that person is motivated to join. That was advice from a panel that included Brazen Careerist CEO Ed Barrientos as moderator (not pictured), Dokkit co-founder Mike Chan, Exaqueo founder Susan Strayer, LivingSocial senior recruiting manager Pete Radloff, and CoFoundersLab co-founder Shahab Kaviani. Some other tips: make sure the founders’ roles are put in writing; hire people you connect with by asking questions that get at their intellectual curiosity; don’t get too caught up in the person’s personality and focus on their skills; and understand the basics of labor law.
Amplifier Ventures partner and Startup Virginia co-founder Jonathan Aberman and Deloitte biz dev exec Jennifer Trax
The entertainment included Two Car Living Room, a DC band made up of tech people including Amplifier Ventures partner and Startup Virginia co-founder Jonathan Aberman and Deloitte biz dev exec Jennifer Trax. DJ Aaron Baird also made an appearance, along with movie screenings like Ctrl+Alt+Compete. (Thanks to Zach Krahmer for the photos.)

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Microsoft director of public sector innovative engagement Mark Drapeau, here with Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship LA executive director Estelle Reyes
Microsoft director of public sector innovative engagement Mark Drapeau, here with Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship LA executive director Estelle Reyes, makes tech geeks look hip and chic at the Geek 2 Chic fashion shows that he’s organized in DC and Chicago. This weekend was LA’s turn to host fashionable geeks, with all proceeds going to NFTE. And some tech geeks with DC ties breezed down the runway. Mark was kind enough to share the photos.
 
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Eric Kuhn is Hollywood's first "social media agent," working at UTA. He formerly worked at CNN in DC. Here he models a geek-chic outfit by John Varvatos, complete with hoodie.
 
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Steven Mandzik is a former US Intelligence Community officer, now blogging and consulting on the west coast. Here he models an outfit by MARC by Marc Jacobs. This is going to make it even harder for people to pretend they're not attracted to geeks. Now's the time we should have been in high school.
 
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