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January 14, 2010
 
 
DIDDY FOLLOWS BISNOW TO PARK

Where Do Women Stand? We've assembled five of Washington's most powerful women to talk about how their gender is doing in the executive workplace. In November, this event sold out when signups reached room capacity of 450. Don't miss your chance. Sequoia Restaurant, Friday, Jan 22Sign up now!

 

Word is Sean "Diddy" Combs will be at Park at Fourteenth tomorrow. Impressive, but the real party at that venue (in our humble opinion) was last night, as 1,100 people, on four floors, enjoyed free drinks and gourment food at our Total Schmoozarama.

 
Bisnow Party at Park
Park's multiple levels made it hard to snap a pic that showed the crowd size. Take our word that for much of the evening, a business card swap was just an elbow twitch away, and 150 guests were already in line when doors opened at 6pm. We don't want to start rumors, but some say Diddy's "I'll Be Missing You" is a reference to his just missing our Schmoozarama.
 
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Lore Systems COO Laurie Freeman here with Andrews Kurth’s Andy Tucker

And there were some techies too, including Lore Systems COO Laurie Freeman here with Andrews Kurth’s Andy Tucker. Laurie tells us Lore just signed the state of Oregon as a client and can get an entire company on a cloud computing platform in just 24 hours.

 
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Alliance Solutions President Harold Youra and Convergence Technology’s Rich Mittleman

The party was so glam, even Wolf Blitzer made an appearance. But our camera focused on Alliance Solutions president Harold Youra and Convergence Technology’s Rich Mittleman. Harry, who’s on the board of AFCEA Bethesda, says the branch is hosting a virtualization symposium March 11 at the JW Marriott, not to mention its monthly breakfast in two weeks.

Junior Achievement's Steve Longley and Amy Marcenaro Heckman, Sofio Barone Custom Clothiers’ Michael Barone, and J2L Initiatives CEO Jason Linville

Junior Achievement's Steve Longley and Amy Marcenaro Heckman, Sofio Barone Custom Clothiers’ Michael Barone, and J2L Initiatives CEO Jason Linville. Jason tells us his company provides analytical and IT services to the DoD and Intel communities and have done work on things like DOMEX, CELLEX, SIGINT, GMTI and Full Motion Video. (Those could double as names of classy beverages at the bar last night.)

Patent lawyer Daryl Jackson and iCore Networks’ Ryan Lewis

Patent lawyer Daryl Jackson and iCore Networks’ Ryan Lewis. iCore is one of the largest VoPI (voice over private internet) providers, with customers like Lumber Liquidators, the United Negro College Fund, National Wildlife Foundation, and Sport & Health Clubs.


CONGRATS, MONSIEUR DRAPEAU
 
Burson-Marsteller’s Lisa Mabe and Microsoft's Mark Drapeau

No, not on the beautiful girl to his left (that’s Burson-Marsteller’s Lisa Mabe at our Federal New Year’s Party a few months back), but on Mark Drapeau's new job at Microsoft. Mark tells us he’s the new Director of Innovative Social Engagement for Microsoft’s US Public Sector, where he’ll try to engage a variety of audiences interested in public sector (government, education, health care) in real life and online, focusing on how social media, cloud computing, open standards, and green technology are increasingly baked-in features of software that helps people.


IN MEMORIAM
 
Agilex CEO Bob LaRose

Our community lost a visionary leader with the passing of Agilex CEO Bob LaRose. Bob previously founded Advanced Technology Inc, which he grew to more than 2,000 employees before selling to Emhart Corporation, a division of Black & Decker. He also founded Integic Corporation, which grew to 600 employees, and was sold to Northrop Grumman. He founded his latest project, Agilex, one of the area’s up and coming powerhouses, with Jay Nussbaum in 2007. “He will be remembered for his tenacity, compassion, and for the opportunities he helped shape for all of us. He will be missed tremendously and never forgotten,” Jay said.


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January 21 - Women in Technology - The CIO Agenda - DC's top CIO's discuss 2010 challenges and new technology - 6-8:30pm - Tysons Ritz - Info

January 21 - Bisnow Breakfast & Schmooze - 2010 DoD Outlook - with DoD Deputy CIO Dave Wennergren. 7-9:30am - Fairview Park Marriott - Register

February 24 - 25 - Southeast Venture Conference - Showcasing the southeast region's most promising emerging tech firms and providing unmatched exposure to top venture capitalists and private equity investors. 60+ high growth companies and 100+ venture funds - Tysons Ritz -  Info

 
 
 
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