NVTC HOT TICKET AWARDS
By Karin Tanabe, Chief Fun Correspondent for Bisnow on Business
What: NVTC Hot Ticket Awards
Where: Kilberg residence, McLean VA– NoVA elegance meets Code Orange air quality.
Scene: 500 brilliant techies donning “fiesta festive” duds.
How do you get droves of tech savvy individuals out of a beautiful air-conditioned house and into 100-degree heat? You move the bar.
Last night hundreds of the tech community’s elite and future top guns gathered around NVTC Prez Bobbie Kilberg’s pool to salute the nominees and winners of the Hot Ticket Awards. While muckety-mucks downed margaritas, awards chairman John Hurley (DLA Piper), and co-emcee Steve Winings of CTPartners, lauded the evening’s 6 award winners and tried to perfect Bobbie’s patented shushing technique.
Hobnobbing in the house, John (second from right) with AH&T Insurance’s John Ribble, Washington Technology’s David Hubler, NVTC chairman emeritus Kathy Clark with her husband Bradley Rosenberg.
Hiding out from the heat are Dendy Young, center, flanked by Consumer Electronics Association head Gary Shapiro and NVTC’s policy guru Josh Levi.
Offices are so last week. The Hottest Bootstrap award went to Network Alliance, which began in a basement. Pictured above: CEO Don Britton with a coterie of colleagues. Of Britton, Hurley said, “This guy rented out his house, slept in his car, and bought his equipment at auction. He could find a way to spend a penny.”
Sourcefire, recipient of the first ever Hall of Fame award, came to be in a living room. CEO Wayne Jackson, above, with Katherine Ferguson of CTPartners.
Hottest Venture Capital Deal award winner, Parature, was dreamed up in a Cornell University dorm room. Pictured above: Parature’s CEO Duke Chung, accepting the sizzling hot award surrounded by colleagues.
Hottest Exit award winner Network Solutions, said bon voyage in the best of ways. CEO Champ Mitchell mentioned his company's over 3000% return to investors and said the real lesson is, “If you run a company well and generate one hell of a lot of cash, you will get a hot exit.” Above, Mitchell with John Love of AH&T Insurance. The two remaining awards went to Athena Technologies (Hottest Buzz), and BroadSoft (Hottest Management Team).
By far the most coveted award was the annual Bob Dinkel (of JB Cubed) tropical shirt contest. Above, contestants show their stuff. The consensus amongst nominees and winners of the event was articulated by Angel.com’s CEO Mike Zirngibl: “Ich Komme Zurück." For those of us who are not channeling the Governator, that means, “I’ll be back (in a kitschy Hawaiian shirt).”