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September 17, 2008


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The Capitol Riverfront was the place to be last night, for the ballgame, and great weather and views. Thanks to developer JPI and the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District, Bisnow held a party on the sprawling rooftop at the cool Jefferson luxury apartments overlooking the Nats game and Anacostia (and, on the other side) the Capitol. And, guess what? The Nats won their second in a row against the Mets. A good week to be a Washington sports fan.

With us, among 350 well-behaved revelers, Vocus' Courtney Keiser, Tracy Stevens, and Michelle Zurfluh.


...we took some of our friends to batting practice before the game. Remember the days when a company like Proxicom could go public with a billion dollar plus market cap because it, gasp, knew how to create websites for companies? Today, 29-year old Haroon Mokhtarzada, founder of FreeWebs.com, tells us his website has provided a free template for the creation of over 20 million websites and gets 20,000 new downloads a day.

TriNet Party

And finally, last night, also at the ballpark, we joined TriNet at a party they hosted for clients at the luxurious Lexus Presidential Club right behind home plate; their crew included, above, Anthony Quintero, Doug Bailey and Patrick Villella. TriNet provides full-cycle outsourced human resources, primarily for small and medium-sized tech companies. Anthony tells us the company has a Software-as-a-Service application for employees to essentially manage themselves. "An employee can log in and see how much vacation time they have, how much sick time, really anything they want," Anthony says. Disclosure: Patrick came down from Boston for the game, and we dare not put in print which team he favored.


OtoMelara's Roger Cavanaugh with Grotech Ventures Don Rainey. Don is still buzzing over his company's investment in LivingSocial, a D.C.-based social networking site that lets users connect over similar interests like video games, movies and books. Don already has partial season tickets to the Nats, but is taking in this Sunday's Redskins game against the Cardinals and bought seats for the Caps upcoming season. Did someone say "sports obsession"?


New Atlantic Ventures Managing Partner John Backus with new wife (and queen of D&O insurance at AH&T) Caren Backus. John tells us his company just invested $1.5 million in MPowerPlayer, a Reston-based mobile phone game distributor that lets users try out games before purchasing them. "They've had 15 million game demos played since launching, so now our job is to help them monetize that," John says.


Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute's Jim Chung, Sharp Minds Consulting's Kristin Buczek and Gloto CEO Eric Conn. Jim runs the VentureAccelerator Program at MTech, part of the University of Maryland. Along with investing in Maryland-based companies, Jim's group holds free workshops the second Tuesday of each month for entrepreneurs, featuring speakers from throughout the business community. We're surprised to see him at a ballgame considering he once broke his nose in 40 places (!) catching for a friend.


Zymetis chairman Steve Hutcheson and COO Steve Davey with Viamerica's Chris Hendrickson. Zymetis turns the cellulose in anything from plants to trash into a sugar that can be turned into ethanol and used for transportation fuel. "We're going to take down the oil industry," Davey says (and we're not sure if he's joking). Viamerica is a money transfer company that competes with Western Union.

David Stegon was once a TRE-mendous hot dog vendor for the Potomac Cannons. Email him story ideas at David@Bisnow.com.

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