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July 18, 2008



Well, that's what we were thinking might happen last night at Local 16 on U Street, since we like to get exciting pictures. But no such luck. It was all quite friendly as the two competing tech groups of our fair region got together: old school government contractors, and younger (hipper? geekier?) web types. Over 550 of them, as a matter of fact. At least one common denominator quickly emerged: They all like cold beers.


Admittedly, the scene seemed heavier with the younger crowd, but maybe that's because it was their home turf (a lot of them live and/or work in DC or close-in), and they stay up later, especially on weekday evenings. But always high-energy NVTC President Bobbie Kilberg led a delegation across Legion Bridge and showed the kids she still knows a thing or two about networking.


Pete Corbett, left, founder of iStrategyLabs in DC, masterminded the affair over the last 10 days, leaving a message for NVTC at the very moment they were contacting him; their mutual inspiration came from a Post piece in late June about the twain holding different parties but never meeting. He blogged, created a facebook event, and presto, what he calls his "wired ones" flocked. (By day the Emory '03 grad from New Jersey helps brands like Geico connect with audiences online.) With Pete above, Mashable Editor-in-Chief Adam Ostrow and Red Karaoke biz dev guru Justin Abbott.  Adam was busy yesterday breaking news of the domain name extension crisis for ".me" faced by Go Daddy on his popular social networking site. Quite a world apart from responding to an RFP for backend systems at HHS. Yet he admits he drives smack through Federal ITdom back and forth to home at the end of 66 in Strasburg, Va. 


A typical guest mash-up:  Network Solutions chairman Champ Mitchell, Metro Health Media's Taylor Walsh and Web2.Oh.Really? author Craig Stoltz. Craig's blog was recently named one of Time.com's top 25 in the nation for its sassy look at the future of tech. It gets 10,000 hits a day. Champ's ready for vacay and heads to Hawaii next month. But doesn't he look like he's just returned?


CSS and Ajax specialist Hanns Chang, Technosailor.com blog author Aaron Brazell, and V2Soft CEO Varchasvi Shanker. V2Soft is a Michigan-based web developer with an office in McLean. The company makes software for computers on Chrysler autos. Varchasvi tells us he's too busy to take a vacation, but has a business trip planned to India and Eastern Europe next month. Hey, V, you need a "stay-cay." (We're trying to talk hip.)


We've taken roughly a million pictures of FedResults COO Bob Dinkel, but we've never caught him with daughters Sinead and Siobhan, who were unaware their father was such a celebrity. (In this case, he's not; we wanted a picture of them.) The girls are joining dad on a trip to Buffalo next month to visit family.


Vector Works' Jessie Newburn and EastCoachBlogging.com's Jimmy Gardner. Jimmy's helping DCConcierge.com's Shana Glickfield redesign her site for a re-launch late next week. Vector Works makes drafting and modeling software, but Jessie's real love is social media networks she first found because of a particular retro activity. "It was kind of hard to find people who liked to hula-hoop, but when I went online, it was like a whole new world opened up." Jessie now performs with Strange Powers, a hula-hooping troupe in Baltimore.


CrossMine co-founder Bob Nelson and Slipstream Prez Ira Gershkoff. CrossMine is a recently launched database of local tech companies and venture capital firms (that one unnamed reporter uses on a daily basis hunting for story ideas). Slipstream is software for smaller aviation and charter jet companies to maximize their resources based on market needs on a day-to-day basis. "If a person needs a flight from West Virginia, it alerts our customers who can see if they have an aircraft nearby to handle the flight."


staffmagnet's Robert Neelbauer, Juliana Neelbauer and Kurt Williams. Robert tells us staffmagnet helps provide staffing for tech start-ups needing bright new minds, and hosts a “Social Matchbox” each quarter: "We give them a microphone, a speaker, and a display screen for Power Point," Robert says. Their next get together is next month. The company is also deciding a site for an "intern getaway" to reward folks like Kurt for their hard work. Hey, this party looked like a reward.


Tuvel Communications' Mitch Arnowitz, SocialTimes.com Nick O'Neil and Rose Financial Services Lauri Rodich. Lauri says her company does accounting work for more than 100 tech start-ups, but the big news (and not to brag here) is that she gets TWO copies of Tech Bisnow emailed to her, so she can keep an unopened one in her inbox as an archive. God bless her.

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