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January 23, 2009
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In little more than six months we've seen the Twin Tech parties transform from a curious novelty into a major event. We were on hand last night as 1500 techies from both sides of the firewall (young entrepreneurs and older government contracting types from across the river) partied at the event's third installment in DC. Hats off again to organizers NVTC and iStrategy Labs.


If it looks like a packed house, imagine three floors. We'd tell you what they were talking about, but everyone was speaking in software code. 


Although the party was inside the Lux Lounge on New York Ave, it was also on this Reston Limousine bus that took 40 techies from Reston and Tysons to DC. The bus sponsored by London Ink, R2i, Speaker Box Communications, Memory Blue and LeverPoint and was filled with food, beer, and wine (the holy trinity of partying) and even had raffle prizes


iStrategy Labs CEO Peter Corbett with Paul Worsham and Jeff Borenstein. Don't worry: plans for Twin Tech IV are in the works for this spring,


Cooley SVP Carl Grant, NVTC president Bobbie Kilberg, jnetDirect CEO Ron Wright and Creative Capital President Gary Honig. NVTC partnered with iStrategyLabs on the Twin Tech parties and is gearing up for its own huge event Feb. 3 when Michael Dell drops in for lunch. 


We'll give the guys at Berico Technologies a thumbs up for their marketing techniques. CEO Guy Filippelli (third from the right) hired models to wear Berico t-shirts and hunt out resumes among the party goers. If you think that's smart, you should see stuff they're doing for next generation cell phones for soldiers.


CIT Entrepreneur-in-Residence Chris Scotton, London Ink's Bob London and comScore VP Kevin Levitt. Chris tells us he's likely to accept an offer to become CEO of Vidrunner, a mobile platform that lets users stream video from one phone to another — anywhere in the world. More impressive, Bob did the tech double-header yesterday: hitting our Bisnow Federal IT panel in the AM and Twin Tech in the PM.


Wonder why Stonegate Associates' Brad Dwin is smiling? His proximity to Mind Over Machines' principal Rebecca Zimmerman? Rebecca tells us the 20-year-old company is creating a virtual CIO that can give clients an IT strategy. And for all of you north of town, Mind Over Machines CEO Tom Loveland was one of the biggest fighters in the repeal of the vaunted Maryland tech tax, so buy him a beer when you see him.


Ninja Tickets CEO Cliff Mark and Small Act Network founder Casey Golden (who just got a haircut — it's sad we notice these things). Cliff's company gives users a place to comparison shop for event tickets — like the Super Bowl, but he's sorry the Cardinals are in the game. "No one from Arizona wants tickets, so I'd much rather have seen the Eagles in there against the Steelers," Cliff says.


NewForm Business Solutions principal Larry Greenfield, Willis & Associates CEO Brad Willis and mySBX co-founder Jeff White. Jeff's in the perfect business for a down economy: helping govt contractors buy and sell unused human capital. They just got Lockheed Martin and CSC to sign on, so they must be doing something right.

David Stegon is convinced DC assigns a parking officer to follow him when he enters the city and ticket him for the smallest imaginable infractions. Not that's he bitter. Cheer him up with stories ideas at David@Bisnow.com.

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