Last Night's Power Women Bash
What seemed unlikely a few years ago turned into reality last night: over 300 joined us last night to celebrate 40 Power Women in Tech in Crystal City for launching and running some of the hottest companies in the DMV.
A crowd of several hundred showed up at Disruption’s Crystal City HQ to toast Bisnow’s Power Women of DC Tech. Our honorees got into tech from different avenues and represented all kinds of companies but they have one thing in common: They’re disrupting industries.
Many of our winners met each other for the first time last night. Here’s SocialRadar’s Shana Glenzer (profile), Disruption’s Brooke Salkoff (profile), Silica Labs' Stephanie Nguyen (profile), and Capital One’s and mor.sl founder Mili Mittal (profile). Stephanie is also one of the founders of DCFemTech, a group that brings together tech women for networking and education.
DC government's tech and innovation sector manager Erin Horne McKinney congratulated Verifeed's Melinda Wittstock (profile). Erin reminded us that DC was named the top city for female entrepreneurs by NerdWallet. Melinda's predictive social analytics company is based in DC startup campus, 1776.
A room of Power Women didn't scare off this crew. nvite's Martin Ringlein and Michael Dick flank iDirect's David Fenigstein. Marty tells us nvite is launching an app that will speed up event check ins. When one person checks in, the app quickly finds potential guests that may also be with that person and will check in the entire group rather than each individual person. So no more pretending to check your e-mail while waiting in line at an event.
LiveSafe CEO Jenny Abramson (profile) brought some of the women on her team, including Jennifer Ives, Anne Cynamon, Cat Robinson, Kendall Woodard, and Roxanne Trust. The company's mobile technology encourages crime and safety-related reporting on university campuses, military bases, and sports teams.
Alarm.com's Alison Slavin (profile) was joined by JLL's Steve Burman and Jay Farmer and friend Bruce Zehr. Alison started at Microstrategy from college and helped spin out Alarm.com, a connected home platform company that lets consumers control certain aspects of their home like security and energy through mobile devices.
Framebridge's Susan Tynan (right) got support from Social Tables' Julie Giffin, Sarah Ghessie, and Laura Simmons. Susan's company (profile) makes picture framing easier with mobile technology.
Phone2Action's Ximena Hartsock (profile) with CTO Patrick Stoddard. It wouldn't be a DC tech event without entrepreneurs donning shirts with company names and logos. Ximena launched her company so that constituents could have better access to legislators.
EverFi COO Tammy Wincup (profile) gets some love from Wingate Hughes' Lauren Frank and Natalie Hnatiw. They designed EverFi's DC HQ. The venture-backed company provides life skills like managing money and health and wellness to K-12, higher ed, and adults.
Big thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Vornado, Crystal City BID, Kilpatrick Townsend, Deloitte, Cabot Consultants, Wingate Hughes, and DC.gov.