If you were wondering why the streets of Boston were so empty last Tuesday evening, it’s because everyone was across the river at Microsoft NERD for Tech Cocktail’s Summer Mixer and Startup Showcase. The event drew hundreds of people from students, to VCs, to entrepreneurs and all the fans that come along with that.
But I digress. Yes, monthly TechCocktails are cool, and I hope you’ll all attend, but this post is about something bigger than monthly, summer! The summer mixer and startup showcase was AWESOME. The 10th floor of One Memorial Drive was bustling with personality and brains. Sixteen startups in various stages of existence shared their products in expo style on cocktail tables. The event was informal and conducive for schmoozing. The only structured part was when a lucky company, Traackr, won the popular vote privilege to capture everyone’s attention with a 60-second pitch.
Another useful tool present on Tuesday was So, Pick a Party. The website launched 10 months ago as a result of founder Mike Miller’s experience moving around and traveling after college. One of his biggest challenges was finding things to do. There was no central platform to search all kinds of events in one place- so he created it. Whether you’re looking for parties, networking events, arts, culture, club nights, or something else, you can find it all here. The website is partnering with promoters, event organizers, club venues and socialites to create a one-stop-shop for evening options. In some circumstances you could even pop free bottles and get line cutting privileges at your birthday party. As an avid party goer, I’d like to personally thank you Mike!
Every single company and person participating was innovative and enthusiastic. They were honored to be there and it showed as they interacted with the crowd. I wish I could talk about all 16, but this post is already a borderline novel. I’m excited to stay on top of Mystery Gift Machine, RecoVend, SecPanel, Bakepedia, Lingerie Planet, Mixer, Be, Slide Seed, Renda and Viral Gains. When one or all of them become THE NEXT BIG THING, I’m totally going to say ‘I told you so.’