Sold-Out PopSugar/TechCrunch MeetUp in LA

Apr 12, 2008 • Events
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Welcome to LA! Lights, camera and turn on your computer. Last night’s Geek Goes Chic event at the Vanguard in LA was hot! To a sold out crowd of 2,100 attendees, the PopSugar and Techcrunch combination made this event by far one of the largest events of the year. Free food, drinks and company showoffs were the usual tech scene but people that you generally won’t see came out to party. Here is the video of the night enjoy :)



Companies that attended the event:

MySpace: The largest social network on the internet and favorite community to music and other artists, big and small. MySpace will showcase new apps on the MySpace Developer Platform

Engage: The Internet’s first social dating community, combines contemporary social networking principles with established online dating tools to enable people to make meaningful connections in a way that is more like the real world. Community members can be single or involved in a relationship, and everyone works together to help like-minded individuals find one another in a fun, intuitive and low-pressure environment. Registration is fast and free, and it’s easy to invite your friends along for the good times. And we’re always updating the Engage Blog — check out all the photos, videos and commentary from the Geek Goes Chic Meet-up after the event, all from an Engage perspective. We look forward to meeting you!

Global Grind: The place for you to explore multimedia that matters to you. Discover new content, collect your favorites, share them with the world, and discuss them with the community. Global Grind makes it easy to access what your friends and those who share your tastes are surfing, watching, reading, and talking about. Get all the top news, gossip, humor, entertainment and more from around the web in one place, as voted on by our users.

Velocity Interactive Group: A venture fund organized by Ross Levinsohn, Jon Miller, and comVentures with offices in LA, Palo Alto and New York. Velocity Interactive Group is focused on digital media and communications. As of February 2008, it had $1.5B in assets under management.

Rubicon Project: The Rubicon Project is a group of industry-experienced, aggressive and passionate renegades dedicated to bringing a new level of efficiency to the fragmented Internet advertising space. The Rubicon Project’s ad network optimization service is the new online advertising standard that makes it effortless for websites to generate the mad cash they’ve always dreamed of. And, it’s free to join. Websites looking to make more money while doing less work should visit: is the leading provider of comment and blog access, aggregation and tracking technology. The company enables better conversations on the web by providing users the ability to centralize, track and share comments anywhere online. Through integration with major media companies and publishing platforms, coComment increases the visibility and exposure of comments to a greater user base of active commenters, bloggers and the public – creating more interesting user experiences, driving users to the commenting sites and linking conversations with a community.

Dimdim: The world’s free, open source web meeting company. Dimdim provides a free, hosted Web conferencing service where anyone can share their desktop, show slides, collaborate, chat, talk and broadcast via webcam with absolutely no download required for attendees. With Dimdim, now the world can meet freely at

DocStoc: DocStoc wants to do for documents what YouTube did for videos: put them online.

E.Factor: an E2E networking community. The only global social connector made by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.

Geni: Geni is a social-networking website for families to explore their geneology. Geni aspires to create a family tree of the whole world.

Mahalo: Mahalo is a human powered search engine founded by Silicon Valley veteran entrepreneur Jason Calacanis. Results are generated non-algorithmically by a team of profile builders who create pages for search terms.

Media Temple: TechCrunch’s own hosting provider, headquartered in LA. They keep the lights on at TechCrunch and we really appreciate their support.

Meebo: The Web’s live interaction platform. Founded in September 2005, over 30 million people use Meebo monthly, either at, or through Meebo Rooms on partner sites. Meebo’s investors include Sequoia Capital and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Visit to connect with friends live on the Web.

PicApp: Enables bloggers to choose from extensive collections of millions of copyrighted images being updated by the thousands each day that have been licensed from Getty Images, Corbis and other prestigious image agencies to visualize the content on their web sites. Each image is accompanied by a non-intrusive ad to drive royalties to the related content partners, instead of the traditional license fees.

ThisNext: ThisNext is a social commerce site where people recommend their favorite products so others can discover what’s best to buy online. It blends two powerful elements of real-world shopping otherwise lost for online consumers: word-of-mouth.

EventBrite: Thanks to Eventbrite for managing paperless ticketing and reservations for the TechCrunch MeetUp. Many thanks for keeping us organized.

MailChimp: Mailchimp powers email marketing for over 15,000 companies worldwide, from small startups and web-dev agencies to large organizations like American Airlines and Mozilla.


Efren Toscano

Efren Toscano founded TechZulu in the heart of Southern California: Orange County. Focused on providing a platform to showcase all that is happening here in the tech and media space. TechZulu is rapidly growing to be the hub for Southern California technology companies news source. Efren has been chosen as one of LA Weekly's People of 2009 and selected as a Top 20 MostPublic Individuals in Los Angeles in Tech and Biz by NowPublic. He divides his time between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and tech events around the US.

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