Jun 192010

Thanks to everyone that came out on Friday, June 11th, to our TechCrunch Meetup.

For those of you who missed out, or did not hear about it, it all started on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 after TechCrunch announced that they were going to be holding Meetups nation-wide to celebrate their 5th birthday.  Later that same day, Steve Repetti, the Fort Lauderdale Organizer and member of the Data Portability Board, contacted me to inquire if our Social Geeks group might be interested in participating/attending.  After a few emails back-and-forth, I expressed that not only were we interested, but that I would welcome the opportunity to help plan/organize it with him.   It didn’t take long for us to formulate a plan and the pieces started to fall into place.

Our first successful hurtle came with the securing of our venue.  We knew we wanted this to be a party, not an “event”, and that being South Floridians, we wanted it by, or on the beach.  Enter Ocean Manor Hotel.  Located just behind their property sat probably one of the best kept secrets in South Florida, the Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar:

Within just a few short days, the number of meetups worldwide quickly rose and we quickly found ourselves competing with over 363 other Meetups worldwide just to get ONE of 50 tickets, worth almost $3000, to  their TechCrunchDisrupt conference next year in New York.

But we were not going to sit ideally by while other cities tried to pass us.  We reached out to the rest of our community and the response was incredible.  The result was, what we believe, was one of the best parties the South Florida tech community had seen in a long time.

By Friday, June 11th, the South Florida technological community had gathered together to show the rest of the country that ‘Silicon Beach’ is not just a slogan, but a state of mind.

We had representatives from several of the major local technology groups show up, including:

Deb Griffith from Incubate Miami

Steve Repetti from RadWebTech

Alex de Carvalho and Dean Bairaktaris.

Mark Laymon and the crew from NewTech

So now that we were gathered all in one place, we needed a way to show off to the rest of the country.

Enter, the man of the night.

The one-man Paparazzi.

The streaming specialist.

Francisco Jose Palacio Junior

See the results of all his hard work on our #tcmeetupsouthflorida channel over at livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

And what would a birthday party be without cake:

So Happy 5th Birthday TechCrunch.  Here’s to another 5 years:

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