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More Ways to Mingle

Kim Hart

Connections are key in a town like Washington. In any tech community, networking is an essential way to meet investors, fellow techies, entrepreneurs, bloggers and other movers and shakers about town.

I caught up with Ross Karchner, a local blogger who writes about technology in and around the Washington area at Ross Notes. About a month ago, he spun out a new site, DCTechEvents, where he keeps a running calendar of all the tech-related events going on in DC and Baltimore. He says that some of the meetups are full of engineers and techies. Others are more focused on socializing and mingling with like-minded bloggers, software programmers, start-up founders and other local tech enthusiasts.

Ross, 27, works at STBS, a Silver Spring software company that designs billing systems for telecommunications companies. On his blog, he has done a series of interviews with area entrepreneurs and visionaries. He's talked with the founders of nextDC and TECH Cocktail, two new networking groups getting off the ground. He also talks about the differences between DC and other tech-centric areas, like Silicon Valley, Boston and New York.

Here are a few other local tech blogs you may want to check out. The Buzz Bin, E-venting and DCMediaMakers talk a lot about new media and the Web, among other things. Widgify was started by Hooman Radfar, founder of Clearspring, a Silver Spring company that syndicates web widgets.

And if networking is what you're after, check out the happy hour events held by Capital Cabal. They throw monthly mixers that bring together a diverse cross-section of people.

Check it out. And keep me posted on other interesting blogs in the area so I can pass them along.

By Kim Hart  |  June 18, 2007; 6:43 AM ET  | Category:  Kim Hart
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Kim: Thanks for the hat tip. I was wondering why I was getting hits. These are some interesting blogs that I'll have to check out. Also check out D-Ring which features new media in the military/Pentagon.

Posted by: Geoff Livingston | June 21, 2007 10:01 PM

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