What we learned in Vegas at Tech Cocktail Celebrate

The Pelonkey Team had an amazing time out in Vegas this past week for Tech Cocktail Celebrate! We easily had the coolest booth at the expo, and Max Major and DJ Neekola tore up the pitch competition, impressing all the attendees, judges, and mentors with their passion and vision for the company.

We learned some very important tips and lessons from the many great speakers and panelists at the conference, including 1776 Co-Founder, Donna Harris! Some of these pointers that we felt were especially applicable for our company, we have shared below.

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1. Make your own path. We do not want to mimic or follow the rules and boundaries set by other companies, whether similar to Pelonkey’s goals or not. Pelonkey plans to completely revolutionize the event and entertainment industry, changing the way entertainers and party planners do biz together – that will take risks and traveling down the unbeaten path, a challenge we are more than excited to face!

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2. Be selective about whom you choose to partner with. The Pelonkey Team has worked very hard to bring our customers only the best in local partnerships for the company. We chose one of the most popular night venues in the city, Heist, to host our awesome entertainer events at; the Beat Refinery DJ school offers discounted classes and sessions to local DJs, who can also test to become Beat Refinery certified; Chuck Levin’s offers discounted equipment specials to Pelonkey musicians; Digital DC is our connect with the local DC government; EventsDC brings Pelonkey all the latest in events around the area as well as an in to the party planner side of things. We are always looking out for the best interests of our Pelonkey peeps!

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3. Know your audience and constantly customize your product to their needs. We want to know all the good stuff as well as what we can improve on here at Pelonkey – please reach out to us with any feedback! This site is for you all, so we want it to be the best experience possible.

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4. Be responsive on social media. Pelonkey’s company values focus our priorities on customer service. If you need something, we try to be as accessible as possible to your request, whether it’s in a tweet, email, FB message, text, you name it!

There are many other awesome tips we received from the pros at the Celebrate Conference, and we wanted to outline these four super important lessons we learned for all of our great supporters and users! Vegas was awesome, and we can’t wait to launch Pelonkey officially in early 2015! For more deets into what we did while at Tech Cocktail Celebrate, check out our previous blog post here.

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Updates while in Vegas for Tech Cocktail Celebrate!

Pelonkey has been super busy while we’ve been at this fun conference! Tech Cocktail Celebrate has certainly not disappointed!

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DJ Neekola and Max Major wowed everyone at the expo yesterday, including the judges! With fellow Vegas magician Luke Dancy, founder of Social Mischief, the Pelonkey expo booth was by far the best of the bunch!

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With giveaways like Pelonkey shades, stickers, pens, Chuck Levin’s sponsored Go-Pro camera, headphones, and more, Pelonkey’s booth was blasting fun music, entertaining people with two magicians, handing out fun swag from our other sponsors like Events DC and Digital DC, and pitching up a storm to anyone within earshot!

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Neekola took full advantage of the speakers, mentors, and classes being offered throughout the day at the conference.

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With the Pelonkey team back here in DC tweeting and posting updates throughout the day, all the home fans were able to enjoy the Celebrate Conference just as much as the people in attendance!

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Pelonkey has had a marvelous experience being back in Vegas for Tech Cocktail Celebrate, and we can’t wait to announce the outcomes for the pitch competition! Stay tuned!

Pelonkey goes to Vegas for Tech Cocktail Celebrate next week!

It’s the conference we have all been waiting for – Tech Cocktail Celebrate! This is a nation-wide expo and pitch competition that gathers in Vegas to see who the hottest showcasing startup is. Back in July, Neekola took Pelonkey out to Vegas for Tech Cocktail Week and won that competition, earning Pelonkey the chance to pitch with double the competition to national investors, techies, and other important people in the tech world next week!

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Tech Cocktail Celebrate is completely worthwhile with everything that it offers to both its competitors and participants. The conference presents a fantastic line up of speakers from companies like Zappos, SmartThings, and KISSmetrics to name a few. David Copperfield will be speaking as well, which is super exciting! For the competitors, there are also over 30 mentors available for personal business sessions, including 1776‘s own Donna Harris! Aside from an awesome expo opportunity that Pelonkey plans to take full advantage of, there will also be unlimited networking opportunities as well as fun parties and classes to attend.

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Pelonkey is the only startup represented from Washington, DC that is competing for the pitch presentations! Follow our other Pelonkey social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for some great updates throughout the conference! DJ Neekola and Max Major will also be live posting from their social media accounts as well, and as a general following, check out the Twitter hashtag #CelebrateConf to keep up with all of the awesome events. It will be almost as if you were there yourself! We will keep you all updated on how Pelonkey does in the competition as the conference unfolds.

Annual Washingtonian Style Setters at the W Hotel with Pelonkey CEO, DJ Neekola!

Modified from Ciera Gallub‘s post on DJ Neekola’s blog, 9/30/14.

Last Thursday night, Pelonkey‘s CEO, DJ Neekola was asked to perform for the infamous Washingtonian Style Setters event, held at Pinea Restaurant in the W Hotel.

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 The event honors the top 10 trendiest people in the City who dare to be different and fabulous with their fashion (pictured below).

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 DJ Neekola had the entire place bouncing whilst networking with the fiercest and most wonderfully styled people in the city.

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 Providing all the lighting for the evening, Pelonkey and Neekola Entertainment’s lights had the room glowing a beautiful blue with amber and white accents.

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Eventually, the restaurant opened up the downstairs and patio area to allow the guests to really spread out and enjoy the luxurious W Hotel and all of its fun little hangouts.

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Neekola kept the crowd pumped the entire night, and everyone was having a blast!

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Style Setters 2014 was definitely a night to be remembered!

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 A big thanks to Revamp and Guest of a Guest for the wonderful pictures!

Have you seen Pelonkey’s CEO, DJ Neekola’s new website?

It’s all the buzz right now! DJ Neekola‘s new website is phenomenal, engaging, and entertaining – exactly the way DC’s best DJ should be!

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As the CEO of Pelonkey, Nicole Gallub currently funds Pelonkey almost entirely from the success of DJ Neekola. Make sure you check out the site when you get a chance; without even probably realizing it, you will be contributing to the success of Pelonkey!!

Pelonkey DJs Neekola, Alkimist, Phlipz, and Vicious spin at Heist for DJ Beaini’s birthday bash!

Modified from Ciera Gallub‘s post on DJNeekola.com 9/18/14.

Last Tuesday night at Heist was off the chain! Not only did a handful of Pelonkey‘s best DJs get together for the infamous Heist Industry Tuesdays evening of shenanigans, it was DJ Beaini‘s birthday bash celebration!

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Heist was stuffed with dancing people all night long, popping bottles, sparklers flying, and nuttiness ensuing, all thanks to Neekola, Vicious, Phlipz, and Alkimist bustin’ out their killer jams. It was such a great party!

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Tuesdays are always awesome nights at Heist, and celebrating DJ Beaini’s birthday only made it that much more fun for our awesome Pelonkey DJs to perform! Make sure you catch the next Industry Tuesday at Heist! They are not nights to be missed!

DJ Neekola and DJ Hi Def shred the decks at Heist!

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Last Saturday was completely nuts (in an awesome way!) as Pelonkey‘s DJ Neekola and DJ Hi Def spun out some crazy beats at one of DC’s most popular night clubs, Heist, one of Pelonkey’s partner venues!

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DJ Hi Def opened up the night with his heavy house style, adding a kiss of hip hop and modern jams, making the crowd go crazy!

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Around midnight, Neekola rolled in with her pink hair a’blazin’, creating waves with her bass beats!

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The dance floor was full the entire night, with people still partying when the lights turned on. Nobody was ready to go home! Make sure you check out Heist the next time this Pelonkey duo hits the decks – the party doesn’t stop!

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is at Nordstrom Tyson’s Corner Center with Pelonkey’s DJ Neekola!

Article modified from Ciera Gallub’s post on djneekola.com.

Last Friday, Pelonkey‘s very own CEO, DJ Neekola, performed for an in-store specialty event at the Nordstrom of Tyson’s Corner Center, with special guest Sarah Jessica Parker!

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The beautiful SJP was showing off her fabulous line of designer shoes, each and every one of them making you feel like you were SJP herself!

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While all the Nordstrom shoppers eagerly got in line to meet the beautiful Sex & the City actress and icon (and maybe even snag a pic and an autograph!), DJ Neekola kept the vibe upbeat, bouncy, and totally girly!

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After her performance, SJP told Neekola that her music was amazing! She loved her pink hair and even asked Neekola if she could get a picture with her! How awesome!

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This was definitely a highlight of DJ Neekola’s events at Nordstrom – we love SJP!! A big thanks to the wonderful Nordstrom team for having Pelonkey’s DJ Neekola perform for this super opportune reveal event!

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For more on SJP’s appearance at Tyson’s Nordstrom, check out What Do I Wear, DC Racked, 94.7 Fresh FM, Guest of a Guest, Tyson’s Corner Patch, Yahoo News, City Shop Girl, A Diva State of Mind, ZIMBIO, The Fab Empire, Obsessed Magazine, TPWP DC Guide, and A Loyal Love.

CEO, DJ Neekola, Represents Pelonkey for the June #MESmixer at Malmaison in Georgetown

Last month, DJ Neekola went to the Metro Event Specialists‘ June mixer at the beautiful Malmaison in Georgetown!

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Representing her startup, Pelonkey, Neekola was able to network with some of the best in the event and entertainment industry.

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Partnering up with the Meant 2 Live Foundation, Metro Events has started #MEScares by raising donated clothing and accessories for inner city youth as they join the city’s workforce, benefiting House DC.

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It was a wonderful mixer, as always, and this time around was hosted by JBC Events. Neekola walked away with multiple new contacts from her great networking!

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Look for updates on #MESworks as well, which are workshops to help companies boost their events business evening more by taking classes taught by experienced industry professionals. Hope to see you at the next #MESmixer!

Pelonkey’s DJ Neekola Judges the Taste of Prince George Best In Glass Mixology Competition!

Last month, DJ Neekola was a judge for the Taste of Prince George Best In Glass Mixology Competition! She sat alongside four other judges at Proud Mary Restaurant, DJ Nonchalant, DJ Bobby Rox, DJ DNitty, and DJ Xplosive.

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Since the theme was for DJs to judge the drinks, the host for the evening was none other than Biz Markie! Run by FlyCandy Media, Proud Mary looked awesome!

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The bartenders really got into their drink mixology!

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All four cocktails were incredible, and Neekola enjoyed sipping on the exquisite recipes.

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At the end of the evening, the winner was announced and all attendees received swag bags, leaving Proud Mary restaurant quite content!

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It was a wonderfully fun evening, and DJ Neekola was very happy to make some new DJ friends, judge the delicious cocktails, and participate in the Taste of Prince George event! Thank you for having her!