Pelonkey Board, BAM, & Partners celebratory happy hour!

On Tuesday, our wonderful Pelonkey team celebrated our amazing new tech partnership with a fun come and go happy hour! BAMtech members were able to meet and interact with our amazing Advisory Board, partners, and lawyers.

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The whole team had a blast making friends! Pelonkey’s partners the Beat Refinery DJ school and Heist were there to sip in the celebrations!

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Our amazing CEO DJ Neekola made a toast to a glorious future where Pelonkey will disrupt the beans out of the events and entertainment industry!

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We are beyond thrilled to welcome BAM on to the Pelonkey team, and we can’t wait to make this app a success together!

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Beautiful corporate gala at the Library of Congress with Design Cuisine, Pelonkey CEO DJ Neekola, Braxton Cook, and Max Major!

Taken from Ciera Gallub‘s post on the DJ Neekola blog 11.11.14.

Tis the season for the fun corporate holiday parties to start rolling in! Design Cuisine make the Library of Congress look and feel immaculate for this high end corporate party, bringing out top talent for the evening – Pelonkey CEO DJ Neekola on the decks, Braxton Cook with some sweet jazz sax, and Max Major with his mind-reading abilities!

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DJ Neekola was thrilled to have some top Pelonkey talent rocking the evening with her!

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Braxton did an amazing job on the sax, playing along to Neekola’s tunes, and even hopping on the bar a few times to jam out for the guests!

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Max Major pulled some top notch levitation, amusing and thoroughly baffling many of the fancy bystanders!

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With Amaryllis designs and florals bringing together a perfectly sculpted tasting palate from Design Cuisine, the presentation could not have been more perfectly tuned.

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The event was lovely, and all of the guests had a wonderful time enjoying the music and talents of all of Pelonkey’s finest performers! Thank you to Design Cuisine for allowing everyone to be a part of such a great experience! Here’s to the next awesome party!

We spy a Pelonkey ninja at the 5th Anniversary MES Masquerade mixer!

Modified from Ciera Gallub‘s post on DJ Neekola’s blog on November 6th, 2014.

Being keen as ever, Pelonkey CEO DJ Neekola hopped around the Metro Events Specialists 5th Anniversary Masquerade party without anyone knowing who she was until her reveal!

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The MES event did not disappoint! Taking place at the beautiful Carnegie Library at Mt Vernon Square, the venue was completely decked out for the occasion.

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Beautiful lights and draping landscaped the rooms and halls, and strange but brilliant masked creatures turned up around every corner, making the night take on a mythical vibe!

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Neekola had an incredible time munching on tasty little treats and morsels, dancing to the band, enjoying a libation or two from the open bar, getting her picture snapped left and right from the Umbrella Syndicate, socializing with friends, and networking Pelonkey with the best professionals the DMV events industry has to offer.

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Here’s to the next amazing MES mixer and five more spectacular years!

Our CEO, DJ Neekola, had an amazing birthday party at Heist last month!

Content modified from Ciera Gallub‘s post on DJ Neekola’s blog on 11/5/14.

Were you there at Pelonkey CEO DJ Neekola‘s birthday party at Heist last month? What a great night!

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Not only did Neekola want to celebrate turning 21, she also wanted to show off her amazing tech startup, Pelonkey!

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We were giving away awesome swag and raffling off some super cool prizes! Chuck Levin’s sponsored a couple pairs of headphones as well as an entire JBL sound system!

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Congrats to our Pelonkey winners!

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All proceeds from the raffle ticket sales went to both the Meant 2 Live Foundation and Pelonkey’s crowdfunding efforts!

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Neekola had such a great time rocking out with all of the Pelonkey DJs on the decks that night, and she even hopped on herself for a minute!

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A big thanks to all of our DC DJ’s that played that night at Heist – Hi Def, Wizdom, Welbot, Oz, Alkimist, Vicious, Phlipz, Ri5e, Dirty Hands, you’re all amazing!!

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And thank you to Heist for hosting such a great event!

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Huge shoutout to everyone who came out and partied with us – you’re all the best!

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Make sure you all sign up for Pelonkey! We want your talent and your party needs – our Pelonkey team will take care of you!!

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.

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 the DC Crowdfunding Challenge!

Last week, the Pelonkey team headed out to attend the launch event for the DC Crowdfunding Challenge!

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Hosted by the National Crowdfunding Services and Digital DC with DC Innovates, the event wanted to raise awareness for the upcoming crowdfunding pitch competition and to harvest more DC Sharks.

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Pelonkey Advisory Board members Tony Cord and Max Major were in attendance, and Tony spoke on the basic goals of the Challenge on the Fish & Richardson rooftop.See what people are saying about the City’s efforts to help small, local businesses raise money!

Pelonkey Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Steve Britt with LTB Law

Steve Britt is an incredible law firm partner who helps advise the Pelonkey team on all matters legal! In addition to being a great Pelonkey Advisory Board member, Steve also mentors a lot of early stage companies. Currently, he is mentoring a graduate of Acceleprise and a new inductee into MACH 37. Steve also advises an interesting NSA hybrid storage company as well as a Big Data play, run by the former head of SAP Mobile. He has just been invited onto the board of MIT Enterprise Forum.

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Steve knows how hard it is to build a good company, so he utilizes his “strategic negotiating skills” to provide Pelonkey solid business advice based on his knowledge and extensive experience. Even in his personal job commitments, Steve sees the importance of providing people something beyond just the hourly rate. He helps clients understand that there are usually ways to reduce risk while still achieving primary goals. Especially for Pelonkey, avoiding surprises is important this early in a company’s life.

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Steve’s main hobby outside of his work is to chase his precious 4 year old around his house (Here it comes, everyone! Let’s all let out a giant “Awwww!”). He also enjoys a good round of golf, preferably in Italy, which is where his wife will argue is the most wonderful place to travel in the world! As if he didn’t impress you enough already, Steve has eaten rattlesnake before! Ewwwwww, but cool!

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We are super excited here at Pelonkey to have the amazing Steve Britt on our team! He makes for an incredibly smart and intellectual advisor.

Pelonkey Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Tony Cord

Tony Cord is our awesome connector and thinker here on the Pelonkey Advisory Board. Not only does he love to find interesting people and business to introduce us to, he is also very strategic about his advice. Years of experience in different DC sectors allow him to truly analyze Pelonkey‘s developments and figure out how to best help us reach the next platform of strong company formation!

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In addition to serving as one of our wonderful Advisory Board “cheerleaders”, Tony is on the board for multiple non-profits and organizations, including DC Innovates, which harbors the Digital DC Tech Fund, and the National Crowdfunding Services. Coming up is the first DC Crowdfunding Challenge, hosted by the National Crowdfunding Services, and Tony is very excited about it! In a format best described as Shark Tank meets Power to the People, “communities will be empowered like never before as the crowdfunding democratizes raising capital for projects, causes, and businesses, harnessing the power of social media and the Internet”.

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Tony has always been a go-getter and purveyor of helping people realize and accomplish their goals. He frequently volunteers in his community and promotes various local causes. Tony is also an angel investor and an entrepreneur, himself! He sees the need in the growing DC creative community for a business platform like Pelonkey, which will help so many entertainers get a better hold of their business and maximize on all the opportunity Pelonkey provides for them!

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When he is not working (rarely, he is always ready and looking for opportunity!), Tony likes to kick back to a nice glass of wine and cigar, preferably on a rooftop to watch the sunset with his guitar.

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Also a huge lover of beaches and the water, Tony aspires to travel the world. Enjoying his time with his four children and partner, Tina Palmer, Tony tries not to take himself too seriously and make sure he’s really living his life!

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We here at Pelonkey thrive off of Tony’s zest and energy! We are so proud to have him on our Advisory Board!

Pelonkey Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Eddie Fam

Written by Ciera Gallub, COO and Staff Writer

Meet Eddie Fam, one of our awesome Pelonkey Advisory Board Members! Eddie is also the President of IMPACT Marketing and Events, the founder of the Meant 2 Live Foundation, and the Marketing Director at the Winery at Bull Run. All these activities, you would think he’d be exhausted! Not Eddie; he is always lively, spirited, encouraging, and ready for the next challenge!

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With all of his great insight and experience, Eddie likes to connect private event clients to Pelonkey‘s many talented entertainers, whether for a wedding, corporate event, festival, or charity fundraiser, to name a few. Eddie has a real passion for Pelonkey and the company’s future impact. Pelonkey is going to change the way clients and entertainers do business together, making both sides more easily accessible to each other within a secure, trusted environment. For Eddie, this streamlined process will make the client’s event that much more wonderful and special!

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In his spare time, Eddie enjoys drinking wine, going to awesome rock concerts (here’s to U2!), and traveling the world. One of his favorite places to travel to is Africa.

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Every year, Eddie and the Meant 2 Live Foundation go out to Africa on a missions trip. In his most recent trip this past July, Eddie reunited with his brother, a Mission Priest who has dedicated his life to care for more than 220 orphans in Zambia. He is already hard at work planning next year’s trip to Zambia! M2L plans on continuing the expansion of their orphans project into three more communities.

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If you’d like to go on the next missions trip to Zambia, book your wedding at the Winery at Bull Run, or just have a smashing conversation with a genuinely happy, passionate guy, do not hesitate to introduce yourself to Eddie Fam! After all, humans are his favorite animal. They can impact every other animal out there! We are so proud to have someone like Eddie Fam on our Pelonkey Board of Advisors! Catch Eddie at any upcoming Networking For Good event!