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 wins Tech Cocktail’s Startup Showcase pitch competition in Las Vegas!

Earlier this month, Pelonkey CEO Nicole Gallub went out to Las Vegas for Tech Cocktail Week.

On top of taking awesome tours of the Downtown Project, Zappos office, and the Vegas tech scene, Gallub also took workshop classes, attended seminars, and entered into a pitch competition to determine Tech Cocktail’s Hottest Showcasing Startup.

Pelonkey won! Gallub did an excellent job pitching the company, explaining how it will completely disrupt and revolutionize the event and entertainment industry! Way to go!

With this win, Pelonkey goes back to Vegas in October to pitch to a national audience of investors, business professionals, and other techies from across the US! Go Pelonkey!

Pelonkey Partners & Advisory Board Happy Hour!

On Wednesday, Pelonkey brought together its fabulous partners and Advisory Board members together for a meet and greet group happy hour! One of our great Advisory Board members, Tony Cord with DC Innovates, hosted the happy hour at his beautiful penthouse over in Thomas Circle, with yummy food sponsored by Chix (Eat Responsibly).

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Stylus Chris and DJ Alkimist came out from the Beat Refinery DJ school to meet our awesome Pelonkey Board! The Beat Refinery teaches people how to be an awesome DJ, and they have partnered with Pelonkey because they believe in the mission – this business will disrupt the events and entertainment industry! Performing artists aren’t always the savviest on the business end. Pelonkey provides a secure business platform for the entertainers and puts the power of their contracts back into their own hands. The Beat Refinery is completely on board with that! Another Pelonkey partner, Heist Lounge owner DJ Dirty Hands came out for the celebration! Heist allows Pelonkey to host sponsored events at their venue at no additional fee, with a heavy emphasis on the DJ market for entertainers.

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Other awesome Board members that came out were Victoria Michael with VM Relations, Rich Shea with HiBall Events, Eddie Fam with Meant 2 Live Foundation, and Steve Britt with Leach Travell Britt Law. DJ Neekola gave a quick update to everyone about all the exciting things that have been happening for Pelonkey, including our most recent win at Tech Cocktail in Vegas a couple weeks ago!

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It was an awesome evening, and everyone had a wonderful time getting to know each other and being the DREAM TEAM that they are! Thank you, guys! Pelonkey wouldn’t be what it is today without all of your awesome support!

Vote Pelonkey for Tech Cocktail Week’s Hottest Showcasing Startup in Vegas!

Today is the last day to cast your votes for Tech Cocktail Week’s Hottest Showcasing Startup! Please vote for Pelonkey!!

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Last week, Nicole applied to present Pelonkey for Tech Cocktail Week’s Startup Showcase and was accepted! During this event tonight in Vegas, Nicole will have her own set up at the startup expo, followed by Pelonkey and a select group of companies from Tech Cocktail Week competing with one minute pitches of their companies!

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Tech Cocktail Week’s Hottest Showcasing Startup competition is a reader’s choice vote, so please show your Pelonkey love!!

DJ Neekola Represents Pelonkey for Tech Cocktail Week in Vegas!

Yes, our lovely, wonderful DJ Neekola will be showcasing her tech startup, Pelonkey, in Vegas this week for Tech Cocktail Week, hosted by Tech Cocktail! After sending in an application against other startup companies across the nation, Pelonkey – based out of the 1776 DC startup incubator – was chosen to come to Vegas to network with the most promising companies around. Not only will she meet other like-minded entrepreneurs as passionate as she is about her company, Neekola (aka: Nicole Gallub) will also be able to network with investors, angels, venture capitalists, successful senior entrepreneurs, speakers, mentors, and other great techies at this conference!

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Frank Gruber with Tech Cocktail will be doing book signings for his newly released book, Startup Mixology. Also speaking throughout the week will be Jen Consalvo with Tech Cocktail, Saul Colt with Kinetic Cafe, Brad Wisler with SproutBox, Eric Olson with Origin Ventures, Andy White with VegasTechFund, and Amy Jo Martin with Digital Royalty. As if that weren’t enough, Neekola also applied to pitch for the Startup Showcase on Friday and was accepted! Pelonkey will be seen and heard by hundred of the right kind of people, for a one minute pitch time to fire out how awesome this events and entertainment app is! Go Neekola!

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We have big plans for Pelonkey, and Tech Cocktail Week is a great opportunity to continue to spread awareness and keep the good press going! Neekola is excited to network with other potential partners and mentors, as well as meet other awesome entrepreneurs throughout all the seminars, expos, tours, and classes that Tech Cocktail offers throughout the week while Pelonkey explores the playground that is Vegas. Bon Voyage, Neekola! We know you will do great things with Pelonkey and make the most out of your Tech Cocktail Week experience!