Pelonkey at 2015 SXSW Interactive

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Austin, is it time to come back yet?

It was just a couple months ago that our CEO Nicole and social media intern Danielle hit the road in their swanky Chevy Volt, courtesy of Buick and Digital DC, and headed to Austin, TX to exhibit Pelonkey at SXSW Interactive. 22 hours of driving led them through Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock, and parts of Texas where they met local talent, checked out the entertainment scene (or at least what they could see of it during their hour-long rest stops), and spoke to a few performers about their life on the stage.

Once in Austin, Nicole and Danielle hit networking events, parties after parties, and conferences meeting local and remote companies and representatives, their only goal to make sure that everyone knew the name Pelonkey by the time they left. Arriving with a fairly open game plan, the two also spent time in the convention center and on the city streets checking out talented performers (and not only musicians!) that make Austin the live music capital of the country.

The highlight, for sure, was taking part in the Monday night WeDC House event, which was the place to be. Pelonkey was the most sought-after table inside, passing out swag left and right, and DJ Neekola made an appearance outside, spinning between live acts as the evening’s host. A surprise visit and shout out from DJ Kool sealed the deal as the best night of SXSW! No doubt about it, Pelonkey will definitely be back next year.

Throughout all of SXSW and the journey traveling to Austin from DC, Nicole and Danielle had their GoPro turned on, gathering footage of daily events, parties, and interviews with local entertainment.

Below, check out our little photo diary of Pelonkey’s trip to SXSW 2015!

 

We started our drive bright and early on Saturday morning, March 14. Taking a car down to Austin instead of a plane allowed us the freedom to stop whenever and wherever we wanted to explore. We were out to discover any kind of local talent we could. After conducting some research and outreach at home before the trip, it turned out that hitting the streets yielded the best results. On Day 1, from Knoxville to Nashville to Memphis, the Pelonkey duo was uncovering talent and native flair around every corner. And also eating some crazy good southern BBQ while enjoying the sites!

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On the second and last exhausting and exhilarating day of the road trip (you try squeezing 22 hours of driving into two days without wanting to stop, drop, and nap), we were anxious to finally arrive in Austin. We took a pit stop in Little Rock and then flew straight on to Texas, where we only stopped for more BBQ (never enough) and finally arrived in the heart of downtown Austin. Our first party (and main event!) that evening was with Tech Cocktail at Maggie Mae’s. From there, we wandered the city streets, hopped to more bars and parties, made new friends, and soaked up as much of Austin as we could until 3am, running on fumes from little sleep.

        

Continuing with the motto “sleep is for the weak”, we were up and at ’em Monday morning preparing for a long day in Austin. The first half of the day was spent party-hopping, chatting up new people, plotting and planning the Pelonkey launch, and sniffing out free food & drink. Finally, after a focus meeting, it was time to get ready for the We DC House event, where DJ Neekola donned her pink ‘do to hit the decks and Danielle worked the Pelonkey table inside. We DC has been a great supporter of Pelonkey, and partnering with them for their SXSW event was just one of many collaborations to come. Thank you guys so much for helping to bring us to Austin and for putting on such a great party! You guys rock!

                        

The highlight of the night was when Neekola was blasting “Let Me Clear My Throat”, and DJ Kool himself walked over to say “Hey, that’s my song!” He grabbed the mic and gave Neekola and Pelonkey a shout-out, essentially rocking both the party and our world.

The last few days of SXSW, Nicole and Danielle did more of what they came to do: network. Beautiful Austin weather followed them everywhere, and introductions were made to individuals and companies from all across the country.

We are so grateful we were able to go to SXSW 2015, and we can’t stress enough how much we learned and how many great contacts we made. Pelonkey is close to launching, and the excitement we felt in Austin surrounding our venture and the tech culture in general was infectious! Thanks to everyone who helped get us to Austin, and we can’t wait to come back! 

              

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Pelonkey’s CEO, DJ Neekola, Performs at the RAMMY Awards 2014!

At one of the most exciting events of the year, Pelonkey CEO DJ Neekola was booked to perform at this year’s RAMMY awards!

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Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, this year’s event was bigger and better than ever!

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Hosted by RJ Whyte’s fabulous event planners, the convention center looked immaculate.

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Neekola’s booth stood above the main bar area, where various whiskeys, spirits, craft beers, and cocktails were being served to the guests.

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The night started with a live band, keeping the crowd in a fun, upbeat mood to eat, drink, and socialize!

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During their awesome performance, DJ Neekola took the opportunity to go network with some of the biggest socialites in the city.

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She even ran into a Pelonkey Board member, Victoria Michael with VM Public Relations!

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Catch a spotlight post on her in the Pelonkey blog soon!

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We also ran into a great friend of ours, Daniel Mahdavian, partnered with a couple new restaurant ideas launching soon – stay tuned!

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Those are bound to be incredible new eating spots in the city!

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With a different theme at each station, all of the chefs from various restaurants and eateries in the area represented a different country.

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The hand-written chalk decor for these food stations was nothing short of stunning!

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Once we had our fun running around, munching on some delicious eats and chatting with some of the best people you will ever meet, it was Neekola’s turn to take over the dance floor!

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Starting off the dance and party portion of the evening was a live flash mob!

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As always, DJ Neekola used her superior skills to read the crowd and rouse everyone to the dance floor!

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This was a fun task after the incredible flash mob dancers busted their moves, but she managed just fine to get everyone into the dancing mood!

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Keeping the crowd packed the whole night, she had to end the night with Andrea Bocelli remixed with Imogen Heap to clear the floor for cleanup, and people still found a way to dance to it!

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Her rhythms are just too good.

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A big thanks to all of our great photographers, such as Ben Droz, Brightest Young Things, and Washington Life Magazine the for some of these wonderful photos!

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Thank you to RJ Whyte for booking Neekola for this amazing event!

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The RAMMYS always promise good memories and great times with awesome people, and we very much appreciated being a part of it all!

Meet the @Pelonkey #AdvisoryBoard Members!

Ever wondered who the awesome brains behind the genius of Pelonkey are? Meet our amazing Pelonkey Advisory Board!

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 We will do a weekly spotlight on each member individually, and here is a quick look at our seven top notch advisors.

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Nicole Gallub, aka DJ Neekola, is our lovely Founder and CEO, and she has put together a rock solid team of people who really know what they’re talking about!

DJ Neekola: http://djneekola.com

Guest of a Guest: http://guestofaguest.com/tag/nicole-gallub

In The Capital: http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/all-series/dc-trendsetters-dj-neekola-spins-big-parties-and-a-big-business-idea/

Uber Stories: http://uberstories.com/tag/nicole-gallub/

Fox 5: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/23727653/dj-neekola-on-fox-5-dj-friday

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Max Major is DC’s best and most popular magician. He is also the Founder of Metro Event Specialists, the DMV’s finest event networking group which hosts mixers and workshops to help people boost their business and meet other like-minded individuals in their industry.

Max Major: http://maxmajor.net

Metro Event Specialists: http://metroevents.org/author/max-major

What Weekly: http://whatweekly.com/2014/01/30/magician-max-major-get-paid-to-play-tricks/

CBS DC: http://washington.cbslocal.com/tag/max-major-mind-reading-and-magic-show/

DC Metro Theater Arts: http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2013/07/24/an-interview-with-magician-max-major-by-eric-denver/

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Victoria Michael has run her own public relations company, VM Public Relations, since 2001. You might have seen some of her fine work with the Washington Nationals, the Washingtonian, or Dirty Martini, just to name a few.

Victoria Michael Public Relations: http://vmpublicrelations.com

Washington Life Magazing: http://www.washingtonlife.com/?s=victoria+michael&x=15&y=9&=Go

Sip With Socialites: http://sipwithsocialites.com/the-socialites/victoria-michael

Guest of a Guest: http://guestofaguest.com/directory/victoria-michael

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Rich Shea is the owner of HiBall Events, one of the area’s biggest party and festival coordinators around. HiBall controls Big Night DC, New Orleans, Baltimore, Chicago, and National FreedomFest. Locally, check out HiBall Thursdays, which have great presence in the Clarendon scene.

HiBall Events: http://www.hiballevents.com

In The Capital: http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/all-series/dc-trendsetters-the-districts-biggest-party-thrower-rich-shea-preps-for-the-season/

Guest of a Guest: http://guestofaguest.com/tag/hiball-events

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Charles Koch, aka DJ Dirty Hands, is a prominent DJ in the area as well as a nightclub owner. Not only does he spin some crazy good beats, but he also owns Heist DC, a very popular lounge in DuPont.

DJ Dirty Hands: http://www.djdirtyhands.com

Heist: http://www.heistdc.com

The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2014/01/10/dj-chuck-dirty-hands-koch-mixes-the-news/

DC Cool: http://www.dccool.com/dj-dirty-hands

The Music Trust: http://themusictrust.com/djs/dirty-hands/

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Eddie Fam is the CEO of IMPACT Marketing & Events,  as well as the Events and Marketing go-to guy for the Winery at Bull Run. Eddie is also the founder of Networking for Good, which allows charitable organizations and business leaders to come network together on an affordable platform, as well as the Meant2Live Foundation, which promotes the well being of children and impoverished youth overseas.

IMPACT Marketing & Events: http://impactme.com

Networking for Good: http://www.meant2live.org/#!/networking-for-good

Meant to Live Foundation: http://www.meant2live.org/#!/home-page

The Winery at Bull Run: http://www.wineryatbullrun.com/about-us/the-people-of-twabr/

InKandescent Networking: http://inkandescentnetworking.com/network/eddie-fam-founder-networking-for-good

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Tony Cord is the Co-Chairman for DC Innovates, and handles corporate and client relations. He is also an Advisory Board member for ConnecTech DC and the National Crowdfunding Services.

DC Innovates: http://www.dcinnovates-us.org/about-us/board-of-directors/tony-cord

ConnecTech DC: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/morning_call/2013/01/connectech-initiative-launched-to-help.html

National Crowdfunding Services: http://www.prlog.org/12338923-accomplished-experienced-entrepreneur-tony-cord-joins-the-ncs-advisory-board.html

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Steve Britt is an experienced technology attorney who works for a small law firm, Leach Travell Britt pc, out in Tysons Corner. Steve also mentors tech startups and entrepreneurs on their legal issues and questions.

Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jstephenbritt

With this awesome team pulled together, we know Pelonkey will thrive! Please feel free to reach out to any of our Pelonkey Advisory Board members by emailing ciera@pelonkey.com “ATTN: Board Member Name” in the subject line.

@Pelonkey’s @DJCharity Spins for @STKWashDC’s #UnmiSTKable Party at #Intermix

Pelonkey‘s lovely DJ Charity performed for an in-store event at Intermix, a high-end clothing shop in Georgetown. Featuring the sneak preview of the brand new STK steak house and lounge in DuPont, the event featured high-end cocktails and fanciful appetizers to tantalize DC’s chic fashionistas to come out. DJ Charity spun some awesome beats for the ladies and gents, all coming to find out exactly what the scoop was with STK and to do some fabulous shopping at Intermix. Thank you, Steve Vansickle, for the awesome photo of DJ Charity below!

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Event hosts Fran Holuba, Anchyi Wei, Kelly Collis, and Megan Salvaggio presented a fabulous cocktail party inside the store, offering all insight to the new attitude STK would bring to DuPont dining starting Arpil 24th. Charity enjoyed playing girly and bright tunes, mixing in high-energy dance to get the shoppers in the party mood, especially since 10% of all sales purchases from Intermix went to benefit UNICEF.

To inquire/book DJ Charity, please visit her profile at http://pelonkey.com/dj_charity. Other fabulous media sources for UnmiSTKable event coverage listed below!

DJ Charity‘s website: http://officialdjcharity.com

About STK DC: http://togrp.com.previewdns.com/event_type/washington-d-c/

WDIW (What Do I Wear): http://whatdoiwear.co/2014/04/04/stk-washington-dc-unmistkable/

All Things Fashion: http://allthingsfashiondc.com/2014/04/07/intermix-georgetown-hosts-chic-gathering-for-upcoming-opening-of-stk-dc/

Pamela’s Punch: http://www.pamelaspunch.com/unmistkable-with-intermix-and-stk-when-fashionistas-foodies-collide/

K Street Magazine: http://kstreetmagazine.com/inside-wednesdays-unmistkable-party-at-intermix/

Guest of a Guest: http://guestofaguest.com/washington-dc/party-crasher/last-nights-parties-veuve-clicquot-tasting-dinner-unmistkable-at-intermix-aroche-preview-more&slide=2

Ask Miss A: http://askmissa.com/2014/04/08/recap-unmistkable-at-intermix-to-benefit-unicef/

DJ Neekola Presents Pelonkey for the DC Tech Breakfast!

DJ Neekola not only rocks out the decks as a professional disk jockey – she also uses her amazing experience and entertainment skills to push her start-up company, Pelonkey – an online booking agency that helps freelance entertainers with the business side of their work, as well as linking talent and client in a safe, protected environment.

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Not only will Pelonkey bring stability to an opaque and sometimes underhanded industry, it will connect the right people to the right resources, providing legal advice, merchant account access, client exchange, referral bonuses, contracting, invoicing, you name it. Neekola is prepared to take the event industry world by storm with the Pelonkey web app!

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People at the Tech Breakfast were definitely excited to hear her pitch, and we can’t wait for her to show off Pelonkey again! With the site gaining traction, valuable user feedback, and more, there’s no doubt that this company is the next big thing, and Neekola is really taking it places!

Pelonkey: http://pelonkey.com

Tech Breakfast: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/techflash/2013/06/ron-schmelzer-on-how-tech-breakfast.html?page=all

DJ Neekola presents at the Columbia Tech Breakfast for Pelonkey, Inc!

Last week, DJ Neekola made an excellent presentation at the Tech Breakfast in Columbia, MD! She did an awesome job explaining what Pelonkey is, what problem in the event industry it addresses, and how it will revolutionize the way business is done in entertainment.

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The Tech Breakfast is an awesome concept that helps creatives and innovators present their tech-based product/idea to an audience of active listeners – some other innovators, investors, company members, sponsors, and people genuinely interested in the growing tech entrepreneur field. And did we mention the free breakfast? Always a plus! DJ Neekola will present for Pelonkey again in DC on the Wednesday morning, February 12th Tech Breakfast. Contact Ciera@pelonkey.com directly if you are interested in attending!

Pelonkey: http://pelonkey.com/

Tech Breakfast: http://www.meetup.com/TechBreakfast/