Photo Friday: Startup Culture in DC (Tech Cocktail DC)

Ted Jen Doug Tech Cocktail DC

This week’s photograph comes from Tech Cocktail DC 3, which happened on October 2, 2008. Tech Cocktail is a community building startup whose mission is “to amplify the technology signal in under served markets and have fun doing it.” Pictured are myself, Jen McCabe Gorman and Doug Elliott, Director of Sales & Marketing for Mingle360, one of the technology companies featured at the event.

With diet soda in hand, I got a small taste of the energy in our nation’s capital for innovation. It’s definitely here, and these environments are great places for health care professionals to learn about what’s next in technology. I think it’s also not a bad thing for technology startups to know that health care is interested in applying talent in the care of patients as well. As usual I see lots of application in clinical medicine in places like this. With thanks to Twitter for the tip off to the community building, as a community builder itself. More photos below.

Speaking of innovation in health care, Kaiser Permanente is working to create social networking spaces within the organization, which is terrific. As a result, I am now reposting and creating original content for a blog I have set up there, which I’m calling “Ted Eytan, MD, InsideKP.” For that audience’s benefit, Photo Friday is designed to visually highlight the diversity of the communities we serve, once a week, to keep the focus on my/our purpose to help people achieve their life goals through optimal health.

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