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Ruby Riot 2012: Bold-faced names and pics

Posted by Scott Kirsner  February 21, 2012 10:44 PM

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There was a good half-hour at the start of tonight's Ruby Riot mixer at The Estate when you could circulate and schmooze easily. But once 500 or more people were crammed inside, and DJ David Gallant cranked up the music, conversation and circulation became a bit challenging. Still, you can't complain too much about a great party that brings together people from across the start-up ecosystem. Well, I can. With a roster of more than a dozen sponsors, the event had no free drinks and not a celery stick in sight. Really? The Boston tech community rocks, sure, but it rocks much harder with a couple of cocktail weenies in its stomach.

Here's who I saw:

Ben Einstein, founder of the new accelerator program Bolt... Fareed Mosavat, the new head of Zynga Boston... Jennifer Lum of Apricot Capital... Brian Shin of Visible Measures... Michael Pao of Uber Boston... Alex Pearlman of The Next Great Generation... and Mario Ricciardelli of HipHost.

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Outside the club, party hosts Patrick Campbell and Matt Lauzon of Gemvara and Cort Johnson of Terrible Labs.

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Waiting in line: Tom Summit of Wayfair, Paul Blumenfeld of Genero Search Group, John Landry of Lead Dog Ventures, and HR consultant Jennifer Neves.

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Gov. Deval Patrick addressing the crowd. It was, wisely, a brief speech on the subject of paying it forward — one of the event's themes.

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Crashlytics co-founders Jeff Seibert and Wayne Chang.

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TechStars managing director Katie Rae talks with CommuniSpace CEO Diane Hessan.

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Kabir Hemrajani of The Echo Nest with Nataly Kogan of Where/PayPal.

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Jason Evanish of Greenhorn Connect.

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Mike Champion of HubSpot with Ben Greene of an as-yet-unnamed startup.

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The Ruby Riot crowd, seen from the stage.

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Abby Fichtner of Microsoft, Dmitri Gunn of the MIT Media Lab, and Jeff Seibert of Crashlytics.

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DJ David Gallant, also a HubSpot employee.

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Mina Hsiang of General Catalyst, Brent Grinna of Evertrue, and Shoebuy founder Scott Savitz.

As I was leaving The Estate around 9:30, I bumped into two last folks: Eric Spitz of Beerdog and Paul Maeder, one of the co-founders of Highland Capital Partners. Maeder had more stamina than I did tonight: he was heading over to a dinner at Via Matta nearby.

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