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Ryan Zimmerman, David Gregory, Chris Wallace, Darrell Green & Mark Ein Find An In…For Going Out!

By Daniel Swartz on April 21, 2011
Venga co-founder Winston Lord, Washington Nationals Third Baseman Ryan Zimmerman, and EnergyNOW! Associate Producer Heather Downen.
Venga co-founder Winston Lord, Washington Nationals Third Baseman Ryan Zimmerman, and EnergyNOW! Associate Producer Heather Downen.
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The Guest List:
Alexi Drucker: 1 | 2, Amanda McClements Martin, Gina Ghislaine Dakkouni: 1 | 2, Jeff Dufour, Jessica Gibson: 1 | 2, Kimberly Robinson, Lauren Bailey Pomponio: 1 | 2, Lauri Tamney, Lindley Thornburg, Lindsey Becker: 1 | 2, Mark Drapeau: 1 | 2, Mark Ein, Maziar Farivar, Mike Isabella: 1 | 2 | 3, Newsha Aboughaddareh: 1 | 2, Nycci Safier Nellis, Pamela Lynne Sorensen: 1 | 2, Peter Abrahams, Peter Cherukuri, Reg Stettinius: 1 | 2, Rory Pillsbury: 1 | 2, Sam Von Pollaro: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4, Shahab Farivar, Tiffany Evans: 1 | 2, Victoria Michael: 1 | 2, Wendy J. Gordon, Winston Bao Lord: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
PENN QUARTER -- San Francisco might have Foursquare, Yelp, and OpenTable, but Washington proved that it too can compete in the red-hot, location-based technology land rush currently underway, with Wednesday evening’s launch of locally-based Venga’s new mobile application and website.


Already the home to a handful of wildly successful startups, the District’s hottest new technology company allows consumers to get “the scoop on exclusive offers, specials, happy hours, music, and events at restaurants, bars, and nightlife venues” near them.

Venga co-founder Sam von Pollaro walks a reporter through the company’s mobile application.

Guests read-up on Venga’s many features.

And with close to 100 area launch partners teaming-up with them from the get go, it’s safe to say that the Venga team is making the most of its home-team advantage in Washington. Literally.

Indeed, Washington Nationals' Third Baseman Ryan Zimmerman was but one of the many VIPs who turned-out last night for Venga’s crowded launch party.

FOX News Sunday Host Chris Wallace (pictured second from left).


Held inside Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s recently-opened Fiola restaurant in Penn Quarter, the invitation-only affair’s guest list read like a who’s who of the city’s most recognizable athletes, media personalities, publicists, writers, publishers, and, of course, restaurateurs.

DC Magazine’s Tiffany Evans and Lindsey Becker flank Fiola’s Maria Trabocchi.

Venga co-founder Winston Lord and NBC News’ David Gregory chat with Washington Nationals Third Baseman Ryan Zimmerman.

Of course, the A-list crowd had much to do with Venga co-founders Reg Stettinius, Winston Bao Lord, and Sam von Pollaro’s longstanding ties to the D.C. community.

However, along with FOX News’ Chris Wallace, CNN's Ed Henry, Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green, Meet the Press moderator David Gregory, Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella, and White House speechwriter Cody Keenan, we also spotted plenty of under-the-radar business, media, and technology leaders, such as Huffington Post’s D.C. Bureau GM Peter Cherukuri, Microsoft Social Engagement Director Mark Drapeau, DC Magazine Publisher Peter Abrahams, UrbanDaddy D.C. Editor Jeff Dufour, and Venturehouse Group's Mark Ein.

Venga co-founder Reg Stettinius (pictured center).

The Silicon Beltway is alive and well!

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To learn more about Venga and to download the mobile application for either the iPhone or Android platforms, please visit the company's website.


Complimentary hors d’oeuvres were passed around courtesy of Fiola’s recently-opened kitchen.

Venga co-founder Sam von Pollaro’s parents stopped-by with a home-baked present.



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