Frank Gruber is an entrepreneur and new media journalist focused on sharing his Web product expertise and analysis on Web 2.0, social media and emerging technologies in articles and videos online. His works have been featured in TechCrunch, iMediaConnection, ReadWriteWeb Network, Huffington Post and on his popular personal tech blog which he updated daily from June 2005 till December 2009 (when he redirected all his energies to build the Tech Cocktail media business).
Gruber was dubbed by the Washington Post and LA Times as a digital nomad and early adopter of coworking for his ability to go to work from anywhere. Gruber has been recognized by The Washingtonian magazine as a two-time (2009 and 2011) Washingtonian Tech Titan. Gruber was named one of Forbes Top 20 Most Media Connected in Tech and named a blogger every Isreali startup should know by the Isreali publication, The Marker. Gruber and his partner Jen Consalvo were dubbed “The Mixologists” in the November issue of DC Modern Luxury magazine in November 2011. He was listed as one of Washington D.C.’s most influential movers and shakers under 40 in February 2012. A Chicago native, Frank was honored as one of the Midwest’s 100 most influential people in tech as part of the TechWeek 100 in June 2012.
Frank co-founded Tech Cocktail with Eric Olson, in Chicago (Frank’s hometown - Go Cubs!) in 2006 to help better connect and amplify the local technology signal and have some fun doing it. Since 2006, Tech Cocktail has grown to become a media company offering technology news, events and community-powered projects open to technology enthusiasts, entrepreneurs & professionals interested in the latest technology in their community. Tech Cocktail produces tech startup events in over 20 markets in addition to cover the tech startup ecosystem. Tech Cocktail also co-producer of Digital Capital Week (@DCWEEK), a 10 day festival in Washington DC focused on technology, innovation and all things digital in our nation’s capital.
Frank was formerly a product strategist and evangelist for the Aol social networking group, which included such products as AIM, SocialThing, Goowy, Bebo and ICQ with a focus on communications and lifestreaming products. Frank was instrumental in connecting Aol with a number of industry experts, media and start-ups (some of which were acquired by Aol). Frank departed Aol right before the Aol spinoff January 1, 2010.
Frank has experience bootstrapping on a variety of start-up endeavors. Frank is a co-founder of Shiny Heart Ventures, a technology start-up focused on building community driven products that remind people of the joys of life. Shiny Heart Ventures first product, Thankfulfor.com is an online gratitude journaling community that has been praised by CNN, TechCrunch and CBS News among others.
Frank currently lives in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. but travels a lot as he circles the globe speaking, hosting events and helping entrepreneurs, startups and technology communities amplify their local technology signal.