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LAist Attends Twiistup 3 and Gets Our Geek On!

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Perez Hilton on the "no" carpet

LAist had the opportunity to attend Twiistup 3 last week in Venice at the Air Conditioned Supper Club and it was a geek fest you didn’t want to miss! Tech startups, their employees and followers were joined by Venture Capital firms, bloggers, news crews and even Perez Hilton to enjoy a night of hands-on demos by 8 pre-selected local startups called “showoffs” for the night all while mixing and mingling amongst each other.

We previewed Twiistup last week, and in doing so took the opportunity to look at all of the companies who would be doing demonstrations that night. For your review, those companies were: Askmenow, Docstoc, Magento, OfficeZilla, PeopleJam, Rubicon (the winner of the competition), SpeedDate, ThemBid and Yellowbot.

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As the winner, Rubicon wins, free web hosting from (mt) Media Temple, 1 on 1 consultation from Clearstone Venture Partners and a $5000 Search Campaign from Yahoo! Search Marketing.

Twiistup's homepage also offered the opportunity to make a donation to Kiva when purchasing your ticket and after tickets were sold out and a hot commodity, Twiistup ran a contest that anyone who made a donation to Kiva would be entered into a drawing to win a ticket. The exciting "night of" news was the Rubicon matched all Kiva donations made through the Twiistup web site. This kind of small, but intensely gratifying, addition to the event is an important part of the evening not to be missed. Entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity to combine philanthropy and social enterprise models to their companies, the events they throw and the way that they conduct themselves and so kudos to Twiistup for making this part of the evening.