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EMBOLDIA @ Burlington Generator

  • Generator 40 Sears Lane Burlington, VT, 05401 United States (map)

Calling all consumer-technology entrepreneurs, consultants, and investors.

Please join EMBOLDIA in welcoming guest speaker serial entrepreneur Lin Dai, Co-Founder of Hooch, the first members-only cocktail app for an evening of conversation and networking. The conversation will be facilitated by Co-founder Michael Nedell

Also featuring Shameless Plugs, an around the room no-holds-barred 2-minute opportunity for attendees to share current business concepts, garner interest for investment opportunities, seek collaboration or engage with potential employees or employers.

About Lin Dai

Lin Dai is a serial entrepreneur, former publicly traded company chief marketing officer, and sought-after speaker in the consumer-technology industry. Lin Dai and his co-founders pioneered the Hooch app, the first membership-cocktail app where members pay $9.99 a month and receive one drink every day at over 600 participating bars and lounges. The winner of Anheuser-Busch/InBev's SXSW Startup competition and a finalist in Richard Branson's Extreme Tech Challenge, Hooch is available in ten cities around the world.

Lin Dai served as Chief Marketing Officer at Keek, a top video app for Millennials where Lin grew Keek's worldwide audience to 75 million users through partnerships with top brands including the World Cup, Formula One, Sundance, MTV VMAs, Emmys, iHeartRadio, Teen Choice Awards, Live Nation, and the Kardashians. The company was successfully taken public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. As VP of Digital Programming for Emmis NY, Lin led all digital and television initiatives for the iconic brand HOT97. Lin launched Loud Digital, a premium digital network reaching 61 million viewers and produced Boost Mobile Summer Jam live streams, the largest live streaming Hip Hop events on the web, Pepsi's award-winning web series Road To Summer Jam, in collaborations with VEVO and YouTube, and VH1's comedy series This Is HOT97.

As SVP, Programming & Development for Alloy, Lin oversaw development of original and branded content, digital marketing strategy, and distribution for the Alloy Digital Network, as well as responsible for marketing, social media and digital development for Alloy’s entertainment properties, including Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars. In 1999, he founded, the first social network and online magazine for teens, and successfully took the company public. Lin is a graduate of the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. He was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award, followed by a tenure as the youngest adjunct professor at CMU, developing its first set of credited courses on Web Publishing.

About Michael Nedell

Michael J. Nedell is the COO and Co-founder of He is the former owner of,, and has a wide range of experiences in digital marketing, web development and is driven by a passion for local food systems and local economic health. He is an award-winning National and International Snow Sculptor and an artist or many mediums, specializing in the transitory and ephemeral.

Evening Schedule

5:30-6:00 Networking
6:00-6:10 Welcome, Recognition of Partners,
 Introduction to

6:10-6:40 Conversation with Lin and Michael
6:40-7:00 Q&A
7:00-7:15 “Shameless Plugs” ( Attendee Participation)
7:15-7:45 Networking

Event is FREE and Open to the public! But please register!


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