About Frank Gruber
Frank Gruber grew up in the Midwest heartland and is a CEO, entrepreneur, new media journalist, startup advisor, public speaker, and angel investor. He is the author of Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide To Building, Growing and Celebrating Startup Success published by Wiley. He co-founded Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail) in 2006, which has grown into a hub for the creative class, offering tech startup focused news, events, and resources. TechCo was successfully acquired by MVF Global in January 2018. Prior to his success with TechCo, Frank built and launched products for the masses while at AOL, Tribune, and Classified Ventures along with startup efforts like Thankfulfor, Splog Reporter and more.
Frank cofounded Established in 2018, a consultancy to help organizations with strategy, communications, innovation programs aimed at helping them to achieve their goals. Established also manage a startup community and program called Startup of the Year which hosts an annual conference, Startup of the Year Summit.
The Startup of the Year program has an investment community that Frank oversees to invest in the top companies that come through the program through Established Ventures. To date they have invested in four early-stage Startup of the Year program companies. In addition, Frank was a founding member of the NextGen Venture Partners and he sometimes makes investments in startups through that entity as well.
Frank was an early blogger on his personal blog Somewhat Frank which he grew into one of the top blogs on the internet during the Web 2.0 and social media boom of 2005 – before putting it on pause in 2010 to grow TechCo as a media company. He was one of the first contributors to TechCrunch in 2005. Aside from Somewhat Frank, TechCo, and TechCrunch, Frank’s works have also been featured in a number of top media publications like Fortune, HuffPo, ReadWrite, and more.
Frank is an entertaining host, emcee, and interviewer as he has interviewed on stage and camera some of the most noteworthy entrepreneurs and through-leaders from some of the most successful businesses in history. He currently hosts Somewhat Frank, a podcast he launched in 2018 and can be found everywhere you can listen to podcasts.
Frank was nominated for 2013 Entrepreneur of Year in Nevada, honored as a “Washingtonian Tech Titan” in Washington, DC in 2009, 2011, and 2013, and was named by Forbes as one of the most connected people in tech. His alma maters include Purdue and Northwestern respectively.
As a former collegiate athlete, Frank believes in hard work, but also knows the importance of work-life balance. He enjoys getting outside and being active, loves nature, swimming, strumming his guitar and/or ukulele, and taking photos of warm weather, beaches, and lattes, and watching sports – especially the Chicago Cubs.