#TUGG10: A Look at 2009 with DataXu


Values: Innovation Through Collaboration

After 3 years of organizing the Wine Party, Jeff and Hemant knew they had something extraordinary to offer Boston’s tech and nonprofit communities. In December of 2009 TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good) was officially founded as a 501C3 by Jeff Fagnan, Hemant Taneja, and Dana Samuels. Dana joined as our Executive Director and the 2009 Wine Party served as TUGG’s official launch.

Also in 2009, DataXu was founded on the premise that data science could help make marketing better. Not just more efficient for agencies or more profitable for brands, but also more personalized and more engaging for consumers.

"Since we left the labs at MIT, DataXu has been focused on using science to make marketing better. While it’s great that the Boston area’s world leading universities churn out super smart data scientists, there’s a huge opportunity gap in our region and society. That’s why our values include innovation through collaboration not just for our business, but also for the Boston community. TUGG, Year Up, and our own DataXu Cares monthly service partnerships define who we are and how we connect to the greater good. The DataXu team is already looking forward to #TUGG10, as it’s a fun way to build a community that supports the development of local service providers."  - Mike Baker, CEO, DataXu

#TUGG10: A Look at 2008 with Runkeeper


Inherently Centered Around Social Good

After two successful Wine Parties, Jeff and Hemant saw that it was time to take this event to the next level. They met BUILD earlier that year and knew that a program focused on early entrepreneurship for under-resourced youth would engage Boston’s tech community in new ways… and it did! The 2008 Wine Party led to the start of BUILD in Boston.

That same year Runkeeper was founded in Boston and launched their first app in the Apple App store. The company has been a supporter of social good in Boston from the start!

"Runkeeper's mission is one that inherently centers around the social good, in that we're trying to get everyone around the world exposed to the benefits of running. This mission drives everything we do, from hiring to goal setting to day-to-day operations. Building a company culture that cares about charitable giving is in many ways a natural extension of tying everything back to our mission to get the whole world running, particularly because running and charitable giving are often so intrinsically linked."  - Jason Jacobs, Co-Founder & CEO, Runkeeper

Big congrats to Runkeeper on their acquisition!

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A Company that Will Outlast Us

The second post of our #TUGG10 series looks back at 2007, the year that marketing giant, Hubspot raised its first institutional round of funding. Since then the company has IPO'd and solidified its place in Boston tech history, not only because of its success but also because of its commitment to build a company rooted in a sense of community.

"HubSpot's aim from the start was to build a company that would outlast us. We set out to transform how organizations market and sell to match how modern customers shop and buy. In parallel, we wanted to build a company that redefined work to match how people actually want to live and work on a daily basis. Our culture has been a key ingredient in helping our company and customers grow, as has being part of the Boston tech community--we feel lucky to be building a global company headquartered here every day."  - Brian Halligan & Dharmesh Shah, Co-Founders Hubspot

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#TUGG10: A Look at 2006 with Veracode

We're Celebrating 10 Years of TUGG and the Tech Community Coming Together!

Always in Your Corner

In our kick-off #TUGG10 post we are looking back at our very first Wine Party and highlighting long time partner, Veracode. Thank you Veracode for your contributions and leadership to our community!

"When I think about why philanthropy is a core part of Veracode’s company culture, all I have to do is take a look around. Veracode’s employees are an incredibly philanthropic group – giving back is a thread that runs through all of our team. Whether they are participating in Tech Gives Back, shaving heads with hack/reduce for St. Baldrick’s, or coming together to help a colleague’s family in need, when asked to help, Veracode employees always show up and step up. We’ve been a supporter of TUGG for 10 years and are excited to see what the next 10 years bring!" - Bob Brennan, CEO Veracode

Interested in sponsoring TUGG's 10th Annual Wine & Tequila Party?
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#TUGG10 Looks Back at 10 Years in Boston Tech

Save the date TUGGers!

Save the date! We're celebrating TUGG’s 10th Annual Wine & Tequila Party on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Join us in support of social innovation at the largest celebration of Boston’s tech community under one roof, on one night.

TUGG is the community engagement platform that connects New England's tech entrepreneurs with socially innovative organizations serving local under-resourced youth. Over the last 10 years, TUGG has grown alongside Boston’s tech community.

To commemorate this special anniversary year of our famed Wine & Tequila Party, we're launching a series called #TUGG10. For the ten weeks leading up to the party we'll be highlighting friends of TUGG and Boston tech companies that were founded in the ten years from 2006 to 2016.

Every Monday, starting on February 1, we’ll feature a post from TUGG’s supporters in the tech community that were founded (or funded) in the years between 2006 and 2016. First up will be Veracode, a friend of TUGG’s for 10 years!


We know TUGGers are a competitive lot, and we are here to whet your appetite (pun intended).

Follow along each week and participate in our weekly twitter contests. Winners will receive a bottle from each of our supporting vineyards (each bottle retails at ~$100) and will be entered into our grand prize drawing at the Wine & Tequila Party.

Starting February 1 we’ll be tweeting out one question at noon every day of the week, Monday through Friday. The first person to guess the correct answer will be entered into a drawing for that week. Each Friday we’ll announce a winner. Questions will be (mostly) centered around Boston tech company history.

All winners from every week will be entered into our grand prize drawing the night of the Wine & Tequila Party. So a note to all you winos, follow @TUGGorg on twitter and set your calendar reminders to noon every day and remember to participate for your chance to win some fancy booze!

Note: To win you must follow @TUGGOrg and use #TUGG10.

Recommend a Nonprofit

What’s a Wine Party without the nonprofits? We’re seeking three new nonprofits to feature at our Wine Party and we need your help to find them! They’ll be in the running to walk away with $50K in grant funding, which you and other attendees will choose at the party.

We’re looking for innovative New England-based organizations operating for less than 5 years, with budgets under $300,000, and a focus on helping under-resourced youth.

Know of a kick-ass non-profit that could benefit from this cash and exposure? Submit your recommendation here.

Share this post with your friends to help spread the love about #TUGG10 and give your peeps a chance to win!

Interested in sponsoring the Wine & Tequila Party?
Email Zoe Anetakis (zoe@accomplice.co) for more info!