I invite you to catch up with my son Justin on his blog Oatmeal Stout-Justin Thorp's Blog. This morning he posted about being part of the Washington, D.C. tech community. When he started working in D.C. more than five years ago, the tech community consisted of a bunch of guys and maybe a girl getting together at a bar. Now it has grown to get-togethers where a major auditorium is filled.
This community has served as a foundry where tech types throw their ideas and their contacts into a big pot and form a synergy that benefits everybody.