In this week’s Social Scene, Charlie Baker of General Catalyst Partners gets his jitterbug on, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington is nearly a year older, Nihal Mehta of Eniac Ventures goes in search of tiger blood (see @charliesheen), and peHUB gets ready to Shindig!
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OUT & ABOUT
–> Get Ready to Shindig with peHUB. Mark your calendars for June 29 when peHUB will host a shindig in Chicago at Glascott’s. Nice digs! Our very own Jonathan Marino will be guest bartending. We’ll have ticket info for you soon.
–> Baker Gets the Bug to Jitter. Charlie Baker, who recently joined venture firm General Catalyst Partners as an EIR, busted out his blue jeans and a white T last Saturday for a fundraiser called “Dancing with the Needham Stars.”
Baker jitterbugged to the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s “Sittin’ on It All the Time” with his dance instructor, Alicia Reilly Santamaria.
Baker, who ran a failed bid to be governor of Massachusetts, was in it to win it. He “worked hard on his routine since January and … he devoted multiple Saturdays to learning his moves,” Santamaria told the Boston Globe.
The hard work did not pay off, however. Baker and his partner “finished out of the money,” Baker wrote on Facebook. Still, he was happy to report: “My dance partner and I had a blast, didn’t break anything,” and that his brother Alex and his dance partner finished third.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO…
–> UPDATE: Rupert Murdoch. The media mogul is 80 years old today and — apparently — is still going strong.
–> Burton Lee, managing director of Innovarium Ventures and lecturer at Stanford’s School of Engineering. (Tomorrow.)
–> Michael Arrington, founder, TechCrunch. (Tomorrow.)
–> Scott Lenet, founder and managing director, DFJ Frontier. (Next Thursday, March 17.)
–> Mike Walsh, angel investor and CEO of Leverage Software. (Next Friday, March 18.) (To see a high resolution version of Walsh showing off his cracked iPhone, see Robert Scoble’s Flicker stream.)
–> Jonathan Marino, editor of peHUB. (Next Saturday, March 19.) No, he’s not turning 16. Yes, he’s trying to look like Maverick from “Top Gun” in this photo.
LOOK WHO’S TWEETING
–> Josh Stein (@dfjjosh) of Draper Fisher Jurvetson: “I always find it funny when @TechCrunch insists on calling Verifone ‘Square-competitor Verifone.’ What’s next, ‘Blekko-competitor Google?’”
–> George Zachary (@georgezachary), a GP at Charles River Ventures: “How high is too high? A seed stage company we are aware of just raised a SEED round at a $17M valuation.”
–> Nihal Mehta (@nihalmehta), a GP at Eniac Ventures: “Just RSVP’d to my 83rd #sxsw event. I’m going to need some serious #tigerblood for this weekend.”
–> Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) — a seven-time Tour de France winner — is psyched about riding … in a cab: “RT @sacca: This is way. Too. Awesome. @Uber is launching in Austin with pedicabs for #SXSW!! –> http://su.pr/1MJwJu”
–> Bilal Zuberi (@bznotes), a principal at General Catalyst Partners: “Lesson learnt: when you speak to another VC about a deal both of you are looking at, ask bluntly if they plan to partner up or not.”
–by Lawrence Aragon and Alastair Goldfisher