announced today that it has re-branded it’s image and has launched an all new website – – to offer Information Technology professionals the ability to network not only at their monthly 5:01 meetings, but on the web as well.

“We came to the realization that not everyone can make it out to our happy hour meetings because of obligations, we wanted to give people the ability to network online as well. Users can now utilize a message forum, can post events on an interactive calendar, and share files with other like-minded people in the area.” says founder Bob Waltenspiel.

Waltenspiel continues, “DetroitNET was started initially to be the anti-group. My network of business colleagues and friends would always discuss how we couldn’t stand attending meetings where we would have to pay a $20 cover to only be hounded by people who were only interested in themselves. We also didn’t really care to listen to guest speakers and sponsors. We simply want to meet people in our industry to build long-lasting friendships and business relationships. Thus, DetroitNET was born.”

DetroitNET continues to offer IT professionals in Detroit an online and offline networking forum where their name will never be sold, members will be filtered to only allow technology sales, end-users, management, and recruiters be a part of the group, your name will always be held in the utmost privacy, and it will never cost you a dime (not counting your bar tab).

Membership to will be free and takes less than a minute.

Founded in 2001, DetroitNET’s mission has been to create a venue for Information Technology professionals in Metro Detroit to offer a safe and agenda-free networking venue without the pressures of sponsorships, name selling, or pushy salespeople. DetroitNET re-branded in 2008 to offer an online forum to network as well as our monthly meetings at various bars in the Metro Detroit area. For more information, visit