Philly’s Tech Scene Getting National Recognition. Following the second annual week filled with 80 events around town with the goal of bettering the city of Philadelphia with technology (better known as Philly Tech Week), Philadelphia is now getting some national press about its future as a tech hub.
In a story from Fast Company (part of their United States of Innovation series) titled “Philadelphia Sets Sights On Becoming America’s Next Big Tech Town,” Shane Snow talks to Technically Philly’s Sean Blanda (one of the guys behind Philly Tech Week, along with Brian James Kirk and The20’s @christopherwink ) and others about the burgeoning scene popping up right here in The City of Brotherly Love. Writes Snow:
“As the costs of starting a web-based company—including the cost and difficulty of software development—have sunk since Web 2.0, university-rife cities like Philadelphia are witnessing a boom in startups. And for perhaps the first time in decades, young people are starting to actually migrate to Philadelphia as a destination.”
The article talks about Technically Philly, but also gets into some local companies (InviteMedia, MyYearbook.com, DuckDuckGo and more), the large number of young people (many fresh out of some of our great universities) who are trying and doing new things. It also mentions why staying true to Philly’s core business benefits is important (hence the pharma trend).
“What places like Philly… where startups are happening but aren’t ‘startup towns’ need to think about is, ‘What else are we great at?’ And build startups around it,” says Phin Barnes, a principal at First Round Capital, who frequently moves from Philadelphia to capture opportunities in New York. “Philly has lots of pharma, so it makes sense to build a startup community around pharma and biotech. Startups are so competitive, you have to take every advantage you can.”
What do you think: does Philly have real potential as a tech hub in the future?
“Philly is the greatest city in the country,” Blanda says. “This city is real life. It has real problems and real people, which give us all a tremendous opportunity to make a dent.”
[Philly Tech Week, Fast Company, Technically Philly, @christopherwink]