Philly Ranks 5th on Huffington Post List of Top Tech Cities

We finished slightly behind more established tech havens like San Jose and Austin.

Photo credit: Ethan Schwartz via Flickr.

Photo credit: Ethan Schwartz via Flickr.

Philadelphia’s tech scene got some nice recognition in a new Huffington Post article ranking the top 10 cities that techies should consider moving to in 2016. It ranked fifth, slightly behind more established tech havens like San Jose and Austin.

The article (which has some serious grammar issues — get it together HuffPo!) says that the Philly “startup scene is banding together to grow” and has “rock star companies like RJMetrics, DuckDuckGo, and Curalate.” We can’t disagree there: RJMetrics is growing at lightning speed; DuckDuckGo is taking on Google at its own game; and Curalate was the first company to make Instagram shoppable. 

The article also highlights Philly’s perks, like average rent of $1,200 per month and close proximity to the beach and mountains. Of course, the writer gets lame and has to mention the Philly cheesesteak, but we’ll let it slide.

“It’s clear they’re doing an incredible job at growing the tech scene. Look for a few more companies like Journey Sales and Scholly to have a big 2016 too!” the article says.

The top three cities were San Francisco, Austin and San Jose.

Obviously this is a subjective list written by a guy that needs a proofreader, but it’s clear that Philly’s startup leaders have been working hard to plan events, make connections and create a welcoming community — and that should definitely be celebrated.

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  • Paul Droesch

    Pot Calling the Kettle Black Deptartment:

    Obviously this is a subjective list written by a guy that needs a proofreader.
    Shouldn’t it be “a guy who needs…”?

  • Mike Oneill

    Are they hiring? Are there real jobs? Most of these smart starts will employ 2-10 people max? Is it just because it’s a cool city? Or are the conditions to fund a start-up better than anywhere else? What jobs are actually available?

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    • Jared Shelly

      With regard to jobs, I think it’s all about supporting companies through the early stages so that they create jobs down the line. Look at companies like RJMetrics or Revzilla that started with a handful of people and now employ nearly 200 people each. It’s just an investment.

  • Mike Krupit

    As a Philly tech guy, I like this a lot. But to Jared’s point, it’s not a data-backed study or even real journalistic piece, just one dude’s opinion on the blogging site HuffPo (meaning it’s not news). Our challenge is just as difficult today as it was yesterday.

  • Chris Benedetto

    I live in the Philly area and have worked in software/tech for the last 20 years. Philly is NOT a leader by any stretch of the imagination – revenue, # of jobs, # of companies, reach, etc. The city, private industry, and VC teams need to continue to work together to actually stay relevant. I’d really question the data and analysis that went into this… what about Atlanta? RTP? NYC? etc. As a born/raised Philly guy I really like hearing this, and have had the pleasure of working in tech for a long long time. I am playing right into the trap of complaining about our city, but it’s just a bit of a dubious claim based on my experience.