Startup founders make countless decisions about their businesses. Here’s a list of 10 legal issues that can make-or-break their businesses: Read more »
You may know Jessica Alba from movies like Sin City and Fantastic Four, but these days she’s mostly consumed with her company The Honest Co., a retailer of organic diaper, bath and body products that has a $1 billion valuation. That’s billion with a “b.” Now she’s gracing the covers of Inc. and Forbes magazines — rather than Glamour or Cosmopolitan.
On Thursday, she joined feminist and author Gloria Steinem in Philadelphia for a talk at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. Alba shared her story of being a fast-rising entrepreneur. Steinem offered theories about how women can succeed in today’s American workplace. Read more »
Want to learn more about the local startup scene? Want to have a cocktail and celebrate the fact that a long week is already half over? Tonight’s your night.
The Philly New Technology Meetup is bringing its monthly tech-hang to Quorum at the University City Science Center, and will feature “lightning demos” from nine technology and development consulting companies from the Philadelphia region. Some build websites, some build apps and some build new products. Read more »
Pandora, Nerd Wallet and Tilt are all technology intensive businesses started by non-technologists. Startups and early stage companies need battle-tested leaders in such positions like chief financial officer, chief marketing officer and especially chief technology officer. Yet few companies can shell out the average salary of $207,000 to get that experienced leader, who can come up with creative, efficient, cost-effective ways to build a product. The best option is to find a quality, outsourced tech lead who can manage the development of your business until it grows large enough to afford a full-time person.
Here’s a few things to consider before making your decision: Read more »
I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t have any tattoos. In a city like Philadelphia, I feel like I’m in the minority. It wasn’t that I was too scared of the needle, just that I didn’t have a good idea for a design and couldn’t commit to anything.
In the late 1990s, I thought a barbwire tattoo around my arm would have looked cool (thank God I didn’t go that route!) In college, I thought about some sort of pen-is-mightier-than-the-sword design (since I’m a writer) but that never materialized either (again, thankfully). I love baseball, but am I really going to get a Phillies tattoo? Nah. Read more »
Temple University has been making great strides to support startups, and now the school has been recognized on a new Princeton Review ranking of the top colleges for entrepreneurship. Temple’s undergraduate program ranked 8th and its graduate program ranked 10th.
It was the only Philadelphia-area school to make the top 25 list. Read more »
If there was any doubt that Roar For Good would be a hit, the verdict is in: It’s a smash. The company recently launched its first product Athena, a wearable distress-signaling device aimed at deterring assaults against women. It’s basically a button the size of a half dollar, that sounds an alarm and sends a text message to selected contacts with your GPS coordinates and an option to call police.
It wasn’t quite Shark Tank, but a similarly run contest in Philly led to two startups receiving a combined $550,000 in investment capital.
Part of the IMPACT 2015 Capital Conference, the “Lion’s Den” featured five investors prepared to trade their own cash for a percentage of a startup company. Forty early-stage, health care and technology companies presented their ideas throughout the day on Wednesday — and three were chosen to present directly to the Lion’s during a packed late afternoon session. Read more »
The opening panel discussion of the IMPACT 2015 Capital Conference featured five heavy hitters in the local venture capital community — and they weren’t shy about pointing out the positives and negatives of the current startup landscape.
“This is the most vibrancy I’ve seen in this community in the last 15 years,” said Stephen Zarrilli, president and CEO of Safeguard Scientifics, which provides growth capital for healthcare and technology companies. “The last time was in the mid- to late-90s during tech bubble buildup.” Since then we “lost our mojo” because many local entrepreneurs and investors believed the city couldn’t compete with the resources and talent in other parts of country. Now that’s changing in a big way, he said. Read more »
A select group of startup companies will get their chance to pitch to investors live in the “Lion’s Den” — with real money on the line. It’s part of the 2015 IMPACT Conference held at the Ritz-Carlton and Crystal Tea Room on November 3 and 4.
If it sounds a lot like ABC’s Shark Tank, it should. Conference Co-Chairs Michael Heller and Ira Gubernick designed the contest with the TV show in mind. After receiving 200 applications, 40 early-stage, health care and technology companies will hold presentations throughout the day. The best three or four will be invited to present directly to investors in the “Lion’s Den.” If interested, investors will offer convertible-note deals. Read more »