Meet the 31 Year Old Revolutionizing Health Care One Blood Test at a Time

Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, speaking at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia. (Glen Davis/ Forbes)

Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, speaking at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia. (Glen Davis/ Forbes)

Elizabeth Holmes is on a mission to change blood tests forever. Why should it cost $5,000 and take days when test results are extremely critical and time sensitive?

That was Holmes’ drive behind creating Theranos, a laboratory-services company that uses a cheap, painless prick to test blood for a number of diseases. Valued at $9 billion, its made Holmes not only the nation’s richest self-made woman, but also its youngest female billionaire. Read more »

DuckDuckGo Founder’s Sage Advice for Startups

DuckDuckGo Founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg.

DuckDuckGo Founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg.

This is the third in a series of blog posts about the Philly Startup Leaders Bootcamp.

In the fourth week of PSLU’s bootcamp, Gabriel Weinberg, co-founder and CEO of DuckDuckGo discusses finding your traction “bullseye.” Where and how you find that elusive traction will define exactly the type of business and product that you build. Overwhelmed? Weinberg discussed the iterative strategy he used to build DuckDuckGo’s user base from the ground up. Entrepreneurs, take note. Read more »

Startup Gets Two $100,000 Investments in Same Week

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Christopher Gray is having the best week ever. On Tuesday, his app Scholly beat out hundreds of other companies to win a $100,000 investment from Steve Case (AOL founder and angel investor) during his Rise of the Rest Tour.

And on Thursday, Scholly got yet another $100,000 investment — this time from the Startup PHL Angel Fund.

Scholly is a smartphone app that helps students easily find scholarship funds — which is incredibly useful in an era when hundreds of millions in scholarships are going to waste each year. Read more »

N3rd Street Birthday Party Rescheduled

A streets department worker installs N3rd St sign at the Spring Garden intersection. (Tracy Levesque/Wikimedia Commons)

A streets department worker installs N3rd St sign at the Spring Garden intersection. (Tracy Levesque/Wikimedia Commons)

With Hurricane Joaquin bearing down on the East Coast, Friday afternoon looks like a pretty horrible time to throw a barbecue. So the techies and startup folks have decided to reschedule the N3rd Street Birthday Party scheduled for 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Liberty Lands Park.

The new date is Saturday Oct. 24 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Liberty Lands.

The slice of 3rd Street between Girard and Market Streets in Old City and Northern Liberties has been increasingly adding tech companies and startups — and the city officially awarded it the moniker N3rd Street (a play on the word “nerd”) one year ago. That meant new street signs and increased interest in the tech community by City Hall.

The birthday bash will feature fundraising for the N3rd Street Initiative which aims to create micro-grants for Code for Philly developers to build software tools; build a free “N3rd Street Wifit Network” with Bamboowifi; and support local community centers, parks departments and cleaning efforts and after-school programs.

Here’s just some of the companies that call N3rd Street home: Jarvus InnovationsSEER Interactive, Indy Hall, Wildbit and Weblinc.

Venture Capitalist Philip Moyer on What Makes a Winning Idea

Philip Moyer, SVP and Managing Director of Safeguard Scientifics.

Philip Moyer, SVP and Managing Director of Safeguard Scientifics.

This is the second in a series of blog posts about the Philly Startup Leaders Bootcamp. 

Philip Moyer, senior vice president and managing director of Safeguard Scientifics, a Wayne, Pa.-based venture capital firm, kicked off the second PSL Bootcamp session — and offered his criteria on what makes an idea that’s worth pursuing. Read more »

How Tech Has Changed the Game for Phillies, Eagles, Sixers and Flyers

4 sportsThese days, professional sports teams are focused on much more than the product on the field. Over the past 10 years, they’ve become content producers and companies where social media and mobile technologies have become crucial.

On Monday night, representatives from Philly’s four major pro sports teams sat down for a panel discussion about how the teams use technology and shared thoughts about the future of tech in their businesses. Moderated by ESPN and Sports Illustrated columnist Andrew Brandt, it was a collaboration of the newly merged Philly New Technology Meetup and Mobile Monday.

Michael Harris, director of marketing and special projects for the Philadelphia Phillies said the team’s digital spend is around 40 percent to 50 percent — a major change from just a few years ago. Read more »

$100,000 from AOL Founder Down to 8 Finalists

Steve Case talking to a group of entrepreneurs in Detroit during a previous Rise of the Rest tour. (Photo courtesy of Revolution.)

Steve Case has $100,000 for a lucky Philly startup. (Photo courtesy of Revolution.)

After more than 130 Philly companies applied, the quest for a $100,000 investment from one of the world’s best-known angel investors has narrowed to eight semi-finalists. Steve CaseAOL founder and champion of tech cities not named Silicon Valley, San Francisco and New York — will make the investment on Sept. 29 after spending the day touring the Philly tech scene.

The eight startups competing for the cash are: Read more »

Tonight: Eagles, Sixers, Flyers and Phillies Talk Tech and Fan Engagement

Jun 15, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Ken Giles (53) pitches in the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. The Cubs defeated the Phillies, 3-0. Photo | Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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Technology is changing almost every business — and sports is no different. Learn how the big four professional sports teams in the area are using technology to enhance fan engagement and team operations at the Major League Sports & Tech Meetup held at The Hub Cira Centre at 2929 Arch Street. It starts tonight at 6 p.m. Buy tickets here.

ESPN and Sports Illustrated columnist Andrew Brandt will lead a panel discussion featuring the following guests: Read more »

Why I Launched a Startup While Disabled

Numo founder Tim Dugan.

Numo founder Tim Dugan.

Four years ago, I was wheeled out of Penn’s hospital, my knee the size of a melon. I had been cut open by orthopedic surgeons, and they had removed sharp bone growths from inside my tendons. I went through this process again and again, but the bone growths returned again and again, until I decided more surgery just made me worse. Since that day, I have been unable to walk more than a block or two. Read more »

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