Sixers Selling Tickets Through StubHub Unlocks Treasure Trove of Consumer Data

AP-SIXERS-FINALLY-WIN-AP-HANNAH-FOSLIEN-940X540The Philadelphia 76ers will sell all tickets through StubHub starting next season — and they’re doing it to unlock a treasure trove of data about ticket buyers.

All Sixers tickets for the 2016-2017 season (both season tickets and individual) will be sold through a new StubHub platform available on Sixers.com. For fans, it’s a place where they can see all the available tickets in one place, with one seat map. Plus, it’s optimized for mobile devices and allows people to buy tickets from multiple sellers in one transaction.

For the Sixers, it’s all about data. Currently, the team has no information on people that buy tickets through StubHub, Craigslist or other secondary-ticket marketplace. That means the team can’t send them targeted advertisements or learn about their purchase habits. Read more »

Hey Business Owners, Want $30,000 from Comcast?

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Hey business owners: If you had $30,000, how would you use technology improve your business? Give a compelling answer and you could get a serious windfall of cash and business advice from Comcast.

For the third consecutive year, Comcast Business is looking for startups and seasoned entrepreneurs to compete in its Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs contest. Winners will receive cash prizes as well as business advice from a panel of experts, including the British cuisine connoisseur behind TV’s Restaurant Impossible, Robert Irvine. Read more »

Report: Revzilla to Sell to Cycle Gear

Anthony Bucci, CEO of Revzilla.

Anthony Bucci, CEO of Revzilla.

What started as the brainchild of three motorcycle-loving friends working out of an Old City apartment could become one of the biggest stories in Philadelphia startup history.

Citing a person familiar with the matter, Reuters is reporting that Revzilla is nearing a deal to be bought by California-based Cycle Gear, creating a company valued at the whopping sum of $400 million to $500 million. The source said the deal is expected to be announced in the coming days. Read more »

7 Startups Are Ready for PSL Accelerator

Members of the Philly Startup Leaders new accelerator class.

Members of the Philly Startup Leaders new accelerator class.

An Uber for salons, collapsable bike helmets for women and a service that connects home chefs with hungry eaters are just some of the innovations coming from Philly’s burgeoning startup community. But going from freshly-launched businesses to successful companies is a road paved with obstacles.

But Philly Startup Leaders has a plan to help. It launched it’s third accelerator program and has accepted seven companies into this year’s class after receiving 41 applications.

The class features lots of awesome innovations — like TresseNoire which helps African American women “create an amazing salon experience for ‘naturalistas’ in the privacy and convenience of their home.” Another one that jumped out at me was dlux, a company arguing that too much electric light is bad for your health. Their solution? Work with architects, engineers and sleep scientists to create lighting controls that give you the light you need, when you need it to maximize health and productivity. Read more »

Bob Moul Named CEO of Cloudamize

Bob Moul is the new CEO of Cloudamize.

Bob Moul is the new CEO of Cloudamize.

It’s been a roller-coaster year for Bob Moul. This summer, he was forced to sell Artisan Mobile, his Old City-based startup that helped apps engage and monetize users through personalized marketing solutions. Even with customers like Nike, CVS and the History Channel, the company just wasn’t growing fast enough and sold to Tune, a Seattle-based third-party measurement company focused on acquiring app users.

It was quite a blow for Philly’s burgeoning startup scene and one of its most prominent voices. But as they say in the tech world, failure is a good thing that helps you learn valuable lessons.

So he grew a beard, did some traveling and planned his next move. Today a clean-shaven Moul revealed what he’ll do next — become CEO of Cloudamize, a Center City-based analytics firm that helps businesses make data-driven cloud infrastructure decisions. It counts MissionOG, Dreamit Ventures and Gabriel Investments as investors. Read more »

Curalate Raises Mind-Blowing $27.5 Million

The Curalate team just got $27.5 million to continue making its quest to make image recognition a part of online shopping.

The Curalate team just got $27.5 million to continue its quest to revolutionize e-commerce.

Curalate has a bold mission: Reshape the $1.6 trillion e-commerce market by capitalizing on the increased use of photos online.

The Philly-based tech company just closed a whopping $27.5 million venture capital round and seems poised to stay on top of the ever-changing market. The round was led by New Enterprise Associates and actually amounted to more than all of Curalate’s previous raises combined. The company has now raised $40 million to date. Other investors were MentorTech and First Round Capital.

Curalate currently works with 800 clients like Urban Outfitters, BuzzFeed, Crate & Barrel and Nordstrom. The company created a suite of products which includes: Like2Buy that makes Instagram shoppable; Visual Insights which tells a brand which of its images were shared on social networks like Facebook or Pinterest; and Reveal, which links the images on a retailer’s website with purchase pages, limiting the amount of clicks it takes to get a customer finished with a purchase. Read more »

WeWork in Northern Liberties Won’t Open on Time

WeWork's new co-working space in Northern Liberties. (Photo from Google Earth.)

WeWork’s new co-working space in Northern Liberties. (Photo from Google Earth.)

The much-anticipated WeWork co-working space in Northern Liberties won’t open on time.

WeWork signed a lease for 30,000 square feet at the Piazza at Schmidt’s, the open-air residential and commercial center at Germantown and Hancock Streets. It was originally scheduled to open on April 1.

When I asked about touring the space, a spokesperson for WeWork, said “unfortunately, the opening has been pushed back a few months so tours have not begun.” She said she’ll have a better idea on timing in a few weeks. Read more »

Future of Manufacturing in Philly Isn’t Smoky Factories

(Alexander Kirch/Shutterstock)

(Alexander Kirch/Shutterstock)

The word “manufacturing” probably conjures up images of smoke-filled factories and Depression Era employees working for peanuts.

But the reality is much brighter — and tech focused. Take 3D printing for example, it can create everything from prosthetic limbs and hearing aides to airplane parts and even living organs. And it might just help get young professionals interested in manufacturing.

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Labor & Industry reports that there are just 20,000 manufacturing jobs in Philadelphia. In 1953, there were 359,000. Of course, the economy is completely different today than in 1953, but the number is still pretty low for a city that was once called the “Workshop of the World” for its manufacturing prowess. Read more »

Watch Out Comcast, Startup Aims to Deliver Cheap Internet

The new touchscreen router from Starry.

The new touchscreen router from Starry.

Chet Kanojia has an incredibly ambitious plan to take on some of the biggest businesses in the world. He aims to provide low-cost, gigabit-speed Internet access delivered through a wireless network. If successful, it could disrupt a multi billion-dollar industry where customers in many markets feel there is little competition.

Called Starry, the company is attempting to offer broadband service without all those clunky wires. It has a touchscreen router that can connect multiple devices. The company’s website offers this clever tagline: “Try unplugging the router,” said no Starry user ever. But Starry also has an antenna that you have to stick out of a window. Not super convenient. Read more »

Penn Students Can Ferment Beer 9 Times Faster

Siddharth Shah, Shashwata Narain and Alexander David, the winners of this year's Y-Prize Competition.

Siddharth Shah, Shashwata Narain and Alexander David, the winners of this year’s Y-Prize Competition.

A group of Penn students have a plan to streamline the beer-making process — and it just earned them $10,000.

Siddharth Shah, Shashwata Narain and Alexander David took home the grand prize of the 2016 Y-Prize Competition from the University of Pennsylvania for developing a process that speeds up the fermentation process in beer production by up to nine times — while maintaining alcohol quality and composition. Not to shabby for three students in the Wharton School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Their advisors include executives from some of the biggest brewers in the world: MillerCoors, Anheuser-BuschInBev, Biocon India and Heineken. Read more »

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