Curalate CEO: Kenney Needs to Support Tech Community

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Mayor Michael Nutter was a staunch supporter of Philadelphia’s local tech scene. He helped launch StartupPHL, a seed fund and grant program that invests in early stage companies. He’d frequently come to tech events, have a beer and discuss issues with tech founders. To Philly outsiders, he’d brag about N3rd street, a stretch of North 3rd where plenty of tech companies are headquartered.

Will Jim Kenney be just as supportive? In a recent report, Technically Philly said the new mayor and the tech community are in that “awkward, getting-to-know you phase.” Will he keep showing up at events? Will he continue learning about the city’s budding tech economy?  Read more »

Death of a Startup Company

Brian Dragotto (left) and Nick Yap.

Brian Dragotto (left) and Nick Yap.

Just a few years ago Nick Yap and Brian Dragotto had high hopes for their social media app Toboggan, but the 21-year-olds have now realized that the startup world can be an unforgiving place.

Toboggan offers “social points” to users that get the most likes on their photos or videos — and people can cash in those points for real prizes. The platform also curated content on leaderboards to display its most engaging photos or videos. Read more »

Report: Comcast Interested in Buying Yahoo

Comcast-YahooWho’s going to buy Yahoo? A titan of the tech industry, Yahoo has worldwide brand recognition, a $26 billion stake in Chinese internet giant, Alibaba — but it’s struggled to satisfy shareholders in recent years.

Bloomberg, citing “people familiar with the process” is reporting that Yahoo is going to reach out to potential bidders as early as today — and said Comcast is one of several companies interested.

Bloomberg reports: “Companies such as Verizon Communications Inc., Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. are among interested parties, as well as buyout firms including Bain Capital Partners, KKR & Co. and TPG, the people said, asking not to be identified as the situation isn’t public.” Bloomberg said not to expect actual offers for at least a month. Read more »

Shark Tank Presenter Fired Before Episode Aired

Martin Dell'Arciprete pitches SmartPlate on Shark Tank. (ABC/Michael Desmond)

Martin Dell’Arciprete pitches SmartPlate on Shark Tank. (ABC/Michael Desmond)

If you’re a fan of Philly’s budding tech and entrepreneurial community, Friday night’s episode of Shark Tank was cringe-worthy. It featured Martin Dell’Arciprete pitching Mark Cuban and the gang about a Philly-based invention called SmartPlate — which weighs and analyzes food to output calorie counts and other nutritional information.

Like many of you, I can’t help but root for a Philly company when they go into the Tank. The national exposure is great for the city and its entrepreneurial community — and another Shark Tank success like Scrub Daddy or Scholly would mean a big boost to the local economy.

But as soon as the segment began, SmartPlate seemed dead on arrival. Dell’Arciprete asked for the hefty sum of $1 million for a 15 percent stake in the business, leading Daymond John to offer a surprised “whoa.” The SmartPlate was still in prototype mode so Dell’Arciprete couldn’t even demonstrate the plate’s embedded-camera technology. Read more »

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.

UPDATE: Revzilla was not acquired by Cycle Gear. Instead, it announced that it’s partnering with J.W. Childs (the private equity firm that owns Cycle Gear) to form a new holding company that will own both Cycle Gear and RevZilla. Read all about the deal here.


 

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 »

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