Technical.ly grows local technology communities by connecting organizations and people through news, events and services. We provide original editorial, expert programming and tools which improve recruitment, marketing, community cultivation and economic development. We serve technologists, entrepreneurs and people who care about technology’s local impact.
Technical.ly is made of a committed group of young urbanists in the Northeast Corridor.
Cofounder and Business DirectorBrian James Kirk ( @brianjameskirk / Send an email ) Brian James Kirk is Business Director and a cofounder of Technically Media, the publisher of Technical.ly and Generocity. Kirk handles sales, marketing and product development, forging new partnerships, building brand identity and coordinating events and projects. He produces the Philadelphia bike community event Bikeout and lives in the Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Cofounder and Editorial DirectorChristopher Wink ( @christopherwink / Send an email ) Christopher Wink is a cofounder and Editorial Director of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. In that capacity, he is a co-organizer of Philly Tech Week, Baltimore Innovation Week, Delaware Innovation Week and other events that bring smart people together. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here and curates a personal monthly newsletter of ideas and links here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.
Senior Events ManagerCatherine Sontag ( @ctag115 / Send an email ) Catherine Sontag has been overseeing and executing events in all of Technical.ly's markets since 2014. She's a (youthful) cat lady and a hydration enthusiast. Ask her about her solo trip to Paris.
Events CoordinatorAlexandria Leggett ( @asgoodastheyget / Send an email ) Alexandria Leggett started with Technical.ly as an Events Intern before being hired on full-time as Events Coordinator. While pursuing a broadcasting career she quickly realized that her hosting ability wasn't limited to one field. Previously, she worked as a wedding coordinator and designer. The Philadelphia native hosts dinner parties and develops recipes when she's not in the office (ask about her salted caramel apple pie). A planner since adolescence, she can recall event details from as far back as her 7th birthday party.
Events CoordinatorLauren Giles ( @laurlaurg123 / Send an email ) Lauren Giles is an event enthusiast with two years of program and event coordination under her belt at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from the College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and maintains her Garden State residence to this day. Giles is a dedicated PATCO rider and soccer lover who adores her two cats and dog.
Editor-in-ChiefZack Seward ( @zackseward / Send an email ) Zack Seward is Editor-in-Chief of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Previously, Seward was the Innovations Reporter at WHYY and NewsWorks.org in Philadelphia. Before that, he worked at WXXI in Rochester, N.Y., as a reporter and editor for a statewide public radio reporting project. Seward is an alumnus of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He's originally from San Francisco and went to college in Chicago.
Associate EditorJuliana Reyes ( @juliana_f_reyes / Send an email ) Juliana Reyes became Technical.ly's associate editor after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.
Product ManagerCary Betagole ( @CaryBeta / Send an email ) Cary Betagole is the Product Manager at Technically Media. He studied journalism at Boston University and has previously worked at Nextdoor and SEER Interactive, in addition to experience with a few (failed) startups of his own. Originally from Cincinnati, he is interested in how financially sustainable media can help build stronger communities.
Lead Reporter, PhiladelphiaRoberto Torres ( @TorresLuzardo / Send an email ) Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.
Lead Reporter, BaltimoreStephen Babcock ( @stephenbabcock / Send an email ) Stephen Babcock is the lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following a stint in New Orleans, where he served as managing editor of online news and culture publication NOLA Defender. While there, he also wrote for NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune. He was previously a reporter for the Rio Grande Sun of Northern New Mexico.
Lead Reporter, BrooklynTyler Woods ( @Woods_TylerWL / Send an email ) Tyler Woods is the lead reporter for Technical.ly Brooklyn. His work has previously appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, CT Financial News and the New Canaan News. There's little he loves more than great tweets on Twitter.com.
Lead Reporter, DCTajha Chappellet-Lanier ( @TajhaLanier / Send an email ) Tajha Chappellet-Lanier is the lead reporter for Technical.ly DC. The California native previously worked for NPR and the editorial board at USA Today. She can talk travel plans all day, and has strong opinions on the best doughnut in D.C.
Product DirectorAnthony Wojciechowski ( @anthonywoj / Send an email ) Anthony Wojciechowski joined Technically as Product Director in July 2016. In his role, Anthony leads revenue development and product strategy for the company’s media brands, with oversight of the product and marketing teams. Previously, Anthony served in various leadership roles at Comcast and cofounded the media consultancy POST Digital. Anthony lives in the East Passyunk neighborhood of South Philadelphia with his two basset hound rescues. Anthony’s friends and colleagues know him as “Woj.”
Senior Business ManagerVincent Better ( @vbetter / Send an email ) Vincent Better is Senior Business Manager for Technically Media. Previous to joining the team, he served as an independent consultant and the VP of Digital Solutions at Pennlive.com, one of the leading digital properties in the state of PA. His strategy experience transcends both national brands and small, local businesses. The native of Baltimore and Temple alum also enjoys cycling and live music.
Marketing ManagerJeanette Lloyd ( @jah_netti / Send an email ) Jeanette Lloyd is Technically Media's Marketing Manager. She focuses on events marketing, audience development and product marketing. Lloyd thrives on making connections that spark. She draws experience from the corporate (Red Bull NA) and nonprofit (Media In Neighborhoods Group) worlds, and has always been involved with innovative, creative endeavors in events, music, performance, cinema and the arts.
Operations ManagerKristy Humes ( @kristykrinks / Send an email ) Kristy Humes is the Operations Manager for Technically Media. Previously she held positions in Business Management and Operational Development for a variety of creative and technology focused organizations. Kristy is passionate about utilizing her diverse skill set to develop innovative business processes and create efficiency to enhance the experience of its members. When not color coding spreadsheets, Kristy can be found reading, concocting DIY projects and enjoying the many cultural delights Philadelphia has to offer.
Business CoordinatorAileen Connolly ( @aileenconnolly / Send an email ) Aileen Connolly joined Technically Media as Business Coordinator in September 2016. She has five years of business development experience, and is passionate about forming meaningful partnerships through creative solutions. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, rooting on the Pitt Panthers and continuing her personal quest to find the best garlic knots in Philadelphia.
Business CoordinatorKwane Wyatt ( @ / Send an email ) Kwane Wyatt is the Business Coordinator for Technically Baltimore. Prior to joining the Technically Media team, he served as a Business Banking Relationship Manager for PNC Bank, helping to serve small businesses in Baltimore with their financial needs. The Morgan State University graduate believes in the idea of community and believes connecting people is the key to achieving the unconceivable. He is a philosophical thinker that appreciates all things aesthetic and perhaps most passionately, he loves the City of Baltimore with all his heart.
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Operations CoordinatorCeleste Sumo ( @celesteinthecity / Send an email ) Celeste Sumo is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in American Studies and History. After college she traveled across America doing community service and volunteerism. She loves team building activities and making new friends. In her spare time, Celeste can be found hula hooping in her backyard, hanging out at the public library, and becoming the social activist she always wanted to be.
Rana Fayez ( @MeetRanaFayez / Send an email ) Rana Fayez was Technical.ly Delaware's lead reporter. She was previously business reporter and digital editor for the Delaware Business Times. In 2015, she won two awards from the Delaware Press Association for her coverage on consumer retail trends and technology news. When not storytelling, she's volunteering or making music.
Melissa DiPento ( @mdipento / Send an email ) Melissa DiPento served as Technically Delaware's lead reporter from July 2014 to June 2015. She has previously served as a community reporter with a focus on local issues. An adjunct journalism instructor at Temple University in Philadelphia, she has reported on South Jersey and Delaware, among other area communities.
Lindsay Podraza ( @lruebens / Send an email ) Lindsay Podraza is formerly the lead reporter for Technical.ly Delaware in after writing as a contributor. She is an ex-newspaper reporter turned freelance writer who moved to Wilmington in June 2014. The Charlotte native studied journalism at the University of North Carolina, loves proper grammar and has a weakness for sweet tea.
Lian Parsons ( @Lian_Parsons / Send an email ) Lian Parsons is a journalism student at Temple University and former assistant news editor for The Temple News. The Boston native is a cat, poetry and Beyonce enthusiast.
Julia Airey ( @howisthatlegal / Send an email ) Julia Airey is a graduate of the University College Roosevelt with a triple-major in Law, Linguistics and Geography. An alumna of UWC-USA, Airey organized the digital #ForcedToUnite Conference and runs the journalism blog, How is that Legal? In her free time, she like dogs of the large and fluffy variety.
Jen Glantz ( @jenglantz / Send an email ) Jen Glantz is an author, public speaker and entrepreneur based in New York City. She is the founder of the Bridesmaid for Hire, a business started in 2014 from a viral Craigslist ad. Her new book, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire), will be released February 2017 by Simon and Schuster.
Jason Tashea ( @jtashea / Send an email ) Jason Tashea is a freelance writer focusing on technology's relationship with public policy and law. He is also a legal tech and criminal justice consultant at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
Jason Sherman ( @shermanbiz / Send an email ) Jason Sherman is a serial entrepreneur who writes about tech startups for Technical.ly Philly and the Examiner, where he has contributed since March 2012. The cofounder of B2B video platform See2B, he's a drone pilot and official videographer for various tech meetups, as well as frequent tech community mentor. Sherman majored in computer science at Delaware Valley University during the dot-com boom. He loves all things tech, art, music, film, food and his Shih Tzu, Wolfgang.
Donte Kirby ( @kurbskidurb / Send an email ) Donte Kirby is a writer born and raised in Philadelphia. He writes for publications like Jump Philly, That Music Mag and Philly Weekly primarily as a reason to get out of the house.
Cole Mayer ( @colemayer42 / Send an email ) A former professional journalist covering crime, court and fire stories, Cole Mayer spends his free time freelance writing, playing video games and slowly writing a crime novel.
April Joyner ( @aprjoy / Send an email ) April Joyner is a journalist who covers business, tech and finance. As a freelance writer, she has contributed to OZY, NewYorker.com and FastCompany.com. Joyner's writing has also appeared on Business Insider and USAToday.com.
Andrew Zaleski ( @ajzaleski / Send an email ) Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist outside Washington, D.C. He's written for Wired, Backchannel, Popular Science, Fortune, the Washington Post Magazine, the Atlantic and elsewhere.
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Technical.ly was co-founded by Brian James Kirk, Christopher Wink and Sean Blanda, who has since moved on as a day-to-day contributor. Read our story here.