Jan. 26, 2010 1:00 pm

Will Philadelphia be included in Fast Company’s city startup series?

A handful of organizations and individuals may be responsible for drumming up some much deserved praise for Philly’s startup scene. Since business mag Fast Company began running a five-part series about cities where entrepreneurs should consider starting companies, several folks have been proactive in getting Philly on that list. Venture capitalist and AsktheVC publisher Brad […]

A handful of organizations and individuals may be responsible for drumming up some much deserved praise for Philly’s startup scene.

Since business mag Fast Company began running a five-part series about cities where entrepreneurs should consider starting companies, several folks have been proactive in getting Philly on that list.

Venture capitalist and AsktheVC publisher Brad Feld predicts that Fast Company will feature Philly in a next batch of coverage, having already made introductions for the magazine here in Philadelphia, according to a follow-up blog post written by Philly Startup Leaders co-founder Blake Jennelle,

The magazine so far has featured three of its top choices, including New York, Boulder and Seattle. Feld says Boston and Austin are next.

Speculation that Philly wouldn’t be featured fueled rampant discussion on Jennelle’s original open-thread. Yesterday, Innovation Philadelphia blasted to email subscribers to contact Fast Company about getting the city included in the coverage.

The community’s reaction is not out of place, of course. Philly tends to make some terrible lists.

But the situation brings to light another discussion. Inviting business to the region can be difficult considering the obstacles in place, but does Philadelphia need outside confirmation to know this is a great city to work? Sound off in the comments.

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Brian James Kirk

Brian James Kirk is a cofounder of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Kirk handles business development, marketing and product development, forging new partnerships, building brand identity and coordinating events and projects. He's an avid biker and lives in the Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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