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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. Previously, Kirk was Web Editor of PlanPhilly, an independent online news resource covering planning and development issues in Philadelphia, and a freelance writer and designer. He resides in South Philadelphia.

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Comments

  1. Blake Jennelle / January 26, 2010

    I’ve had this rumor confirmed by someone being interviewed by Fast Company for the Philly feature. So it’s looking highly, highly probable that we’re appearing in their series.

    Our effectiveness at lobbying as a community shows the extent to which we’ve built relationships outside of the region AND the extent to which we’re being watched by outsiders.

    In short, this is a great omen.

  2. PurpleCar / January 27, 2010

    We may have some red-tape obstacles here in Philly, but we need to show how the human connection in the community counterbalances that. A letter-writing campaign was a brilliant way to show we support each other and would welcome any new techies to the fold. I sent my email in immediately.

    I hope we all took 2 minutes to campaign for Philly. Always, at whatever convention you attend, at whatever back-yard picnic or red carpet event you find yourself, keep lobbying for Philadelphia! Leadership in a creative economy is our goal.

  3. Technically Philly » Links: Mobile tech developer Demo Night, Logan gets new IT center and More | Covering the Community of People Who Use Technology in Philadelphia. / January 29, 2010

    [...] Philadelphia had help to beat the drum — as we did too — to get Philadelphia profiled by Fast Company magazine in a five-part series on great cities [...]

  4. Technically Philly » Startup Roundup: ‘X’ is the only city in which to start a Web company | Covering the Community of People Who Use Technology in Philadelphia. / March 17, 2010

    [...] come across recently—and featured in this roundup—we can’t help but raise a question that we’ve asked before: Does it matter whether or not we receive national recognition for our startup [...]

  5. Technically Philly » Startup Roundup: myYearbook profitable, Viddler talks to Gary V. | Covering the Community of People Who Use Technology in Philadelphia. / August 25, 2010

    [...] for company growth in the country. Thanks to @stubborndreams for pointing this one out. And hey, it didn’t take a grassroots campaign for this one. The magazine also says that NextDocs, is the area’s fastest growing [...]

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